Tha Carter III [Deluxe Edition] [Revised Track Listing] [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
How Tha Carter III came to be "the most anticipated rap album of 2008" is a story that involves the usual delays and promises of a masterpiece, plus a whole lot of bullet points that could only exist in the absurd world of Lil Wayne. There's his complete annihilation of the mixtape game, the ridiculous amount of guest shots he granted since Tha Carter II made him a hip-hop superstar, that photograph of him kissing his mentor, Birdman, rumors of addiction to the sizzurp, plus the gargantuan ego and aggravating aloofness (Wayne will ignore all incoming beefs and infuriate challengers even further by offering the lethal "I don't listen to your records"). His "best rapper ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
How Tha Carter III came to be "the most anticipated rap album of 2008" is a story that involves the usual delays and promises of a masterpiece, plus a whole lot of bullet points that could only exist in the absurd world of Lil Wayne. There's his complete annihilation of the mixtape game, the ridiculous amount of guest shots he granted since Tha Carter II made him a hip-hop superstar, that photograph of him kissing his mentor, Birdman, rumors of addiction to the sizzurp, plus the gargantuan ego and aggravating aloofness (Wayne will ignore all incoming beefs and infuriate challengers even further by offering the lethal "I don't listen to your records"). His "best rapper alive" quote is discussed to death, but if that claim includes creating perfectly crafted full-lengths in a 2Pac style, the evidence won't be found here. Tha Carter III is instead a surprisingly casual album that takes numerous listens to sort out, and only part of a puzzle that is scattered across mixtapes, guest shots, and Internet leaks. Had he included another easy-access single like "Rider" from The Drought Is Over, Pt. 4 -- just one of his mixtape series that made it to a Pt. 5 -- the "classic" argument could be considered, but figuring out what to sacrifice from this high-grade jumble is difficult. It wouldn't be the electro-bumpin' "Lollipop," an infectious track that contains the wonderfully Wayne line "I told her to back it up/Like burp, burp." You certainly wouldn't want to lose key cut "Phone Home," where the maverick adopts an alien voice and drops "I could get your brains for a bargain/Like I bought it from Target." Another Weezy special from way outside the hip-hop universe comes in the striking "Dr. Carter," when the football reference "And you ain't Vince Young/So don't clash with the Titan" dances on a David Axelrod sample and an unexpected jazzy production from Swizz Beatz. Giant meets giant when Jay-Z stops by for the velvet-smooth hangout session "Mr. Carter," and with Babyface laying the stylish swagger all over "Comfortable," Wayne gets the opportunity to convincingly vibe in the land of true class. Just like on Tha Carter II, Robin Thicke ends up the most complementary guest, coating Wayne's post-Katrina tale "Tie My Hands" in warm buttery soul. As the track flows from political commentary ("My whole city's underwater, some people still floatin'/And they wonderin' why black people still votin'/Cuz your President's still chokin'") to despair and onto some moving "keep your head up"-styled verse, it proves Wayne can go deep and connect with his audience if he chooses. You can fault him for not connecting enough on the album and further complicating his unmanageable body of work with this disjointed effort, but Wayne's true masterpiece is the bigger picture and how he's flipped the script since the first Carter rolled out. Filled with bold, entertaining wordplay and plenty of well-executed, left-field ideas, Tha Carter III should be considered as a wild, somewhat difficult child of Weezy's magnum opus in motion, one that allows the listener an exhilarating and unapologetic taste of artistic freedom. [A deluxe edition with a revised track listing was also released.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/18/2008
  • Label: Cash Money
  • UPC: 602517834897
  • Catalog Number: 001197972
  • Sales rank: 59,302

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 3 Peat (3:19)
  2. 2 Mr. Carter (5:16)
  3. 3 A Milli (3:41)
  4. 4 Got Money - T-Pain (4:04)
  5. 5 Comfortable (4:25)
  6. 6 Dr. Carter (4:24)
  7. 7 Phone Home (3:11)
  8. 8 Tie My Hands - Robin Thicke (5:19)
  9. 9 Mrs. Officer - Kidd Kidd (4:47)
  10. 10 Let the Beat Build (5:09)
  11. 11 Shoot Me Down (4:29)
  12. 12 Lollipop - Static Major (4:59)
  13. 13 Pussy Monster (5:13)
  14. 14 You Ain't Got Nuthin - Fabolous (5:27)
  15. 15 Dontgetiti (9:52)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I'm Me (4:57)
  2. 2 Gossip (3:26)
  3. 3 Kush (3:43)
  4. 4 Love Me or Hate Me (4:01)
  5. 5 Talkin About It (3:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lil Wayne Primary Artist
Betty Wright Vocals
Eddie Montilla Strings, Keyboards
Darius Harrison Drums
Ludas Charles Keyboards
Sha Ron Prescott Vocals, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Betty Wright Producer, Engineer
Lamont Dozier Composer
Eddie Holland Composer
Brian Holland Composer
Louis McCall Composer
Angelo Morris Producer, Engineer
James Scheffer Composer
Sol Marcus Composer
Linda Lou McCall Composer
Gloria Caldwell Composer
Kanye West Producer, Audio Production
Swizz Beatz Producer, Audio Production
David Banner Producer, Audio Production
Vlado Meller Mastering
Fabian Marasciullo Digital Editing
LVM Audio Production
Robin Thicke Producer
Jim Jonsin Producer, Audio Production, Instrumentation
DJ Nasty Audio Production
Play N Skillz Audio Production
Rodnae Audio Production
T-Pain Audio Production
Vaushaun Brooks Audio Production
Miguel Scott Engineer
Joshua Berkman Engineer, Digital Editing
Streetrunners Audio Production
Develop Audio Production
GX Audio Production
Andrews Correa Audio Production
The Infamous Clicc Audio Production
Shondrae "Mr. Bangladesh" Crawford Audio Production
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted March 25, 2011

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    this album is pure trash weezy is the worst rapper alive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this album is pure trash!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    So what have we learned from dwayne carter? He's no pac

    I think some codine syrup would have made this album better for lil wayne while there are some good point on the album five tracks in all. It still feels like they tried to try to hard to no avail. Records for great artist should cum eazy but through hard work again please check out my couz ley "el oso" soundclick.com real hiphop

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