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  • Audio CD (June 10, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: June 10, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cash Money Records
  • ASIN: B0013ABI48
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (315 customer reviews)

1. 3 Peat
2. Mr. Carter FEAT. Jay-Z
3. A Milli
4. Got Money FEAT. T-Pain
5. Comfortable FEAT. Babyface
6. Dr. Carter
7. Phone Home
8. Tie My Hands FEAT. Robin Thicke
9. Mrs. Officer FEAT Bobby Valentino
10. Let The Beat Build
11. Shoot Me Down FEAT. D. Dmith
12. Lollipop FEAT. Static Major
13. La La FEAT. Brisco & Busta Rhymes
14. Playing With Fire FEAT. Betty Wright
15. You Ain't Got Nuthin FEAT. Juelz Santana & Fabolous
16. DontGetIt

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Tha Carter III is the sixth studio album by rapper Lil Wayne and it is the final album in Tha Carter trilogy. Originally known as the youngest Hot Boy, Lil' Wayne has orchestrated a steady stream of hits. The New Orleans rapper began his long career with Cash Money as part of the Hot Boys, a popular late-'90s supergroup consisting of Juvenile, Turk, and B.G.

About the Artist

Unquestionably Cash Money/Universal Motown Records recording artist, Lil Wayne will go down in history as the best rapper of his generation. Indeed he may go down as one of the best artists in hip-hop period. One look at Lil Wayne's impeccable track record will convince even the most ardent skeptic that the New Orleans born lyricist is a strong contender for the crown of "Greatest of All Times."

In the span of his 13-year career, Lil Wayne has sold over six million units, including his magnum opus, The Carter II (2005) which sold over 2.5 million units. He has been featured on numerous high profile singles including Fat Joe's Grammy nominated single "Make It Rain," and in the past two years, Lil Wayne has recorded over 1,000 songs and freestyles. According to MTV, Lil Wayne has released more music in the last two years than the legendary Tupac Shakur.

Now with his highly anticipated sixth and arguably his best album The Carter III, Lil Wayne's career and legacy is set to climb to even greater heights. "I made The Carter III so that whatever song is on, it will stick with you forever," says Wayne. "That's why I took my time with it. I wanted it to be a classic."

A classic it will truly be. With production by Alchemist, Cool & Dre, David Banner, Kanye West, and Jim Jonsin, to name a few, and guest appearances by some of today's premiere recording artists including T-Pain (Got Money), Bobby Valentino (Mr. Officer), Babyface (Comfortable), Juelz Santana & Fabolous (Ain't Got Nuthin) and a special guest appearance by the legendary R&B singer Ms. Betty Wright (Play With Fire), Tha Carter III is an eclectic collection of 15 songs that range from simply brilliant to sheer genius.

The first single from the Tha Carter III, "Lollipop," featuring Static Major is the bubbling lead single that has Wayne delivering his clever lyrics laced with racy double entendres over a funky slow burning beat. Lil Wayne's second single, "A Milli"which was produced by Bangladesh (Ciara & Ludacris), is a booming 808 laced track augmented by a tight rhythmic snare, accented by handclaps and a sample that matches Wayne's staccato flow perfectly. In "Mr. Carter" featuring Jay-Z, we find the two trading introspective lyrics about their lives and legacy in the rap game with Wayne at his lyrical best dropping stream of conscious gems like: "I got the flo', I'm tryin' to see the roof/Didn't wear a bulletproof so I got shot, you can see the proof/Blind eyes can look at me and see the truth/Wonder if Stevie do?"

Born DeWayne Michael Carter, Jr. and raised in New Orleans infamously poor Hollygrove neighborhood, Lil Wayne was discovered by Cash Money CEO Brian "Birdman" Williams

when a mutual friend introduced him to the pre-teen rapper. The Birdman immediately saw a spark in the youngster's eyes and took him under his wing. In 1993, Lil Wayne and fellow Cash Money rapper B.G. came together as a duo called The BGs and released their debut EP True Stories. In 1997, a 15 year old Wayne joined forces with BG, Juvenile and Turk to form The Hot Boys for their debut album Get It How U Live. The record sold over 400,000 copies independently. The Hot Boys sophomore LP Guerilla Warfare (1999) went platinum and earned Wayne critical acclaim. That set the stage for his platinum selling 1999 solo debut Tha Block Is Hot. The album yielded a number one single with the title tune and was certified double platinum.

The following year Wayne released his sophomore LP Lights Out, which reached gold status and in 2002, Lil Wayne dropped his third solo LP 500 Degrees. It too went gold. Two years later Wayne released The Carter, the first album in the trilogy that would elevate Wayne to superstar status. The Carter (2004) was a commercial success selling over one million copies and reaching #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts and #2 on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop chart. In 2005, Wayne released The Carter II, which sold over 1.8 million records. 2006 saw the release of Like Father, Like Son, a collaboration between Lil Wayne and Birdman which has sold over 750,000 units.

GQ Magazine named Lil Wayne as its "Man Of The Year" for 2007. Rolling Stone Magazine tagged him as "Best MC of 2008" while Blender Magazine (2008) named him the "Best Rock Star Alive." So it should come as no surprise that his latest solo outing finds the hip-hop super star at the top of his game. With Tha Carter III, Lil Wayne proves to the world why he is indeed considered "the best rapper alive" and one of the great recording artists of his generation.

Customer Reviews

I still listen to this album nonstop.
Bernard G
If you listened to this album and liked it, your probably too stupid to understand the words I am speaking.
Francis T. Keimig
Tha Carter III is a good album, a lot of good songs and a few of my favorite Lil Wayne as well.
kymomofmany

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Format: Audio CD
I was officially introduced to Lil Wayne when I heard him on "Play'n It Raw", which was featured on the B.G. release Chopper City in the Ghetto, in April of 1999. I liked the collaboration between The Hot Boys (Juvenile, B.G., Lil Wayne and Turk) so I decided to pick up Guerrilla Warfare, which was released in July of '99. Since I liked most of the songs that Lil Wayne was featured on, I picked up his solo release Tha Block Is Hot, which was released in November of the same year. The title track was the 1st single and I also liked the tracks "High Beamin'" w/B.G., "Kisha" which featured The Hot Boys and "Loud Pipes" which featured Juvenile, B.G. and The Big Tymers (Mannie Fresh and Baby). The entire CD was pretty good so when Lil Wayne dropped Lights Out a year later, I didn't hesitate to pick it up. This CD wasn't as good as "The Block Is Hot" in my opinion, but I still liked tracks such as "Hit U Up" and "Shine", which both featured The Hot Boys, and the 1st single "Get Off The Corner".

Since No Limit Records and Cash Money Records were both on a decline, I didn't pick up any other Cash Money releases until Lil Wayne released Tha Carter in 2004. Once I heard the singles "Bring It Back" and "Go DJ", I figured the CD would be a decent pick up and I was right. My favorite track was "BM J.R.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Grogan on June 11, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Ok this album was hyped up sooooo much and after the delays and album release date changes you would have thought it was a masterpiece. Instead it kind of leaves you on a "?" note. The beats is kinda TRASH to me and I'm a producer so I am hella picky nowadays. Sure he has David Banner,Kanye West and Alchemist on a few tracks but even they aren't at their best. Like one of the other reviewers said, 14 year old high schoolers who like top 40 pop hits will think this album is gold but if you've heard "Tha Carter I & II" and jammed his mixtapes you will think otherwise. Not to mention his guest appearances are a definitely not my style. I'm from that dirty south so I can understand if you don't go get Soulja Boy, Hurricane Chris or DJ Unk but theres no reason why Bun B, Ludacris or Andre 3000 shouldn't have been at least considered damn. On top of that, you do not spend 7 minutes of your album dissing Al Sharpton. WE DON'T CARE! This album could have been WOW and it does have its lyrical moments but I'd say save your money or go get any of "The Droughts" or the first 2 Carters. In the meantime I'm gonna apologize to Bun B for taking "II Trill" out of my cd player for this.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By LT Twalo on June 27, 2008
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Wayne wanted every song on the album to stand out and he achieves this with 'Carter III'. Every song on the album is different and they all stand out. Most of the tracks sound like that track on most Hip-hop CDs that you like because it is it is different from the rest. Imagine Nas' "Rewind" (from Stillmatic) or Jay-Z's "1-900 Hustler" (from Roc La Familia) or Wayne's own "Shooter" (from Carter II).

On C3 you have "Dr. Carter", where Wayne is a surgeon who saves hip-hop, "Phone Home" where he lets his alien persona come to the fore, the rock tinged "Playin' With Fire' and others. Most CDs would have only one such track but C3 is full of them which is great because it shows creativity on his part but the price is that C3 lacks cohesion.

C1 was helmed by Mannie Fresh mainly and C2 was produced by TMX (both are missing from C3) and they both had a sound that was specific to each album. And ultimately the first two instalments were street CDs, rooted in Gangsta rap but from a New Orleans perspective. C3 is a slight departure from the Money, Cash, H**s formulae but its not clear what goes in its place. Finally, while Wayne does show off his skills on the MIC he rarely gets personal (only in glimpses) & given the hype around him right now most of us would have liked to get into his head a little more. This is the only thing that prevents this CD from classic status because song for song nothing coming out in 2008 is touching it.

"A Milli", "3 Peat", "Mr. Carter" these aren't just songs they are events. Not to mention what "Lollipop" and "Got Money" are doing to radio. Tracks like "Tie My Hands" and "Dr Carter" will keep any 't rue school' head happy. "Comfortable" with Babyface ages so so well.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By K. Jefferson on June 14, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Finally we have the Carter 3, I must say it is what I expected from Lil Wayne....metaphors scattered all about. I guess this will fit the mold of what's currently going on in the industry (Rick Ross comes to mind). Admittedly, the records has a few high points with appearances from Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes, and Bun B (who all out shined Wayne). However, left to stand along, Wayne is mediocre at best. The album will become an instant hit with the teenie boppers, but not with the grown ups...give us substance.
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If he's the greatest rapper alive...
He is not the greatest rapper!!

Never was,Never will be
Jun 22, 2008 by KATE JONSON |  See all 9 posts
WEEZY F BABY the carter 3 what do you expect from new album
It's suppose to be coming out in June but I wouldn't be surprised if it got pushed back at least one more time. I'm not really a fan of "Lollipop" but it's a good radio single, I'm not mad at Lil Wayne for being smart in that respect. I definitely feel like Lil Wayne has skills I just... Read More
May 3, 2008 by a fan |  See all 9 posts
Not The Best Rapper Alive
He is by far not the best rapper of the south! Maybe Andree 3000 from outkast. And Wayne had the nerve to compare himself to Andre. WTF?!?! And Jay Z is soooooooo not the best rapper alive. Who decided he was? He did, just like Wayne decided he was the best rapper after Jay Z supposedly retired.
Jun 26, 2008 by decaturbyrd21 |  See all 12 posts
REAL Track List all the rest are FAKE
um yeah so where is good girl gone bad then? lol
Jun 2, 2008 by E. C. |  See all 11 posts
what happened to coming out on march 18??
Al I know is then it BETTER be comin out May 13th like they say. Been waitin on this one..
Apr 8, 2008 by NPMusicman |  See all 4 posts
Most overrated album I can remember. Be the first to reply
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