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1. 3 Peat Lyrics
2. Mr. Carter Lyrics
3. A Milli Lyrics
4. Got Money Lyrics
5. Comfortable Lyrics
6. Dr. Carter Lyrics
7. Phone Home Lyrics
8. Tie My Hands Lyrics
9. Mrs. Officer Lyrics
10. Let The Beat Build Lyrics
11. Shoot Me Down Lyrics
12. Lollipop Lyrics
13. La La Lyrics
14. Playing With Fire Lyrics
15. You Ain't Got Nuthin Lyrics
16. DontGetIt Lyrics

Nobody can disagree with the fact that Lil' Wayne works hard, especially during the 2 years since Weezy's last album Tha Carter II, in which he's unleashed an astonishing torrent of Lil Wayne dedicated mixtapes totaling hundreds of tracks, leaks and guest appearances, according to MTV Lil Wayne has released more music in the last 2 years than the legendary Tupac Shakur did. However, it is Wayne's echoed claim that he is "the best rapper alive" which divides much of the Hip Hop comminuty, but his work ethic and the sheer amount of songs and verses he pumps out help to back up his boast.

Since the release of his last CD, the platinum selling Tha Cater II, Lil Wayne has guest appearances on over 70 songs for other artists including Fat Joe's 2008 Grammy nominated single "Make It Rain,". Yet many hip hop fans decided to leave the deciding vote to Wayne's sixth studio album, Tha Carter III. The album was named the "#1 most anticipated album of 2007" by XXL magazine, 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 named him the "Best Rock Star Alive" in 2008, believe it or not. The cover for Tha Carter III, featuring a baby picture of Lil Wayne, follows designs of album covers done by fellow rappers Nas (Illmatic [1994]) and The Notorious B.I.G. (Ready to Die [1994]). Illmatic and Ready To Die, are arguably two of the greatest Hip Hop albums ever, so is Wayne telling us that his album will be of such status?

Tha Carter III did suffer a few setbacks though especially when most of the album leaked onto the Internet in mid-2007. But Lil Wayne refused to let this halt his assualt on raps elite and used the leaked tracks, plus four new songs to make an all new album titled "The Leak", which you can download in our free lil wayne mixtapes section. The Leak was officially released on December 18, 2007, and Wayne pushed the "legit" Tha Carter III album back until June 10, 2008. When questioned about the leak, Lil Wayne said: "We have to find out exactly what's out there. I'll just make my own mixtape called 'The Leak' since people want the music so bad. To tell you the truth though, there's a song I did with Kanye West out there—of course you want to save that for your album, but the rest of them songs probably wouldn't have made it."

On May 24th, 10 second snippets of songs were then leaked onto AT&T; Media Mall, and on May 30th 2008, Tha Carter III was leaked internationally once again, the first of the leaks were on May 30th at around 8pm where 5 songs from the album were available on the internet and hours later on May 31st at 1am the whole album was leaked. The DJ responsible for the leaks was DJ Chuck T who retaliated for an interview in which Wayne discredited all DJ's in the mixtape scene days before. Lil Wayne later called DJ Drama's radio show to explain that his comments were meant specifically for the Empire DJ's only, who leaked his material periodically without his permission or knowledge. Wayne also apologized for any misunderstandings between him and the numerous DJ's that have aided him in the mixtape industry.

Despute these setbacks Lil Wayne stuck with his release date and Tha Carter III was released on June 10, 2008. With production by the likes of Alchemist, Cool & Dre, David Banner, Kanye West, and Jim Jonsin, and guest appearances by some of today's premiere recording artists including T-Pain (Got Money), Bobby Valentino (Mr. Officer), Juelz Santana & Fabolous (Ain't Got Nuthin) and an appearance by legendary R&B; singer Ms. Betty Wright (Play With Fire). Tha Carter III is an eccentric, yet electic collection of 16 tracks that range from simply brilliant to sheer.....well, it's not exactly clear.

With opening day sales figures of approximately 423,000, the album sold just over 1,000,000 copies in its first week in the United States alone. Tha Carter III's first week sales alone made it the largest first week sales for any album in 2008 in the United States by far, and also the first album to crack the million mark in one week since 50 Cent's The Massacre album achieved the feat in 2005. Tha Carter III also reached #1 in the Canadian Albums Chart, selling nearly 21,000 units. Elsewhere though, the album achieved only moderate success, entering at #23 in the UK charts for example.

The first single from the Tha Carter III, "Lollipop," featuring the late R&B; artist Static Major (Static Major died 2 weeks before the songs release) is the electro-club-bumpin' single that the album was crying out for in order to be a commerical success. The track see's Wayne delivering his clever lyrics laced with racy odes to oral sex, over a funky slow burning beat. The song, produced by Deezle and Jim Jonsin is Lil Wayne's most successful to date, so far spending 5 non-consecutive weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart. His previous highest chart position as a lead artist was with 2004's "Go DJ", which peaked at #14. For the week of May 3, 2008, "Lollipop" reached the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100, making it his first #1 on the chart as both a lead artist or as a featured performer. It has also become Wayne's first #1 on the Hot R&B;/Hip-Hop Songs chart, making "Lollipop" the first rap song to reach #1 on the Hot R&B;/Hip-Hop Songs chart since Ludacris' "Money Maker" in 2006. After a week, it slipped away from #1 on the Hot 100, but returned to #1 after 3 weeks. It is also his first top ten on the Pop 100, where it reached #2. The song has became a top ten success in Canada, and is his most successful UK release too where it reached #26 on downloads alone.

The week after "Lollipop" was released, Lil' Wayne earned the biggest add week that a hip-hop artist received at Rhythm Crossover and the biggest for any artist at Urban Radio, including Beyonce and Mariah Carey. The song became the #1 most added and greatest gainer at both radio formats with a total of 138 adds, Wayne was officially controlling the airwaves.

The music video for "Lollipop" premiered via BET's Access Granted on March 12, 2008. The video has peaked #1 on TRL and has been viewed over 30 million times on YouTube. The video features the Maloof brothers playing poker (owners of the NBA's Sacramento Kings,) and the video was filmed at the their mansion in the Southern Highlands Golf Club, as well as many resorts in Las Vegas. The end of the video features a dedication to the late Static Major.

Lil Wayne's second single, "A Milli" is a booming 808 laced track augmented by a tight rhythmic snare, accented by handclaps and a sample that matches Wayne's flow perfectly. In "Mr. Carter" featuring Jay-Z, we find the two trading 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?". In the hilarious "Dr Carter" Lil Wayne boasts about resuscitating hip-hop: "As I put the light down his throat/I can only see flow/His blood's starting to flow/His lungs starting to grow."

As usual, Wayne's tumbling freestyle rhymes are full of imagination and surprise throughout the album, but his voice itself is half the fun. He shouts, gasps, tries a Caribbean patois, sings snatches of "Umbrella" and "Irreplaceable," and impersonates E.T. as he raps. But it's clear he's also thinking about his worldly legacy, and as we stated earlier the album cover links Tha Carter III to Biggie's Ready to Die and Nas' Illmatic, and he makes no bones about coveting such a spot in hip-hop's elite as he advices on "Mr. Carter": "Next time you mention Pac, Biggie or Jay-Z, Don't forget Weezy Baby."



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