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Released: May 13, 2008

Rating: 3.911 (average of 11 ratings)

Genre: rap

Quotable: “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.” – David Jeffries, All Music Guide

Album Tracks:

  1. 3 Peat
  2. Mr. Carter (w/ Jay-Z)
  3. A Milli
  4. Got Money (w/ T-Pain)
  5. Comfortable (w/ Babyface)
  6. Dr. Carter
  7. Phone Home
  8. Tie My Hands (w/ Robin Thicke)
  9. Mrs. Officer (w/ Kidd Kidd & Bobby Valentino)
  10. Let the Beat Build
  11. Shoot Me Down (w/ D. Smith)
  12. Lollipop (w/ Static Major)
  13. La La (w/ Brisco & Busta Rhymes)
  14. Pussy Monster
  15. You Ain’t Got Nuthin’ (w/ Juelz Santana & Fabolous)
  16. Dontgetit

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 3.0
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 3.87


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 1 3
peak on U.K. album chart 23

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Lollipop (3/29/08) #1 US, #26 UK, #1 RB, sales: 4.0 m
  • A Milli (5/10/08) #6 US, #1 RB, sales: 1.0 m
  • Got Money (5/31/08) #13 US, #7 RB
  • Mr. Carter (6/21/08) #62 US, #27 RB
  • You Ain’t Got Nuthin’ (6/21/08) #81 US
  • 3 Peat (6/28/08) #66 US
  • Mrs. Officer (7/19/08) #16 US, #5 RB
  • Comfortable (7/19/08) #76 RB


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

The Carter Vol. III
Lil’ Wayne
“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.” DJ First off, “there’s his complete annihilation of the mixtape game [and] the ridiculous amount of guest shots he granted since Tha Carter II made him a hip-hop superstar;” DJ he “put out enough material in 2007 to inspire a Vibe magazine list of the 77 best Lil Wayne songs of that year alone.” KK

Outside of the actual music, there was “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.” DJ

Tha Carter III is instead a surprisingly casual album that takes numerous listens to sort out.” DJ His sheer “level of output is the primary reason behind Tha Carter III’s bumpy ride.” KK “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.” DJ

“The albums opens well with the appropriately boastful 3 Peat, followed by the symbolic torch-passing of Mr. Carter, featuring Jay-Z” KK stopping “by for the velvet-smooth hangout session.” DJ

“Nothing matches or exceeds that until” KK “the striking Dr. Carter.” DJ It features “another Weezy special from way outside the hip-hop universe…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.” DJ

“The album’s arguable high point [is] Phone Home. Framed by simple, bombastic beats from Cool & Dre, Lil Wayne argues…that he’s so far beyond the competition he’s extra-terrestrial. Within that track comes a stellar example of how Weezy’s reptilian flow can let an inspired aside such as ‘I'm rare, like Mr. Clean with hair’ slip by almost unnoticed.” KK In addition, “the maverick adopts an alien voice and drops ‘I could get your brains for a bargain/ Like I bought it from Target.’” DJ

“But no artist this prolific can avoid dropping some duds amongst the winners. The disc’s three monster hits sound silly (Lollipop), annoying (A Milli), and generally uninspired (Got Money) when stacked up against the non-hits. David Banner’s musical backing for La La provides the kind of brain-tickling inventiveness that Lil Wayne should always have in order to push his gift for verbal absurdity to greater heights.” KK Having said that, “the electro-bumpin’ ‘Lollipop’ [is still] an infectious track that contains the wonderfully Wayne line ‘I told her to back it up/ Like burp, burp.’” DJ

Elsewhere, we find “Babyface laying the stylish swagger all over Comfortable, [while] Wayne gets the opportunity to convincingly vibe in the land of true class.” DJ “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.” DJ

“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.” DJ

Review Source(s):


A Milli

Got Money

Mrs. Officer

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Last updated September 27, 2010.