Tha Carter III by Lil Wayne
With Tha Carter V coming out this Thursday (praise Jesus hallelujah) I figured it would be a great time to dive back into one of my favorite albums, Tha Carter III. This album came out at such an impressionable time for me (AKA 2008) that I even have lyrics from it tattooed on my body. Not necessarily my proudest moment, but I have to paint the whole picture for you on how much I love this album. Time to relive being 16.
1. 3 Peat
What an intro, am I right? For a hardcore Weezy fan, it's hard not to get excited hearing older lyrics right off the bat.
Yes, I'm the best and no I ain't positive, I'm definite
I know the game like I'm reffing it
This is Tha Carter, Tha Carter three, the new testament
And I'm the god, and this is what I bless them with
A bold statement for the first track, but he wasn't wrong. If you forgot how legit of a rapper he was, this reminds you real quick.
2. Mr. Carter ft. Jay Z
My two favorite Carters, and ironically two of my favorite rappers, on one track.
Man, I got Summer hatin' on me
'Cause I'm hotter than the Sun
Got Spring hatin' on me 'cause I ain't never sprung
Winter hatin' on me 'cause I'm colder than y'all
And I will never, I will never, I will never fall
Lil Wayne always knows exactly how to make us miss him, that rascal. This is why the world is so ready for Tha Carter V. What a perfect track to get you fired up for the rest of the album.
3. A Milli
The beat to A Milli is just unreal; I imagine dancing to it, but not even my mind can move that fast, nevermind my body.
They say I'm rappin' like BIG, Jay, and 2pac
Andre 3000 where is Eryka Badu at
Who that said they goin' beat Lil Wayne
My name ain't Bic but I keep that flame man
The fact that he can keep up with this beat is amazing enough. I might be biased because he references my queen Gwen Stefani in this song, but his flow is amazing.
4. Got Money ft. T-Pain
Any song that can make you feel like you can make it rain even when you're the brokest of the broke is clearly doing something right. I remember driving to my high school job at Dunkin Donuts blaring this just knowing I was going to WERK for those tips that day. If you try to say you never had "bitch I'm the bomb like tick tick" in your AIM profile you're a god damn liar. Also, let's just face the fact that T-Pain can do no wrong.
5. Comfortable ft. Babyface
Babyface's voice is no smooth it's almost hard to handle. As great as Weezy is, listening to Babyface is like listening to butter and I can't get enough of it.
Yeah to the left to the left
If you wanna leave be my guest, you can step
Feeling irreplaceable listen to Beyonce
But OK I'll put you out on your B-day
This song teaches a great lesson above all -
All I ask is don't take our love
For granted, its granted
My love for you, is real
Baby if you don't love me
Somebody else will
I mean, facts. Also, can we get more Babyface in 2018?
6. Dr. Carter
This was always a favorite of mine. First of all, I love a good skit mixed into a song. Second of all, the lyrics are so outrageously clever I don't even know where to begin.
'Cause you can get through anything if Magic made it
And that was called recycling, r-e-reciting something
'Cause you just like it so you say it just like it
Some say it's biting but I say it's enlightening
Besides, Dr. Kanye West is one of the brightest
This one was produced by Swizz Beats, so it's no shock how fitting the build up of the beat is. The instruments in the background make it sounds like a poetry slam, which I'm not mad about, just let me go grab my beret.
7. Phone Home
Should I be nervous that this is one of the tracks I've always related the most to?
I can get your brains for a bargain
Like I bought it
Hip hop is my supermarket
Shoppin' cart full of fake hip hop artists
The beat is rightfully spooky with mega Halloween vibes (clearly my favorite vibes.) If anyone was a martian, I wouldn't be shocked if it were Lil Wayne.
8. Time My Hands ft. Robin Thicke
I'm not going to lie, when I first saw this feature I had no clue what Robin Thicke was doing on this album, but once you hear this song it totally makes sense. Say what you want about him, the man has a voice of an angel.
Take away the football team, the basketball team
Now all we got is me to represent New Orleans
No governor, no help from the mayor
Just a steady beatin' heart, and a wish and a prayer
This is arguably the most beautiful and heartfelt song on the album. Lil Wayne raps about his experience with Hurricane Katrina so be prepared to get your heart strings tugged on.
9. Mrs. Officer ft. Bobby V(alentino)
Back to naughty Weezy!
She read me my rights
She put me in her car, she cut off her lights
She said I had the right to remain silent
Now I got her hollering sounding like a siren
This song is too catchy, but I have two questions: Where on Earth is Bobby Valentino & who told him it was a good idea to change his name to "Bobby V"? His voice is smooth as hell and a great addition to this song. I'm honestly surprised it wasn't more of a radio hit.
10. Let the Beat Build
I try to sing along to the choir part of this song, but I definitely don't fit in.
I pay my dues, you keep the difference
I can see the end in the beginning
So I'm not racing I'm just sprintin'
Cause I don't wanna' finish
They diminish, I replenish
Just when you think he must be getting tired or need to breathe - nope! He keeps on going. Why? That's how you let the beat build bitch! You can't question his talent after listening to this one.
11. Shoot Me Down ft. D. Smith
I always loved how dark this song was. Maybe it's the ominous beat or D. Smith's unsettling voice.
Please don't shoot me down cause I'm flyin' I'm flyin'
Please don't me down cause I'm flyin' I'm high up
The drums & guitar on this track certainly add to the creepiness. I certainly approve.
12. Lollipop ft. Static Major
You know this one! Lollipop was easily the biggest record on this album. I can still hear this out anywhere and will instantly start singing along; it never gets old. Static Major was so talented, it's heartbreaking that he passed away shortly after this song was made. Can we just examine these lyrics for a second though...
Shawty wanna' thug, bottles in the club
Shawty wanna' hump, you know I'd like to touch ya lovely lady lumps
Try just saying that instead of singing it and see how weird it feels.
13. La La ft. Brisco & Busta Rhymes
I'm not going to lie, I usually skip right over this one. It's probably do to the incredibly creepy children singing right off the bat. The carnival-like beat is just not my style. Not to mention, it's repetitive af so that doesn't help. I'd expect more out of a Busta feature.
14. Playing with Fire ft. Betty Wright
This is an amazing song, but for some reason it cannot be found anywhere on the Internet, including Spotify? Who is trying to deprive the world of this song?! Luckily for me, I can't get bamboozled by "the man" because I still own the hard copy CD of this album (thank God.)
So you got so many diamonds
You wear all the finest clothes
And your grill is shining
As you're driving down the street of gold
But you cant blame me,
If I set this stage on fire
Oh OKAY Betty! I definitely don't want to mess with you girl! It's impossible not to feel like a badass while singing this song.
15. You Ain't Got Nuthin' ft. Juelz Santana & Fabolous
Another track that'll make you feel like an instant badass. If I played sports, this would definitely be on my warm up playlist. That being said, this song is LONG. their verses could be trimmed down a bit if I'm being honest. Just when you think it's over, it's not. But it should be.
Well, we made it to the track that my tattoo was inspired by...
No one alive can always be an angel
I have that on my ribs, ok? Now that we've gotten that out of the way, this song is amazing on so many levels. It's almost ten minutes long, but don't let that scare you. At about three minutes, the song ends and Weezy's rant begins. There's nothing that I can say that will do it justice, so I'm just going to really recommend you take the time to listen to it. It was written ten years ago, but is still scarily relevant today. If you're going to take the time to listen to just one song off this album, do yourself a favor and make it this one.
I started off saying this was one of my favorite albums of all time, so it's probably no surprise I give it an 9/10. I'll never forget rushing to Target after school the day this album came out with my best friend Tawny. I still have that very same CD in my car as we speak. Since it's now 2018, I'll now be "rushing" to the Apple Store to buy Tha Carter V on Thursday. Actually, maybe I'll just go to Target for old times sake.