Evolution Of A Carter: Lil Wayne's 10 Most Important Songs…And Why

With upwards of 82 tracks that have charted, and one of the decade's best-selling albums in any genre, we take a look at 10 songs that cemented Lil Wayne's legacy.

Dwayne Michael Carter’s peculiar and storied trip to the top of the Hip Hop mountain peak has been nothing short of incredible. At the delicate age of nine–when most of us are playing in sandboxes and getting dressed by our mothers–Wayne was busy signing a recording contract with Cash Money Records and becoming the label’s youngest artist. Over the next 20 years, Wayne would embark upon one of the most exhilarating and successful runs that the music industry has ever witnessed, dropping the supply-and-demand concept on its head while delivering track after exciting track at a frenetic pace. Some estimates put the total in the mid-thousands.

Amongst this litany of recorded material, one can’t help but to wonder what to make of it all. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Wayne’s landed 82 hits (including guest verses) on the Billboard Hot 100 over the last decade. Some have been massive (“Got Money” , “Swagga Like Us”, “Motivation”), others trend-setting (“Bling Bling” , “Make it Rain”), and even a few genre-sprawling efforts (“Prom Queen” , “How to Love” ). Nevertheless, for the specific reasons given below, the following ten songs have been the most crucial in furthering the career of Lil’ Wayne.

May 1999 – “Back That Azz Up” (Juvenile f. Mannie Fresh & Lil Wayne)

Why It’s Important: Arguably Cash Money’s biggest song to date–imperative that Weezy hopped on it.

Key moment: The “drop it like it’s hot” refrain spawned future singles by both Wayne and Snoop Dogg while forever etching itself into Hip Hop’s lexicon.
                     
Hyper-addictive and forever a dance-floor staple, the signature track of Cash Money’s pre-Nikki Minaj and Drake period featured a brief but memorable appearance from, a literally, “Lil” Wayne. As he had done often during his pre-pubescent days on the mic, Weezy deferred to elder statesmen Juvenile and Mannie Fresh and let them preside over most of this gloriously misogynistic ass-dropping anthem. Let’s face it, they were more talented and deserving at the time anyway. However, despite their dominance, Wayne wouldn’t be held down and left a long-lasting impression on a Southern pen-and-pixel era classic.

October 2004 – “Go DJ” 

Why It’s Important: The debut of the new flow.

Key moment: “Cause the flow is spazmatic, what they call insane / That ain’t even my mothafuckin’ aim I get dough boy!”

Perhaps reinvigorated by the simple-yet-pounding Mannie Fresh soundbed, Wayne–sounding more focused than ever–shed the rapid-fire rhyme scheme he employed during the Hot Boyz era in favor of a new, slower flow. Deliberate, poignant and a definite sign of things to come, this new delivery allowed Weezy’s rhymes to sink in to Inception-level depths. Did Philly rapper and one-time CMR member Gillie Da Kid have a hand in developing Wayne’s new and improved style, as has sometimes been speculated? We’ll probably never know. However, backed by one of the most recognizable basslines of the past decade, “Go DJ” was the perfect platform for Wayne to introduce Flow 2.0.

December 2004 – “Soldier” (Destiny's Child f. T.I. & Lil Wayne)

Why It’s Important: Showed he could stand toe-to-toe with music’s elite.

Key moment: The song’s video, in which he convinced Beyonce to “Please say the baby.”

For the first and conceivably last time, one could suggest–and it wouldn’t be a ridiculous suggestion–that in 2004 Lil Wayne was actually the third most prominent name on this track, behind lead artist Destiny’s Child and it-rapper of the moment, T.I. Much like the aforementioned “Back That Azz Up,” the importance of this song to Wayne’s career lies almost solely in the simple fact that he was, thankfully, a part of it. Presumably inspired by former Hot Boyz brethren B.G. and his semi-successful “Cash Money is An Army” campaign (and quite possibly the only reason Wayne was picked for this song in the first place), an audibly nervous Weezy mustered up just enough courage to spit a charmingly competent guest verse on his most high-profile song to date.

July 2006 – “Stuntin' Like My Daddy” (Birdman & Lil Wayne)

Why It’s Important: The birth of the swag.

Key moment: With a mouth full of ice, Wayne challenges his critics to “Show me my opponent!”

“Bitch I’m paid, that’s all I gotta say.” Once a boyish, not-quite-sure-of-himself child prodigy, it was the first single from his Like Father, Like Son collabo album with Birdman Sr. that truly solidified Wayne’s now larger-than-life swagger. Riding the lush T-Mixx beat to perfection, Weezy attacked the track with enough charisma to blush the cheeks of a 1988 Slick Rick. When Wayne spits, “Where I’m from we see a fucking dead body everyday,” he may as well be talking about this track–because he absolutely bodies it. The coronation occurs during the third verse when Wayne, mid-sentence, takes a pull from his likely triple-stacked Styrofoam cup and begs his critics to offer him a worthy adversary. King Hov may have invented swag, but it was Lil’ Wayne that perfected it.

April 2007 – “We Takin’ Over” (DJ Khaled f. T.I., Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Fat Joe, Birdman & Akon)

Why It’s Important: Turned Wayne into a Hip Hop superstar.
 
Key moment: “Feed me rappers or feed me beats!”

Clearly brimming with ambition and in the middle of a prolific mixtape run, Wayne dialed up the goosebump meter for his scene-stealing appearance on this 2007 DJ Khaled posse cut. Given the reigns for the song’s final verse–momentous in its own right considering the roster of artists–Wayne waits patiently for the haunting screams of Danja’s church choir to reach their crescendo, and then pounces on the track as if he was in Hip Hop 101 and this was his final exam. A nearly riot-inciting concert staple, (including the crowd-favorite “Feed me rappers or feed me beats!” line) the breathtaking final verse on “We Takin’ Over” was a watershed moment that will one day make its way onto Lil’ Wayne’s Hall of Fame plaque.

April 2007 – “Promise (Remix)” (Lil Wayne f. Ciara)


Why It’s Important:
When Lil’ Wayne became cool.

Key Moment: “Miss Ciara you are colder than blue, and baby I ain’t talking to nobody else but you.”

Continuing the hijack-and-improve-upon tradition he established on his Draught and Dedication mixtape series, Weezy grabbed the best song of Ciara’s career and took it to an even higher place. In a slight twist, Wayne made the conscious (or likely, unconscious) decision to rearrange this overtly sultry R&B tune–as opposed to the hardcore Rap tracks he had normally picked to dismantle–and it truly made him unique; and more importantly, cool. If there was ever a Hip Hop song to make love to, Wayne’s seductive open love-letter to Ciara is the one.

July 2007 – “Feel Like Dying”

 

Why It’s Important: When non-Rap fans started taking notice.

Key Moment: “I can mingle with the stars and throw a party on Mars / I am prisoner locked up behind Xanax bars.”

Wayne officially became Hip Hop’s evil (Emo?) genius with this abstract, drug-fueled ode to all things hallucinogenic. Full of non-sequiturs and over a downright frightening sample, the creepiest song of Wayne’s career grabbed those outside of the Hip Hop community (hipsters, stoners, Radiohead fans) and dragged them aboard the Wayne Train. “Swimming laps around a bottle of Louis the Thirteenth / Jumping off of a mountain into a sea of Codeine.” Yikes! Sounding more Kurt Cobain than Southern gangsta, it was the eerie and beautiful “Feel Like Dying” when Lil’ Wayne became more than just a rapper.

March 2008 – “Lollipop”

Why It’s Important: The pop crossover.

Key Moment: Too many to list.

The biggest song of 2008 and Wayne’s first number-one single, “Lollipop” did for Weezy what “Big Pimpin” had done for Jay-Z almost a decade earlier–it officially cemented his place in the pop world. This was the song Wayne had been needing, something he had waited his entire career for–a smash hit that would rattle trunks from California to New York, absolutely own the summer, and propel his magnum opus (Tha Carter III) to one of the biggest sales weeks in Hip Hop history. Dirty enough to bump in the streets and glossy enough to fuel the clubs, “Lollipop” remains one of the most parodied and pop-culture referenced tracks you’ll ever hear.

April 2008 – “A Milli”

Why It’s Important: Provided a boom-bap rebuttal to “Lollipop” and it’s R&B implications.

Key Moment: The opening bars; which can be recited by everyone from Asher Roth to Barack Obama.

Branded by various publications as the best hip-hop song of 2008, “A Milli” couldn’t have came at a better time for Wayne.  The precedent that “Lollipop” threatened to establish was a dangerous one; following up that sexy, for-the-ladies lullaby with anything other than a menacing street-anthem would have bordered on career suicide. Luckily, Wayne blacked out all over Bangladesh’s 808 convention and unleashed a grandiose tongue-lashing aimed at any and all of his detractors. “They say I’m rappin’ like Big, Jay, and Tupac, Andre 3000” quips Wayne on the track’s final verse. Braggadocios? Yes. Hyperbole? Maybe.  However, one can’t argue that “A Milli” brought Wayne back to his mixtape roots and ensured fans that Tha Carter III would be a well-balanced force to be reckoned with.

December 2010 – “6 Foot 7 Foot”

Why It’s Important: Dominance reestablished.

Key Moment: “So misunderstood but what’s a world without enigma?”

The dazzling and triumphant “6 Foot 7 Foot” still feels as fresh on Tha Carter IV release day as it did during its iTunes premier a full eight months prior. Conceptually similar and sounding like a steroids-injected version of T.I.’s “I’m Back”, it was clear that Weezy had stepped out of Rikers Island with a vengeance; more specifically, it was time to transport everyone back to Planet Weezy. Judging from the intensity and clarity of his voice, it’s as if he didn’t utter a single word while in prison – this is, vocally, one of Wayne’s strongest performances. Absolutely dripping with memorable lines, “6 Foot 7 Foot” instantly reinvigorated the public’s love affair with Lil’ Wayne and left them yearning for a new album. Excuse his charisma.

Ryan Redding is a freelance music journalist and former employee of Atlantic Records. He currently resides in Pasadena, CA. He can be contacted at DoubleR2000@hotmail.com.

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259 Comments

  • Anonymous

    Drought 3 is the best mixtape ever. Carter 2 is classic. Carter 3 was good and No Ceilings was fucking amazing. Rebirth,Human Being and Sorry 4 the wait were all trash. Carter 4 was meh.

  • chris p

    i agree with some of the lists. for people who are asking why other songs that wayne lyrically destroyed arent up there....the "real" title of this article is " lil wayne songs that made white america notice him" mrs. officer should be there. make it rain should be there. and how is not bling bling on the list? the word is in the dictionary. and everyone believes he coined the term and the song is not even on his album nor does he have a verse on the original version he just spits the hook. i agree with back that azz up but does that count as a feature? still amazing how he spit half a bridge for the last 15 seconds of the song and had such an impact. Also agree with a comment that says this should be the De-Evolution of wayne because once carter 3 dropped 90 percent of his music and lyrics is corny and trash.

  • steee

    i agree w/ a lot of the list. definitely not the promise remix... not sure about stuntin like my daddy... like some others said, i think fireman is a must have, b/c the carter 2 and the mixtapes around that time were really what propelled him. that period around end 2005 to beg 2007 was really his rise, could have chosen a lot of different songs but i think we takin over is a good choice

  • Anonymous

    the title of the list wasn't "lil waynes top 10 songs" or "lil waynes best verses." it listed the songs that cemented his career and his status as an icon in rap. these are his biggest mainstream hits and several of his most popular most popular mixtape tracks. stfu clowns

  • Anonymous

    More like the, 'De-Evolution Of A Carter.'

  • OKAN

    A List Without "Hustler Musik" Is No List At All.

  • Kushington

    The only song missing from this is "Cannon" off Dedication 2, to me that was when everybody admitted that Wayne was ill. Probably his most memorable verse ever besides A Milli with 6 Foot 7 Foot at a close 3rd.

  • Mike

    Pretty dope list...I agree with most of it...

  • Mike

    Pretty good list...I agree with it for the most part.

  • funny

    this article is a joke right? "The Birth Of The Swag" Haha are you kinding me? You might want to do your research on the word swag before naming that song the birth of it...don't get me wrong i use to like wayne but it's just as the person below me put it this is the de-evolution of this artist. I'm not even going to mention lollipop...smh

  • Lindani

    You left out 1 track.Leather So Soft.

  • rtj00

    More like the de-evolution!

  • JJ Brown

    Three things...1)does anyone else feel like "Cannon" was unjustly left off this list. 2) With the exception of that song i'd like to think that this is a pretty accurate rap up of what seems to be lil waynes carrier.. him saying himself that he plans on retiring soon 3) how can anyone take these 11 songs and compare them to a top 10 or 11 inflential songs of jay-z,eminem,or nas... why is there even a comparison? For that matter why is he even mentioned as a top ten rapper?

    • Sebastien Savino Vieux

      these are pretty much his biggest songs that the mainstream took notice of . no d2, d1, songs . no c2 songs. "Tha Mobb" on of Wayne's Best Songs !

  • Ruth Kapario

    Is he a member of the illuminati?

  • Maurice Harrison

    http://marley1.bandcamp.com/

  • Al Sharpton

    Lil Wayne is the pennacle of rap Godliness

  • J-Franks

    C4 is the beginning of the end.

  • Matt Sullivan

    I agree with most of the songs up here...but i gotta say that Wayne is horribly overrated. A Milli should be #1...that song had everybody rappin on it.

  • osama

    lil wayne = worst rapper of all time (history)

  • Ian Stoll

    half of these songs actually suck.

  • David Jones

    Article had a strong start but weakened in the end. "Stunnin' like My Daddy" can't be the birth of Lil Wayne's swag, because if you look at the Video Before it Wayne had nothing BUT Swag. Him and T.I. had a certain style that was the reason he was put on the song. No mention of Fireman, or ANYTHING from Tha Carter II makes this article lose credibility. C2 is Lil Wayne's best work, and last Great work, period. No mention of it= Failure. Also 6 Foot 7 is a horrible option of a track to be featured in this article.

  • AAAAA

    faggot fake ass blood pop bitch wayne

  • Neffite Davis

    I wasnt going to address yall haters but damn I was just reading these comments and i gotta say something. First of yall hip hop purists!! LOL I been listening to hiphop a long ass time and I never put a limit on hiphop. Yall put a limit on what hiphop is. is hiphop is strictly streets? Hip Hop is more than streets. Its bigger than ever now. Will smith did parents just dont understand, Hammer did his thing, Ice cube and NWA did they thing, Snoop did his thing, Master P did his thing, and the hotboys did their thing. Its all different styles people. Lil wayne had staple a new style. Thats why he is so hot. If rappers come out with new styles then they will be successful also. So stop hating and saying wayne killing hip hop. Why cause you dont approve it, he outselling your favorite artist. Yall niggas crack me up!!!!!!!!!!

    • JJ Brown

      hey man... he's the one who box'ed rap into one thing when he claimed to be "the best rapper alive". He did this to himself... and if you look back at his carrier like this article did, he doesnt stack up to the all time greats (biggie, pac, jay-z, em, nas, etc)

  • Sermon

    Without "Bring It Back," there's no best rapper alive talk from Weezy.

    • Neffite Davis

      I agree with that!!! That was a smart ass move he made!!! That got the haters Hating!! Hate brings you popularity!!!!

  • Anthony

    Dedication and Dedication 2 mixtapes is also a very critical part to the evolution of Wayne.

  • Anonymous

    most overrated rapper ever: - horrible voice; - horrible lyrics about money and bitches - worst flow ever - responsible for downfall of hiphop - horrible singer - most uglyiest rapper ever - probably gay because he kissed birdman

  • lil wayne worst rapper or singer

    i thought lil wayne is a pop-star or a rocker

  • Severe Thebeneficent

    wayne does his thing, I give him credit, but this list made me laugh. Yall painting a picture of someone that dont even have 1 UNDENIABLE TIMELESS CLASSIC, on that list!! Half the songs arent even his LOL!! IDK but it seems like SOMEBODY is trying to make this guy seem more important than he actually is. why? Wayne does NOTHING for hip hop in any shape form or fashion! Dude is like hip hop's proverbial slap in the face. "stuntin like my daddy"?? really?? Never mind thats not even your fuckin pops but who says shit like that? Dudes quick to talk shit about age but What about baby? Like somebody needs to get on em! with his old decrepit lookin ass, nigga like 46 with all them fake tats, fake bangin, up in the club!! Oh its ok for him? The whole YMCMB makes ok music ...for this generation...but they are like a real life in living color sketch from the 90s Im sorry lol! They would have beat out vanilla ice pm dawn and millie vanillie back in the day lol!! Hes like that episode of boondocks where they talkin about gangstalicious the gay rapper, and everybody is indenial of the gay shit he does cause hes hot...yall are up waynes ass so much you forget thats hes not the only rapper alive so you turn into these haters that you claim your not, hating on anybody else not jocking weezy and his style...just look at the BET awards man, niggas aint THAT GOOD to have a artist in every category for 2 songs...thats fuckin ridiculous...All the music on the net and you mean to tell me all or half of it cant get acknowledged in some form? Thats crazy And its sucks for you guys. You mad? fuck it, sue me, I aint hiding...

  • 905

    How isn't fireman on this

  • asdas

    the list just feels empty w/out a C2 track #stillhisbestworktodate

  • Jg

    hiphop purists like to hate on Wayne, but you gta give the man credit, he's put in work in the game for a more than a decade and didnt give up until he became the biggest star in hiphop. Yea the carter 4 was hot, but in 2004 did anyone think they would be salivating for the carter 3 to drop 4 years later? That Wayne would outsell Yeezy and Jigga combined is his first week!? The dude is a force. Though if he wants to keep all those fans who bought that bullshit C4 he needs lock himself up in the studio and start sippin on that cough syrup like he was doin in 07'

    • Severe Thebeneficent

      ahhh cmon man PEOPLE hate on wayne, stop calling it "hip hop purist", its not some group plotting on him! EVERYBODY calls him out on the shit he does! like cmon! he doesnt set trends he trend hops! HUGE difference. he skate boarding this year right? smh women call him out on that skinny jean shit too, they "hip hop purist"? And dont hold your breathe for wayne to blow hip hop away musically, he TRYING be anything but apart of this shit. he already putting out rock albums and singing and shit. Pop fans agree with that soft shit. if your a pop fan then cool. But all that hungry shit is out the window buddy. He on cruise control. We lose.

  • Mayrbek Gantamirov

    This list is complete bullshit!!!

  • Best Of Wayne

    BM J.R. Hustler Music The Mobb I Miss My Dawgs Bring It Back Money On My Mind Best Rapper Alive Fireman Go dj Oh, No Lock N Load Hit em Up Feel Me A milli La La La (not the one on c3) I feel like dying Army Gunz 3 Peat Let the beat build Watch My Shoes Hot Shit Rep My Hood Doufle Bag Boy Hollywood divorce The Whold dedication 2 Kobe Bryant I told yall The Leak Lyrical homicide Look at me now Stuntin like my daddy

  • Anonymous

    Wow... where are "Hollywood Divorce" and "Hustler Muzik" ??? I didn't even fuck with Wayne b4 I heard those two tracks... he was jus aiight.. worst outta the Hot Boyz crew till Carter II.

  • Arien Knowledge Young

    I agree with HipHopDoc89 but for different reasons. The list should've shown more of Wayne's progression, but it skipped the beginning of his career. How is Block Is Hot not on here?!

  • HipHopDoc89

    anyone who takes born 1995 seriously is a fuckin idiot. hes clearly a troll, its so obvious. id tell him to step his troll game up but he clearly got yall so good job. this list is doo doo butter. some of the tracks are right for this list but 6 foot 7 foot are you fuckin serious? and promise, really? soldier doesnt belong on here either. Wayne can spit when he puts his mind to it, but the dude is a clown. as a person i think hes a douche and i have almost no respect for him. but as an MC i think hes paid his dues.

  • Born 1995

    Omg lil Wayne is a hip hop god way better than 2pac , piggy smalls, nas, gay - z, shiddy cent, insert old ass rapper here. Young money baby!!! P.S drizzy drake is the second best rapper alive!

    • truth

      Born in 1995 that explains why you are so dumb and also explains why you are a homo look at your influences. smh.

    • corecction

      Jay z is the greatest point black period. He shits on feminem, nas, and especially gay ass weezy. The number one proof is that little gayne made a career by feeding off of hov's best rapper alive line. Also everytime hove gets on a track with lil gayne he completely destoys him. Ask little wyne to name his top rappers besides his self he will tell you Jay z. Then ask jay z to name his top rappers I guarantee you he wont name lil wayne and neither will any one else with a normal human iq

    • Anonymous

      Watch your mouth u stupid pussy! U r a pig, not Chris Wallace..don't talk about hip hop music 'cause u don't even fuckin know what it's really is (Wayne the best rapper, Drake second...greatest bunch of crap I've ever heard! I got tons of names who can piss on wizzydrizzygayzzy's heads). Listen to your fakeshitmusic, to your favourite clown and give some respect for two dead men. U sucker!

    • Severe Thebeneficent

      yeah really...

    • AudioAssassin Mcmillan

      you're a fucking fag for that

  • Anonymous

    Giliie must feel like a bitch. He got fired then claimed he wrote for wayne. Then after that wayne dropped two of the best hip hop releases ever: Carter 2 and Drought 3.

  • Hip Hop Fan

    Did anyone notice that Lil Wayne was at his best when Gillie the Kid was his ghostwriter. Lil Wayne was on point during that era and as soon as Gillie and Wayne fell apart Wayne started to fall off and got on drugs and lean. LOL

    • RealHipHopKy

      I Agree with everything VB said and its 100% facts and the Truth!

    • VB

      Gillie left before the Carter 2/Dedication 2 era, which is regarded as Wayne's peak. Also, Gillie already admitted he never wrote for Wayne, he just coached him: http://www.xxlmag.com/old-main/2006/07/gillie-da-kid-behind-the-music/ XXL: Were you straight writing verses for Wayne, or was it more of a coaching thing? Gillie: No, Wayne had good breath control, so it was really more of a study thing. Wayne improved lyrically on the Sqad Up mixtapes.

  • honest truth

    Lil Wayne Gay yall promote fags on this site?

  • dac

    that michelle bitch CANT sing

  • Ali Lafayette Rhea

    No question the kid is nice and no doubt he gets busy- I'm not talking about him but Ali Lafayette Rhea. One Love

  • N/A

    They jumped from 98 to 04! What about...The block is hot(99), Bling Bling (the infamous chorus that became a legit word, 99), I need a hot girl (99), #1 stunna (chorus, 00), Shine (00), Get off the corner (00), the "500 Degreez" album where he actually began to evolve. "The Carter 2" had major hits and was probably his most mature and complete album (in my opinion). The person who did the article didn't say very much for a "career breakdown" type of story. I may not be a big Wayne fan but I did go to school during the whole No Limit/Cash Money era.

  • The Realest

    Stop drinking the kool-aid. This is a bunch of propaganda bull. This dude has been trash since day one. I hope Gillie is on his X-mas card list. Bum ass nigga with bum ass raps. And people think that Jay is illuminati affiliated. Oh yeah to those really paying attention. Look at the Back Dat Azz up vid. He got the colors right but they're on the WRONG SIDE.

  • Weezy

    Yo warr21 or whatever maybe we never heard of those people cause they suck on the mic

  • Born 1995

    Oh, yeah what's up to my homies Jason and Wayne is lord. We run hip hop dx!!! What up super gucci rap , that's my nig

  • Born 1995

    Omg lil Wayne is a hip hop god way better than 2pac , piggy smalls, nas, gay - z, shiddy cent, insert old ass rapper here. Young money baby!!! P.S drizzy drake is the second best rapper alive

    • Anonymous

      Born 95, you truly are a loser. Your name explains it all though. You are forgiven. Just take a real Hip Hop history lesson first.

    • Born 1995

      Did you just call him jb? You know him or something?

    • Anonymous

      Did you just mention JB and HipHop in one sentence? You're kidding right?

    • Born 1995

      Why you hating? Cause I was lucky enough to have seen the golden era of hip hop? Lil Wayne, gucci , waka , soulja boy, lil b, Justin bieber, bow wow, oj the juiceman, drake, these are some of the greats of hip hop. You listen to old ass rappers, I'll listen to tight ass jean wearing g's

    • hiphopson

      you know nothing about hip-hop lol your name says it all born in 95

  • Anonymous

    Revisionist History. The Drought is Over Series and The Dedication series made Wayne. Not some stupid feature.

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  • bballslim42

    That list just proves wayne is not one of raps elites.

  • Kashif Ilyas

    Nice article, DX. Enjoyed reading it. There is too much hate on Wayne on this site, which blurs people's vision to Wayne's actual talent on the mic.

    • casper21

      nice article, sure, the dude needs to be put down for writing this. The fact that so many artists in the industry refuse to acknowledge publicly that wayne is horribly overrated is bad enough, but the media buys into it too which makes it worse. It's the general consumer, hip hop heads specifically that have the most accurate opinion on wayne and they have spoken.

  • Anonymous

    great list of wayne rise to super-stardom, but one song was missing from this list and that was wanye's hook on "Duffle bag"..i have friends who only listen to country music and classic rock, that were even singing waynes hook "if i dont do nothing im a ball, Im standing on the corner like i clock on the wall"...lol

  • Jioxer

    Lil Wayne most over rated rapper ever! Now shut the fuck up for christ sakes!

    • Anonymous

      Nah he's overated cause his shits weak and theirs a bunch of lames like yourself swinging on his john

    • Neffite Davis

      Why is he overated? Cause he is winning? He is not on the team you rooting for? LOL He is winning and the haters are losing!!

  • Ransom

    WHERE'S MONEY ON MY MIND?

  • weez

    As far as style goes he evolves every few years unlike most rappers: hotboyz/first 3 cds days - back when he sounded more southern and had a more croaky voice. young and still tryin to find his niche. carter1: that spitfire flow which still alil similar to his roots but evolved. carter2: more lyrical, way different flow and style. slower flow with swag dedicated2/drought3/features: probably his peak in terms of quality and quantity of music coming out in a short period of time. Gave him street cred leading up to his big mainstream jump. Carter3: Where he became a rockstar and set a blueprint for other rappers for the next coup years. Autotuned lollipop where he sang in his first single which inspired t.i.'s whatever you like and prolly played a part in inspiring 808s and heartbreak. no ceilings/drake era: Still riding off his carter3 success and building the foundation for his label young money. He became more of a punchline rapper. Rebirth/I'm not a human being: More experimental yet more mediocre. A period where he was preparin for jail time. Carter4: Slowed down his flow even more, still heavily relyin on punchlines as he did in no ceilings. Feels like hes trying to recreate past success rather than breaking new ground

  • Anonymous

    Yo why do muthufuckas think this dude is like the greatest rapper rapping right now. I can name a gang of emcees, and yes I said EMCEES out right now that would rhyme fuckin circles around this tight pant wearing fuckin homo. He has no substance, his punchlines and metaphors are so second grade level. "We fuckin like animals, planet of the apes." Awwww shit! It's over people. This dude is mad nice. LMAO!!! It's a shame where the future of Hip Hop is headed. That people actually think this dude is nice.

    • Anonymous

      War22 I hear ya man. That is true.

    • Anonymous

      i agree man so fuckin overrated

    • war22

      dude...not everyone is a hiphop fan...they follow YM cuz they have catchy beats...this dudes that are listening right now to Wayne never heard of Rakim,KRS,Kool G,Masta Ace etc(the essence of rap not just mambling on the mic)...most of YM listeners come from a Britney Spears pop era so it kinda sucks cuz they should go back to pop and leave our culture ALONE...

  • Dre

    Man I would say Lil Weezzy has changed over year mad talented , rap credits, plaques all over the wall at the end he's a great South rapper, must be cool to have a daughter by his side , a squad , a girlfriend way to go I guess God really has paths , but different for everyone!

  • Furreal...friends

    Lil wayne is not tight Top 5 Rappers: 1. The rapper who made the rugrats rap 2. The rapper on the intro to Aqua Teen Hunger Force 3.Par Rapper the Rapper 4. Diggy Simmons who looks like janelle Monae 5. Big Sam from lil jon and the eastside boyz

  • Lupe Espinoza

    To the Haters: "Stop analizing, criticizing, you should realize what I am and start epitomizing" - Lil Wayne.

    • Anonymous

      nice quote Lupe

    • Hey Loopay

      To you: "Load up the pump, take a dump on your rump, pop the trunk, and suck my own sack...then you get horny. You'll get horny from another man so then I'll have reason to call you gay!" With that being said...I'm gonna go listen to "Watch The Throne" and suck my own balls

  • chiefoverlord

    I have to admit, this list is fairly accurate.

    • Anonymous

      if your a person who doesnt follow hip hop ... this list is the perception of a typical MTV fan who started listening to rap in 2008.

  • jason

    Weezy = God of Hip-hop Haters = mad and insecure LOL

  • Anonymous

    Before I diss Wayne, lemme give him the credit he deserves: The mixtape run wayne had from 2005-2008 is fucking legendary, He dropped so many classic mixtapes. Besides the mixtape run wayne had carter 1, 2, 3 and No Ceilings. However I think he really fell off hard after 2009. Rebirth, Human Being, Sorry 4 the wait and Carter 4 were all trash releases. Who knows though, maybe he can recover

  • wtf?

    this dude got a nose job lol

  • asd

    ayo, my nigga lil' gayne. check it ---> http://www.primox.com you gotta luv it

  • MBTM

    damn if 2pac was still alive, lil wayne would be working at KFC

    • Luka CuDi Balić

      like pac wouldn't never fell off? dude please.

    • asd

      bullshit.. KFC?? u'll be killed by K.M.C

    • Randy

      please... wish you hip hop fans would stop pretending if pac or big was alive you'd show him love. if jay died 10 years ago you'd be saying "fuck pac if jay was here he'd be working at dairy queen" or some other fake shit to discredit him.

    • Anonymous

      mad about what lol. if pac was still alive you'd be calling him wack and saying he's an illuminti puppet faggot. same way you fakr ass rap fans treat jay and weezy.

    • MBTM

      LMAO clearly umad, weezy would be frying chicken at kfc, if 2pac was still around

    • Anonymous

      yea yea yea if pac was alive youd be saying he fell off and saying he's gay too get the fuck out of here with that bullshit

  • joem

    The only good songs listed are Go DJ and Back that Azz up which isn't even Waynes song. They don't even touch Lights Out.. that was a pretty good album.. The Carter 2 definitely his best.. Hustler Musik to me is Wayne's defining song. The best song on Carter 3 by far is Tie My Hands although I'll admit Lollipop made him a pop star and Milli made him a hot topic. But by FAR, Waynes best work is Da Drought 3. Carter 4 is garbage. Rebirth is garbage. I'm not a human being is whack.

    • dwayne

      Drought III can't be his best work, because it's not his work. Rapping over other people's beats isn't fair. Chamillionaire does that on Mixtape Messiah series, and most of them are better than Drought III. You have to judge Wayne by his albums, and the best is Like Father Like Son

  • AMilliMoreThanYou

    First, if you're not a Wayne fan then don't comment. Nobody forced you to read this.. Second, why isn't Georgia Bush on here? or were you not including mixtape tracks?

  • GAY MONEY

    10 GOOD REASONS WHY LIL WAYNE IS THE WORST RAPPER ALIVE (IN THE INDUSTRY LIL B DONT COUNT)

  • Anonymous

    I think it's pretty clear lil wayne is the best rapper alive. he's more relevant than anyone and is selling the most records. the only people who think WTT is better than C4 is old faggot hip-hop elitists stuck in the past.

  • Samuel Snead

    oh and back that azz up, but dat was a hot album

  • Samuel Snead

    Stuntin like my daddy da only track i like on da list

  • anonymous

    LIL WAYNE IS THE BEST RAPPER ALIVE. JAY-Z IS LAZY AND BORING NOW, EMINEM GONE SOFT, NAS BORING LIL WAYNE IS THE BEST HE IS HIP HOP

    • Willy

      I guess "How to Love" is hard huh? Listen to recovery, especially "No Love" and tell me how "soft" Eminem is. He literally makes Lil' Wayne sound like a rookie. Turn off the radio you little faggot.

  • Eric Thomas

    good ass article..props on this DX. i would have added "hustler music" or even "fireman" on this too.

  • Anonymous

    lil waynes a fagget why the fuck do pl even listnin to him, tht nigga s a fake g, wears woman leggings, and fucking skateboards smh

  • Al Sharpton

    "King Hov may have invented swag, but it was Lil Wayne that perfected it.". Best quote from the article. Lil Wayne is the pennacle of rap Godliness

  • Anonymous

    DX, how does Lil Wayne's cum taste?

  • Thomas James Mueller

    10 most important songs.... and none of them are off Carter II? Carter II is one of the best rap albums ever.

    • WTF

      6 OF THESE SONG SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ON THIS LIST WHERES FIREMAN? AND WHATS WITH ALL THE GUEST APPEARANCES IT SHOULD BE THE SONGS HE MADE ON HIS ALBUM IM GLAD BACK THAT AZZ WAS ON THERE BUT SOLIDER AND WE TAKIN OVER??? COME ON DX OH AND CARTER 2>>>CARTER 3 EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW THAT

    • Anonymous

      tha carter 2 is definitly dope. shoudl definitly be atleast one song off that. but carter 3 was better

    • Anonymous

      Shut up bitch! Lil Wayne sucks balls

  • Anonymous

    insert lame played out lil wayne complaint here

  • Anonymous

    PROMISE REMIX MADE LIL WAYNE "COOL" ???? YO THE REVIEWER IS A FUCKING DUMBASS, WAYNE WAS POPULAR WAAAY BEFORE SOME STUPID PROMISE REMIX.

    • Anonymous

      co-sign i guess. that was the only song i thought kinda 'ehh' about being on this list. could've put hustler musik or fireman in its place

  • Josh

    to me people overlook good tracks on every single carter album Tha Carter I a lot of people already mentioned this but BM JR Tha Carter II Hit Em Up amazing track imo most underrated track on all of his carters Tha Carter III Tie My Hands wayne really showing emotion with a sub par robin thicke singing Tha Carter IV President Carter If there was any track that was UNDERRATED on this album President carter would be it

  • Anonymous

    face it this true question this and answer if the carter 4 were named differently it would have flopped just like the previous 2 albums returd and i am a human piece of shit... hmmmnnn if i am not a human being were named the carter 4 it would have sold more it's because of stupid trendy kids and people that don't need to be listening to hip hop anyway he is gonna have to title every album carter to sell from now on all his albums suck he sucked when he started and just switched it up till u dumbasses bought it he had no choice he has no other talent or traits

  • great list

    ofcourse there r more songs u cud name but dat list and reasoning behind it was on point..Whether u think wayne's in his prime or not, he's the overrall hottest rapper in the game right now. He sells records more than any1, kills tracks more than most & features too. YM is running Hip-hop becuz of Wayne and it's not a bad thing becuz no1 works harder than YM or Wayne#hardworkpaysoff

  • yerrrr

    forgot songs lets rate important albums 500 degree shows us he can rap outside the hyper bling bling ish - the carter 1 showed us he was one of the best in the south if not the best - the carter 2 showed us he could have commercial success carter 3 showed us he can sell out and get soft carter 4 was better than 3 cause he rapped more but still weak Waynes best time was carter 1 - carter 2. Carter one imo is his best and 2 is right behind. 500 degrees may have been a little southern so I cant fully fck w it but carter 1 and 2 could be bumped by any 1. I am dissapointed w wayne. I still have his carter 1 on my iPhone w classics like capitol punishment, slim shady lp, its dark and hell is hot, anything form pac or nas or jay z etc carter 2 is worthy of being there too and just today I was thinking of putting it in there

  • HELL YAE

    Nigga I wants to BONE yaaaaaah...from rhode island all the way to cali-FONE-YAH!

  • You Homos are a discrace

    U fags are ruining this website

  • The Nigga who likes my list

    Oh Fasho nigga hit me up and I'll go pound fuh' pound with ya. Flex ya muscles and I'll fuck you in the crease of ya elbow...All a nigga needs is a CREASE! THASS AULLL A NIGGA NEEDS is a crease yall!

  • TO THE DUDE BELOW WITH THAT TOP 5 LISt...Nigga I likes ya list! I likes ya...and I wants ya! Nigga You gone make a nigga wanna blow his WAD all over my laptop. But Then if I blew my wad...I wouldn't be able to type you this message and give you a textual

    Ay nigga can I bone you in between breaks while waiting to find a match in gears of war 3 my nigga? I got them big ol balls...A wide sack to hold my balls...and A big tig ol' dick. You wit it?

  • YADIG

    LIL WAYNE>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>2PAC,BIGGIE, FEMINEM (DUMB ASS CRACKA),GAY-Z (JOE CAMEL ASS NIGGA), NAS (BORING ASS NIGGA), KOOL G RAP, SCARFACE, DMX, DEAD PREZ, COMMON, WU-TANG CLAN, JADAKISS, RAKIM (BUM ASS), ANDRE 3000, AND WHAT EVER OTHER OLD HEAD ASS NIGGA YALL CAN THINK OFF

  • NAH MAYNE...TO THE NIGGA BELOW...YOUR TOP 5 RAPPERS ARE WACK. LEMME GET AT CHA BRUH'...LEMMAY GIT AT CHA! ACHOOOOOOOOOO I Sneezed. BLESS ME MOFUGGA

    TOP 5 RAPPERS: MILKBONE SILK DA SHOCKER GLC from good music TONY YAYO MANNIE FRESH

  • AY "YADIG" Your top 5 Rappers are garbage. Or how them foreign niggas would say "GARBAHJ

    TOP 5 RAPPERS: 1.SAM ADAMS 2.THE RAPPER WHO MADE THE RUGRATS RAP THEME SONG FOR THE RUGRATS 3.THE RAPPER WHO MADE THE POKEMON RAPS AT THE END OF THE SHOW 4. J. COLE...cause its a COLE WORLD 5.KID N PLAY best rappers to do it

  • YADIG

    TOP 5 RAPPERS: 1. LIL WAYNE 2. DRAKE 3. BOW WOW 3. 2PAC 4. ICE CUBE (AMERIKKA'S MOST WANTED)

  • My Nuts My Nuts...Just My Nuts. PLease just suck my nuts only? Please...If you suck another guys nuts....then my nuts will get jealous and let out some precum.

    BEST RAPPERS EVER: Tupac Biggie Jay-z Nas Eminem Gucci Mane Lil Boosie Lil Wayne Bushwick Bill

  • LOUD ( . )( . )!!!!!!!!!!!

    couldve easily mentioned "leather so soft" that came out before "stuntin like my daddy" which was the first single off like father like son and was equally if not more important than the latter. couldve easily mentioned FIREMAN, who would forget that? how about SHOOTER wit robin thicke, very experimental, very successful. We all cant ignore theres a huge gaping hole in the list. Promise(remix) didnt even occur to me where the fuck that come from? What about the crying out for me(remix)? again, much more memorable than the latter. But shit i just smoked this loud so it was good goin down memory lane anyways it was a decent list.

  • Best Of Wayne

    BM J.R. Hustler Music The Mobb I Miss My Dawgs Bring It Back Money On My Mind Best Rapper Alive Fireman Go dj Oh, No Lock N Load Hit em Up Feel Me A milli La La La I feel like dying Army Gunz 3 Peat Let the beat build Watch My Shoes Hot Shit Rep My Hood Doufle Bag Boy Hollywood divorce The Whold dedication 2 Kobe Bryant I told yall The Leak Lyrical homicide Look at me now Stuntin like my daddy

  • BM JR

    How could you forget BM JR. Best track on the carter

  • Ikenna Berkley Jones

    Oh boy...Wayne haters not gonna like this..I can see more comments on how he is gay blablablablabla...LOOOL...Haters go 6feet under. wayne keep doing ur thing. Fuckall that real hip hop shit, aint no one wanna hear that dictionary rap. i wanna hear whats hot with a sick ass beat.

  • Anonymous

    6 foot 7 foot didn't do anything for his career at all ... if anything it showed regression. His career ends at No Ceilings.

  • yard_warrior

    Also thought "Promise" was brilliant.. played that mixtape a lot in my car

  • yard_warrior

    Couldve included other songs like "Cry Out" & Lalala, wrote some of his best shit on that song.. cosign the comments about Amilli, Lollipop, We taking over, and definetely "I feel like dying"

  • jesterxxl

    List is weak he's dropped better

  • ilexx

    I appreciate what the writer was trying to accomplish by putting this together and I choose to read it because I thought it made sense. I think these must have been the moments that mattered alot to the writer specifically and not so much the moments that truly made him. I agree with "Back That Azz Up", "Go DJ", "Soldier" and you had me till that moment and then you jumped straight to "Stuntin Like My Daddy" like he didnt put in work on a solid album and mixtape before being able to say lines like "Show me my opponent"? There is an entire evolution in Wayne between "Go DJ"/"Soldier" and "Stunting on my daddy" that the writer just decided to skip entirely. I agreed with "We Taking Over" because that was a defining moment without a doubt. The only thing from Drought 3 is Promise (Remix)?!? Not to say u needed to mention this but the work he put in on Beyonce's "Upgrade U" was highly impressive, the boy jumped inside B's flow and then jumped inside Jay's flow and MERKED the record. I agreed with "Lollipop" and "A Milli", I guess a major problem the writer set himself up for was limiting himself to 10 songs. In my view I think its blasphemy to have an "Evolution of a Carter" and not mention a song from Tha Carter II or his Dedication 2 mixtape with DJ Drama and his most highlighting moments from the Drought 3. Hardcore Weezy fans and many "I just found out about downloading mixtapes online" type fans took notice to Wayne in this era. I would have done it as 10 moments instead of 10 songs though for real. So that you could pair songs together that defined a moment in his evolution. Like "Back that azz up/Bling Bling", "Go DJ/Soldier", "Fireman/Hustler Muzik/Money On My Mind", "DJ Drama's Cannon/Sports Center/Georgia Bush", "Stuntin Like My Daddy/We Takin Over", "Drought 3 stand outs like Show me what you got/Upgrade U/black republican" and those could be 5 moments right there. I could put together 5 more but essentially you get the point. Just my take on it but overall decent article.

  • Anonymous

    This article is written from a suburban kid's point of view. to go through Wayne's entire catalog and career and pull out things like "Promise remix" and "Back That Azz Up" is asinine. No mention of the Carter 2 ? the Drought 3 mixtape were he used those strange flows in a combination with witty lyrics ? or the mixtape he did with Juelz Santana ? where he showed a southern rapper could outshine an east coast rapper ?

  • Truth

    If Lollipop is one of Lil Wayne's best songs, I don't want to hear any of his albums.

  • Anonymous

    Wayne is the Justin Beiber of Hip Hop! I think his pants might even be tighter.

  • hmm

    it still baffles me how this guy wen't from a rapper with average rap skills, to the biggest pop star in America. All of a sudden he comes out of no where with Tha Carter and he is rapping 10 better than he was 2 years ago? I def think Gillie Da Kid played a huge part in him becoming a better lyricist. It's like how Barry Bonds went from being a 30 HR guy 30 bases stolen, to this huge bulked up guy hitting 70 hr. Doesn't make sense

    • ilexx

      @YADIG You cant downplay the effect Gillie Tha Kid must have had on the camp during the time period he was there. I am not saying Gillie wrote for Wayne specifically but we know he wrote for Birdman and I am sure he was in the studio with Wayne on countless occasions and I think he rubbed off on Wayne in terms of touching up on his flow. Its like if Gillie said shit like "Why dont u say it like this...." and said somn ill and it just clicked to Wayne like "Ok I can do this...." and he just tighten the flow.

    • YADIG

      YA'LL LAMES JUST CAN'T ACCEPT THE FACT THAT WAYNE MATURED AS AN ARTIST!! GILLIE DA KID SMFH IF HE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR WAYNE'S STARDOM THEN WHY COULDN'T HE DO SHIT FOR HIS WACK ASS SELF!!! DONE!

    • Willy

      Not to mention The Carter 4 sounds like a Drake mixtape...

    • Anonymous

      BEST COMMENT IN THIS WHOLE SECTION.

  • Anonymous

    shittiest list ever

  • Real Talk 100

    Decent article, but this is like Wayne's rise from a MTV perspective, the streets already knew he was one of the best rappers in the industry somewhere between 2004 and 2006, Stuntin like my Daddy was an afterthought, substitute that with the Start wit Straight Shots wit the Kiss hook was way bigger for his career to the fans, the We Takin Over was just crossin the t's and dottin the i's at that point. Duffle Bag Boy was more of evolution, most of the songs is how Wayne stole shine from big artist, no, cuz Duffle Bag Boy was Wayne just spittin the hook makin hits for rappers without any name recognition. The only one two where you could say he was stealin other artists thunder, you had the Juvenile one, but Mr. Carter should be there instead of Millie. Mr. Carter was like the passin of the torch almost, really finally got older hiphop heads respect, it was the stamp of approval.

  • truth

    all his shit is wack....that nigga likes to wrestle with cocks

  • Ryan Redding

    The only thing I enjoy more than Wayne's penis outside my body is Wayne's penis inside my body!

  • DrewDown91

    This article could have been so much better. 1. THA BLOCK IS HOT - his first big solo joint 2. GO DJ - best track from carter 1 3. AND I MISS MY DAWGS - shows emotional side 4. Best Rapper Alive - starts to believe it 5. Shooter - 1st real R&B collabo 6. Soldier - starts the "features" era 7. We Takin Over or the remix - killed the posse 8. Georgia, Bush - social commentary 9. Lollipop - hit single 10. How To Love - shows that his idea for rebirth wasn't a total lost cause.

  • BigWo0orm45

    funny how they left out Carter 2 when that album was better than Like Father Like Son, better than Carter 1,3, and 4. He actually could make a topical song and STAY ON SUBJECT! It had its thuggish moments, its deep thoughtful moments, ladies moments, and wordplay moments. To not mention anything from C2 is crazy.

  • Life Accordin' To Dutch

    ummmmmmmmm..Basura..I HATE LISTS..understandably they are important but this one is a prime example of why i hate them.HiphopDx fanbase is already dedicated to the destruction of anything mainstream so creating a Wayne moments list was always gon' result in paragraphs of hate,so instead of pointing out whats wrong with it..im just gon' attack the comments..Lollipop(whether u like it or not) was a monster Wayne hit..before A milli dropped..it ran the fuckin club..dont know yo age..but ur wrong..Bm Jr was a monster because it establish this man new lyrical abilities..the Promise rmx should not be up there at all..the whole Carter 2 moment is completely missing(his best album)..i could go on..but @allAboutDutch..

  • Anonymous

    THA BLOCK IS HOT???

  • Joe

    Wayne was nice on carter 2 and those dedication mixtapes.......but he was never a top lyricist and has WAYY too many wack songs and terrible TERRIBLE lyrics fuck lol but i do respect his hustle, success and love for music..even if he does suck 85 percent of the time

  • Jason Pennells

    Sky is the Limit shoulda been on there instead of stuntin like my daddy. Thats the track that made his mixtapes huge and supplied all the hype for the release of Carter 3

  • Anonymous

    I DISAGREE WITH ALL OF THIS ... I KNOW A WHITE PERSON WROTE THIS ARTICLE, THE ONLY ONE THEY GOT RIGHT WAS "LOLLIPOP", IT DID ALLOW HI TO CROSSOVER COMPLETELY BUT THE REST ARE WRONG.

  • oh yea?

    No "Hustla's Musik"??

  • YADIG

    ALL HATIN ASS NIGGAS EAT A DICK!! REALIZE THE GREATNESS THAT IS WEEZY!!! YMCMB IS RUNNING SHIT DON'T U NIGGAS REALIZE YOUR FAVORITE OLD HEAD RAPPERS ARE WASHED UP!! THIS IS THE PAST PRESENT AND FUTURE OF HIP-HOP: YMCMB!!

  • brave

    so when i check it... for jay z name not to be mentioned for wayne getting some pop fame is absurd... the destiny child's collabo wouldn't have happened without jay z co-sign and blessings... jay z made a milli hot.... shit both wayne and 50 got to thanks jigga... and they both throwing shots at him

  • BRAVE

    the 'milli' version is wrong to... cause it's when jay did the remix everyone started taking notice... in lollipop was almost a flop... remember a disgruntled d.j leaked the album then peeps heard a milli... weezy had to go back and lace fresh tunes to add... jay did the milli remix and people started taking notice.... i don't think i'm the only one who remembers this... lollipop was almost a flop... after wayne did so well after the leak then artists realised a leak could be in your interest.... e.g j cole is going to reap the benefits of a leak

    • brave

      if u wondering 'why this dude say lollipop was almost a flop and wayne sold 1 mil'... point is it didn't get much look until jay z's a milli remix had the streets and clubs on fire... so lollipop being the main single rode off the wave of a milli

  • Louie

    I bet all these stupid ass people that started listening to Wayne after he dropped "Lollipop" are looking at this article and wondering... "Why Lil Wayne is dressed like a boy and not like Avril Lavinge back in the day?"... "I didn't Cash Money was around so long"... "Who are Juvenile and Mannie Fresh?"... "Where are Drake and Nicki Minaj?" and of course, "Why is Lil Wayne actually rapping pretty good on 'Go DJ'?".

  • YADIG

    LIL WAYNE IS THIS GENERATIONS 2PAC... THESE RECORDS ARE TIMELESS AND WILL INSPIRE MANY A GENERATION TO COME... REAL TALK CARTER 4= MASTERPIECE

    • Willy

      Andre 3000 is the REASON that Lil' Waynes "style" even exists. If you don't see the blatant Andre biting you're ignorant. And Wayne asked Tech to be on his album. Jadakiss would destroy your boy in any sort of battle. Jadakiss' mixtapes destroy anything that your dude has released in the last 4 years. Nas... Not even going to begin to explain why Wayne is LUCKY to have that dude work with him... And Busta is in a league of his own right now. Spitting some of the best shit in his career. I'm really not a Wayne hater, I respect his grind, and even like some of his music. But The Carter 4 was essentially a collaboration album.

    • YADIG

      NO BECAUSE EVERYTHING WAS ON POINT FROM WAYNE'S GREAT LYRICS AND STORYTELLING TO THE INCREDIBLE PRODUCTIONS TO HIS USE OF FEATURES (EVEN IF IT WAS FROM SOME WACK OLD HEAD NIGGAS)

    • Willy

      "REAL TALK CARTER 4= MASTERPIECE" Because of the features right? Andre 3000 and Tech had and ENTIRE song on LIL' WAYNES album. How the fuck could it be considered HIS masterpiece when half of the album was other people? The only good track that was only him rapping was She Will... But (as much as I hate to say this) it was because of Drakes hook. And the beat was great.

    • Anonymous

      Pac accomplished more in the few years he was around than faggot ass tight pant wearing wayne EVER will achieve on his whole career. DONE!

    • YADIG

      HOW BOUT DIS BITCH?? WAYNE IS 29 PAC DIED AT 25 WE WERE NEVER ABLE TO SEE HIM GROW EVEN FURTHER AS A ARTIST.. WAYNE IS ABLE TO DO WHAT PAC WASNT ABLE TO!!! WAYNE DA BEST!! PERIOD!! END OF DISCUSSION!

    • Anonymous

      That statement is fuckin blasephemy you moron. Wayne is pathetic. Never be as nice as Pac.

    • YADIG

      U DON'T KNO SHIT NIGGA!!

    • brave

      wayne got one timeless song and that's hustle music.... nothing else touches that.. don't try to paint wayne as tupac... not even close...

  • Al Sharpton

    "King Hov may have invented swag, but it was Lil’ Wayne that perfected it.". I couldnt agree more. Best quote of the article. Wayne is the GOAT

  • DX Fam A Lam

    Every "head" that clicks on this to complain is part of the reason that we publish articles like this in the first place.

  • Al Sharpton

    Im glad Waynes greatness is being recognized. He is the pennacle of rap Godliness

  • YADIG

    LIL WAYNE: POET, ARTIST, REVOLUTIONARY.. THE BEST IN THIS GAME WE CALL HIP-HOP... INCREDIBLE RECORDS THAT WILL STAND THE TEST OF TIME...

  • Arcy P.

    the article is about "Most Important Songs" not his best songs. it's about how he became "popular" not how he is "the best". I don't even like Wayne Post-Tha Carter 1. I agree with this article about how he became popular though

  • BRAVE

    at 3:00 on the Go D.J weezy rockin g-unit sneakers lol

  • V-Nasty is God

    Rating the 10 most important Lil Wayne songs is like rating the 10 most important shits you've ever taken. What's the point? Anyway, the only good song on that list is I Feel Like Dying. One because it has a nice bead and you can zone out to it and two because I thought Lil Wayne was gonna take his own advice and board a plane without a pilot. Well, he's still here and taking shits he call music :( Most. Overrated. Rapper. Ever.

    • ATL

      Three things. First, I sincerely hope the name "V-Nasty is God" is an attempt at sarcasm, and not an actual sentiment. Second, Wayne has skills, His run from the Sqad Up mixtapes to the Drought 3 produced great material. Finally: Lil Wayne (Verse 3) I got shot when I was 12, Lost my pop when I was 14 Shot again at 20 Will I shake these old dreams? We already have the holy water on my face And 3 blood drops dried on the side of my eyes Why we gotta kill our own kind when we rise? Got me looking down the ladder now when I climb Pulling up on my nephews And they don't wanna drive They wanna learn how to work the tool And who am I not to do the duty? And just think, if pops advice get sent through black ink And that stinks, but homie that's real And in the hood even steaks smell bad on the grill I remember when if you was a hustler, you was a winner Now that's like raking up leaves in the winter And that ain't even cool, to miss a few summers Shyt I'll take a bite out the onion like Fuck it! (I,I,I, don't want you to see me cry) And wont cry)

  • Anonymous

    wow, it starts off hot and just goes down hill

  • MikeZeus

    the 1st pick is retarded. what impression?? he has 8 bars in the track and 4 of them are him repeating the chorus.

  • Anonymous

    FUCKIN WORST RAPPER ALIVE. PLS DO US A FAVOR AND STOP RAPPING.

    • Anonymous

      REVOLUTIONARY? Read the dictionary you ignorant moron, and check the meaning. Pac was Revolutionary artist, Dead Prez, Immortal Technique, and so on. Wayne is a mainstream pop artist justin beiber of hip hop. Learn somethin youngin.

    • YADIG

      HEY NIGGA WAYNE IS MORE THAN AN EMCEE HE IS A REVOLUTIONARY ARTIST!!! KEYWORD: ARTIST!! HE CREATES ART WITH HIS WORDS!!! HE THINKS OUTSIDE THE BOX UNLIKE YOU RETARDED INTERNET FUCKBOYS!!! GO BACK TO UR OLD HEAD RAPPERS!! FAGGOT!! HA!

    • Anonymous

      Faggot? Nah that's what your favorite rapper is. Yeah rapper, not emcee. Kisses baby on the mouth and wears tight fuckin leopard print leotards looking like a little girl. Young money ain't runnin shit but they sneakers. You need to attend a class on REAL Hip Hop.

    • YADIG

      HEY FAGGOT!! DO US A FAVOR AND STOP LIVING!!! HA! YMCMB 4 LIFE!!!

  • KO

    I dont think i have ever seen an artist change rapping styles more drastically than weezy.

  • ferndogg

    weak ass list... where's bling bling, the block is hot, and that big tymers song get your roll on... fuck who ever wrote this article probly is like 18 years old and cant even remember all the classic cash money hits.... bring mannie fresh back

  • A White Person

    I love Lil Wayne. He is non-threatening and reminds me of Amos & Andy and Al Jolson!

  • Vivek Dadhania

    take out the promise remix and replace it with either Fireman/Hustler Musik. Actually, Make It Rain needs to be there too as well

  • D90

    i feel like dying is weak as fuck... and i dont kno any1 that thought 6 foot 7 was dope, and only clowns thought lollipop was tight... this shit was written by a wayne groupie for sure... im surprised they didnt put how to love in there and said it was the song that showed wayne can do everything under the sun

  • bigstack8585

    He's never gonna do a song like BM J.R. again! That was the shit!!!

  • vik

    I think Make It Rain with Fat Joe needs to be on this list

  • Anonymous

    What a FAKE! Blood gang wanna be. The day he dies cuz of this that fakeness ima be like they told you so.

  • Anonymous

    Lil Wayne is ruining Hip-Hop. We need more people like Kendrick Lamar, Nitty Scott,MC!!

  • Anonymous

    FUCK WAYNE WACKEST "ALiVE". WHERE THE FUCK iS EMINEM??????????????????????????????????

  • Sayed

    @Meki damn right man he used to be good on mixtapes now he's jus overrated and kinda gay

  • Tim Wilkens

    Love the We Takin Over verse, but one line kills it for me "I got more jewels than your jeweler" lol

  • Meki

    Yall should've went to his mixtapes. I miss the Old Wayne

  • C

    Great article. In regards to Gillie, I do believe he was somewhat of an influence on Wayne in terms of flow. However, Wayne started to improve lyrically on the Lights Out album and the Sqad Up mixtapes. And that was a gradual progression.

    • Anonymous

      100% correct homie. What peple don't realize or just plain ignored is that wayne was ALWAYS the most versitle hot boy. His lyrics was ALWAYS the best out of the hot boys. His flaw was his age. Nobody wanted to hear a kid rap bout the things he was talking bout. That's the main reason he didn't blow til got grown.

  • RIP_Proof&Dilla

    Where's is Hustla's Musik thats one his few good songs.

  • jknow

    good post, interesting and true, it was around the time of soldier i noticed wayne and he was becoming huge over here too (europe)

  • Anonymous

    Can't wait to see the comments on this one.