Lil Wayne released his colossal Tha Carter III album 13 years ago on Thursday (June 10). Weezy took some time out on the project’s 13th anniversary to reflect on its mammoth success in an Instagram post toward the end of the day.
“Happy 13th to the project that really showed me my fans/supporters have love for me,” Lil Wayne wrote. “We did ‘Amilli’ the first week in a time where sales were down because of piracy/bootlegging!!! For that I’ll forever be grateful! #IAintShitWithoutYou.”
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The New Orleans legend’s anticipated third installment of his Tha Carter series survived an early leak and still went on to sell over one million album units in its first week and debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
Tha Carter III recorded the fourth-best first week of sales in Hip Hop album history, only trailing 50 Cent’s The Massacre and Eminem’s The Eminem Show and The Marshall Mathers LP.
C3 features guest appearances from JAY-Z, Kanye West (production), Fabolous, Juelz Santana, T-Pain, Babyface, the late Static Major, Bobby Valentino and Robin Thicke.
The 2008 album was nominated for Album of the Year at the 2009 Grammy Awards and took home Best Rap Album honors. Tha Carter III lead single “Lollipop” also won “Best Rap Song” while “A Milli” notched Lil Wayne a victory for Best Rap Solo Performance. Weezy’s sixth studio album went 6x-platinum in September 2020, according to the RIAA.
Revisit Tha Carter III below.