Einer der großen Klassiker der letzten Jahre feierte gestern sein zehnjähriges Jubiläum. „Tha Carter III“ wurde am 10. Juni 2008 veröffentlicht.
Nun reagierten US-Rapgrößen wie YG, DJ Drama, Lil Uzi Vert, Rich the Kid, Quavo, Offset und French Montana mit individuellen Versionen des Albumcovers.
Von dem dritten Teil der Tha Carter-Reihe konnten innerhalb von sieben Tagen eine Million Einheiten verkauft werden. Es stellt den absoluten Höhepunkt des Lil Wayne-Hypes dar und lieferte mit „Lollipop“, „A Milli“ und „Got Money“ mehrere Hitsingles.
Zudem erläuterten sie, welchen Einfluss das Album auf sie und Rap im Allgemeinen hatte. Es sind einige interessante Aussagen dabei.
“After ‚Lollipop‘ dropped, it was my mission to work with Wayne. Then I finally saw him pass by me when I was at the same studio he was at while he was still recording Tha Carter III. I said “what’s up”, he didn’t hear me. I went back to my studio and bounced a hook I had just did, told my ppl to send it to Wayne’s room. He heard me then. ‚Got Money‘ was born and I will be forever grateful for the long friendship that followed. Wayne’s influences on the rap game are still very much apparent in today’s music and, I’m sure, for many generations in the future.” – #ThaCarterIIIAnniversary for @spotify @rapcaviar
“Tha Carter III selling a million first week set the bar for rappers that looked like me. It showed me what a real underground following can do. He built his fans one by one and made the whole world respect him. First rapper of our generation to make pop money without going pop.” – @yg #ThaCarterIIIAnniversary
“I was around 15 when Tha Carter III dropped. That album was motivating. It was like a celebration of him making it. It was flashy and proud. No cap. When you come from nothin and get on, you appreciate things more. That’s me. I wanted that and it inspired me to reach that. Right after the album he started breaking acts like Nicki, Drake and Tyga. It made me want to not only put myself on but put my whole team on and help them eat too. Start my own label dynasty.” – @richthekid #ThaCarterIIIAnniversary
“I remember being in the studio with Wayne everyday around this time. I was really watching a master at work. Real superstar feeling. Tha Carter III was the icing on the cake. The rap game would never be the same after that. A million first week real album sales before streaming. One of the best times of my life was experiencing this first hand!” – @kinggoldchains #ThaCarterIIIAnniversary