.

100 Best Albums of the 2000s

32

Lil Wayne, 'Tha Carter III'


Lil Wayne, 'Tha Carter III'
32/100

Between 2006 and 2008, Lil Wayne went on an astonishing creative bender, churning out mixtapes, lending his amazing rasp to other people's hits and earning that Best Rapper Alive tag. When it came time to release a proper album, we expected a letdown. Instead, he made a pop-rap masterpiece, complete with fizzy Auto-Tune novelties, a Hurricane Katrina elegy and the classic "Dr. Carter," in which Wayne dons scrubs to resuscitate hip-hop. He likened himself to Biggie Smalls and to E.T., and no one argued. "I am so far from the others," he rapped. "I can eat them for supper/Get in my spaceship and hover."

 

Related:
Rolling Stone's Original 2008 Review

Life on Planet Wayne: Rolling Stone's 2009 Lil Wayne Cover Story

Lil Wayne: A History in Photos

 
www.expandtheroom.com