Lil Wayne tells Missy Elliott how ‘Tha Carter III’ changed his career
Lil Wayne Interviewed by Missy Elliott on ‘UNCENSORED’ (Season Finale airs Sunday at 10/9c ET. on TV One).
Weezy reflects on the success of “Tha Carter III” and the State of Hip-Hop
Lil Wayne gets uncensored in a special sit-down interview with Missy Elliott to talk about growing up in New Orleans, signing his first record deal as a child, and starting his own Young Money Entertainment record label.
The “Best Rapper Alive” recently sat down with Missy Elliott for an interview as part of TV One’s upcoming UNCENSORED series, which will touch on many different perspectives and careers. During their talk, he spoke on how the metrics of success have changed, and how Tha Carter III brought him to previously unimaginable heights.
“I think that was the first time for me I started really getting that praise,” Wayne told Missy. “I started really loving it, embracing it, at that time around that album was when I was seeing people in the street or hearing from other artists, so the confidence was strong.” For those unaware, Tha Carter III became the fourth-ever hip-hop project to sell over a million units in its first week.
Wayne also reminisced on seeing Tha Carter III live up to titanic commercial expectations as the 2008 album became the fourth project in rap history to sell over a million units in the first week. “I come from the days we as in artists — we as in Juvenile and B.G. we checking the Billboard magazine to see where this and that. That don’t exist now,” Weezy continued.
“When we dropped Tha Block Is Hot it sold like 114,000 or 95,000 the first week and that was the equivalent or the impact of selling a million and I remember I was like, ‘I can’t do nothing but thank God.'”
Tha Carter III was released on June 10, 2008, Tha Carter III sold 423,000 copies on its first day and 1,005,545 copies in the first week of its release. The album debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 chart, earning Wayne his first No. 1 debut and his sixth Top 10 album.
Carter III scored the largest first week sales for any album in 2008 in the United States and was the first album to reach the million mark in one week since 50 Cent’s 2005 LP The Massacre.
At the time, Wayne responded to his impressive sales performance with a freestyle over the beat from the Carter III standout “A Milli”: “A milli-on sold, first day, I went gold / How do I celebrate? Work on Tha Carter IV / Shout out to every DJ / Bootleggers, I made history anyway.”