Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter III”

<b>Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter III”</b><br>
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<b>Performance:</b> Most music industry watchers knew “Tha Carter III” was one of the most anticipated albums of 2008. Few would have thought it would sell more than 1 million copies in its first week, the first time an album had achieved such a feat since <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB001776" title="50 Cent" href="/topic/entertainment/music/50-cent-PECLB001776.topic">50 Cent</a>’s “The Massacre” did so three years ago. And then it was off to the races. “Tha Carter III” will undoubtedly be 2008’s biggest blockbuster from the music world, barring anything completely unexpected in the fourth quarter, and it is still in the Top 10.<br>
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<b>Assessment:</b> After releasing a string of mix tapes straight to his fanbase, Lil Wayne had won over critics. His oddball, spacey raps had an adventurous streak and a mainstream appeal, and Wayne had no problem mastering new models of distribution. “The Carter III” didn’t veer too far from his earlier work, and it earned him one of the best-reviewed albums of the year, boasting a Metacritic score above 80.<br>
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<b>Grade:</b> A
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Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter III”

Performance: Most music industry watchers knew “Tha Carter III” was one of the most anticipated albums of 2008. Few would have thought it would sell more than 1 million copies in its first week, the first time an album had achieved such a feat since 50 Cent’s “The Massacre” did so three years ago. And then it was off to the races. “Tha Carter III” will undoubtedly be 2008’s biggest blockbuster from the music world, barring anything completely unexpected in the fourth quarter, and it is still in the Top 10.

Assessment: After releasing a string of mix tapes straight to his fanbase, Lil Wayne had won over critics. His oddball, spacey raps had an adventurous streak and a mainstream appeal, and Wayne had no problem mastering new models of distribution. “The Carter III” didn’t veer too far from his earlier work, and it earned him one of the best-reviewed albums of the year, boasting a Metacritic score above 80.

Grade: A

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