June 29 marks the 10th anniversary of Lil Wayne releasing his fourth album, Tha Carter. While Weezy was already one of the hottest lyricists from the South (his debut, Tha Block is Hot, went platinum after opening in the Billboard Top 3), he made heads all over take notice in 2004 as he switched up his delivery and showed just how much of a beast he was with the word play.
Tha Carter was also the album where Babyand Slim gave Tunechi the keys to the house and put the label on his back as his Hot Boys brothers Juvenile, Turk and B.G. left the company. The album spawned the hits "Go D.J.," "I Miss My Dawgs" and "Bring It Back" and was the last Cash Money album produced byMannie Fresh (so far).
As Lil Wayne gears up for what he calls his "last" solo effort, Tha Carter V, read on for a look at how Weezy F. has evolved since he dropped the first in the series.