Lil Wayne is undisputedly a legend and an icon in rap and hip hop.
To honor his reign in the game and for putting down a slate of classics that the culture hasn’t seen since, Mr. Weezy F. Baby is taking fans down memory lane to celebrate his fourth studio album, Tha Carter, turning 18.
The Young Money founder took to Instagram to reflect on the album’s impact on the culture, admitting that he was unsure how it would be received at first, but was confident that the album would become a “classic.”
“18 years ago I had no idea of what you’d think abt this album and I was worried abt what it’d do but I never doubted what it would be,” he wrote. “A classic. A living legend. A beast. A jewel. A part of me and you forever. That part.”
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He ended his celebratory tone by thanking his loyal fans for their support, saying, “2 every fan that's been a member of this Carter family, I ain’t shit without you,” he said.
Famous friends and supporters like Big Sean, chimed in with praise and commentary, with the latter writing, “Love you, bro. Thank you.”
The first entry in the famed Carter series came out on June 29, 2044, when the N’Awlins MC was only 22 years old. It debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200, and spawned singles like “Go DJ,” “Earthquake,” and “Bring It Back.” Produced by Cash Money beat god Mannie Fresh, Tha Carter was certified platinum in September 2020 and was followed up by four sequels.
And Tha Carter VI may be next. Wayne previously announced that he was working on a sixth installment in his beloved series.
On Sunday, Wayne joined Jack Harlow to perform their collaboration “Poison” for the first time at the 2022 BET Awards.