Release Date: Dec 21, 2009
Record label: Cash Money
After recording a staggering amount of verses, hooks, and hallucinogenic hiccups for three-plus years, Lil Wayne topped-out with 2008's Tha Carter III, a success on every level imaginable. And then he basically took 2009 off-- relatively speaking, at least. He still grossed about $42 million in worldwide ticket sales, released two stellar mixtapes (Hottest Nigga Under the Sun and No Ceilings), and was the subject of one of the more fascinating music documentaries in recent memory, The Carter.
Young Money, Lil Wayne's ragtag posse of child proteges, weed-carrying cronies and Toronto breakout star Drake, are the greatest group assembled since 50 Cent's G-Unit. Which isn't saying much. Actually, they're more like Puff Daddy's post-Biggie Bad Boys. All Drake needs is the shiny suit and he's Ma$e incarnate.
Three years ago, Lil Wayne was just an incredible talent. He livened up high-profile tracks from Outkast and Devin the Dude, and he made the cover of Complex, but otherwise the rapper’s star power was as slight as his 5’6” frame. Three years later, Dwayne Carter is a walking, tattoo-coated, sizzurp-addicted personification of the term ubiquitous.