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Tha Carter

Album information
NameTha Carter
Typestudio
ArtistLil Wayne
ReleasedJune 29, 2004
Recorded2003 2004
GenreHip hop
Length79:07
LabelCash Money, Universal
ProducerMannie Fresh, Raj Smoove, Batman, Leslie Brathwaite, Jazze Pha
Previous album500 Degreez
(2002)
Next albumTha Carter II
(2005)

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'Tha Carter' is the fourth studio album by American rapper Lil Wayne, released on June 29, 2004.

The album was produced by Cash Money's former in-house producer, Mannie Fresh. This was the last album from longtime in-house producer Mannie Fresh before Fresh split from the label. The album is based on his last name Carter. Tha Carter is generally considered as Lil Wayne's "break out" album, due to the obvious maturity in both his subject matter and delivery compared to his first three albums. Tha Carter is the start off to a highly successful album saga for Wayne. The album has spawned three sequels, Tha Carter II which was released in 2005, Tha Carter III which was released in 2008, Tha Carter IV which was released in 2011. A chopped and screwed version of the album was produced by Michael 5000 Watts and OG Ron C. "Gillie Da Kid" claimed to be Lil' Wayne's ghostwriter, and claimed to write most of Tha Carter. Later, Gillie and Lil' Wayne would beef, causing Gillie to drop out of Cash Money records

Tha Carter followed Lil Wayne's work in Da Drought mixtape. The album debuted at number five on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and number two on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with 116,000 copies sold in its first week. The album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America and has sold 878,000 copies in the United States to date.


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