This Sunday (June 10th), Lil Wayne‘s classic Grammy Award-winning album, Tha Carter III, will turn 10-years-old.
To help celebrate the 10th anniversary, Spotify’s RapCaviar playlist have asked numerous rappers about Weezy‘s C3 album and how it influenced them, as well as re-created the artwork with their own child faces on.
These rappers included: Chance The Rapper, Migos, Lil Uzi Vert, French Montana, Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign, Young M.A, Lil Yachty, T-Pain, Preme, YG, Rich The Kid, DJ Drama, Tyga, and Trippie Redd. Hit the jump to see the covers and to read what they all said!
“I was in the 5th grade when I first experienced Tha Carter III, when I first honestly experienced bootlegging and the storm of it. The production on Tha Carter III was unlike anything I had heard before. It was new! It was fire! I knew every song. Tha Carter III had set in stone that Wayne was one of the best rappers.” – @lilyachty #ThaCarterIIIAnniversary
“Lil Wayne showed me to never give up at what you do best and/or what you want to do. Be you and never let someone tell you different, if it feels right it’s not wrong. He lyrically painted a picture that was captivating and created a sense of determination thru his music. Work is hard sometimes but remember the next man is out there working hard to get your spot. When you never stop working, the hard part goes away!” – @yrntakeoff #ThaCarterIIIAnniversary
“I remember being in the studio with Wayne everyday around this time. I was really watching a master at work. Real superstar feeling. Tha Carter III was the icing on the cake. The rap game would never be the same after that. A million first week real album sales before streaming. One of the best times of my life was experiencing this first hand!” – @kinggoldchains #ThaCarterIIIAnniversary
“I was around 15 when Tha Carter III dropped. That album was motivating. It was like a celebration of him making it. It was flashy and proud. No cap. When you come from nothin and get on, you appreciate things more. That’s me. I wanted that and it inspired me to reach that. Right after the album he started breaking acts like Nicki, Drake and Tyga. It made me want to not only put myself on but put my whole team on and help them eat too. Start my own label dynasty.” – @richthekid #ThaCarterIIIAnniversary
“Tha Carter III selling a million first week set the bar for rappers that looked like me. It showed me what a real underground following can do. He built his fans one by one and made the whole world respect him. First rapper of our generation to make pop money without going pop.” – @yg #ThaCarterIIIAnniversary
“After 'Lollipop' dropped, it was my mission to work with Wayne. Then I finally saw him pass by me when I was at the same studio he was at while he was still recording Tha Carter III. I said “what’s up,” he didn’t hear me. I went back to my studio and bounced a hook I had just did, told my ppl to send it to Wayne’s room. He heard me then. 'Got Money' was born and I will be forever grateful for the long friendship that followed. Wayne’s influences on the rap game are still very much apparent in today’s music and, I’m sure, for many generations in the future.” – @tpain #ThaCarterIIIAnniversary
Photo credit: Tim Nudd.