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Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter” Reigns Supreme

Let’s give a shout out to Lil Wayne, who this week celebrates the 10 year anniversary of his breakout album Tha Carter, released June 29, 2004. The Platinum-certified album is based off The Carter, a crack house empire from New Jack City.  (Remember that movie?)   Featuring his trademark speedy, weezy raps, mature delivery, clever wordplay, and devil-may-care attitude, Tha Carter launched Weezy’s five album saga, of which he’s on the cusp of releasing Tha Carter V.

From all five of Tha Carter albums, to endless mixtapes, to dope guest features,  to running his own empire Cash Money Records, to, of course, promoting the rhymes of his famous protégées (Nicki Minaj, Drake, Tyga) – Lil Wayne stays pregnant with rhymes.  With Tha Carter V speeding toward delivery, he just dropped a single like a “newborn” called “Krazy”.  Over a somewhat menacing beat, Lil Wayne makes it clear that he has nothing left to prove:

“Ain’t got nuttin’ left to prove unless I gotta prove it in court / Live fast, die young and leave a beautiful corpse, yes Lord.”

After shouting out his n***as on Riker’s Island, he also throws in an inspired line about MLK:

“And give me what help Martin sleep, on the same night he had a dream.”

Although there’s no official release date, Lil Wayne made it clear to MTV that this record would be his last.

“25 to 35 million would get me to do another solo album after this. I didn’t smile when I said it… I personally plan on this being my final solo album, yes and it’s definitely the final Carter album. It’s the final Carter album. It’s stopping at five.”

In the words of Lil Wayne’s famous bow out: “Lil Tunechi”.


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Mic check 1,2,1,2. Not the words you expect to bust out of Orange County, California, but that's where Deborah Jane found her funk. Daughter of Guyanese immigrants, Deborah grew up in an all-white suburb where she was one of the only black kids in her school. (Fun fact: She didn't make her first black friend until attending Stanford University). Hip-hop gave her a voice and helped her discover her roots. Now she is an emcee and writer who both spits raps and writes editorials, TV shows and films - especially hip-hop musicals!

At Stanford, she wrote and produced an award-winning hip-hop musical, Strange Fruit: The Hip-Hopera (www.strangefruithiphopera.com) - now in development as a feature film. Deborah also launched her hip-hip theatre webseries, The HOTT (www.youtube.com/TheHOTTtv), published in Urban Cusp Magazine. Currently, she is penning her first hip-hop album, Do You Love Me Deborah Jane? And do you? She truly hopes you all love her.

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