Tha Carter

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For the 2009 documentary film, see The Carter.
Tha Carter
Studio album by Lil Wayne
Released June 29, 2004
Recorded 2003–2004
Genre Southern hip hop, gangsta rap
Length 79:07
Label Cash Money, Universal
Producer Mannie Fresh, Raj Smoove, Batman, Leslie Brathwaite, Jazze Pha
Lil Wayne chronology
500 Degreez
Tha Carter
Tha Carter II
Singles from Tha Carter
  1. "Bring It Back"
    Released: April 10, 2004
  2. "Go D.J."
    Released: Oct 5, 2004
  3. "Earthquake"
    Released: November 16, 2004
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
RapReviews (7.5/10)[2]
Rhapsody (favorable)[3]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[4]
USA Today 3/4 stars[5]
XXL 4/5 stars (XL)[citation needed]

Tha Carter is the fourth studio album by American rapper Lil Wayne. It was released on June 29, 2004 on Cash Money Records and Universal Records.[6]


The album was the last featuring Cash Money's former in-house producer, Mannie Fresh before he split from the label. The album is based on "The Carter," the empire crack house from the movie New Jack City, and his last name.

Tha Carter is generally considered as Lil Wayne's "break out" album, due to the maturity in both his subject matter, and delivery compared to his first three albums.[citation needed] Tha Carter was the start of a highly successful album saga for Wayne. The album spawned four sequels over the next decade; Tha Carter II which was released in 2005, Tha Carter III which was released in 2008, Tha Carter IV which was released in 2011, and the fifth installment entitled Tha Carter V which will be released in 2015.

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 5 on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 116,000 copies in the first week.[7] On September 7, 2004, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)[8] for sales of over 500,000 copies in the United States. The album has sold over 1 million copies to date.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Walk In"   Mannie Fresh 3:04
2. "Go D.J."   Mannie Fresh 4:41
3. "This Is the Carter" (featuring Mannie Fresh) Mannie Fresh 4:36
4. "BM J.R."   Mannie Fresh, Batman 4:58
5. "On the Block #1 (skit)"     0:18
6. "I Miss My Dawgs" (featuring Reel) Raj Smoove 4:35
7. "We Don't" (featuring Birdman) Leslie Brathwaite 4:09
8. "On My Own" (featuring Reel) Mannie Fresh 4:28
9. "Tha Heat"   Raj Smoove 4:36
10. "Cash Money Millionaires"   Mannie Fresh 4:42
11. "Inside"   Mannie Fresh 1:30
12. "Bring It Back" (featuring Mannie Fresh) Mannie Fresh 4:21
13. "Who Wanna"   Raj Smoove 4:32
14. "On the Block #2 (skit)"     0:23
15. "Get Down" (featuring Birdman) Mannie Fresh 4:32
16. "Snitch"   Mannie Fresh 3:55
17. "Hoes" (featuring Mannie Fresh) Mannie Fresh 4:32
18. "Only Way" (featuring Birdman) Mannie Fresh 4:33
19. "Earthquake" (featuring Jazze Pha) Jazze Pha 5:16
20. "Ain't That a Bitch"   Mannie Fresh 4:17
21. "Walk Out"   Mannie Fresh 1:08
Total length:


Chart (2004) Peak
US Billboard 200 5
US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 2


  1. ^ Kellman, Andy. Tha Carter at AllMusic
  2. ^ Steve "Flash" Juon (2004-07-13). "Lil Wayne :: Tha Carter :: Cash Money / Universal Records". RapReviews. Retrieved 2012-11-04. 
  3. ^ Brolin Winning. "Tha Carter : Lil Wayne". Rhapsody. Retrieved 2013-08-28. 
  4. ^ Christian Hoard (2004-08-05). "Tha Carter". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-11-04. 
  5. ^ Steve Jones (2004-07-05). "Lil' Wayne, Tha Carter". USA Today. Retrieved 2013-08-28. 
  6. ^ Tha Carter album information
  7. ^ "G-Unit Rapper Banks No. 1 Solo Debut". Retrieved 2 December 2012. 
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  9. ^ allmusic ((( The Elephant in the Room > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))