Tha Carter

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Tha Carter
Lil Wayne - Tha Carter.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 29, 2004
Lil Wayne chronology
500 Degreez
Tha Carter
Tha Carter II
Singles from Tha Carter
  1. "Go D.J."
    Released: October 5, 2004
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[4]
USA Today3/4 stars[5]
XXL4/5 stars (XL)[citation needed]

Tha Carter is the fourth studio album by American rapper Lil Wayne. It was released on June 29, 2004, by Cash Money Records and Universal Records.[6] The production on the album was mostly and frequently handled from the Cash Money's former in-house producer Mannie Fresh, before Mannie left the label. The album spawned four sequels: Tha Carter II, Tha Carter III, Tha Carter IV, and Tha Carter V.


The title of the album was based on "The Carter", which is the empire crack house from the 1991 movie New Jack City, as well as Wayne's last name.


The album's lead single, "Bring It Back" was released on April 10, 2004. The song serves its production and as a featured guest vocals from then-Cash Money's frequent record producer Mannie Fresh.

The album's second single, "Go D.J." was released on October 5, 2004. Mannie Fresh's production were also featured on this song (the same producer, who recently produced the song "Bring It Back"), in which latter released as his first single.

The album's third single, "Earthquake" was released on November 16, 2004. The song serves its production and as a featured guest vocals was from a fellow record producer Jazze Pha.

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number five on the Billboard 200, with first week sales of 116,000 copies in the United States.[7] On September 7, 2004, the album was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)[8] for sales of over 1,000,000 copies in the United States. As of November 2005, the album sold 1,876,442 copies in the United States. In 2008, Tha Carter's sales went back up on hype that Tha Carter 3 was coming and re-entered the Billboard charts at #33. In that year, it sold 385,000 copies and as of 2017, Tha Carter has sold 2.3 million copies in the United States.[9]

Track listing[edit]

1."Walk In"Byron ThomasMannie Fresh3:04
2."Go D.J."Dwayne Carter, Jr., ThomasMannie Fresh4:41
3."This Is the Carter" (featuring Mannie Fresh)Carter, Jr., ThomasMannie Fresh4:36
4."BM J.R."Carter, Jr., Thomas,Mannie Fresh4:58
5."On the Block #1 (skit)" Mannie Fresh, Lil Wayne0:18
6."I Miss My Dawgs" (featuring Reel)Carter, Jr., Thomas, R.Q. DickersonMannie Fresh, Raj Smoove4:35
7."We Don't" (featuring Birdman)Carter, Jr., Bryan WilliamsLeslie Brathwaite4:09
8."On My Own" (featuring Reel)Carter, Jr., ThomasMannie Fresh4:28
9."Tha Heat"Carter, Jr., DickersonRaj Smoove4:36
10."Cash Money Millionaires"Carter, Jr., ThomasMannie Fresh4:42
11."Inside"Carter, Jr., ThomasMannie Fresh1:30
12."Bring It Back" (featuring Mannie Fresh)Carter, Jr., ThomasMannie Fresh4:21
13."Who Wanna"Carter, Jr., DickersonRaj Smoove4:32
14."On the Block #2 (skit)" Mannie Fresh, Lil Wayne0:23
15."Get Down" (featuring Birdman)Carter, Jr., ThomasMannie Fresh4:32
16."Snitch"Carter, Jr., ThomasMannie Fresh3:55
17."Hoes" (featuring Mannie Fresh)Carter, Jr., ThomasMannie Fresh4:32
18."Only Way" (featuring Birdman)Carter, Jr., WilliamsMannie Fresh4:33
19."Earthquake" (featuring Jazze Pha)Carter, Jr., Thomas, Phalon AlexanderMannie Fresh, Jazze Pha5:16
20."Ain't That a Bitch"Carter, Jr., ThomasMannie Fresh4:17
21."Walk Out"Carter, Jr., ThomasMannie Fresh1:08
Total length:79:07

If the album was purchased in Canada, "Walk In", "Inside" and "Walk Out" are recorded on a different instrumental, with slightly different lyrics. Also, "Earthquake" is replaced by the song "Crack Ya Bottle" by Lil Wayne featuring Reel, produced by the Architects. These changes are a result of sample clearance issues.



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[16] 2x Platinum 2,355,481^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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