Lil Wayne Celebrates 13th Anniversary of ‘Tha Carter III’ With Heartfelt Instagram Post

Cordilia Muzik

Lil Wayne released his career-defining album, Tha Carter III

To celebrate the 13th anniversary of the project, Weezy took to Instagram to reflect on the 6x platinum album, which upon its release became the last rap LP to sell one million copies in its first week. 

“Happy 13th to the project that really showed me my fans/supporters have love for me,” Wayne captioned a photo of the album’s cover art. “We did ‘Amilli’ the first week in a time where sales were down because of piracy/bootlegging!!! For that I’ll forever be grateful!”

With opening day sales figures of approximately 423,000 copies, Tha Carter III debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 1,005,545 copies in its first week, earning Wayne his first No. 1 debut and his sixth Top 10 album. 

Carter III scored the largest first week sales for any album in 2008 in the United States, and was the first album to reach the million mark in one week since 50 Cent’s 2005 LP The Massacre. 

At the time, Wayne responded to his impressive sales performance with a freestyle over the beat from the Carter III standout “A Milli”: “A milli-on sold, first day, I went gold / How do I celebrate? Work on Tha Carter IV / Shout out to every DJ / Bootleggers, I made history anyway.”

Stream Wayne’s signature album on all major platforms.