Lil Wayne's 'Tha Carter III' Lil Uzi Vert, T-Pain, Tyga & More Remember Hearing


Lil Wayne performs in concert at the Travis County Expo Center on July 10, 2008, in Austin, Texas.

With Lil Wayne's Tha Carter III 10th anniversary approaching this weekend (June 10), Spotify caught up with a different of hip-hop artists who are directly or indirectly inspired by Weezy to get their opinion on first hearing the New Orleans native's magnum opus back in 2008.

Artists from various generations such as Chance The Rapper, Lil Uzi Vert, T-Pain, Tyga, Migos, YG, Lil Yachty, French Montana, Rich The Kid, Ty Dolla $ign, and more hinted on how their connections to the Grammy-winning project that was loaded with classic anthems across the board. 
In addition, each rapper had Wayne's famed album cover remade featuring a baby picture of their own instead. 
T-Pain reminisces on how his legendary "Got Money" collaboration with Weezy came about at a random studio session where the pair were coincidentally booked. “After 'Lollipop' dropped, it was my mission to work with Wayne," he added. "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."
The Tallahassee native added: "I went back to my studio and bounced a hook I had just done, told my people 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."
Tyga first met Weezy at the studio when the 35-year-old was recording Tha Carter IIIstandout cut "A Milli" prior to signing a deal with Young Money. “I remember being in the studio with Wayne every day around this time. I was really watching a master at work. Real superstar feeling. 'Tha Carter III' was the icing on the cake," T-Raww penned. "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!"
Lil Uzi Vert's artistry is a direct result of the genre-shifting impact Weezy has had on hip-hop throughout his prolific career. "When I heard 'Tha Carter III,' I knew Wayne was the greatest rapper alive," the Philly rapper confidently proclaimed.
The album anniversary weekend got that much sweeter for Wayne, who just agreed to a settlement in his longstanding lawsuit and public feuding with Birdman. "I can say that my client is happy. He is his own man, a man that owns his assets, his music and himself. At some point, Wayne will let his fans know what’s going to happen next," Carter's lawyer Ron Sweeney relayed to Billboard


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