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"A Milli", abbreviated occasionally as "Milli", is a song by American rapper Lil Wayne. The song was released February 13, 2008, as the second official single from his sixth album Tha Carter III.[1]

"A Milli"
A milli (Lil Wayne) single cover art.jpg
Single by Lil Wayne
from the album Tha Carter III
ReleasedMarch 11, 2008 (2008-03-11) (radio)
April 23, 2008 (2008-04-23) (digital)
GenreHip hop
Songwriter(s)Lil Wayne
Lil Wayne singles chronology
"A Milli"
"Love in This Club, Part II"



The original version leaked early on several mixtapes. Then, a second version, with the first two verses from the original version, a verse from Cory Gunz and the final verse from the album version, was released prior to the album version. "A Milli" was played several times when sampling the record before its release,[2][3] and was originally slated to appear on Tha Carter III in multiple versions as "skit-like" tracks, featuring artists such as Tyga, Cory Gunz, Hurricane Chris, and Lil Mama[4] though the tracks never made the final cut. They were rumored to appear on the re-release of Tha Carter III, until Wayne revealed that the aforementioned album would be a rap rock album called Rebirth with no connection to Tha Carter III.[5] "A Milli" was ranked the number one hip hop song of 2008 by MTV.[6] The song samples "Don't Burn Down the Bridge" by Gladys Knight & the Pips.[7] The sample is different in both early and final versions. While the early version plays the sample as it is,[8] the final version adds a filter effect to the sample. In addition, the main vocal sample is from the Vampire Mix of "I Left My Wallet in El Segundo" by A Tribe Called Quest.[9] The line "I'm okay, but my watch sick" was originally from "Go Crazy" by Young Jeezy.[10]

Critical receptionEdit

The song won the Best Rap Solo Performance at the 2009 Grammy Awards.[11][12]

Blender ranked it the number one song of 2008.[13]

Rolling Stone named it the 10th best song of 2008,[14] and the 63rd best song of the 2000s.[15]

Time critic Josh Tyrangiel named "A Milli" the number four song of 2008,[16] and it was ranked as the number one song of 2008 in the MTV News Bigger Than the Sound poll.[17]

Complex ranked its beat the 31st greatest hip hop beat of all time.[18]

Chart performanceEdit

"A Milli" peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Lil Wayne's second top ten and second-highest peaking song on the chart as a lead artist at the time. It has reached number one on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, making it his second number-one song on that chart. It was also able to top the Hot Rap Tracks like his previous single "Lollipop". To date "A Milli" has sold 2,053,000 digital copies.[19]


The official remix, dubbed "A Milli Freemix", was made by Wayne to thank his fans, celebrating his first week sale of one million copies of Tha Carter III. In the remix, Wayne also hinted at the production of Tha Carter IV.[20]

Music videoEdit

The music video was shot on June 23, 2008, in Los Angeles, California, (the same day as the video for "Got Money").[21]

The video premiered on 106 & Park July 2, 2008. It consists of Lil Wayne preparing for the shoot of his following single "Got Money". The video, which was directed by Dayo Harewood, Lil Wayne and Jeff Panzer,[22] features appearances by Birdman (giving Wayne his brand new car for his record sales), Lil Twist, T-Streets, Gudda Gudda, Kidd Kidd and Brisco.

Track listingEdit

  1. "A Milli" (Clean)
  2. "A Milli" (Explicit)
  3. "A Milli" (Instrumental)
  4. "A Milli" (Acapella)


See alsoEdit


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  3. ^ Paul W Arnold (March 6, 2008). DX-clusive: Jae Millz speaks on deal with Lil Wayne. HipHopDX. Accessed March 7, 2008.
  4. ^ Shaheem Reid (April 29, 2008).[1]. MTV. Accessed May 2, 2008.
  5. ^ Reid, Shaheem (2008-10-21). "Lil Wayne Wants A Carter III Do-Over - News Story". Retrieved 2012-08-22.
  6. ^ Reid, Shaheem (2008-12-15). "Lil Wayne's 'A Milli' And More Top Hip-Hop Songs Of 2008; 50 Cent Pledges Loyalty To Eminem: Mixtape Monday - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV. Retrieved 2012-03-01.
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  8. ^ simperative (2008-03-20), Lil Wayne ft. Corey Gunz - A Milli (FULL, CDQ, Dirty), retrieved 2017-05-16
  9. ^ "Lil Wayne's 'A Milli' - Discover the Sample Source". WhoSampled. Retrieved 2017-05-16.
  10. ^ "Lil Wayne's 'A Milli' - Discover the Sample Source". WhoSampled. Retrieved 2017-05-16.
  11. ^ "The 51st Annual Grammy Award Winners List". Archived from the original on 2010-10-11. Retrieved 2012-08-22.
  12. ^ MTV News Staff (2009-02-08). "Grammy 2009 Winners List". MTV. Archived from the original on 15 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-09.
  13. ^ "Blender's 1001 Downloads: The Top 144 Songs of 2008". Archived from the original on March 27, 2009. Retrieved December 31, 2009.
  14. ^ "Readers' Rock List: Best Songs of 2008". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
  15. ^ "Rolling Stone: 100 Best Songs of the Decade (2000-2009): 51-100". Rock On The Net. Retrieved 2012-08-22.
  16. ^ Time, December 22, 2008, pages 47-8.
  17. ^ "The Best Songs Of 2008, In Bigger Than The Sound - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV. 2008-12-10. Retrieved 2012-03-01.
  18. ^ "The 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Beats of All TimeLil Wayne "A Milli" (2008)". Complex. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  19. ^ Grein, Paul (2011-05-04). "Week Ending May 1, 2011. Songs: Even Divas Struggle | Chart Watch - Yahoo! Music". Retrieved 2012-03-01.
  20. ^ "Lil' Wayne - A Milli (Free-Mix)". Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  21. ^ "Update: Lil Wayne Shooting 'Got Money' Video". 2008-06-22. Retrieved 2012-08-22.
  22. ^ Steven Gottlieb (July 24, 2008). WATCH IT: Lil Wayne "A Milli" Video Static
  23. ^ "Lil Wayne Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved November 19, 2011.
  24. ^ Zywietz, Tobias. "Chart Log UK: DJ Steve L – LZ Love". Retrieved November 19, 2011.
  25. ^ "Lil Wayne Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved November 19, 2011.
  26. ^ "Lil Wayne Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 19, 2011.
  27. ^ "Lil Wayne > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". AllMusic. Retrieved November 19, 2011.
  28. ^ "Lil Wayne Chart History (Hot Rap Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 19, 2011.
  29. ^ "Hot 100 Songs – Year-End 2008". Billboard. Retrieved August 20, 2019.

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