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Tha Block Is Hot is the debut major label studio album by American rapper Lil Wayne. It was released on November 2, 1999, by Ca$h Money and Universal.[8] Recording sessions took place from 1998 to 1999, with the executive production from Baby and Slim, all of these tracks production that were provided by Mannie Fresh himself. Apart from the use of the words "fuck" and "nigga", the album is almost completely free of profanity from Wayne himself, due to his mother's wishes. The most violent and sexual verses were done by Big Tymers, and the other members of the Hot Boys, including rappers Juvenile, B.G. and Turk.[9]

Tha Block Is Hot
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 2, 1999 (1999-11-02)
Lil Wayne chronology
Tha Block Is Hot
Lights Out
Singles from Tha Block Is Hot
  1. "Tha Block Is Hot"
    Released: October 23, 1999
  2. "Respect Us"
    Released: 2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune(positive)[2]
Hartford Courant(positive)[3]
The Harvard CrimsonC+[4]
Robert Christgau(2-star Honorable Mention)(2-star Honorable Mention)[6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[7]


Commercial performanceEdit

In the United States, the album sold 229,500 copies in its first week, entering at number three on the Billboard 200. In the 2nd week, the album sold over 120,000 copies in the United States.[10] On December 10, 1999, the album became certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of over a million copies. As of 2012, the album has sold 2.1 million copies in the United States and 2.4 million worldwide.[11]

Track listingEdit

All songs are produced by Mannie Fresh.

1."Intro" (featuring Big Tymers)1:47
2."Tha Block Is Hot" (featuring Juvenile and B.G.)4:12
3."Loud Pipes" (featuring Big Tymers, Juvenile and B.G.)5:14
4."Watcha Wanna Do"3:50
5."Kisha" (featuring Hot Boys)4:17
6."High Beamin'" (featuring B.G.)4:09
7."Lights Off"4:07
8."Fuck Tha World"4:46
9."Remember Me" (featuring B.G.)3:54
10."Respect Us" (featuring Juvenile)5:01
11."Drop It Like It's Hot" (featuring B.G. and Mannie Fresh)5:23
12."Young Playa" (featuring Big Tymers)3:47
13."Enemy Turf" (featuring Juvenile)4:19
14."Not Like Me" (featuring Big Tymers, B.G. & Paparue)4:03
15."Come On" (featuring B.G.)3:35
16."Up To Me" (featuring Turk)4:31
17."You Want War" (featuring Turk)3:25
Total length:70:18

Samples credits

  • "Loud Pipes" contains a sample of "Rich Niggaz" performed by Juvenile.


Chart positionsEdit


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[15] Platinum 1,400,000^

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


  1. ^ Birchmeier, Jason (November 2, 1999). "Tha Block Is Hot- Lil Wayne". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  2. ^ Baker, Soren (November 14, 1999). "Lil Wayne Tha Block Is Hot (Cash Money/Universal)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved August 27, 2013.
  3. ^ Comer, Andrea (December 16, 1999). "Tha Block Is Hot - Lil Wayne". Hartford Courant. Retrieved August 27, 2013.
  4. ^ Leonard, Franklin (November 19, 1999). "Album Review: Lil Wayne (Tha Block Is Hot)". The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved August 27, 2013.
  5. ^ Wallace, Emanuel (May 3, 2011). "Lil Wayne :: Tha Block Is Hot :: Cash Money Records / Universal". RapReviews. Retrieved August 27, 2013.
  6. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Lil Wayne". Retrieved August 27, 2013.
  7. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 394. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  8. ^ "Tha Block Is Hot". Lil Wayne HQ.
  9. ^ "40 Things You Didn't Know About Lil Wayne". Complex.
  10. ^ "Billboard". Nielsen Business Media, Inc. November 20, 1999 – via Google Books.
  11. ^ "Cash Money: The Billboard Cover Story".
  12. ^ "G-Unit Rapper Banks No. 1 Solo Debut". Billboard. October 10, 2011.
  13. ^ a b "Tha Block Is Hot - Lil Wayne".Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 10, 2011.
  14. ^ "2006 Year-End Charts – Billboard 200 Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 28, 2015.
  15. ^ "American album certifications – Lil Wayne – The Block Is Hot". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.