Tha Carter II

Tha Carter II is the fifth studio album by American rapper Lil Wayne. It was released on December 6, 2005, by Cash Money Records and Universal Distribution. Recording sessions took place from 2004 to 2005, with Birdman and his brother Ronald "Slim" Williams serving as the record's executive producers. Additional producers on the album included The Runners and The Heatmakerz, among others. The album serves as a sequel to his fourth album Tha Carter (2004), and is classified as a southern hip hop record. It was supported by three singles ("Fireman", "Hustler Musik" and "Shooter"). Tha Carter II received critical acclaim and ranks highly in retrospectives of Lil Wayne's best work[1][2].

Tha Carter II
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Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 6, 2005 (2005-12-06)
GenreSouthern hip hop
Lil Wayne chronology
Tha Carter
Tha Carter II
The Dedication
Singles from Tha Carter II
  1. "Fireman"
    Released: October 25, 2005
  2. "Hustler Musik"
    Released: January 10, 2006
  3. "Shooter"
    Released: April 9, 2006


The lead single from the album, called "Fireman" was released on October 25, 2005. The song was produced by DVLP and Filthy. While they were recording the song at the time, both DVLP and Filthy first burst into a music scene as the production duo, called Doe Boys.

The album's second single, "Hustler Musik" was released on January 10, 2006. The song was produced by T-Mix and the unknown producer named Batman.

The album's third single, "Shooter" was released on April 9, 2006. The song features guest vocals from an American R&B singer-songwriter Robin Thicke, who also produced this track. The song also was later included on Thicke's then-upcoming album, titled The Evolution of Robin Thicke (2006).

Commercial performanceEdit

Tha Carter II was certified Gold status by the RIAA on January 18, 2006. After six weeks dating on March 23rd, the album was Platinum. On September 28 2006, Tha Carter 2 was certified Double Platinum for shipments of 2,000,000 copies.

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [3]
Blender     [4]
Entertainment WeeklyB[5]
The GuardianA[6]
Houston Chronicle     [7]
Rolling Stone     [10]
USA Today    [11]
The Village VoiceB+[12]

Upon its release, Tha Carter II received widespread critical acclaim from music critics, with several praising the lyricism and artistic growth demonstrated by Wayne on the album. AllMusic's David Jeffries praised the album's balance of "hookless, freestyle-ish tracks" and "slicker club singles", commenting that "the well-rounded, risk-taking, but true-to-its-roots album suggests he can weather the highs and lows like a champion."[3] Entertainment Weekly's Ryan Dombal wrote that Tha Carter II "transcends [Wayne's] inflated ego" and complimented the album's "sturdy funk-blues tracks... that offer genuine value".[5] David Drake of Stylus Magazine called the album "one of the year's best releases" and lauded his "entire persona, an aura, a rap creation that seems fully-developed and fascinating".[13] Despite writing that "Wayne's verses need a good polish", Nick Sylvester of Pitchfork wrote that the album contains "jaw-droppers aplenty" and complimented Wayne's growth as a lyricist, stating:

People who met Wayne on "Go DJ" and thought him a lunchroom hack emcee – who knows what's happened since then, but damn has he learned how to write. His squeak is now a croak, his laugh a little more burly, his flow remarkably flexible. Sometimes he's deliberate like syrup cats ("But this is Southern, face it/ If we too simple then yall don't get the basics") but when he needs to be, he's nimble as that Other Carter: "I ain't talking too fast you just listening too slow." Remy and weed, fast things and women, the corner – these are Wayne's wax since B.G.'ing with B.G., putting piff on the campus before he ever enrolled in college.[8]

IGN writer Jim During gave the album an eight out of ten and commented that Wayne "[punishes] the mic with hard-hitting verbal tenacity", and wrote that the album shows him "at his most focused, and is a strong next step for a relatively young career."[14] Matt Cibula of PopMatters wrote ambivalently towards that album's production, writing that "the producers here are mostly no-namers who do their jobs well but not spectacularly", but praised Wayne's "amazing" words and remarked that "Straws really IS the best rapper alive, at least when he tries".[9]

Track listingEdit

1."Tha Mobb"The Heatmakerz5:20
2."Fly In"
  • T-Mix
  • Batman
3."Money on My Mind"4:31
5."Mo Fire"
  • Carter, Jr.
  • Ronald Ferebee, Jr.
Young Yonny3:23
6."On tha Block #1"  0:38
7."Best Rapper Alive"Bigg D4:53
8."Lock and Load" (featuring Kurupt)
  • T-Mix
  • Batman
9."Oh No"
  • Carter, Jr.
  • Ferebee, Jr.
  • W. Matlock
  • Young Yonny
  • Matlock
10."Grown Man" (featuring Curren$y)
  • T-Mix
  • Batman
11."On tha Block #2"  0:26
12."Hit Em Up"
  • Carter, Jr.
  • Zayas
  • DelGiorno
  • DVLP
  • Filthy
13."Carter II"
  • Carter, Jr.
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • T-Mix
  • Batman
14."Hustler Musik"
  • Carter, Jr.
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • T-Mix
  • Batman
The Heatmakerz3:48
16."Shooter" (featuring Robin Thicke)
  • Carter, Jr.
  • Robin Thicke
  • Robert Daniels
  • James Gass
  • Robert Keyes
Robin Thicke4:35
17."Weezy Baby" (featuring Nikki Jean)
18."On tha Block #3"  0:13
19."I'm a D-Boy" (featuring Birdman)
  • T-Mix
  • Batman
20."Feel Me"
  • Carter, Jr.
  • Zayas
  • DelGiorno
  • DVLP
  • Filthy
21."Get Over" (featuring Nikki Jean)Cool & Dre4:42
22."Fly Out"
  • Carter, Jr.
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • T-Mix
  • Batman
Total length:77:22
Sample credits


Credits for Tha Carter II adapted from Allmusic.[15]

Charts and certificationsEdit


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[22] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

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


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