Tha Carter II is the fifth studio album by American rapper Lil Wayne. It was released on December 6, 2005, by Cash Money Records, Young Money Entertainment and Universal Records. 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 was supported by three singles ("Fireman", "Hustler Musik" and "Shooter").

Tha Carter II
Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 6, 2005 (2005-12-06)
GenreHip hop, hardcore hip hop, R&B
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

Tha Carter II received critical acclaim and ranks highly in retrospectives of Lil Wayne's best work.[1][2] The album debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart.[3] The album was later certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in September 2020.[4]

Singles Edit

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).

Critical reception Edit

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [5]
Blender     [6]
Entertainment WeeklyB[7]
The GuardianA[8]
Houston Chronicle     [9]
Rolling Stone     [12]
USA Today    [13]
The Village VoiceB+[14]

Upon its release, Tha Carter II received widespread 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."[5] 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".[7] 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".[15] 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.[10]

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."[16] 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".[11]

In 2020, Rolling Stone ranked it the 370th best album of all time.[17] It was one of only 86 albums from the 21st century to be added to the list.

LA Weekly included the track "Best Rapper Alive" in their list of "Ten Rap-Rock Songs That Are Actually Awesome".[18]

Commercial performance Edit

Tha Carter II debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 240,000 copies in its first week.[3] This became Wayne's fourth US top-ten debut.[3] The album also debuted at number one on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, becoming Wayne's third number-one album on this chart.[3] As of March 2008, the album has sold 1.3 million copies in the US.[19] On September 25, 2020, the album was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for combined sales and album-equivalent units of over two million units in the United States.[4]

Track listing Edit

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 "Young Yonny" 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 Kynard)Deezle4:18
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 Kynard)
Cool & Dre4:42
22."Fly Out"
  • Carter, Jr.
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • T-Mix
  • Batman
Total length:77:22
Sample credits

Personnel Edit

Credits for Tha Carter II adapted from Allmusic.[20]

Charts Edit

Certifications Edit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[4] 2× Platinum 2,000,000

Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

References Edit

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