2008: ‘Tha Carter III’ by Lil Wayne


After releasing an endless stream of mixtapes and earning his keep in the underground, rapper Lil Wayne found himself at the top of the hip-hop world by 2008. That made it the perfect time to release “Tha Carter III,” which famously sold 1 million copies in a single week. Not only did the work win Best Rap Album at the Grammys, but its most popular single, “Lollipop,” won Best Rap Song.