lil wayne's 'tha carter surpasses one billion streams on spotify.

Lil Wayne [photo courtesy]>

Lil Wayne [photo courtesy]

by Beatrice Ambasa June 30, 2021

Lil Wayne may have dubbed himself the "Best Rapper Alive" during his heyday. Still, recent news of the rapper's Tha Carter III album surpassing one billion total streams on Spotify is concrete evidence of him being among the genre's most accomplished artists.

The milestone comes just weeks after Weezy commemorated the 13th anniversary of the album's release (June 10, 2008) with a post of its artwork on social media, with a caption celebrating its success in what was a dismal musical market at the time. 

"Happy 13th to the project that really showed me my fans/supporters have love for me," Wayne wrote. "We did 'Amilli' the first week in a time where sales were down because of piracy/bootlegging!!! For that I'll forever be grateful!"

Weezy's first album to debut atop the Billboard 200, Tha Carter III, sold over one million copies in its first week of release, the last rap album to achieve that feat. 

The album has moved upwards of six million units to date, making it the highest-selling album in Weezy's catalogue. 

Tha Carter III is Wayne's third studio album to surpass one billion streams, joining Tha Carter IV and Tha Carter V in that category. 

As of June 29, 2021, other albums released during that period that are on the verge of surpassing a billion streams mark on Spotify include Eminem's The Slim Shady LP (909,605,359 streams), Fugees' The Score (794,341,540 streams), and Lauryn Hill's The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (730,693,570 streams).