Solo Albums: Tha Carter (2004), Tha Carter II (2005), Tha Carter III (2008)
Group Albums: Like Father, Like Son (2006)
Biggest Hits: "Go D.J." (2004), "Fireman" (2005), "Stuntin' Like My Daddy" (2006), "A Milli" (2008), "Lollipop" f/ Static Major (2008),

Honestly, Wayne's contribution to "Duffle Bag Boy" is better than most of your favorite rapper's five-year runs. But just consider the degree to which Wayne was snatching spots throughout the mid-aughts. Bookended by Tha Carter and Tha Carter III, this time span had Wayne disproving the idea that a sequel is necessarily worse than its predecessor. He made each one, in multiple series, a step above the previous, as though just one or two iterations was not enough to satiate the newly dreadlocked demon-he was evolving. Both Dedication 2 and Da Drought 3 might as well have been albums, had they not been stunt acts of beat-jacking. He was rapping as though he had too many verses, and he had mixtapes upon mixtapes worth of mental overflow-a single lyric comparing either sex or weed to something altogether unrelated could not go to waste. So he'd put it on the beat for which your three phoned-in verses didn't do justice. Wayne was also steadily becoming the most requested feature, from Jay ("Hello Brooklyn 2.0") and Ye ("Barry Bonds") to Chris Brown ("Gimme That") and Destiny's Child ("Soldier"). On top of all of that, in the middle of this run, Wayne and his "Daddy" Birdman released one of the best albums of the decade, Like Father, Like Son. Everything fell into place for Wayne during those years, culminating in the crossover success of his Tha Carter III singles. From then on, it really was Wayne's world. His claim of being the best rapper alive seemed undeniable when you looked around at the rap landscape of the time, and an unlikely pop superstar had fully manifested.  Alexander Gleckman

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