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A Milli

"A Milli"
Tha Carter III
Released February 13, 2008 (radio)
April 23, 2008 (digital)
Format CD, digital download
Recorded 2007
Genre Hip hop
Length 3:41
Label Cash Money, Universal Motown
Writer(s) Dwayne Carter, Jr.
Producer Bangladesh
Certification 2× Platinum (RIAA)
Lil Wayne singles chronology

"Lollipop"
(2008)
"A Milli"
(2008)
"Love in This Club, Part II"
(2008)

"A Milli", abbreviated occasionally as "Milli", is a song by American hip hop recording artist Lil Wayne. The song was released February 13, 2008 as the second official single from his highly acclaimed sixth album Tha Carter III.[1]

Background

The original version leaked early on several mixtapes. Then, a second version, with the first two verses from the original version, a verse from Cory Gunz and the final verse from the album version, was released prior to the album version. "A Milli" was played several times when sampling the record before its release,[2][3] and was originally slated to appear on Tha Carter III in multiple versions as "skit-like" tracks, featuring artists such as Tyga, Cory Gunz, Hurricane Chris, Chamillionaire and Lil Mama[4] though the tracks never made the final cut. They were rumored to appear on the re-release of Tha Carter III, until Wayne revealed that the aforementioned album would be a rap rock album called Rebirth with no connection to Tha Carter III.[5] "A Milli" was ranked the #1 Hip-Hop song of 2008 by MTV.[6] The song samples "I Left My Wallet in El Segundo (Vampire Mix)" by A Tribe Called Quest and "Don't Burn Down the Bridge" by Gladys Knight & the Pips. The song uses the homophobic slur "faggot" in association with Dennis Rodman.

Music video

The music video was shot on June 23, 2008, in Los Angeles, California (the same day he shot the video for "Got Money").[7]

The video premiered on 106 & Park July 2, 2008. It consists of Lil Wayne preparing for the shoot of his following single "Got Money". The video, which was directed by Dayo Harewood, Dwayne Carter (Lil Wayne himself) & Jeff Panzer,[8] features appearances by Birdman (giving Wayne his brand new car for his record sales), Lil Twist, T-Streets, Gudda Gudda, Kidd Kidd and Brisco.

Critical reception

The song won the Best Rap Solo Performance at the 2009 Grammy Awards.[9][10]

Blender ranked this the #1 song of 2008.[11]

Rolling Stone named it the 10th best song of 2008,[12] and the 63rd best song of the 2000s.[13]

Time critic Josh Tyrangiel named this the #4 song of 2008.[14]

The song was also ranked as the number one of 2008 in the MTV News Bigger Than the Sound poll.[15]

Complex magazine ranked this the #31 greatest Hip Hop beat of all time[16]

Remixes

The official remix, dubbed "A Milli Freemix", was made by Wayne to thank his fans, celebrating his first week sale of one million copies of Tha Carter III. In the remix, Wayne also hinted at the production of 'Tha Carter IV'.[17]

Chart performance

"A Milli" has peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Lil Wayne's second top ten and second highest peaking song on the chart as a lead artist at the time. It has reached #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, making it his second number one song on that chart. It was also able to top the Hot Rap Tracks as his previous single "Lollipop". To date A Milli sold 2,053,000 digital copies.[18]

Track listing

  1. "A Milli" (Clean)
  2. "A Milli" (Explicit)
  3. "A Milli" (Instrumental)
  4. "A Milli" (Acapella)

Charts

Chart (2008) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[19] 54
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[20] 163
US Billboard Hot 100[21] 6
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[22] 1
US Pop 100 (Billboard)[23] 34
US Rap Songs (Billboard)[24] 1

References

See also

  • List of number-one R&B singles of 2008 (U.S.)

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