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"A Milli"
Single by Lil Wayne
from the album Tha Carter III
Released March 11, 2008 (Radio)
April 23, 2008 (Digital)
Format CD, digital download
Recorded 2007
Genre Southern hip hop
Length 3:41
Label Cash Money, Universal, Young Money
Writer(s) Dwayne Carter, Jr.
Producer Bangladesh
Certification 2x 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 the second official single, and the official street single from Lil Wayne's sixth studio album, Tha Carter III. Rolling Stone named it the #63rd best song of the 2000s decade[1]. The song won a Grammy award for Best Rap Solo Performance at the 51st Grammy Awards.

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Background

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.

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) & Jeff Panzer,[8] features appearances by Birdman (giving Wayne his brand new car for his record sales), Ray J , T-Pain 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]

Time critic Josh Tyrangiel named this the #4 song of 2008.[12]

The song was also ranked as the number one of 2008 in the MTV News Bigger Than Sound poll.[13]

Remix

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 hints at production of 'Tha Carter IV'.[14]

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. 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".

Track listing

  1. "A Milli" (Clean)
  2. "A Milli" (Explicit)
  3. "A Milli" (Instrumental)
  4. "A Milli" (Acapella)
  5. "Lollipop" (Clean)
  6. "Lollipop" (Explicit)
  7. "Lollipop" (Instrumental)
  8. "Lollipop" (Acapella)

Chart

Chart (2008) Peak
position[15][16][17][18]
Canadian Hot 100 54
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 6
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 34

References

Preceded by
"Heaven Sent" by Keyshia Cole
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Hip-Hop Songs number-one single
August 23, 2008
Succeeded by
"Take a Bow" by Rihanna
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