A documentary following LIL’ WAYNE Carter Jr prior to the release of his platinum album Tha Carter III and the months following that release. Tha Carter III was Lil’ Waynes sixth studio release and debuted in the US at number 1, and has since gone triple platinum.
This documentary although critically acclaimed, is probably more famous for the court battles between LIL’ WAYNE and the documentary makers QD3 Entertainment. Lil Wayne claimed to be unhappy that he did not get a say in the editing process and claims to have been portrayed in a scandalous manner, which if anything probably makes this a better documentary than it could have been.
This Lil’ Wayne documentary was directed by Adam Bhala Lough, and was first screened at the Sundance Film Festival early in 2009. Many at that first screening openly discussed the portrayal of Lil Wayne as an exceptionally hard working artist, but perhaps the biggest surprise was his apparent addiction to prescription cough syrup. Throughout the film the rappers drug use is not hidden, which may be the part of the editing process that Lil Wayne openly objected to during his $50 million lawsuit against QD3 Entertainment. The documentary does not gloss over the dangers but instead often documents the genuine concerns from his management and close friends. This is not a drugumentary, but a true portrayal of an artist that has been described as “The best rapper alive”.
Although an interesting documentary that explores not only the man himself, but also his lyrics the finished project is not exactly what the documentary makers had in mind – but LIL’ WAYNE refused to sit down for interviews as had initially been agreed.