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As the most visible ambassador in hip hop, Lil Wayne brings powerful exposure to skateboarding with every project. In the past, each album and mixtape will have a few skate easter eggs nestled in the lyrics (“I be grinding on them hoes like a halfpipe”)—Wayne takes advantage of every opportunity to give skateboarding a shout out. And the positive reinforcement is working: Vulture named him Hip Hop’s Best Skateboarder last week.

His long-awaited album, Tha Carter V, was released a few days ago and it’s already being hailed as a work of art that will save hip hop from itself (see the panel discussion above). Sales of Wayne’s album are keeping pace with the warm reception as well. As reported by Hypebeast:

The LP is projected to debut No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Billboard reports that *Tha Carter V *forecasts to move over 450,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Oct. 4 in the U.S. — and has a shot at reaching a half-million units earned.

The album could generate over 400 million on-demand audio streams for its songs in its first week in the U.S., third-largest streaming week ever for an album this year, trailing only Drake’s *Scorpionand Post Malone’s* Beerbongs & Bentleys.

Some of Lil Wayne’s biggest fans happen to be the world’s most famous skaters. Here are some recent posts from Torey Pudwill and Paul Rodriguez in advance of the album’s release:

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“Ready for Tha Carter V!”

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“It’s been a long time coming!! I’m so hyped for this one!! Happy Bday!”

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