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No Christmas decoration this morning, but this time of the year is full of self reflection. Between a couple of blockbuster albums, Tha Carter II (2005) & Tha Carter III (2008), southern hip hop artist Lil Wayne released a legendary run of mixtapes that cemented his self-proclaimed title as “best rapper alive”. Originally named ‘1000 Degreez’, the track ‘I’m Me’ was intended a confident opening to Tha Carter III. However, after it had been leaked, it was released prematurely with four other songs on 2007’s aptly-named The Leak. As strong as Tha Carter III is, a mixtape version which included tracks that had been tossed, leaked and/or overlooked was even stronger. This was an artist at the top of his game. His descent would be swift.