Profession: Professional Rapper/Singer/Songwriter/Entrepreneur
Years Active: 1991 – Present
Lil Wayne is an American rapper who is best known for his Carter series of albums. He is the CEO of his own label, Young Money Entertainment, which was founded in 2005.
Lil Wayne (real name Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.) was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.
His mother, a cook, gave birth to him when she was 19 years old. His parents divorced when he was 2, and his father permanently abandoned the family. Although Wayne and Birdman have a father-son relationship and Birdman calls Carter his son, Wayne’s biological father and namesake (Dwayne Carter) is still alive. Lil Wayne has also spoken about his deceased stepfather, Reginald “Rabbit” McDonald, who he has said he considers his real father.
Carter enrolled in the gifted program of Lafayette Elementary School and in the drama club of Eleanor McMain Secondary School.
He wrote his first rap song at age eight. In the summer of 1991, he met Birdman, rapper, and owner of Cash Money Records. Carter recorded freestyle raps on Williams’s answering machine, leading him to mentor the young Carter and include him in Cash Money-distributed songs. He also recorded his first ever collaboration album True Story with rapper B.G. At the time, Carter was 11, and B.G. was 14.
At McMain Magnet School, Carter was an honors student, but he dropped out at the age of 14 to focus on a musical career.
In 1996, Carter joined the Hot Boys along with rappers Juvenile, B.G., and Turk. At age 15, Carter was the youngest member at the time.
Carter’s debut solo album Tha Block Is Hot was released when he was 17 and featured significant contributions from the Hot Boys. It debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and was later certified platinum by the RIAA.
In the summer of 2004, Wayne’s album Tha Carter was released, marking what critics considered advancement in his rapping style and lyrical themes. Tha Carter gained Wayne significant recognition, selling 878,000 copies in the United States
Tha Carter II, the follow-up to the original Tha Carter album, was released in December 2005, this time without production by longtime Cash Money Records producer Mannie Fresh, who had since left the label. Tha Carter II sold more than 238,000 copies in its first week of release, debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, and went on to sell 2,000,000 copies worldwide.
Tha Carter III was released on June 10, 2008, with first-week sales of over 1 million copies, the first to do so since 50 Cent’s The Massacre (2005). The first single “Lollipop”, featuring Static Major, became the rapper’s most successful song at the time, topping the Billboard Hot 100 and becoming his first top 10 single as a solo artist and his first number one on the chart.
On December 23, 2009, Wayne released a collaboration album with Young Money, We Are Young Money, with its lead single being “Every Girl”. The second single was “BedRock”, featuring Lloyd, with the third being “Roger That”. On May 24, 2010, the album was certified gold by the RIAA with over 500,000 copies sold.
Tha Carter IV was finished and was released on August 29, 2011. The Carter IV debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 964,000 copies, making it Lil Wayne’s third chart-topping album of his career.
On January 20, 2015, Wayne self-released Sorry 4 the Wait 2, a sequel to his 2011 mixtape, to compensate for the continued delay of Tha Carter V. Upon Sorry for the Wait 2‘s release, it was noted Wayne disses Birdman and Cash Money Records, several times throughout the mixtape. Birdman was reported to be upset with this. In late January 2015, Lil Wayne sued Birdman and Cash Money Records for $51 million
In June 2015, Wayne joined Jay-Z’s TIDAL, as an artist owner, kicking off the partnership by exclusively releasing a single on the service titled “Glory.” He’s also announced plans on his own TIDAL X concert series. On July 4, 2015, Wayne released Free Weezy Album, exclusively through TIDAL, under Young Money and Republic Records.
On June 7, 2018, it was announced that Lil Wayne had been released from his label Cash Money Records and will be releasing Tha Carter V via Universal Records.
Lil Wayne’s YouTube channel has 6.3million subscribers, with nearly 300million views.
He owns a Cadillac CTS, an Aston Martin V12 Vanquish, a Bugatti Veyron, a Bentley Mulsanne, Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe, and a Campagna T-Rex 14R.
He has a few places to lay his head. His Miami mansion has 9 bedrooms, 9 full bathrooms and 2 partial baths, a 3-bedroom guest house, and a private sky terrace. He also has 10,000-square foot property in New Orleans, and a property in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana.
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