Lil Wayne is a Grammy Award-winning rapper known for his hit albums, mixtapes, and singles, including “A Milli” and “Lollipop.”
Born on September 27, 1982, in New Orleans, Louisiana, Lil Wayne worked with hip-hop group the Hot Boys before forging a solo career with albums “The Carter” and its hit follow-ups II, III, IV, and V. He won four Grammy Awards in 2009 for singles like “A Mill” and “Lollipop,” and has worked with artists ranging from Robin Thicke to Nicki Minaj. The rapper has also found himself in trouble with the law on numerous occasions, serving time behind bars in 2010 for criminal possession of a weapon.
Rapper Lil Wayne was born Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. on September 27, 1982, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Lil Wayne has been creating music since he was a child in Hollygrove, one of New Orleans’ poorest neighborhoods.
Lil Wayne started rapping at the age of 8. He later met brothers Bryan and Slim Williams, the founder of Cash Money Records, who were impressed enough with his skills to give him one of their business cards. Ambitious, Wayne continued to call them until they took him under their wing and let him hang around the label’s offices.
Lil Wayne’s first recording for Cash Money Records was “True Stories (1993), performing with another skilled rapper, B.G., under the name the BGs. Away from the studios, he was living dangerously. He sold crack for a time and accidentally shot himself in the chest, according to an article in Rolling Stone. ” It was my mom’s gun,” Wayne told the magazine in 2008. “It was like a chopper hit me. But they went straight through, and I bounced back in two weeks.” Wayne told the magazine in 2008. “It was like a chopper hit me. But the bullet went straight through, and I bounced back in two weeks.” Wayne later revealed in a 2018 interview with Billboard that the shot was actually an attempt at suicide after his mother told him that he was not allowed to rap anymore.
As part of the Hot Boys, Lil Wayne got his first taste of success. The group was made up of several of Cash Money’s rising stars B.G.., Juvenile, Turk, and Wayne. Their debut album, “Get it How U Live!! (1997), sold more than 400, 000 copies. Their next effort, Guerilla Warfare (1999), did even better, eventually selling more than 1 million copies. At the age of 16, Lil Wayne was on his way to music stardom.
Lil Wayne launched his solo career with “Tha Block Is Hot (1999).” The title track was a big hit and the album reached the top of the hip hop charts. Featuring appearances by members of the Hot Boys as well as the Big Tymers (Brian Williams and Mannie Fresh), the recording went double platinum. Fresh also served as Wayne’s producer on the recording.
Over the next few years, Lil Wayne released several more popular mixtapes recordings, including the critically adored Dedication, Vol. 2(2006), which he made with DJ Drama.
Around the same time, Wayne teamed up with Cash Money mentor Bryan William (also known as “Baby” and “Birdman”) to create the album “Like father, Like Son (2006), which spawned the hit ‘Stuntin’ Like My Daddy”