Rapper, songwriter. Born Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. on September
27, 1982, in New Orleans, Louisiana. One of today's most talented rappers,
Lil Wayne has been creating rhymes since he was a child. He grew up in
Hollygrove, one of New Orleans's poorest neighborhoods.
As part of the Hot Boys, 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, 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, Wayne was on his way to music stardom.
The sales for his next two albums, Lights Out (2000) and 500 Degreez (2002), sold modestly compared to his debut. In a career-changing move, Wayne took a break from creating a traditional style album and released his first collection from his underground mixtapes, Da Drought (2003). In 2004, he released Tha Carter, a hugely popular album that helped cement his reputation as one of rap's leading performers. The single, "Go D.J." did well on the rap, hip-hop, and pop charts.
Quickly following up this latest wave of success, Wayne released Tha Carter, Vol. 2 in December 2004. The album debuted at the number two spot on the Billboard pop charts and brought more critical praise for Wayne. A cameo appearance on the Destiny's Child smash hit "Soldier" only further enhanced Wayne's popularity.
In response to several unreleased tracks being made public over the Internet, Wayne released download-only EP The Leak in 2007. The songs came from his work on his anxiously anticipated next studio album, which was finally released in 2008. Tha Carter III (2008) hit the top of the rap, hip-hop, and pop charts, selling more than 1 million copies in its first week of release.The recording netted the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album, and Lil Wayne picked up three more honors at the February 2009 ceremony. He won Best Rap Song for "Lollipop" and "A Milli" earned him the Best Rap Solo Performance Grammy. Joining forces with Jay-Z, T.I., and Kanye West, Lil Wayne shared the Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for "Swagga Like Us."
In the meanwhile, Lil Wayne has been busy building up his
Cash Money record label and working with other recording artists. In August
2009, he signed rapper Bow Wow to his label. Lil Wayne also performed
with Jay Sean on his hit song "Down."
Lil Wayne has reached rock star status for his music and giving heart. He has reached back to also help build the careers of his Young Money Team. We in the music world have watch him grow. The question will Lil Wayne music take second to his new love, which is skateboarding. We shall see.
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