Lil Wayne (born Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., 27.9.1982) is an American rapper and member of the group Hot Boys.
Childhood: Lil Wayne was born in Hollygrove, New Orleans, Louisiana. He was enrolled in Lafayette Elementary School, on the gifted program and later attended Eleanor McMain secondary School, where he was a member of the drama club. When he was 11, he met the owner of Cash Money Records, Bryan Williams. Carter left freestyle raps on Williams answer machine and the label boss eventually became his mentor and included him on Cash Money-distributed tracks. When he was 12 years old, Carter accidentally shot himself in the chest with a .44 caliber. Two years later, he dropped out of school, though he did later earn his GED.
Musical Career: Lil Wayne formed the group Hot Boys in 1997, with Turk, Juvenile and B.G., all fellow rappers. Lil Wayne was the youngest member; just 15 at the time. The band released their debut album Get It How You Live! in 1997, followed by 1999's Guerilla Warfare, their major-label debut. A compilation of unreleased tracks recorded in 1999 and 2000 was released posthumously under the title Let 'Em Burn, in 2003, a few years after the band had split.
Lil Wayne's debut solo album was entitled Tha Block is Hot. The rapper was only 16 at the time of its release and the album entered the charts at number three, soon achieving platinum status. Soon after the release of the album, Lil Wayne also featured on the single 'Bling Bling', along with the other members of Hot Boys, as well as Big Tymers.
In 2000, Lil Wayne's second studio album, Lights Out was released. The album was certified gold but did not achieve the same level of success as his debut album. Two singles were released from the album, 'Get Off The Corner' and 'Shine.' 500 Degreez was Lil Wayne's third album. Released in 2002, the album featured contributions from members of Hot Boys as well as Mannie Fresh. This album was also certified gold. 'Way of Life' was the lead single from the album. In 2004, Lil Wayne released Tha Carter. The album was considered by many music critics to be a huge leap forward for the rapper. It was also the first album cover to feature his now-trademark dreadlocks. The album sold over 1 million copies and the single 'Go DJ' was a top five hot in the US. Destiny's Child featured Lil Wayne and T.I. on their single 'Soldier', which was a number three hit.
The follow up to Tha Carter was entitled Tha Carter II and upon its release in 2005, was a huge success, selling over 238,000 copies in its first week on sale. The lead single, 'Fireman' went into the US singles chart at number 32 and was followed with the release of 'Grown Man', 'Hustler Muzik' and 'Shooter'. That same year, Lil Wayne was made president of the Cash Money enterprise, as well as founding Young Money Entertainment. In 2007, however, Lil Wayne stepped down from these roles.
Lil Wayne has appeared on a number of mixtapes and tracks by other artists, including Birdman, DJ Drama, Chris Brown and DJ Khaled. The release of Lil Wayne's next album, Tha Carter III was delayed when some of the tracks were leaked. As a response, he released the four leaked tracks as well as a few new tracks, as an interim album named The Leak. Tha Carter III was eventually released in June 2008 and sold over 1 million copies in its first week. The album's lead single, 'Lollipop', featuring Static, became Lil Wayne's most successful single to date. Wayne released his seventh album, 'Rebirth' in 2009. It was an album that he claimed to be focused on rock music but it was met with incredibly negative reviews. Despite this, 'Rebirth' did debut at number two in the Billboard 200 and went onto be certified gold in the United States. In 2010 Wayne followed 'Rebirth' with 'I Am Not a Human Being' which received considerably better reviews than 'Rebirth'. It debuted at number three in the Billboard 200, and peaked at number one. In 2011, Wayne released 'Tha Carter IV'. The album sold 964,000 albums in it's week, making it the higest selling album in it's first week since Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' and topping the Billboard 200.
'I Am Not a Human Being II' was released in 2013. The album debuted at number two in the Billboard 200, selling 217,000 copies in its first week. Like its predecessor, 'I Am Not A Human Being II' received mixed reviews from critics with many highlighting the poor lyrics of the album. The album featured guests such as Drake, 2 Chainz and Soulja Boy.
Personal Life: Lil Wayne married Toya Johnson on Valentines Day 2004 but divorced in 2006. The pair have a daughter, Reginae Carter. Lil Wayne also has a son, Dwayne Carter III, though the identity of the mother is not known. In 2007, Lil Wayne was arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of a weapon (he had a pistol). In 2008, his tour bus was stopped in Arizona and he was again arrested with narcotic and weapon possession. Wayne is a Catholic and reads the Bible regularly. Lil Wayne is certainly one of the biggest hip-hop stars in the game but is also one of its more colourful characters too. Weezy is rarely short of a few words or two and we have come up with a handful of utterly unforgettable Lil Wayne quotes.
Rapper Lil Wayne is reportedly heading to reality TV with a new series about the artists signed to his Young Money Entertainment record label.
The Lollipop hitmaker's protegee, singer/model Stephanie Acevedo, reveals the show will be filmed at Wayne's Los Angeles mansion and follow the musicians as they build up their careers.
During an interview with U.S. personality Dr. Miami on his online talk show Naked Tea, the beauty explained, "It's basically us coming together as artists, as a family. Wayne's going to be our mentor."
It is not clear who else will feature on the show, which is said to be airing on America's VH1 network. A premiere date has yet to be announced.
Continue reading: Lil Wayne Developing New Reality Show
DJ Khaled has worked with Drake, Jay Z, Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Big Sean on his new album.
The 40-year-old producer has enjoyed something of a career comeback in recent months thanks to signing with Epic Records earlier this year (16) and enlisting Jay Z as his manager. That relationship led to Khaled landing the prestigious opening act position on Jay's wife Beyonce's Formation tour, and he's capitalising on that by working on his ninth studio album - Major Key - which is due for release "soon".
To ensure the record is the best it can be, Snapchat enthusiast Khaled has teamed up with some of the music industry's biggest stars.
"You’re going to have amazing records with me and Drake on there," Khaled told Entertainment Weekly. "It’s going to be unbelievable. I’ve got records, with an 's,' with me and Drake - I want to make sure I clarify that.
Continue reading: Dj Khaled Reveals Superstar Collaborators On New Album
Drake has replaced 50 Cent as the fifth richest rapper in a new Forbes poll.
Publication editors annually rank the top-earning hip-hop superstars for The Forbes Five, and Drake has made his debut among the top flight for the first time in his career.
His net worth is estimated at $60 million (£41 million), thanks to his music and touring revenue, as well as endorsement deals with Nike, Apple and Sprite, placing him at five on the new survey.
However, Drake, who is signed to Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment label, still has way to go before he climbs further up the poll.
Continue reading: Drake Makes His Forbes Five Debut Among Richest Hip-hop Stars
Hip-hop mogul Bryan 'Birdman' Williams denies blocking the release of Lil Wayne's album Tha Carter V, which sparked a multi-million lawsuit between the former friends.
The Lollipop singer filed a $51 million (£35 million) suit against Williams in January, 2015 accusing his Cash Money Records boss of failing to pay money allegedly owed to him for his long-delayed album Tha Carter V, which was originally set for release in 2014.
He blamed the label for preventing the release, told his fans on Twitter label bosses were holding him "prisoner" and he wanted out of his contract.
Williams has now denied the album issue isn't his fault, and he would never interfere in the rapper's creative output because it is makes no financial sense.
Continue reading: Birdman Denies Delaying Lil Wayne's Album
Hip-hop mogul Bryan 'Birdman' Williams stormed out of a New York radio interview on Friday (22Apr16), after demanding the presenters show him "respect".
The Cash Money Records boss, also known as Baby, arrived at Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club morning show ready for a fight after months of having his various legal issues, his strained relationship with his former protege Lil Wayne, and his previous relationship with singer Keyshia Cole ridiculed on air by hosts DJ Envy, Charlamagne Tha God, and Angela Yee.
In video footage of the studio meeting, Birdman was seen arriving with a large entourage, and he didn't waste any time with pleasantries.
Moments before they went live, prior to Birdman even taking a seat, he told the radio co-hosts, "I wanna start this s**t off straight, telling all three of y'all: stop playing with my name... Stop playing with my f**king name."
Continue reading: Rap Mogul Birdman Storms Out Of Radio Interview
Lil Wayne has paid tribute to former protege Nicki Minaj in a glowing essay for TIME Magazine.
Nicki, 33, has been named one of the magazine's 2016 TIME 100 Most Influential People, in the 'Icon' category.
The Grammy award-winning artist described how he first heard Nicki, real name Onika Tanya Maraj, on a DVD compilation of rappers he was featured on too.
"You know, in New York they used to have these street DVDs. It just so happened that I appeared in one, and when I looked at the finished product, Nicki Minaj was on a part of the DVD," he remembers. "I was like, 'Woooooow!' She was just being Nicki without the glitz and glamour.
Continue reading: Lil Wayne: 'Nicki Minaj Is Better Than Other Rappers - Period'
Rapper Lil Wayne has been handed the key to the city of Lafayette in his native Louisiana.
The Lollipop hitmaker, real name Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr., was booked to perform at the University of Louisiana Lafayette on Monday night (18Apr16), and shortly before taking the stage, he met with city Mayor-President Joel Robideaux, who presented him with the symbolic key on a gold chain.
"We want to present to you a very special key to the city that we made specifically for you," Robideaux said in video footage of the meeting, posted online. "One of a kind, nobody else has it... That's the only one in America. Thank you, man, for everything you do."
A beaming Wayne marvelled at the gold chain as he replied, "Thank you!", before exclaiming, "We made it!"
Continue reading: Lil Wayne Receives Key To Louisiana City
Lil Wayne has hit bosses at Universal Music Group (UMG) with a lawsuit over allegedly failing to repay him on royalties made by his protegees including Drake and Nicki Minaj.
The hip-hop star, real name Dwayne Carter Jr., and his attorneys filed a federal lawsuit in California on Monday (28Mar16), claiming he is owed millions in profits for discovering and mentoring artists such as Drake, Nicki Minaj and Tyga.
In the legal documents obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Wayne accuses executives at UMG and royalties trust SoundExchange of diverting profits into their own accounts as a way to repay themselves for the $100 million they advanced to the rapper under his label Cash Money Records, Inc., which is owned by UMG.
"With Universal’s knowledge of Lil Wayne’s rights to partial ownership and profits from those artists, Universal and Cash Money entered into a series of agreements which, among other things, diverted Lil Wayne’s substantial profits to repay debts of Cash Money," the lawsuit reads. "As a result, 100 per cent of the profits that should have been paid to Lil Wayne as a result of his ownership of Drake, Nicki Minaj and Tyga records have been seized by Universal to repay debts that were neither incurred by nor were the obligations of Lil Wayne."
Continue reading: Lil Wayne Hits Universal Music Group With Royalties Lawsuit
Rapper Lil Wayne has been hit with a lawsuit by his attorney, who alleges he's owed nearly $300,000 (£187,500).
The Lollipop hitmaker's lawyer, Michael B. Kramer, filed papers in Manhattan Federal Court on Monday (14Mar16), claiming Wayne hasn't paid him for his legal services for the past month.
In the documents obtained by the New York Daily News, Wayne and Kramer initially agreed the hip-hop star's outstanding bill totalled $350,000, and the star agreed to make a deposit of $50,000 (£31,250) in December (15) when they signed the agreement.
The contract also specified that Wayne would continue to pay $20,000 (£12,500) each month until the debt was paid off.
Continue reading: Lil Wayne Sued By Lawyer Over Cash Money
The rapper had barely begun his promising rap career.
Tragedy has struck the hip hop community once again as it's revealed that a 28-year-old rapper from Atlanta named Bankroll Fresh (aka Trentavious White) has been killed in a shoot-out outside of a recording studio. Police have no leads on the perpetrator thus far, or indeed their motives behind the murder.
Lil Wayne among those in remembrance of the late star
Bankroll Fresh (formerly known as Yung Fresh) was shot on Friday (March 4th 2016) outside Street Execs Studios in Northwest Atlanta, with the Fulton County Medical Examiner confirming that he later died from his gunshot wounds on arriving at Hughes Spalding hospital.
Continue reading: Bankroll Fresh Shot Dead At Atlanta Studio Aged 28
Lil Wayne - American rapper Lil Wayne ( Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr ) arriving at Dublin Airport this evening. Lil Wayne is preforming at the O2 tonight (09Oct13) - Dublin, Ireland - Wednesday 9th October 2013
Lil' Wayne, Dwayne Michael Carter and Jr. - Celebrities watch the Los Angeles Lakers play the San Antonio Spurs during the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the Staples Center. Spurs went on to win 103 - 82, sweeping the Lakers 4-0 - Los Angeles, CA, United States - Monday 29th April 2013
Date of birth
27th September, 1982
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