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.
Lil Wayne at the Lakers game with his son. The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Brooklyn Nets by the final score of 125-118 at Staples Center in downton Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 15th November 2016
He apologises for causing offence with his statement.
Lil Wayne has reached out and apologised for the offence he caused by suggesting that he didn't feel 'connected' to the Black Lives Matter movement simply because he was rich and successful. He made the statement in a recent interview, but explained that he spoke without thinking after another question upset him.
Lil Wayne explains Black Lives Matter rant
The rapper appeared to make an impassioned speech on why he didn't think Black Lives Matter had anything to do with him, but has now revealed that he only said those things after a question about his daughter got him riled.
The often controversial rapper was asked about the BLM movement when he appeared on ABC's 'Nightline' this week.
Following his insistence that there’s “no such thing” as racism in America, rapper Lil Wayne has once again stirred up controversy by distancing himself from the Black Lives Matter movement, saying it “ain’t got nothin’ to do with me”.
The multi-Grammy Award winner appeared on ABC’s ‘Nightline’ on Tuesday night (November 1st), and said that recent instances of brutality against black men by police should not be treated as a collective phenomenon.
“I don’t feel connected to a damn thing that ain’t got nothin’ to do with me. If you do, you crazy as s***… Feeling connected to something that ain’t got nothin’ to do with you? If it ain’t got nothin’ to do with me, I ain’t connected to it.”
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The episode is recounted in Lil Wayne's forthcoming prison memoir, 'Gone 'Til November'.
The first excerpts for Lil Wayne’s prison memoirs from his time incarcerated in Rikers Island have proved to be illuminating reading, including the revelation that the rapper officiated a same-sex wedding while inside.
According to a report in New York Daily News’ Page Six, the details are from Lil Wayne’s forthcoming book, ‘Gone ‘Til November’, in which he recalls the eight month sentence he served in the New York prison as a result of a conviction on gun charges back in 2010.
Lil Wayne's book, 'Gone 'Til November', is out October 11th
Continue reading: Lil Wayne Reveals He Officiated A Same-Sex Wedding While In Prison
The multi-platinum rapper was responding to an observation about the ethnic make-up of the crowd at a recent New York show.
Celebrity foot in mouth time! Lil Wayne dropped quite a sizeable clanger on national television this week when he claimed there’s “no such thing as racism” during an interview.
The 33 year old rapper stopped by Fox’s sports show ‘Undisputed’ on Tuesday night (September 13th) to shoot the breeze, and was asked by co-host Skip Bayless about the recent concert he held in Westchester, New York where the suburban crowd was almost entirely white.
Lil Wayne said "my crowd has always been everybody"
Continue reading: Lil Wayne Claims "There's No Such Thing As Racism"
The rapper suffered from "two minor seizures" while on his private jet to California on Monday this week.
Lil Wayne appears to have already made a full recovery after suffering from seizures earlier this week, taking to the stage to perform live last night only two days after the medical emergency.
The 33 year old rapper, one of the biggest hip-hop stars in the world, suffered two seizures on Monday (June 13th) while on-board his private jet as it was travelling from Wisconsin to California, meaning the plane had to make an emergency landing in Nebraska.
However, authorities at Omaha Airport said that the party involved – i.e. Lil Wayne – refused treatment and that the plane departed only half an hour after the emergency divert call came in.
Continue reading: Lil Wayne Performs At E3 Convention Just Days After Suffering Seizures
The rapper’s private jet was forced to make an emergency landing in Nebraska on Monday (June 13) after he suffered a seizure.
Rapper Lil Wayne is said to be stable and in “good spirits” after suffering a minor seizure on Monday afternoon. Wayne was reportedly on his way from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to California when he experienced a ‘minor seizure’, forcing his plane to make an emergency landing in Nebraska.
Lil Wayne is on the mend suffering a minor seizure on Monday.
A rep for the rapper told Billboard: “Under the guidance of his own doctors, he is now in stable condition and good spirits. He thanks his fans for their everlasting support, prayers and well wishes.”
Continue reading: Lil Wayne Recovering After Suffering Seizure On Private Jet
Weezy's beachfront property in Miami was accessed by police and items confiscated in connection with the settlement of a civil suit.
Police have raided Lil Wayne’s Miami Beach mansion to seize property in relation to a civil lawsuit, an announcement by local police enforcement has confirmed.
TMZ first reported on Tuesday (November 3rd) that authorities had descended upon the rapper’s $4 million property as part of a lawsuit in which he owes more than $2 million to a private jet leasing company called Signature Group. Two months ago, he lost a court battle in which Signature claimed he had stopped paying $55,000 per month lease.
Lil Wayne's Miami Beach mansion was raided by police in connection with settlement of a civil lawsuit
Continue reading: Police Raid Lil Wayne's Home In Miami
The couple separated last month after just over a year together.
Christina Milian and Lil Wayne have split up, a source close to the couple claims. The couple were dating for around a year but separated last month. Their split is reportedly amicable and they’ve even attended the same events as one another over the past few weeks.
Christina Milian at Heidi Klum and Gabriel Aubry's celebration of the launch of INC's 30th Anniversary Collection at IAC Building, New York, in September 2015.
Continue reading: Christina Milian & Lil Wayne Split After More Than A Year Of Dating
The rivalry between the two streaming services might have just become more intense.
Tidal users who were tuning in to the livestream of Lil Wayne’s gig at his Lil Weezyana Festival in New Orleans were left missing out when Drake stopped by to deliver a brief three-song cameo. When Drake hit the stage the livestream stopped, reportedly due to the fact that the Canadian rapper is Apple Music’s main man, while Wayne is a co-owner of Jay-Z’s Tidal.
Drake’s performance with Lil Wayne was cut from Tidal’s livestream.
The Tidal twitter account told users, ”Apple is interfering with artistry and will not allow this artist to stream. Sorry for Big Brother’s inconvenience” as Drake took the stage, adding ”We'll be back after the performance.”
Drake and Serena Williams were spotted kissing in a restaurant over the weekend. After months of rumours concerning the nature of their relationship, have them inadvertently confirmed they’re a couple?
Drake and Serena Williams have been snapped kissing in public. The rapper and tennis player were photographed at a restaurant in Cincinnati on Sunday evening (23rd August). They’ve been rumoured to have been dating for a number of months and now they’ve seemingly confirmed, albeit indirectly, their romantic involvement.
Drake at Wimbledon in July 2015.
Date of birth
27th September, 1982
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