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.
Weezy was one of the coaches of a celebrity basketball game in St. Louis on Sunday when he reportedly lost his temper with the referee over calls being given to the opposition.
Lil Wayne was reportedly ejected from a charity basketball game in St. Louis on Sunday evening after invading the court to begin an altercation with the referee – ironically, the event was raising money to promote non-violence in the urban areas of the city.
The 32 year old star was coaching a team of Young Money superstars from his record label against an opposition directed by the event’s organiser Loose Cannon Slim, a fellow rapper and St. Louis native. According to TMZ, Weezy became more frustrated as the game wore on, and believed that the officials were giving too many decisions towards Slim’s team.
Lil Wayne reportedly tried to fight the referee at a charity basketball match in St. Louis
There are no suspects for the shooting at this time.
Lil Wayne’s tour bus was the target of a shooting early on Sunday morning, following his gig on Saturday at the Compound club in Atlanta. According to TMZ’s report, the shooting occurred around 3.30AM, just minutes after Weezy and his entourage pulled away from the club.
Weezy was not injured in the shooting, according to the report.
The people on board the two tour busses included Lil Wayne himself, as well as a few other Young Money execs and artists - including Lil Twist and Hood. Fortunately, TMZ reports, it appears that no one was injured and Weezy was not on board the bus that was hit at the time of the shooting.
Lil Wayne had some issues during his Thursday gig.
So, um, is everything alright with Lil Wayne? His actions on Thursday night would suggest otherwise. TMZ reports that Weezy was playing a gig at Nova Southeastern University, when he allegedly threw the mic and stormed off stage, just 7 songs into the set. But what set him off is even more curious – apparently, the DJ played that O. T. Genasis song – you know, the one that’s definitely not about coconut or baking soda.
Weezy just has a lot of emotions.
See, Weezy sampled the track to use for his own dissing Cash Money purposes. Apparently the DJ got the tracks wrong. So when Lil Wayne heard O. T. Genasis rapping over what was supposed to be a clean track, he naturally got a little upset.
Continue reading: Lil Wayne Has Lots of Emotions, Storms off Stage
'If You're Reading This It's Too Late', surprise-released on iTunes on Thursday, is actually a tactic designed to free the rapper from a contractual obligation.
Canadian rap star Drake surprised the world by releasing his new album unannounced on Thursday. However, it has since been revealed that If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late is a mixtape, rather than a proper studio album.
The reason for the confusion behind the new material is apparently so that Drake can fulfil a contractual obligation and free himself from Cash Money Records, according to XXL. Under copyright, the new record appears as his fourth studio album for Cash Money, thus bringing him to the end of his contract.
Drake's new mixtape was released online on Thursday
Continue reading: Drake's New Album Is Actually A Mixtape
'Dark Sky Paradise' set for February release, featuring some exciting guests.
Big Sean is on the way with his third album
The highly anticipated new release features some of the best artists in hip-hop including Kanye West, Chris Brown, Drake, Lil Wayne, Ty Dolla Sign and E-40, as well as recent Golden Globe winner John Legend and, in the deluxe edition's bonus tracks, pop songstress Ariana Grande and newcomer PARTYNEXTDOOR.
As the release of his 11th studio album 'Tha Carter V' is still unknown, Weezy has filed a lawsuit against his current record label and its CEO for $51 million.
Early last month Lil Wayne publically criticised his current label Cash Money Records over the delay of his highly-anticipated new album 'Tha Carter V,' and as the release date is still unknown, Weezy is now suing the record label and its co-founder Birdman for $51m million.
Wayne is suing Cash Money and Birdman for $51 million
According to TMZ, the 33-year-old rap star filed the lawsuit because the CEO Bryan 'Birdman' Williams and the label owe him a large amount of money for the rapper's still-unreleased new album. But because the money has been withheld, Wayne is requiring a judge to release him from his contract.
Continue reading: Lil Wayne Sues Cash Money Records & Co-Founder Birdman For $51 Million
As the release of his 11th studio album 'Tha Carter V' is still unknown, Weezy is reportedly filing an $8 million lawsuit against the co-founder of the record label.
Early last month Lil Wayne publically criticised his current label Cash Money Records over the delay of his highly-anticipated new album 'Tha Carter V,' and as the release date is still unknown, Weezy is now looking to sue Cash Money co-founder Birdman for $8 million.
Wayne is reportedly looking to sue Birdman for millions
The 32-year-old rapper and his former mentor reportedly held talks earlier this week, but as negotiations between the pair proved fruitless, Wayne is now claiming Birdman violated their contract by withholding the release of his new album, TMZ reports.
Continue reading: Lil Wayne Suing Birdman And Cash Money Records For $8 Million
Since their collaboration on the track 'Power,' there has been speculation that Weezy may sign for No Limits Records.
There has been ongoing speculation whether Lil Wayne will sign with Master P's No Limits Records ever since the pair dropped their collaboration track 'Power' earlier this month, only weeks after Weezy publically criticised his current label Cash Money Records over the delay of his highly-anticipated new album 'Tha Carter V.'
Lil Wayne has slammed Cash Money due to the delay of his album release
Master P has finally broke his silence on the situation during an interview on 'Sway in the Morning,' in which he was asked about the possibility of signing Wayne to his record label. "Anything is possible, but Wayne just making good music," the music mogul responded.
Continue reading: Is Lil Wayne Heading To Master P's No Limits Records?
While performing at Vice's 20th anniversary party on Friday (Dec 5th),the 32-year-old rapper told fans, "I will be out of it soon," when addressing issues with the record label.
Last week Lil Wayne surprised his fans by publically criticising Cash Money Records, the label that released all of his previous albums, for delaying the release of his latest studio album 'Tha Carter V,' and now the rapper blasts the record label once again while on stage.
Lil Wayne addressed his issues with Cash Money Records on stage Friday (Dec 5th)
When the 32-year-old star was performing at Vice's 20th anniversary party on Friday (Dec 5th), he addressed his displeasure with Cash Money Records to the audience, stating, "I was supposed to drop my new album December 9, but due to technical difficulties, I'm f-ed up, in a bad situation, but I will be out of it soon and I do it for ya'll."
Continue reading: Lil Wayne Tells Fans Of "Bad Situation" With Cash Money Records
The Lollipop hitmaker's vehicle reportedly came under fire as the driver was pulling away from the Compound nightclub in Atlanta, where he had...