Lil Wayne performing in March 2011
|Birth name||Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.|
|Also known as||Tunechi, Weezy, Weezy F. Baby|
|Born||September 27, 1982|
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. (born September 27, 1982), known professionally as Lil Wayne, is an American rapper, singer, entrepreneur, and actor from New Orleans, Louisiana. He joined the Cash Money Records label as a teenager as a member of its flagship group, the Hot Boys.
In 1997, Get It How U Live, was released and became Wayne's first album with Hot Boys. Tha Block is Hot, his debut as a solo artist, was released 2 years later in 1999. The album debuted in the top ten on the Billboard 200 chart and Lil Wayne was nominated for "Best New Artist" from magazine the same year. Following this success, Wayne soon featured on other rappers' singles, including "Bling Bling" by B.G. and "#1 Stunna" by the Big Tymers in 2000.
Career[change | change source]
After his hit debut album Tha Block Is Hot and two albums released with little promotion, Lil Wayne reached higher popularity with 2004's Tha Carter and its two subsequent albums Tha Carter II (2005) and Tha Carter III (2008). During that period, Lil Wayne appeared on several mixtapes and singles of other artists.
Lil Wayne accredits Ms. Ashley Cooper of Rowe Elementary School to his success as an entertainer. She is a fifth grade teacher who inspires all his song because she is just too cool. Ms. Cooper and Lil Wayne go way back to when they were in preschool. Cooper would spit the beats and Wayne would come up with lyrics.
2008: Tha Carter III[change | change source]
Initially planned to be released in 2007, Tha Carter III's largest delay came after the majority of the tracks were leaked and distributed on mixtapes, such as "The Drought Is Over Pt. 2" and "The Drought Is Over Pt. 4". Lil Wayne initially decided to use the leaked tracks, plus four new tracks, to make a separate album, titled Tha Carter III: The Leak. The Leak was to be released December 18, 2007, with the actual album being delayed until March 18, 2008, The release of The Leak in this format never came to fruition, but an official EP titled The Leak and containing five tracks was released digitally on December 25, 2007.
Personal life[change | change source]
Health issues[change | change source]
On March 12, 2013, Lil Wayne was hospitalized in Los Angeles after having many seizures. TMZ reported that Wayne is breathing through tubes and is moved to an Intensive Care Unite.
Discography[change | change source]
Studio albums[change | change source]
- 1999: Tha Block Is Hot
- 2000: Lights Out
- 2002: 500 Degreez
- 2004: Tha Carter
- 2005: Tha Carter II
- 2008: Tha Carter III
- 2010: Rebirth
- 2010: I Am Not a Human Being
- 2011: Tha Carter IV
- 2013: I Am Not a Human Being II
- The Carter V
Extended plays[change | change source]
- 2007: The Leak
Mixtapes[change | change source]
- 2003: SQ1-SQ7 (with Sqad Up)
- 2003: Da Drought
- 2004: Da Drought 2
- 2004: The Prefix
- 2005: The Suffix
- 2005: The Dedication
- 2006: Dedication 2
- 2007: Da Drought 3
- 2008: Dedication 3
- 2009: No Ceilings
- 2011: Sorry 4 the Wait
- 2012: Dedication 4
Filmography[change | change source]
Television[change | change source]
- The Boondocks (2007), Jericho's son
References[change | change source]
- MTV News Staff (January 17, 2008). Mary J. Blige 'Lives' Again On TV Soap; Plus Remy Ma, Lil Wayne, Nelly, Amy Winehouse, Scarlett Johansson, Zac Efron & More, In For The Record. MTV. Accessed January 17, 2008.
- Lil Wayne hospitalized from seizures, critical condition
- Peltz, Jennifer. "Rapper Lil Wayne to be sentenced in NYC gun case". Retrieved 02-09-10. Check date values in: