Since the age of nine, "Dwayne Michael Carter Jr." always wanted to be the best artist he could be and over the next two decades his musical career would reach legendary heights as a Hip-Hop heavyweight. Known to his fans as, "Lil Wayne", Carter was born September 27th, 1982 in the violent and gritty Hollygrove section of New Orleans, Louisiana with a single mother. At the age of nine, Lil Wayne joined Cash Money Records after having a meeting with the label owner Bryan "Birdman" Williams in which Wayne showcased his tremendous skill and potential at such a young age.
On the afternoon of November 11th, 1994, Lil Wayne would accidentally shoot himself in the chest with a handgun while being at home unsupervised due to his mother working and would nearly escape death as the bullet missed his heart by mere centimeters. At 14 years old, Lil Wayne dropped out of school to put everything into his dream of becoming a superstar MC to take care of himself and his family as it became a definite necessity once his stepfather passed away.
Wayne would join three of the best upcoming rappers in New Orleans, "Juvenile", "BG" and "Turk" to form Cash Money's new Hip-Hop group, "The Hot Boyz". After establishing himself as a force to be reckoned with the hit song (and Wayne coining a timeless Hip-Hop catchphrase), "Bling Bling", Lil Wayne was finally given the shot to work on his debut album. On December 10th, 1999 Wayne's debut album, "The Block Is Hot" would be certified platinum leading to him becoming a millionaire at the age of seventeen.
At 21 years old, Lil Wayne decided to never write down his lyrics again after his second and third studio albums "Lights Out" and "500 Degreez" did not meet expectations. Thus, Wayne would purge every single bar he had written down that was unrecorded and released them in the song, "10,000 Bars". As Lil Wayne said in this interview, once he recorded 10,000 Bars everything musically from then on was, "REAL" because he now had to record about what's happening in the moment and thus would develop Wayne's skills as an MC to levels he could never imagine.
Wayne's new freestyle approach would revitalize and reenergize him to drop his next critically acclaimed album, "Tha Carter" that bolstered the hit singles, "Go DJ" , "Bring It Back" and "Earthquake" produced by the superproducer, "Mannie Fresh". The project would go on to be a Top 5 Billboard Chart Album by moving over 100,000 units in the first week of its release in 2004 and would be certified gold in only a matter of weeks. Although the second installment of Wanye's "Carter" series, "Tha Carter II" was considered to some to be the best of the series, the third installment known as "Tha Carter III" was actually the most commercially successful album in Wayne's career as it would be certified Triple Platinum by selling over three million copies. The album would also land Wayne his first Grammy Award for Best Rap Album in 2009. Since 2009, Lil Wayne has released 5 more studio albums and which has allowed Wayne to sell over 100 million records worldwide both physically and digitally making Wayne one of the best selling artist of all time.
In addition to his success commercially through releasing studio albums, Wayne has also earned himself many nicknames with one of them being, "Mixtape Weezy" for his continuing legendary catalogue of twenty mixtapes. Amongst his most popular mixtape series is the, "Dedication" series that currently has six installments and has birthed many classic Weezy songs that include, "Sportscenter", "Knuck If You Buck", "Workin Em", "Bass Beat", "Georgia Bush" and "Dick Pleaser". Lil Wayne also formed his own Record Label, "Young Money Entertainment" that molded modern Hip-Hop superstars in the Canadian MC Drake and the artist "Nicki Minaj". Please be sure to check out Weezy's extensive discography here and check here for information on why his highly anticipated, "Tha Carter V" album has still not been released due to internal conflicts with Cash Money Records.
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