Lil Wayne

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Lil Wayne
Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne is an American Hip-hop and Grammy-nominated rapper. He is also known as the president of the New Orleans-based record label Cash Money Records and Young Money Entertainment.

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Biography

Early Life

He was born Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr and grew up in the Hollygrove neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana. Dwayne was in the gifted program at Lafayette Elementary School, and was in the drama club in middle school. At age eleven, he met Bryan Williams, rapper and owner of Cash Money Records. Lil Wayne accidently shot himself in the chest with a .44-caliber and was in critical condition but recovered. Wayne had a daughter named Reginae Carter with Antonia "Toya" Johnson, his high school sweetheart. They got married on Valentines Day of 2004, the two would later divorce in 2006.

Hot Boys

In 1997, Lil Wayne formed a supergroup called Hot Boys. Juvenile, BG, & Turk formed along with him. They released there debut album "Get It How You Live". It was released October 28, 1997. There first single was "We On Fire", followed by "Neighborhood Superstar" as there second single. After the Get It How You Live Era, they released there sophomore album "Guerrilla Warfare". It was there first album to go platinum. It was released July 27, 1999. There first single was "We On Fire" & second single was "I Need A Hot Girl". "Let 'Em Burn", there third album was released March 23, 2003. It's first single is "My Section". There second single is "Gangsta Nigga". The album unfortally didn't go platinum or gold. In 2001, Turk, BG, & Juvenile left Hot Boys & Cash Money Records due to money problems, leaving Lil Wayne the only member left of Hot Boys. It was recently announced in 2008, The Hot Boys would be reuniting and will be working on there next album as soon as BG completes his album "Too Hood To Be Hollywood".

Solo Career

Wayne first released his debut album "Tha Block Is Hot" in 1999 & was certified double platinum. He sold approxamently 1,300,000 copies of his first studio album, with his hit singles, "Tha Block Is Hot" & "Respect Us". Wayne released his sophomore album "Lights Out" in 2000, but didn't reach a high level of popularity expectations. It was certified gold on it's first week, but went platinum in 2001. It had three singles. "Get Off Tha Corner" was Wayne's first single, followed by "Everything" & it's third single "Shine". Wayne came back to the studio with "500 Degreez". It was his third album & second album to acheive gold. the album was only 100,000 away from going platinum & this is Wayne's lowest sales. It's first single "Way Of Lfe" wasn't much of a hit. his second single "Where U At" was his main track of the album.

Tha Carter Series

In summer of 2004, Wayne released an album called "Tha Carter". He signifantly changed his whole style of music to create a platinum studio album. also, including the fact his album art had his first ever signature dreadlocks. He sold over 1,000,000 copies of "Tha Carter" & his hit single "Go DJ" became a top 5 hit. His album was organized by the theme of his manshion, witch he reffers to "Tha Carter". The tracks "Walk In", "Tha Carter", & "Walk Out" proves the concept of Tha Carter is his manshion. He talks about the activity in his manshion on those tracks. This idea was from the movie "New Jack City" starring Wesley Snipes, In witch Nino Brown (Snipes) calls his drug building The Carter. After the release of Tha Carter, Wayne features on Destiny's Child's hit single "Solider", along with T.I.. It peaked at #3 on the U.S. Hot 100 & R&B Charts. In december of 2005, Wayne delivered the second installment of Tha Carter Series, also known as "Tha Carter II". Wayne sold more than 238,000 copies in the first week of the release, debuting at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart. The leading single of Tha Carter II is "Fireman" peaking at 32 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. "Hustler Musik" was Wayne's second single, peaking at 87 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, 26 on the U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, & 16 on the U.S. Hot Rap Tracks. The third single "Shooter" features Robin Thicke & is on 2 other albums. The tracks peak position was 97 on the U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. It failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. In March of 2008, Lil Wayne released a single called "Lollipop". It is Wayne's first track to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, & Hot Rap Tracks. a month later, Wayne releases his second single called "A Milli" featuring Cory Gunz, a new Young Money artist. It was said those tracks will be on "Tha Carter III". It peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100. A month after that, Wayne released his third single called "Got Money" featuring T-Pain. It peaked #13 on the Billboard Hot 100. A couple days later, "Tha Carter III" was released. The album sold 1.7 million copies & peaked #1 on the Billboard 200 & United World Chart. iTunes released 2 bonus tracks. one was "Lollipop (Remix) featuring Kanye West & one was "Prostitute 2". Target released "Action" (a remix of the track "Showtime") & "Whip It" as bonus tracks. The deluxe edition contained the whole album & "The Leak". after Tha Carter III was released, Wayne released a video & confirmed at the end he was getting back to work on Tha Carter IV. also on the A Milli (A Milli Sold Remix), He says "A million sold, first day i went gold, how do i celebrate? work on Tha Carter 4". This hints possilbly a next Carter album.

Awards & Certifications

Awards

Year Award Category
2006 Billboard Music Award Nominated for Rap Album of the Year for "Tha Carter II"
2006 BET Hip-Hop Award Nominated for Hip-Hop MPV of the Year
2006 Grammy Award Nominated for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Soldier"
2006 BET Hip-Hop Element Award Nominated for Lyricist of the Year
2006 BET Hip-Hop Award Nominated for Hip-Hop CD of the Year for "Tha Carter II"
2005 BET Award Nominated for Best Collaboration for "Soldier"
2005 BET Award Nominated for Viewer's Choice for "Soldier"
2005 Vibe Award Nominated for Coolest Collabo for "Soldier"
2000 Source Award Nominated for New Artist of the Year, Solo

Certifications

Year Album Certification Country
1999 The Block is Hot 2x Platinum United States - RIAA
2000 Lights Out Platinum United States - RIAA
2002 500 Degreez Gold United States - RIAA
2004 Tha Carter Platinum United States - RIAA
2005 Tha Carter II Platinum United States - RIAA
2008 Tha Carter III Platinum United States - RIAA

Chart Toppers

Year Title Hot 100 U.S. R&B U.S. Rap Album
1999 Tha Block Is Hot 72 24 27 Tha Block Is Hot
2000 Get Off The Corner N/A 88 N/A Lights Out
2001 Shine 96 39 N/A Lights Out
2002 Way Of Life 71 23 16 500 Degreez
2004 Bring It Back N/A 47 N/A Tha Carter
2004 Go DJ 14 4 3 Tha Carter
2005 Fireman 32 15 10 Tha Carter II
2006 Hustler Musik 87 26 16 Tha Carter II
2006 Shooter N/A 97 N/A Tha Carter II
2007 Gossip 115 109 N/A The Leak
2007 I'm Me N/A 63 N/A The Leak
2008 Lollipop 1 1 1 Tha Carter III
2008 A Milli 11 2 3 Tha Carter III
2008 Got Money 13 40 5 Tha Carter III

News

Tours & Concerts

There are no current tour and concert schedule for the artists.

Announcements

  • Hot Boys has reunited and will work on there fourth album as soon as BG completes "Too Hood To Be Hollywood".
  • T-Pain & Lil Wayne formed a supergroup called "T-Wayne". There album will be released late of 08 & is called "He Rap, He Sing".

Discography

Comprehensive list of the recordings made.

Albums

Collaborations

Mixtapes/EP Albums

Upcoming

  • 2008: Weezy: The Mixtape To End All Mixtapes
  • 2008: I Can't Feel My Face (w/ Juelz Santana)
  • 2008: He Rap, He Sang (w/ T-Pain)
  • ????: Luv Sawngz
  • ????: Best Of Young Worlds (w/ Lloyd)
  • ????: Dedication 3
  • ????: Untitled (w/ Hot Boys)
  • ????: Tha Carter IV

Singles

Year Title Album
1999 Tha Block Is Hot Tha Block Is Hot
1999 Respect Us (feat. Juvenile) Tha Block Is Hot
2000 Get Off the Corner Lights Out
2001 Shine (feat. Mack 10, Mikkey, and Baby) Lights Out
2001 Everything Lights Out
2002 Way of Life (feat. Big Tymers and TQ) 500 Degreez
2002 Where You At 500 Degreez
2004 Go DJ Tha Carter
2004 Bring It Back (feat. Mannie Fresh) Tha Carter
2005 Fireman Tha Carter II
2006 Hustler Musik Tha Carter II
2006 Shooter (feat. Robin Thicke) Tha Carter II
2006 Stuntin' Like My Daddy Like Father, Like Son
2006 Leather So Soft Like Father, Like Son
2006 Know What I'm Doin' (feat. Rick Ross & T-Pain) Like Father, Like Son
2007 You Ain't Know Like Father, Like Son
2007 Gossip The Leak
2007 I'm Me The Leak
2007 The Only Reason (feat. Sizzla & T-Streets) The Drought Is Over 5
2008 Lollipop (feat. Static Major) Tha Carter III
2008 A Milli (feat. Cory Gunz) Tha Carter III
2008 Got Money (feat. T-Pain) Tha Carter III

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Influences

Contemporaries

Trivia

  • Lil Wayne was recruited by the Boyz N Da Hood. But due to scheduling conflicts involving promotion of Tha Carter II, he was never formally named an active member of the group. He still maintains a very good relationship with the group recording new tracks with them often.
  • Lil Wayne was arrested on charges of possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance on August 14, 2006. But was later released from Georgia's Fulton County Jail on $11,000 bond.
  • Toi Montgomery Jr. is good friends with Dwayne Michael Carter "Lil Wanye."

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