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Lil Wayne’s biography and some facts you don’t know about him
Born on September 27, 1982, in New Orleans, Louisiana, Lil Wayne worked with hip-hop group the Hot Boys before forging a solo career with albums Tha Carter and its hit follow ups II, III and IV. He won four Grammy Awards in 2009 for singles like “A Milli” and “Lollipop,” and has worked with artists ranging from Robin Thicke to Nicki Minaj. He was jailed in 2010 for weapon’s possession.
Rapper Lil Wayne was born Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. on September 27, 1982, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Lil Wayne has been creating music since he was a child, and is considered among today’s most talented rappers. He grew up in Hollygrove, one of New Orleans’ poorest neighborhoods.
Lil Wayne started rapping at the age of 8. He later met brothers Bryan and Slim Williams, the founders of Cash Money Records, who were impressed enough with his skills to give him one of their business cards. Ambitious, Wayne continued to call them until they took him under their wing and let him hang around the label’s offices.
Lil Wayne’s first recording for Cash Money Records was True Stories (1993), performing with another skilled rapper, B.G., under the name the BGs. Away from the studios, he was living dangerously. He sold crack for a time, and accidentally shot himself in the chest, according to an article in Rolling Stone. “It was my mom’s gun,” Wayne told the magazine in 2008. “It was like a chopper hit me. But the bullet went straight through, and I bounced back in two weeks.”
As part of the Hot Boys, Lil Wayne got his first taste of success. The group was made up of several of Cash Money’s rising stars—B.G., Juvenile, Turk and Wayne. Their debut album, Get It How U Live (1997), sold more than 400,000 copies. Their next effort, Guerilla Warfare (1999), did even better, eventually selling more than 1 million copies. At the age of 16, Lil Wayne was on his way to music stardom.
That same year, Lil Wayne launched his solo career with Tha Block Is Hot (1999). The title track was a big hit, and the album reached the top of the hip-hop charts. Featuring appearances by members of the Hot Boys as well as the Big Tymers (Brian Williams and Mannie Fresh), the recording went double platinum. Fresh also served as Wayne’s producer on the recording.
The rapper’s next two albums, Lights Out (2000) and 500 Degreez (2002), sold modest:ly compared to his debut. Then, in a career-changing move, Lil Wayne took a break from creating a traditional style album and released his first collection from his underground mixtapes: Da Drought (2003). His mixtape tracks usually feature beats borrowed from other artists with new lyrics that he creates.
He went by the names Shrimp Daddy and Baby D before Lil Wayne.
His first album is almost completely curse-free because of his mother’s wishes.
He has “Lucky Me” tattooed on his neck as an homage to the Jay-Z song. He also has an entire verse from the song tattooed on his leg.
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He says that he stopped listening to other artists’ music after Jay-Z’s The Black Album.
He met manager Cortez Bryant when he joined his high school band’s cymbal section, which Bryant led.
His mom encouraged him to have a daughter at 15 because she was lonely while he was on tour with Cash Money.
He claims that his tour bus was shot up by angry groupies who he wouldn’t sleep with.
He admitted to having crabs once, and called it “the worst.”
He identifies as Roman Catholic.
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He’s had one tattoo teardrop removed, at his mother’s request.
Despite his frequent raps about selling cocaine, he says, “I haven’t sold a brick. I haven’t had to see one unless I wanted to snort it.”
He says that he stopped doing cocaine because it causes acne and he’s a “pretty boy.”
His favorite song is reportedly “Cause I Love You” by Lenny Williams.
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