Synopsis • Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. Was born September 27, 1982 in New Orleans, better known by his stage name Lil Wayne, he's an American rapper. At the age of nine, Lil Wayne joined Cash Money Records as the youngest member of the label. He has since release nine albums, many reaching Platinum status.
Early Life • Rapper, songwriter. Born Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. on September 27, 1982, in New Orleans, Louisiana. One of today's most talented rappers, Lil Wayne has been creating rhymes since he was a child. He grew up in Hollygrove, one of New Orleans's poorest neighborhoods. • At the age of eight, Wayne started rapping. 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 kept calling them until they took him under their wings and let him hang around the label's offices.
Aspiring Rapper • As part of the Hot Boys, 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, 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, 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 for the recording.
Grammy Winner • In response to several unreleased tracks being made public over the Internet, Wayne released download-only EP The Leak in 2007. The songs came from his work on his anxiously anticipated next studio album, which was finally released in 2008. Tha Carter III (2008) hit the top of the rap hip-hop, and pop charts, selling more than 1 million copies in its first week of release. • Tha Carter III features several successful singles, including number one hits "A Milli" and "Lollipop"—a track he recorded with Static Major. Jay-Z appeared on the track "Mr. Carter" and as did T-Pain on "Got Money." Babyface, Robin Thicke, Busta Rhymes, Juelz Santana also made cameos. • The recording netted the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album, and Lil Wayne picked up three more honors at the February 2009 ceremony. He won Best Rap Song for "Lollipop" and "A Milli" earned him the Best Rap Solo Performance Grammy. Joining forces with Jay-Z, T.I., and kanye west Lil Wayne shared the Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for "Swagga Like Us."