Lil Wayne. biography
Renowned rapper Lil' Wayne was born Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. on September 27, 1982, and raised in one of the most impoverished neighborhoods in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Lil' Wayne began discovering his rhyming talent at the age of 8 and was later discovered by his brothers Bryan and Slim Williams of Cash Money Records, who ultimately signed him to their label.
In 1993, he completed his first recording with Cash Money Records, called True Stories, but started selling crack to support himself. His money troubles soon became a problem of the past when he joined the rap group Hot Boys, compiled of other Cash Money artists, including Juvenile, Turk and B.G. The group released their debut album Get It How U Live in 1997, selling over 400,000 copies, followed by their second album Guerilla Warfare (1999), which sold over 1 million copies.
Riding off the his success with the group, Lil' Wayne introduced his solo act to the world with his debut album Tha Block Is Hot (1999), which climbed to the top of the hip-hop album charts and went double platinum. Following the mild success of his ensuing albums, Lights Out (2000) and 500 Degreez (2002), Lil' Wayne switched his game plan and put out his debut underground mixtape Da Drought in 2003.
Lil Wayne was officially crowned a predominant artist in the ever-changing rap game with the release of The Carter (2004) and its lead single "Go DJ." He wasted little time to release his fifth studio album The Carter, Vol. 2 (2005), an even more popular album that reached #2 on the Billboard pop charts and resulted in the public's unconditional respect for the new young face of rap. He continued to gain popularity with his critically praised mixtape Dedication, Vol. 2 (2006) and his collaboration with mentor Bryan William, known as Birdman, in the album Like Father, Like Son (2006).
Success reached an all time high ensuing the release of Lil' Wayne's follow-up album Tha Carter III (2008), which sold over 1 million copies in the first week and debuted at the top of the pop, hip-hop, and rap charts. The album was a critical and commercial success, leading Lil' Wayne to a Grammy for Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song for "Lollipop," Best Rap Solo Performance for "A Milli" and shared the Best Rap Performances by a Duo or Group for the hit single "Swagga Like Us" with Jay-Z, T.I. and Kanye West at the 2009 Grammy Awards.
On February 2, 2010, Lil' Wayne dropped his debut rock-inspired album Rebirth, with its title track "Prom Queen" reaching # 15 and second single "On Fire" climbing to #33 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, followed by the well-received single "Drop the World," featuring Eminem. He later released his next full-length album I Am Not a Human Being (2010) on his birthday, which sold more than 953,000 copies and debuted the single "Right Above It" at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Ensuing an eight month prison sentence at Rikers Island prison for illegal possession of a semiautomatic pistol discovered on his tour bus in 2007, Lil' Wayne's pushed the release date of his next album Tha Carter IV several times before releasing it on August 28, 2011. Despite mix reviews from critics, the album sold over 2 million copies in the U.S., topped the US Billboard 200 and was certified double platinum by November 16, 2011.
In March 2013, Lil' Wayne's tenth studio album I Am Not a Human Being II debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 217,000 copies.
Lil' Wayne Girlfriend, Baby Mama Dating History Timeline
1996 - 2006
Lil' Wayne and Toya Carter began dating after meeting in middle school. The two went on to welcome their daughter Reginae (b. 1998) when the rapper was only 15.
2005 - 2006
Lil' Wayne briefly dated Trina for a year.
2005 - 2008
According to sources, Lil' Wayne and Sara Vivan began dating in 2005, after meeting at one of his concerts in Cincinnati. She reportedly stayed by his side throughout the tour before giving birth to their son Dwayne III on October 22, 2008.
2006 - 2009
Along with an off-again on-again relationship, Lil' Wayne and Lauren London have a son together, named Cameron Carter (b. 9 September 2009).
2009 - 2009
On November 30, 2009, Lil' Wayne and Nivea welcomed thier son Neal.
Lil' Wayne Criminal History Timeline
November 5, 2010: After serving an eight-month sentence for gun-possession charges stemming from a run in with the New York Police Department in 2007, Lil' Wayne is released from Rikers Island.
July 22, 2007: Arrives at Beacon Theatre in New York City to find a crowded front entrance comprised mostly of the city's "finest" fans. After being physically ushered inside, Lil' Wayne is sent through a metal detector and patted down before finally being given permission to enter the building where he was headlining show.
Wearing a vintage Run-DMC t-shirt, Lil' Wayne takes the stage in the midst of a crazed crowd in a sold out venue. Bothered by his initial reception by the police, he hollers out to the screaming fans, "I just went through the worst f----in' feelin ever with y'all police. This may be one of the only times you see me because of how they treated me."
Ensuing his monumental performance, Lil' Wayne's tour bus is pulled over a few blocks away from the theater by Police, claiming they had smelled marijuana passing by the bus. The police proceed to Lil Wayne's room in the back of the bus, "claiming" they watched him chuck a Louis Vuitton bag carrying a .40 caliber gun.
January 23, 2008: Lil' Wayne along with two other members of his crew are arrested after the Border Patrol near Yuma, Arizona found 3.7 oz of marijuanna, an ounce of cocaine, 1.4 ounces of ecstasy as well as $22,000. He is later charged with possesion of drug for sale, dangerous drugs and paraphernalia among others.
May 6, 2008: Pleads not guilty to every charge before pleading guilty on June 22, 2010, which resulted in 3-years probation.