Lil' Wayne (born Dwayne Carter September 27, 1982 in New Orleans, Louisiana) (aka, Weezy F Baby or Birdman Junior), is a successful rapper and performer. He was one of the Hot Boys, an American rap group associated with Cash Money Records. His debut solo album was, Tha Block Is Hot was released in 1999. The title track was a huge hit. His second album was 2000's Lights Out, followed by 500 Degreez in 2002. 2004 saw the release of Tha Carter. In 2005 he released his latest solo album, titled Tha Carter, Vol. 2.
Lil' Wayne rapped at neighborhood parties and it was at one of these parties that he was overheard by members of U.N.L.V., a group signed to Cash Money Records. Wayne was given contact information and followed up on them in a autograph signing session where he met the Cash Money CEOs Brian "Baby" Williams and Ronald "Slim" Williams. An impromptu freestyle session led to serious consideration on the parts of the Williams brothers. After Wayne found out the location and phone number of Cash Money Records, he visited on an almost daily basis while also leaving freestyles on their answering machine. Such dedication on the part of the 12-year-old Wayne moved the Williams brothers and they signed the young rapper; pairing him up with another newly signed young rapper named Baby Gangsta and released their group effort "True Story", under the name The B.G.'z.
As Wayne became more serious about the rap game and started to wear gang-affiliate attire, his mother became concerned about the Williams brothers' influence on her son, as she had knowledge of the Williams brothers' thorough street reputation. She pulled Wayne out of Cash Money. However, after running away from home for a week and convincing his mother that his erratic behavior had nothing to do with the Williams brothers, he stayed with Cash Money Records. But before Cash Money blew up, tragedy struck.
While handling a loaded gun, Wayne shot himself in the chest and almost bled to death. When the police arrived, he claimed the unregistered gun had belonged his stepfather, Reginald "Rabbit" Carter. This landed Rabbit a six month prison bid. Then shortly after Rabbit came home, he was abducted and murdered. As Brian came to pick up Wayne for studio sessions one afternoon, he was informed of the tragic news, and decided to raise Wayne on Rabbit's behalf as Wayne's surrogate father. Wayne now has a large tattoo of the words "Bang Bang" on his chest to commemorate his shooting and also has "Rabbit" tattooed on his arm, in honour of his beloved slain stepfather.
On his latest CD, Tha Carter, Lil Wayne returns with a much improved flow mimicing the style of Jay-Z and features the hit single "Go DJ", a cover of the U.N.L.V. underground classic. He has also been featured on 3LW's "Neva Get Enuf" and Destiny's Child's "Soldier," and Paul Walls "March" among other hit songs.
It should also be noted that Wayne is the first known person to use the now-popular slang term "Drop It Like It's Hot." He first said it in the 1999 hit by Juvenile, "Back That Azz Up". By 2004, the term was so popular that legendary rapper Snoop Dogg used it as a comeback hit.
Following acclamations for Tha Carter, newly minted Def Jam president Jay-Z entered into a bidding war with Cash Money for Wayne's services. Wayne eventually resigned with Cash Money and earned himself a new label, "Young Money," distributed through Cash Money/Universal which first featured his crew Squad Up. But the group soon broke, and now Lil Wayne has a new group named Young Money. The Group consists of Curren$y, a local rapper previously on C-Murder's TRU Records, Boo of Boo and Gotti, and a new up and coming rapper named Mack Maine also from the Hollygrove area of New Orleans.
At age 23, Lil Wayne( AKA Birdman Jr.) is the President of Cash Money Records; however, multi-millionaire Brian "Baby" Williams still remains as owner and CEO.
Lil Wayne's new album set to release in December 2005 is called "Tha Carter, Vol. 2". He says that he will make 5 Carters.
Lil' Wayne created Young Money, a music production group branched off of Cash Money Records. Young Money features members Lil' Wayne, Boo, Curren$y, and Mack Maine.
Lil Wayne has grown an extensive following in the underground mixtape circuit with a variety of his own mixtapes most notably Wayne's World and D.j. Drama's Dedication mixtape, among many others.
- 1999: Tha Block Is Hot (Platinum<b>)
- 2000: Lights Out (<b>Gold<b>)
- 2002: 500 Degreez (<b>Gold<b>)
- 2004: Tha Carter #5 US (<b>Gold<b>)
- 2005: Tha Carter, Vol. 2 #2 US(<b>Gold<b>)