Lil Wayne biography

Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. is an exceptionally talented American rapper and singer with an excellent track record. Lil Wayne is also a well-known songwriter and record executive. His greatness as a rapper stands second to none. Many people consider him as one of the most influential hip-hop artists of this generation. The music career of Lil Wayne started when he was 12 years old. He joined Cash Money Records in 1995. In fact, he was the youngest member of the label. This young artist went on to become the leader in the group and continued till June 2018.

Lil Wayne and B.G formed a duo and recorded an album, True Story. It was released in 1995. Wayne was a part of three tracks. Immediately, both these artists joined the Hot Boys band in 1997. The band mates of Wayne Turk and Juvenile were also with them. These people launched their debut album, Get It How U Live! in 1997 in the same year. The first solo album of Lil Wayne, Tha Block Is Hot was released in 1999. It was a turning point in his career. He launched his second album, Lights Out in 2000. The third album 500 Degreez was released in 2002.

With the release of the fourth album known as Tha Carter in 2004, Lil Wayne’s popularity increased manifold. Lil Wayne has become a big star in the USA. The fifth album, Tha Carter II in 2005 took this celebrity status to the next level. Lil Wayne released many mixtapes and collaborations in the next two years. The sixth album, Tha Carter III was a great commercial success. Within a couple of weeks after the launch in 2008, the sales of this album went over one million copies in the USA. It won him the Grammy Award for the category, Best Rap Album. This album contained several successful singles like Lollipop, Got Money, and A Milli. The song Lollipop topped the Billboard Hot 100.

The seventh studio album of Lil Wayne, Rebirth was released in 2010. It was experimentation with rap-rock and invited a lot of criticism. He served an 8-month jail sentence for the possession of an illegal weapon in July 2010. In the same year, Lil Wayne released his eighth studio album, I Am Not a Human Being. His ninth album Tha Carter IV was released in 2011. In the first week itself, more than 964,000 copies of this album have been sold in the USA. He released five more albums, I Am Not a Human Being II, Free Weezy Album, Tha Carter V, Funeral, and I Am Not a Human Being III.

More than 120 million records of Lil Wayne have been sold worldwide. In the USA, he sold around 70 million digital tracks and 20 million albums. If you look at the list of the world's best-selling music artists, you can easily find the name Lil Wayne on the top bracket. This great singer received five Grammy Awards. He also won many other awards including BET, NAACP Image, Billboard Music, and MTV Video Music. Lil Wayne created history in 2012 with the most entries on the Billboard 100. 109 of his songs found a place on the Billboard 100 chart. Lil Wayne also runs a label company, Young Money Entertainment.

Lil Wayne – Musical Style and Influences

Lil Wayne is often known as the ultimate rap musician. The snarling and high-pitched style of this great musician made a lasting impact on millions and millions of people all around the world. His garbled inflection and taste for Auto-Tune are an inspiration to many young artists. He has a unique way of squealing out words with a nasal tone. Wayne’s contributions to rap music can be termed priceless.

Lil Wayne played a big role in attracting new audiences to rap and hip-hop. The quality of his work is unquestionable. His influence on the budding rappers is huge. With his label, he offered the best opportunities for several young artists. Under his patronage, several artists have become globally popular.

Lil Wayne – Major Awards and Achievements

Lil Wayne is one of the few artists who won 5 Grammy Awards. In 2008, Tha Carter III was chosen as the Best Album of the Year. It also won the Best Rap Album award in the same year. The song A Milli was selected as the Best Rap Solo Performance as well. In 2009, his Swagga Like Us received the Grammy Award for the Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. Again in 2016, Wayne won the Grammy Award for the Best Rap Performance.

Other awards won by this music genius include 1 World Music Awards, 3 Vibe Music Awards, 2 Teen Choice Awards, 4 Soul Train Music Awards, 8 Ozone Awards, 1 MuchMusic Video Awards, 4 MTV2 Sucker Free Summit Awards, 1 MTV Europe Music Award, 2 MTV Video Music Award, 1 MOBO Awards, 1 Juno Awards, 8 BMI Awards, 4 Billboard Music Awards, 15 BET Hip Hop Awards, 11 BET Awards, and 1 American Music Awards.

Lil Wayne – Albums and Other Creations

The first studio album of Lil Wayne, Tha Block Is Hot was released in 1999. Other albums include Lights Out (2000), 500 Degreez (2002), Tha Carter (2004), Tha Carter II (2005), Tha Carter III (2008), Rebirth (2010), I Am Not a Human Being (2010), Tha Carter IV (2011), I Am Not a Human Being II (2013), Free Weezy Album (2015), Tha Carter V (2018), Funeral (2020), and I Am Not a Human Being III.

The compilation albums of Wayne are We Are Young Money, Rich Gang, and Rise of an Empire. The EPs include The Leak, In Tune We Trust, Weezy Workout, Weezy Flow, and Skateboard Weezy. Lil Wayne also released 29 mixtapes, including the SQ Series, Da Drought Series, and Dedication Series.

Born on September 27, 1982, in New Orleans, Louisiana, Lil Wayne showed great interest in music at a young age itself. He wrote his first rap when he was eight years old. His passion for rap music and his impeccable talent made him one of the all-time greatest rappers in history.

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