Lil Wayne a Rap artist who is best known for his Carter series of albums. He won four Grammy Awards in 2009, including the award for Best Rap Song for his song “Lollipop.” He is the CEO of his own label, Young Money Entertainment, which was founded in 2005.
Lil Wayne (American Rapper)
Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., better known by his stage name Lil Wayne, is a famous American hip hop recording artist who has achieved several feats in the field including winning the prestigious Grammy Award. Starting off as a pro at the age of nine with ‘Cash Money Records’, Wayne became part of the American teenage hip-hop duo, ‘The B.G.’z’ along with rapper Lil’ Doogie. After a couple of years, he joined American hip hop group ‘Hot Boys’ along with Young Turk, Juvenile and Lil’ Doogie, who is now known as B.G. Eventually, the group’s fame zoomed with its single ‘Bling Bling’ and platinum-selling album ‘Guerrilla Warfare’. He came out with his solo debut album during that time titled ‘Tha Block Is Hot’ which received a platinum certification from ‘Recording Industry Association of America’ (RIAA). This was followed by a series of other hit and popular albums by the hip hop sensation that not only earned him international fame but also cemented his position among the notable international hip hop artists. He became one of the all-time best selling music artists with a global sale of over 100 million records. His most remarkable and successful album ‘Tha Carter III’ sold more than one million copies in the US in its first-week and won him the ‘Grammy Award’ for ‘Best Rap Album’. Lil Wayne founded his own record label ‘Young Money Entertainment’.
Lil Wayne Childhood & Early Life
Lil Wayne was born Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. on September 27, 1982, in New Orleans, Louisiana, US. When he was two years of age, his parents divorced and Wayne started living with his mother, a cook. He was raised in Hollygrove, one of the poorest neighbourhoods of New Orleans.
He was quite close to his stepfather Rabbit who was eventually killed. Wayne has a tattoo in Rabbit’s memory.
Talking about why he dropped the ‘D’ from his name, Wayne mentioned in a CBS interview, “I dropped the D because I’m a junior and my father is living and he’s not in my life and he’s never been in my life. So I don’t want to be Dwayne, I’d rather be Wayne”.
|Born:||September 27, 1982 (New Orleans, Louisiana, United States)|
|Other names:||Birdman Jr., BM Jr., Baby Jr., Weezy F. Baby, Lil’ Weezy, Lil Tune,
Tunechi, Young Tune, President Carter, Mr. Carter
|Full name:||Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.|
|Education:||University of Phoenix|
|Occupation:||Rapper, singer, songwriter, record executive, entrepreneur|
|Agent:||Cortez Bryant, Mack Maine|
|Title:||Founder of Young Money Entertainment, Co-founder of Trukfit Clothing|
|Spouse(s):||Toya Johnson (M. 2004–2006)|
|Parent(s):||Dwayne Michael Turner (father),
Jacida Carter (mother)
|Children:||Cameron Carter, Dwayne Carter III, Neal Carter, Reginae Carter|
|Origin:||Hollygrove, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.|
|Net Worth:||$150 Million|
Personal Life & Legacy
Wayne has four children namely daughter Reginae from his high school sweetheart, Antonia, with whom he was married from 2004 to 2006; son, Dwayne III, from radio broadcaster Sarah Vivan; son, Cameron, from actress Lauren London; and son, Neal, from singer, Nivea.
He was also romantically associated with rapper, Trina, and singer, Christina Milian.
From January 2005 he started attending ‘University of Houston’ post his GED, however dropped out later. He later took up online courses from the ‘University of Phoenix’ and majored in psychology.