Lil Wayne


About Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne needs no introduction. Since entering the rap game at the tender age of nine, he’s become of the most successful emcees to ever do it, being the male artist with the most entries on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, period (having recently surpassed Elvis Presley).

Throughout his prolific 19-year career, the former Hot Boy / B.G. has collaborated with the likes of Birdman (of course), 2 Chainz, DJ Drama, Juelz Santana, The Game, Chris Brown, R. Kelly, Asher Roth, will.i.am, Hit-Boy, Bow Wow, Missy Elliot, Mac Miller, The Roots, Chance The Rapper, Tech N9ne, Juvenile, Ludacris, Cassidy, Fabolous, Curren$y, Mystikal, Bun B, Mannie Fresh, Nelly, Cam’ron, Rick Ross, T.I., T-Pain and many more.

Most recently, he released his Dedication 5 mixtape and signed a sponsorship deal with Parisian watch and accessory company wize&ope. On top of working on Tha Carter V, he continues to develop his Young Money Entertainment imprint, which is home to Tyga, Nicki Minaj, Mack Maine, Lil Twist, Jae Millz, Drake, DJ Khaled, and multiple others. He has vowed to retire at age 35, though, which gives us approximately four more years of Weezy. Whether or not he’ll hold true to the claim remains to be seen.

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Facts Only

  • Wayne wrote his first rap at the tender age of eight.
  • Lil Wayne's mother was 19 years old when she gave birth to him.
  • He runs a nonprofit organization called One Family Foundation which aims to empower urban youth.
  • Wayne met Birdman in the summer of 1991.
  • His real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., but he goes by Wayne because of his father's absence in his life.
  • Wayne played the Tin Man in his middle school drama club's production of The Wizard Of Oz.
  • He plans to retire at the age of 35.
  • Wayne attended Lafayette Elementary School, Eleanor McMain Secondary School and Marion Abramson Senior High School.
  • His parents divorced when he was only two, his father abandoning the family completely.
  • Wayne accidentally shot himself with a handgun at age twelve.

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