Two years later, at just 11, Wayne would release his first album True Story, a joint effort with label-mate B. The record debuted at # 3 on the Billboard charts and went onto platinum success.
After two more successful LPs, Lights Out (2000) and 500 Degreez (2002), Lil Wayne began to elevate from hip-hop superstar to being a genre breaking pop culture megastar which he cemented with rap’s most popular and successful series of albums ever, Tha Carter.
This year Lil Wayne alone was named one of Forbes Magazine’s top earning rap stars, Rolling Stone Magazine’s “Hip-Hop Kings,” and he recently performed on MTV Network’s coveted and legendary “Unplugged” series.
“Every time you hear a Carter album, just know that it is a culmination of my life both musically and professionally up to that point.
As a CEO, Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment has become the premier brand in music.
He was born Dwayne Carter in the Uptown section of Hollygrove.At this point, I don’t think I need to say too much about what the quality of the album is going to be.Just know when you hear about anything named Carter, it’s going to be beyond special.Lil Wayne is hip-hop’s biggest name, deadliest lyricist, the genre’s most flourishing touring act, one of the industry’s great successful label moguls and the most versatile, in demand performer in all of music.On August 29th, Lil Wayne releases the most anticipated LP of the past three years, Tha Carter IV on Cash Money/Universal Republic Records.The cast of the album’s producers feature rising stars such as Snizzy & Keno, Willy Will, Young Fyre, Megaman as well as acclaimed boardsmen Seandrae “Mr.Bangledesh” Crawford, Polow Da Don, Detail and Cool & Dre.Lil Wayne and Mack Maine have been friends since childhood, growing up together in Hollygrove, New Orleans.Yesterday, one of their old friends from the neighborhood was killed by a police officer, and the two YMCMB rappers feel that there was foul play (on account of the cop) involved.Wayne, determined to follow his dream, approached the brothers one day in a record store with an attempt to catch the attention of his future mentors with his rhymes. Not only did Birdman like Weezy’s unique rapid fire style, and boldness in the way he delivered his raps, but the youngster’s audacious nature impressed the budding mogul. and Wayne became a part of one the most influential and lauded hip-hop groups in the history of the culture, The Hot Boys.Wayne was immediately welcomed into the family and “adopted” as a son by the Williams brothers. The foursome, which included Young Turk and Juvenile, not only initiated rap and fashion styles that are still influential today, but the collective, especially Wayne, introduced many slang words and phrases that grew to be a-part of today’s pop culture such as “Bling-Bling” and “Drop it like it’s hot.” Wayne’s breakout from the group happened in 1999, when he released his classic solo debut Block is Hot.