From a young hip hop fan, Lil Wayne, who started out as a Louisiana-based MC, has evolved into a platinum selling rap superstar. He is a lyrical genius and his hit songs, Fireman, Leather So Soft and Mirror prove that. Wayne has been leading the rap music charts since his arrival at the hip-hop scene and has won ten BET Awards so far. He is also praised by some of the biggest stars, including Eminem,
“I Love Wayne, Drake, Big Sean, Schoolboy Q. I Love Kendrick. I just try to pay attention to what’s out. Wayne puts out a new song, and my ears perk up. There are certain artists who can make me do that just because of the caliber that they rhyme at – it’s like candy to me.”
Moreover, Wayne has been an influence to many rappers including, Drake who stated,
“Lil Wayne, Who is actually responsible for my career has always been a huge influence to me and one of my heroes.”
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Early Life & Influences
Lil Wayne was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, as Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. He grew up listening to hip-hop music and penned down his first rap song at the age of eight. Inspired by Jay-Z, The Notorious B.I.G. and Too $hort, Wayne met with the founder of Cash Money Records, Bryan Williams in 1991, which then led him to record an album with B.G., titled, ‘True Story’. The album came out on July 28, 1995 and received three stars out of five from AllMusic.
A year later, Wayne became a part of an American hip-hop group, Hot Boys. He recorded two studio albums with the band, ‘Get It How You Live!’ and ‘Guerrilla Warfare’ out of which the latter took the music industry by storm. It peaked at the first spot on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and was certified platinum in the United States. After ‘Guerrilla Warfare’ hit the stores, Hot Boys disbanded, which resulted in Wayne pursuing his solo career.
Breakthrough & Recognition
In 1998, Lil Wayne began to work closely with the members of the Hot Boys, Turk, Juvenile and B.G., on his first studio effort and a year after, ‘The Block is Hot’ was released. This album proved to be his first step towards superstardom as it not only peaked at the top spot on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart but was also awarded platinum certification by the RIAA. It yielded a single, Tha Block is Hot which was dubbed as the ‘50th Greatest Hip-hop Song’ by VH1.
From 2000 to 2004, Lil Wayne churned out three consecutive gold selling records, ‘Lights Out,’ ‘500 Degrees’ and ‘Tha Carter’. Though successful, they failed to match the success of his debut album. However, he kept on recording new material and after producing two semi-successful studio efforts, ‘Tha Carter II’ and ‘Like Father, Like Son’ the rapper dropped his biggest record to date, ‘Tha Carter III.’ The record was certified triple and double platinum by the RIAA and MC respectively. Moreover, it was also his first album to land at the top spot on the Billboard 200 and Canadian Albums chart.
‘Tha Carter III’ can be considered as one of the greatest albums of hip-hop. It spawned hit singles, including Lollipop, A Milli and Got Money all of which are still getting airplay to this day. The former made the Rolling Stone’s list of the ‘100 Best Songs of 2008’ and went multi-platinum in the U.S. The record earned him a Grammy Award for ‘Best Rap Album.’ In addition, it was included in Billboard’s list of the ‘Top 200 Albums of the Decade.’
Lil Wayne then churned out his seventh studio album, ‘Rebirth’ in 2010. This record was different from his previous works as it was influenced by the elements of rock music. Despite the negative reviews from the critics, the album still managed to sell over five hundred thousand copies in the United States. Later in the same year, he spawned another record, ‘I Am Not a Human Being’ which was followed by, ‘Tha Carter IV’ which was released on August 29, 2011. Both of these albums topped the Billboard 200.
“Tha Carter IV” won a Billboard Music Award for ‘Best Rap Album’ in 2012 and featured guest appearances from Cory Gunz, Drake, T-Pain, Tech N9ne, Rick Ross, John Legend and Busta Rhymes. The critics were also impressed by Wayne’s effort including AllMusic who gave the record four stars out of five.
Album Releases and Notable Work
In 2013 and 2015, Lil Wayne came out with his tenth and eleventh studio records, ‘I Am Not a Human Being II’ and ‘Free Weezy Album’ respectively. The former marked his third album to peak at the second spot on the Billboard 200. Included in the list of ‘Most Anticipated Albums of 2013’ by MTV, the record became a huge hit among the hip-hop fans from around the world.
Lil Wayne has also put out three compilation records and two extended plays. In addition, he has produced twenty five mixtapes including his latest with T-Pain titled, ‘T-Wayne’ which came out on May 18, 2017.
Lil Wayne Tour Tickets
Lil Wayne is one of the most prolific rappers today. He is now planning to put out not one but two new studio albums, ‘Tha Carter V’ and ‘Funeral’ along with a mixtape, ‘Dedication 6’ soon. Besides this, the five-time Grammy winner is also scheduled to perform live. So, if you like jamming to his music then attend one of his concerts and dance to the rhythm of his beats by grabbing your Lil Wayne tour tickets.