Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., popularly known by his stage name Lil Wayne is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and actor. He is often considered one of the greatest rappers of all time. His contemporaries regarded him as one of the most influential hip-hop artists. Lil Wayne was born on 27 September 1982. He is 38 years old as of now. In 1995, at the age of 12, he began his career.
Cash Money Records offered him a contract, and he joined the label as the youngest member. He was signed by rapper Birdman. He ended his contract with the label in June 2018. In the early years, Wayne also joined the Southern hip hop group Hot Boys. The Hot Boys became popular with their song Bling Bling.
Early Life of Lil Wayne
Lil Wayne was born on September 27, 1982, in New Orleans, Louisiana. His mother was just 19 years old when he was born. At the age of two, he saw his parents filing a divorce, and his father permanently abandoned them after that. When asked about the meaning and reason behind his stage name, he said, “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.”The American rapper has always considered his deceased stepfather Reginald McDonald as his real father, and he even has a tattoo dedicated to him.
Wayne attended Eleanor McMain Secondary School for two years. There he was an honor student and a member of the drama club. He played Tin Man in the school’s production of The Wiz. At the age of 14, Carter left his studies to focus fully on his musical career. In 1994, at the age of 12, the Rapper suffered from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on his chest. When asked, he claimed that it was purely accidental. However, later, Wayne admitted that he attempted suicide when her mother asked him to end all his associations with rap.
How did Lil Wayne’s Career start?
Lil Wayne wrote his first rap song at the age of eight. In the summers of 1991, he met the co-founder of the label Cash Money Records, Bryan Birdman Williams, who mentored him and encouraged him for hip-hop. His solo debut album The Block Is Hot (1999) was his solo breakthrough. With his fourth album Tha Carter (2004), his popularity reached the sky. His sixth album Tha Carter III (2008), won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. The album has popular singles like Lollipop, Got Money, A Milli, and more.
Wayne’s solo album The Block Is Hot was released when he was 17, and it debuted at number 3 on the Billboard 200. Later, it was certified platinum by RIAA. Since then, he has won 5 Grammy awards, had more than 100 singles charts on the Billboard Hot 100. Lil Wayne has been arrested multiple times. He was also charged for the possession of weapons, drugs.
Lil Wayne Networth: How much does he earn?
The American Hip-Hop artist Lil Wayne worth around 150 million dollars. Over 100 million records are sold worldwide by him. In 2011, Wayne spent around 11.6 million USD on a home in Miami. Carter earns millions, and it is of no surprise to his fans. In 2018 he bought another home in Miami island after selling the previous one. Apart from the earnings of songs and albums, Wayne also earns as a television director, songwriter, composer, and producer. He has a number of endorsements, merchandise, advertisements under his belt through which he earns millions.
He owns clothing lines called Trukfit and Young Money Clothing. It is estimated that his per show earnings are close to 600,000 dollars, and the singer has around 60 shows per year. Carter III tour earned him 42 million dollars in just one year. As of a recent survey, Wayne worth 150 million American dollars. He owns 23,760-square-foot property with a yacht, a private jet, and Porsche Boxster, Maybach 62, Rolls-Royce Phantom, with many other things.