Lil Wayne

American rapper (born 1982)

Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. (born September 27, 1982),[2] known professionally as Lil Wayne, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and record executive. He joined the Cash Money Records collective as a teenager. He worked with B.G. on the album True Story and eventually recorded for the label. Get It How U Live, released in 1997, was Lil Wayne's first album with Hot Boys, and Tha Block is Hot, his solo debut, came out 1999. Block debuted in the top ten on the American Billboard 200 chart and Lil Wayne was nominated for "Best New Artist" from the magazine the same year. Following this success, Wayne was soon featured on other rappers' singles, including "Bling Bling" by B.G. and "#1 Stunna" by the Big Tymers in 2000.

Lil Wayne
Carter in 2020
Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.

(1982-09-27) September 27, 1982 (age 40)
Other names
  • Tunechi
  • Weezy
  • Weezy F. Baby
  • President Carter
EducationUniversity of Phoenix
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • record executive
  • entrepreneur
Years active1995–present
Toya Johnson
(m. 2004; div. 2006)
AwardsFull list
Musical career
OriginHollygrove, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Member of
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After the debut album Tha Block Is Hot and two albums released with little promotion, Lil Wayne reached higher popularity with 2004's Tha Carter and its two sequel albums Tha Carter II (2005) and Tha Carter III (2008). During that period, Lil Wayne appeared on several mixtapes and singles of other artists.

2008: Tha Carter IIIEdit

Initially planned to be released in 2007, Tha Carter III's largest delay came after the majority of the tracks were leaked and distributed on mixtapes, such as "The Drought Is Over Pt. 2" and "The Drought Is Over Pt. 4". Lil Wayne initially decided to use the leaked tracks, plus four new tracks, to make a separate album, titled Tha Carter III: The Leak. The Leak was to be released December 18, 2007, with the actual album being delayed until March 18, 2008,[3] The release of The Leak in this format never came to fruition. An official EP titled The Leak contained five tracks and was released digitally on December 25, 2007.

Personal lifeEdit

Health issuesEdit

On March 12, 2013, Lil Wayne was hospitalized in Los Angeles after having many seizures. TMZ reported that Wayne is breathing through tubes and is moved to an Intensive Care Unite.[4]


Studio albumsEdit

  • 1999: Tha Block Is Hot (1.9 million copies U.S.)
  • 2000: Lights Out (900,000 copies U.S.)
  • 2002: 500 Degreez (555,000 copies U.S.)
  • 2004: Tha Carter (1.8 million copies U.S.)
  • 2005: Tha Carter II (1.7 million copies the U.S.)
  • 2008: Tha Carter III (6.6 million copies the U.S.)
  • 2010: Rebirth (1 million copies in the U.S.)
  • 2010: I Am Not a Human Being (1 million copies in the U.S.)
  • 2011: Tha Carter IV[5] (5.2 million copies U.S.)
  • 2013: I Am Not a Human Being II (2 million copies in the U.S.)
  • 2018: The Carter V (1 million copies in the U.S.)

Extended playsEdit

  • 2007: The Leak


  • 2003: SQ1-SQ7 (with Sqad Up)
  • 2003: Da Drought
  • 2004: Da Drought 2
  • 2004: The Prefix
  • 2005: The Suffix
  • 2005: The Dedication
  • 2006: Dedication 2
  • 2007: Da Drought 3
  • 2008: Dedication 3
  • 2009: No Ceilings
  • 2011: Sorry 4 the Wait
  • 2012: Dedication 4



  • Baller Blockin' (2000), Iceberg Shorty
  • Who's Your Caddy (2007), self
  • Hurricane Season (2009), Lamont
  • Freaknik: The Movie (2010), Trap Jesus



  1. "Lil Wayne Frees 'Tha Carter V' Via a Settlement from Cash Money". Forbes.
  2. "Monitor". Entertainment Weekly. No. 1277/1278. September 20–27, 2013. p. 37.
  3. MTV News Staff (January 17, 2008). Mary J. Blige 'Lives' Again On TV Soap; Plus Remy Ma, Lil Wayne, Nelly, Amy Winehouse, Scarlett Johansson, Zac Efron & More, In For The Record. MTV. Retrieved January 17, 2008.
  4. Wayne hospitalized from seizures, critical condition
  5. Peltz, Jennifer. "Rapper Lil Wayne to be sentenced in NYC gun case".[permanent dead link]