Today in Hip Hop History: September 27, 2015
Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., aka Lil Wayne, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1982. Lil Wayne is an American rapper who began his career at the young age of 9 when he joined Cash Money Records as one half of the duo, The B.G.’z. At the age of 15 years old, Lil Wayne then formed the southern group Hot Boys alongside label mates, Juvenile, Lil Doogie (B.G.) and Young Turk. The group went on to release 3 albums under Cash Money, with one becoming RIAA Certified Platinum.
When Wayne was 17 years old, he released his debut solo album The Block is Hot which debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 and also became RIAA Certified Platinum. Despite further Gold releases, his next two albums did not live up to his debut critically, who expected more from the talented young MC. That changed when he released Tha Carter in 2004, which blew away any expectations laid upon him. The album sold several copies and propelled Wayne into a mainstream audience, garnering him a Destiny’s Child feature and a top 5 hit in “Go DJ.”
Wayne’s next album, Tha Carter II, continued to success of its predecessor and brought Wayne to the forefront in spot as “greatest rapper alive” at his time. The album went on to become double Platinum. Wayne then went on to focus on his mixtape game, releasing several in between Tha Carter II and Tha Carter III. At the peak of his appeal, Wayne featured on several rap, pop and even rock songs that topped the charts.
Wayne released the third installment of The Carter Series in 2008, and the highly anticipated album moved over 1 million copies in its first week alone. Following the huge success of the album, Wayne re-signed a multiple album contract with Cash Money, which would further down the line deteriorate.
Since his rise to fame in the early 2000’s, Lil Wayne has appeared in several high profile songs, tv shows, music videos and every medium of media across the board. He has released numerous mixtapes, some recent underwhelming albums and has been involved in a weird legal battle with Cash Money. He has officially announced that he will retire from hip hop after Tha Carter V is released, but it has no set date as of now. Lil Wayne is definitely one of the, if not the most interesting rappers in the game the past decade.