Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.
September 27, 1982
New Orleans, Louisiana
Young Money, Republic, Universal (current), Cash Money (former)
Lil Wayne, born Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., is an American rapper, singer-songwriter and record producer. Kicking off his career at age 12 he has been a hip-hop stalwart ever since, joining hip-hop duo The B.G.’s, group Hot Boys and finally venturing out as a solo rapper with his debut album Tha Carter.
Selling over 120 million records worldwide and bagging four Grammy Awards, the rapper has solidified himself as one of the biggest names in hip-hop and a leader in the southern hip-hop genre.
Lil Wayne is worth an estimated $120 million.
Lil Wayne is 36 years old.
Lil Wayne founded Young Money Entertainment in 2005. An imprint of Cash Money Records, the label released 14 number one US albums, including four of his own, five from friend and rapper Drake, and two from Nicki Minaj.
The label’s roster includes Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Mack Maine and more.
Wayne releases True Stories – his first recording for Cash Money Records under the name The B.G.s with rapper B.G.
Wayne joins hip-hop group the Hot Boys. Their debut album Get It How U Live is a hit.
The Hot Boys release album Guerilla Warfare. It sells 1 million copies.
A 16-year-old Lil Wayne launches his solo career with “Tha Block is Hot.”
Wayne releases Lights Out.
Wayne releases album 500 Degreez.
Wayne releases his first mixtape collection Da Drought.
Wayne releases Tha Carter.
Wayne releases Tha Carter II.
Wayne appears on Destiny’s Child hit “Soldier.”
Wayne releases the mixtape Dedication, Vol.2.
Wayne collaborates with rapper Birdman for the album Like Father, Like Son.
Wayne is arrested in Georgia for drug possession.
Wayne releases EP The Leak in response to unreleased tracks being leaked on in the internet.
Wayne is arrested in Arizona on drug-related charges.
Tha Carter III is released and tops the rap, hip-hop and pop charts selling more than 1 million copies in its first week.
The album spawns hit singles like “Lollipop” and “Mr. Carter.”
Tha Carter III picks up the Grammy Award for best rap album.
Wayne picks up a further two himself for best rap song and best solo performance as well as sharing the award for best rap performance by a group for “Swagga Like Us.”
Wayne hits the road with the Young Money Presents: America’s Most Wanted festival – featuring Soulja Boy, Drake and Young Jeezy.
Wayne signs Bow Wow to the label.
Wayne releases his seventh studio album Rebirth.
Wayne is jailed for weapons possession.
Wayne releases the album I Am Not a Human Being.
Wayne releases the fourth installment of Tha Carter series – Tha Carter IV. The album features Bruno Mars, Drake and Jadakiss.
Wayne is dropped from him PepsiCo promotion contract after releasing a song containing derogatory lyrics referencing civil rights icon Emmett Till.
Lil Wayne releases his 10th studio album I am Not a Human Being II.
Tha Carter V release date is pushed back for a second time. Wayne issues a statement stating that Cash Money Records boss Birdman refuses to release the album. Wayne claims he is being held “prisoner.”
Wayne self-releases Sorry 4 tha Wait 2 – a mixtape intended to compensate for the delay of Tha Carter V.
Wayne sues Birdman and Cash Money Records for a reported $51 million.
Wayne releases Free Weezy exclusively through TIDAL as one of the new artist owners.
Wayne releases Gone ‘Til November – a memoir and revealing account of his time spent incarcerated.
The long-awaited Tha Carter V debuts at number one on the Billboard 200.
Wayne becomes the face of the UGG x BAPE collab.