Lil Wayne

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Lil Wayne, whose original name is Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr., is an American rapper best known for his "Carter" album series. He also is the founder of the label Young Money Entertainment, which also signes Drake. Read more facts about Lil Wayne. In 2018 fans can experience Lil Wayne live on his US tour.

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Lil Wayne facts

At the age of 11, Lil Wayne was signed by his foster father, rapper Birdman, on Cash Money Records. When Lil Wayne was 12 years old, he accidentally shot himself in his chest as he was playing with a gun and was in critical condition for months. Some years later, he released three albums with his first hip-hop group "Hot Boys", that were quite successful in the US. Lil Wayne's solo albums "Tha Carter" and "Tha Carter II" also got him known outside the hip-hop scene, landed in the US charts and received a positive response from critics. His album "Tha Carter III" helped him to make his international breakthrough and landed on number one in the US charts, together with the single "Lollipop" which he won a Grammy for. For his seventh album "Rebirth" Lil Wayne collaborated with well known artists like Eminem or Nicki Minaj. Following the release of this album, Lil Wayne was sentenced to eight months prison for possession of Marijuana and an illegal weapon that were found in his tour bus. In the following years he released the last album from the Carter series "Tha Carter IV", which again made it to number one in the charts. The since 2012 announced fifth album of the series should finally be published in 2018. It is Lil Wayne's thirteenth and final studio album, as he wants to retire ffrom the music industry to spend more time with his four children. Speculation suggests that Lil Wayne has collaborated with a variety of top musicians including Justin Bieber, Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West for this album.
Lil Wayne's music can even be found on Barack Obama's iPod, and the rapper has also been mentioned in some public speeches by the former president.

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