Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. better known by his stage name Lil Wayne, is an American rapper, record producer, and actor. His career began in 1993, at the age of 11, when he was discovered by Bryan “Birdman” Williams and joined Cash Money Records as the youngest member of the label, and half of the duo The B.G.’z, alongside fellow New Orleans-based rapper B.G.
In 1996, Lil Wayne joined the southern hip hop group Hot Boys, with his Cash Money, label-mates Juvenile, Young Turk and Lil Doogie. Hot Boys debuted with Get It How U Live! that year. Most of the group’s success came with their platinum-selling album Guerrilla Warfare (1999) and the Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping single “Bling Bling”. For many years, Lil Wayne was the flagship artist of Cash Money Records, before ending his long-tenured deal with the company in June 2018.
Early Life and Family
Dwayne Michael Carter III was born on September 27, 1982, in New Orleans, Louisiana, US. His father, Dwayne Michael Turner Sr. was a local, also known as Tune, and his mother, Jacida Carter, was a working professional, and Wayne’s father was not in the picture. Wayne started rapping when he was 8 years old, influenced by the likes of Tupac, Scarface and the Pharcyde. When Wayne was 9, he met Bryan “Birdman” Williams and joined his Cash Money Records. For the first few years of his life, Wayne’s mother raised him in the impoverished Hollygrove neighborhood of New Orleans with her brother, Ronald “Slim” Williams, who later teamed up with Birdman and founded Cash Money Records. Wayne began writing lyrics and rapping at a young age and frequently rapped on the streets of New Orleans to earn a little extra money. Wayne developed a close bond with Birdman and soon joined his label, becoming the youngest member of the Cash Money crew.
Wayne was enrolled in the Marion Abramson Senior High School, located in New Orleans. Although his parents were not quite financially stable, he managed to get into the school. He was quite inclined towards music and aspired to take up a career in the same. For a short period, he also attended the McMain Magnet School for Creative Arts located in New Orleans.
: During the early days of his rap career, he had joined Cash Money Records, which was founded by Birdman and Slim and had embarked on an expedition to create a name for himself. He collaborated with the group known as “The Hot Boys” and Mr. Serv-On. With their help, he released his record ‘Tha Block is Hot’, at the end of the year 1999, which was extremely successful, peaking at the number three slot in Billboard 200 Charts, and was certified platinum. He then went on and released five of the most successful studio albums of his career, the last two being sponsored by the rapper Jay-Z, who had become his mentor. He remains one of the biggest names in the hip-hop industry, with collaborations with numerous artists. He has also ventured into acting, appearing in the movie ‘The Carter’ and his own MTV series, ‘The Carter’.
Lil Wayne has achieved a lot of success as a rapper and record producer. According to Celebrity Net Worth, he has a net worth of $150 million. His music has sold millions of copies worldwide, and he’s earned money from numerous endorsements, tours, and appearances. Wayne is also an accomplished entrepreneur and has owned several lucrative businesses throughout his career.
Lil Wayne has had a string of relationships throughout the years. His longest relationship was with his ex-girlfriend, actress and TV star Nivea. The couple started dating in 2002 and had a son together, named Dwayne Michael Carter III, in 2009. Wayne also has three other children with three other women – Reginae Carter, Neal Carter, and Cameron Carter. Wayne recently got engaged to long-time singer, La’Tecia Thomas. The couple dated for a few months before he proposed to her in June 2020. To Wrap Things Up: Dwayne Michael Carter III, known by his stage name Lil Wayne, is an American rapper, record producer, and actor. Since 1993 when he was just 11 years old, he has been involved in the music industry and has achieved massive success. He has a net worth of $150 million, has four children with four different women, and is currently engaged to long-time singer La’Tecia Thomas.