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- Me, Myself, and I
- Lil' Wayne (born Dwayne Michael Carter on September 27, 1982 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American, Grammy-nominated rapper and president of the Cash Money Records label and Young Money Entertainment. Lil' Wayne has recently gained much respect and critical acclaim for his lyrical rap flow maturation and unique rhyme scheme. Lil' Wayne claims to be the best rapper alive in his song titled Best Rapper Alive on his album Tha Carter II, beginning the chorus of this song by saying: "Who am I...the best rapper alive." Lil Wayne is also known as Birdman Jr., Young Tune, Weezy F. Baby, Weezy Fuckin Baby or Dwayne Carter (using the last name of his step father).
Carter was born as the only child his mother ever had in the poverty and crime ridden Hollygrove section of New Orleans, which is part of the 17th Ward. His biological father left him when he was an infant, and until the age of twelve Reginald "Rabbit" Carter was his stepfather. Despite his unpleasant surroundings, he struggled off the streets and to stay in school. Wayne's first contact with hip-hop was listening to local Cash Money artists such as Pimp Daddy and U.N.L.V., whom he also credited as his earliest influences.
At first he started rapping at the block parties; his performance at one of them caught the ear of Lil Slim (an earlier Cash Money Records artist who was from the same neighborhood as Lil Wayne), who soon after the show gave him their phone numbers. He went on an autograph signing session with Lil Slim, where at the first time he met Cash Money Records owners, Brian "Baby" Williams and Ronald "Slim" Williams. His freestyling abilities impressed the Williams brothers, but they didn't sign him at first. 11-year old Wayne started to record freestyles on Baby's answering machine and haunted Cash Money offices nearly every day. When Baby saw so much engagement in the young rapper, he soon signed him and hooked up with another newcomer Lil' Doogie (who would later become famous as B.G.) to form group The B.G.'z. Group released their first and only album, True Story, in 1995. At the young age of 13, Wayne would drop out of school to fully pursue a rap career.
It should be noted that Wayne didn't rap about adolescent issues, unlike most child rappers who perform bubblegum rap until their late teens. He did, however, refrain from swearing in his rhymes at the behest of his mother.
In 1997, Wayne formed the Hot Boys along with Juvenile, Turk, and B.G., and they dropped their seminal debut CD Get It How You Live. The record's success earned the young teenagers fans throughout the south and midwest. He further distinguished himself on the Hot Boys' platinum selling Universal debut Guerilla Warfare released in 1998, followed by their 2003 release Let Em Burn.
In 1999, at age 17, Wayne launched his solo career with the release of Tha Block Is Hot. This was followed by Lights Out in 2000 and 500 Degreez in 2002, an allusion to Juvenile's 400 Degreez.
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