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Lil Wayne

  1. 1. Lil Wayne AKA Wizzy
  2. 3. <ul><li>Formerly a member of the rap group the Hot boys, he joined the Cash money records collective as a teenager. Get It How U Live , released in 1997, was Lil Wayne's first album with Hot Boys, and Tha block is hot , his solo debut, came out in 1999. </li></ul><ul><li>After gaining fame with two other albums in the early 2000s, Lil Wayne reached higher popularity with 2004's Tha carter and its two subsequent albums Tha carter 2 (2005) and Tha carter 3 (2008). He earned various accolades following Tha Carter III , including being nominated for eight Grammy awards. He will release a rock album titled Rebirth in 2009. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Early life </li></ul></ul>
  3. 5. <ul><li>Lil Wayne was born Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. (born September 27, 1982), and grew up in the Hollygrove neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana. Carter enrolled in the gifted program of Lafayette Elementary School and in the drama club of Eleanor McMain Secondary School. He wrote his first rap song at age eight. At age eleven, he met Bryan Williams, rapper and owner of Cash money records. Lil Wayne recorded freestyle raps on Williams' answering machine; Williams would eventually mentor the young Carter and include him in Cash Money-distributed songs. When he was 12, he played the part of the Tin Man in his middle school drama club's production of The Wiz. He dropped out of school at age 14 but later earned his GED. </li></ul>
  4. 7. Music career <ul><li>Hot Boys </li></ul><ul><li>In 1997, Lil Wayne formed a group called Hot Boys along with rappers Juvenile, Turk, and B.G. At the age of 15, Wayne was the youngest member at that time. Hot Boys' debut album Get It How U Live! was released the same year, followed in 1999 by the group's major-label debut Guerrilla Warfare, which reached #1 on the Billboard magazine Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and #5 on the Billboard 200. During their career, the Hot Boys had two charting singles, &quot;We On Fire&quot; from Get It How U Live! and &quot;I Need a Hot Girl&quot; from Guerrilla Warfare . Lil Wayne was also featured on Juvenile's single “Back that ass up&quot;, which reached #18 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #5 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks. Let 'Em Burn , a compilation album of unreleased tracks recorded during 1999 and 2000, came out in 2003, several years after the group disbanded. It reached #3 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and #14 on the Billboard 200. </li></ul>
  5. 9. Early solo career (1999-2003) <ul><li>Lil Wayne's debut solo album The block is hot at age 17 featured significant contributions from the Hot boys and went double platinum, climbing to #3 on the Billboard album charts. The album earned him a 1999 Source magazine award nomination for &quot;Best New Artist and also became a Top Ten hit. The lead single was “The block is hot&quot;. After the release of Tha Block is Hot , Lil Wayne was featured on the single, “Bling Bling&quot;, with B.G., Juvenile, Turk, and Big Tymers. </li></ul><ul><li>His 2000 follow-up album Lights out failed to attain the level of success achieved by his debut but was certified gold by RIAA. Critics pointed to the lack of coherent narratives in his verses as evidence that he had yet to mature to the level of his fellow Hot Boys. The lead single was &quot;Get Off The Corner&quot; which was noticed for an improvement in lyrical content and style, it also received a music video. The second single which received less attention was &quot;Shine&quot; featuring The Hot Boys . </li></ul>
  6. 11. <ul><li>Near the release of Lights Out , Lil Wayne was featured on the single, &quot;1# Stunna&quot; with Big Tymers and Juvenile, which rose to 24th place on the Hot rap tracks charts. </li></ul><ul><li>Lil Wayne's third album 500 Degrees , released in 2002, followed the format of his previous two, with significant contributions from the Hot Boys and Mannie Fresh. While certified Gold like its predecessor, it too failed to match the success of his debut. The title was a reference to the recently estranged Hot Boys member Juvenile's recording, 400 Degrees. The lead single was &quot;Way Of Life&quot; which like the album failed to match the success of his previous singles. After the release of 500 Degreez, he was featured in the single “Neva get enuf&quot; by 3LW. </li></ul>
  7. 13. Tha Carter (2004) <ul><li>In the summer of 2004, Wayne's album Tha carter came out, marking what critics considered advancement in his rapping style and lyrical themes.In addition, the album's cover art featured the debut of Wayne's now-signature dreadlocks. Tha Carter gained Wayne significant recognition, selling over 1 million copies in the United States, while the single &quot;Go DJ&quot; became a Top 5 Hit. After the release of Tha Carter, Lil Wayne was featured in Destiny’s child single “Soldier&quot; with T.I., which peaked at #3 on the U.S. Hot 100 and the U.S. R&B Charts. The song Get Something (featuring Mannie Fresh) was supposed to appear on the album but failed to make the cut, however the music video was released. </li></ul>
  8. 15. Tha Carter 2 (2005) <ul><li>Tha carter 2 , the follow-up to the original Tha Carter album, was released in December 2005, this time without production by longtime Cash money records producer Mannie Fresh, who had since left the label. Tha Carter II sold more than 238,000 copies in its first week of release, debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, and went on to sell 2,000,000 copies world wide. The lead single, &quot;Fireman,&quot; became a hit in the US, peaking at 32 on the Biilboard 100 chart. Other singles included &quot;Grown Man&quot;, &quot;Hustler Muzik&quot;, and &quot;Shooter&quot; (featuring R&B singer Robin Thicke). Lil Wayne also appeared on a remix of Bobby Valentino “Tell me&quot;, which rose to #13 on the U.S. R&B Charts. </li></ul>
  9. 17. <ul><li>In 2005, Lil Wayne was named president of Cash Money, and in the same year he founded Young Money Entertainment as an imprint of Cash Money.However as of late 2007, Lil Wayne reported that he has stepped down from the management of both labels and has handed management of Young Money Entertainment over to Cortez Bryant. </li></ul>
  10. 19. Collaborations and mixtapes (2006-2007) <ul><li>In 2006, Lil Wayne collaborated with rapper Birdman for the album Like Father Like Son , whose first single “Stuntin like my daddy&quot;, reached #21 on the Billboard hot 100. Instead of a follow-up solo album, Lil Wayne reached his audience through a plethora of mixtapes and guest appearances on a variety of pop and hip-hop singles.Of his many mixtapes, Dedication 2 and Da Drought 3 received the most media exposure and critical review. Dedication 2 , released in 2006, paired Lil Wayne with Dj Drama and contained the acclaimed socially conscious track &quot;Georgia Bush,&quot; in which Lil Wayne critiqued former US president George W. Bush’s response to the effects of Hurricana Katrina on the city of New Orleans. </li></ul>
  11. 21. <ul><li>Da Drought 3 was released the following year and was available for free legal download. It contained Lil Wayne rapping over a variety of beats from recent hits by other musicians. Numerous of features in prominent hip-hop magazines such as XXL and Vibe covered the mixtapes. Christian Hoard of Rolling Stone magazine considered the mixtapes Da Drought 3 and The Drought Is Over 2 &quot;among the best albums of 2007.&quot; </li></ul>
  12. 23. <ul><li>Despite no album release for two years, Lil Wayne appeared in numerous singles as a featured performer, including “Gimme that&quot; by Chris Brown, “Make it rain“ and “the Crack house by Fat Joe, “You&quot; by Lloyd, and “We Takin Over&quot; by Dj Khaled (also featuring Akon, T.I., Rick Ross, Fat Joe, and Birdman), “Duffle Bag Boy&quot; by Playaz Circle, “Sweetest girl (dollar bill) by Wyclef Jean (also featuring Akon), and the remix to “I’m so hood (remix)&quot; by Dj Khaled (also featuring T-Pain, Young Jeezy, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Big Boi, Fat Joe, Birdman, and Rick Ross). All these singles charted within the top 20 spots on the Billboard hot 100 , Hot Rap tracks, and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs charts. </li></ul>
  13. 25. <ul><li>On Birdman's 2007 album 5* Stunna , Lil Wayne appeared on the singles “100 Million&quot; and “I run this&quot; among several other tracks. Wayne also appeared on tracks from albums Getback by Little brother, American Gangster by Jay-Z, and Graduation by Kanye West. &quot;Make it Rain&quot;, a Scott Storch production that peaked at #13 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the Hot Rap Tracks chart, was nominated for the Grammy award for best rap peformance by a duo or group for 2008. </li></ul>
  14. 27. <ul><li>Vibe magazine ranked a list of 77 of Lil Wayne's songs from 2007 and ranked his verse in DJ Khaled's “We takin over &quot; as his best of 2007, with &quot;Dough Is What I Got&quot; (a freestyle over the beat of Jay Z's “Show me what you got&quot;) from Da Drought 3 the second song. At the end of 2007, an MTV poll selected Lil Wayne as &quot;Hottest MC in the Game&quot;, The New Yorker magazine ranked him &quot;Rapper of the Year&quot;, and GQ magazine named him &quot;Workaholic of the Year&quot;. In 2008 he was named &quot;Best Rock Star Alive&quot; by Blender magazine and &quot;Best MC&quot; by Rolling Stone . </li></ul>
  15. 29. Tha Carter 3 (2008) <ul><li>The Carter 3 was planned to be released in 2007, Tha Carter 3 largest delay came after the majority of the tracks were leaked and distributed on mixtapes, such as &quot;The Drought Is Over Pt. 2&quot; and &quot;The Drought Is Over Pt. 4&quot;. Lil Wayne initially decided to use the leaked tracks, plus four new tracks, to make a separate album, titled The Leak . The Leak was to be released December 18, 2007, with the actual album being delayed until March 18, 2008,The release of The Leak in this format never came to fruition, but an official EP titled The Leak and containing five tracks was released digitally on December 25, 2007. </li></ul><ul><li>Tha Carter 3 was released on June 10, 2008, selling more than a million copies in its first week of release, the first to do so since 50 Cent’s The Massacre in 2005 </li></ul>
  16. 31. <ul><li>The first single “Lollipop&quot;, featuring Static Major became the rapper's most commercially successful song at that point, topping the Billboard hot 100, making it the first Top 10 single for Lil Wayne as a solo artist, as well as his first #1 on the chart. His third single from Carter 3' , “Got Money&quot; featuring T-Pain, peaked at #13 on the Billboard 100. Along with his album singles, Lil Wayne appeared on R&B singles “Girls around the world&quot; by Lloyd, “Love in this club&quot; by Usher & Beyonce, “Official&quot; by Cassie, &quot;I'm So Paid&quot; by Akon witch also features Young Jeezy, &quot;Turnin' Me On&quot; by Keri Hilson, and “Can’t Belive It&quot; by T-Pain; rap singles “My Life&quot; by The Game, &quot;Shawty Say&quot; by David Banner, &quot;Swagga Like Us&quot; by T.I. witch also feat’s Kayne West & Jay Z, &quot;Cutty Buddy&quot; by Mike jones, and &quot;Haterz“, Out here grindin by Dj Khaled and the remix to “Certified&quot; by Glasses Malone & Akon; and pop single “Let it rock&quot; by new Cash Money’s artist Kevin Rudolf. On July 14, 2008, Tha Carter 3 went two times platinum. In an October 2008 interview with MTV News, Lil Wayne announced plans to re-release this album with all new tracks, including a duet with Ludacris and remixes of &quot;A Milli&quot;. </li></ul>
  17. 33. <ul><li>On November 11, 2008, Wayne became the first hip-hop act to ever perform at the Country music adwards. He played alongside Kid Rock for the song, “All Summer Long&quot;, in which Wayne did not rap but instead played guitar along Kid Rock's band. Shortly after, Wayne was nominated for eight Grammey’s the most for an artist nominated. Wayne was then named the first ever MTV man of the year at the end of 2008.DJ Drama stated that there would be a Third installation of the Dedication mixtape series with Lil Wayne, who insisted that it will would be a full album under the title. However despite the fact Wayne wanted to release Dedication 3 as an album, it was released as a mixtape on November 14, 2008. </li></ul>
  18. 35. Rebirth (2009) <ul><li>Wayne stated that he would release a debut rock album titled Rebirth . It was set to be released on April 7th, 2009 but is now slated for a June 23, 2009 release. &quot;Prom Queen&quot;, the lead single, debuted on January 27 immediately after a live Internet broadcast of his concert in San Diego.&quot;Prom Queen&quot; peaked at #15 on the Billboard hot 100 charts. </li></ul>
  19. 37. Personal life <ul><li>Family </li></ul><ul><li>Wayne has two daughters. One was born when he was a teenager, and another named Reginae Carter with his high school sweetheart Antonia &quot;Toya&quot; Johnson. Carter and Johnson married on Valintines Day of 2004 and divorced in 2006. His newborn son, Dwayne Carter III, was born on October 22, 2008 at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. </li></ul>
  20. 39. Drug use and arrests <ul><li>Wayne told CBS Evening news reporter Katie Couric on her All Access Grammy Special in 2009 that he enjoys smoking weed recreationally. He has been arrested for use or possession of weed and other drugs. </li></ul><ul><li>In the latter half of 2007, Lil Wayne was arrested twice. On July 22, 2007, Lil Wayne was arrested in New York City following a performance at the Beacon Theater, the NYC police department discovered Lil Wayne and another man smoking </li></ul>
  21. 40. Lil Wayne & Juelz Santana
  22. 41. <ul><li>Weed near a tour bus. After taking Lil Wayne into custody, police discovered a pistol on him, and he was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and weed. Another arrest was on October 5, 2007, following a performance at Qwest Arena in Bosie, Idaho on felony fugitive charges after Georgia authorities accused the rapper of possessing a controlled substance. The incident was later described as a &quot;mix-up&quot; and the fugitive charges were dropped. </li></ul>
  23. 43. <ul><li>On January 23, 2008, Lil Wayne was arrested alongside two others. His tour bus was stopped by Border Patrol agents near Yuma, Arizona. A K-9 Unit recovered 105 grams of weed (3.7 ounces), almost 29 grams of cocaine (1.02 ounces), 41 grams of ecstacy (1.4 ounces) and $22,000 in cash. Lil Wayne was charged with : possession of narcotic drug for sale, possession of dangerous drugs, misconduct involving weapons and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was granted permission to travel outside of the state and remain out of custody on the $10,185 bond he posted. On May 6, 2008 Wayne returned to court in Arizona to plead not guilty to the charges. </li></ul>
  24. 45. <ul><li>In February 2009, production company RMF Productions filed a $1.3 million lawsuit against Wayne, following a $100,000 advance payment for three shows, all of which were cancelled by the artist. </li></ul>
  25. 46. THE END

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