Lil Wayne
Born:
27 September 1982
Country:
US
Genres:
Rap, Pop/Rock, R&B
Releases:
311
Biography: A game-changing artist and an impervious celebrity, Lil Wayne began as his career as a near-novelty -- a preteen delivering hardcore hip-hop -- but through years of maturation and reinventing the mixtape game, he developed into a million-selling rapper with a massive body of work, one so inventive and cunning that it makes his famous claim of being the "best rapper alive" worth considering. Born Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. and raised in the infamous New Orleans neighborhood of Hollygrove, he was a straight-A student but never felt his true intelligence was expressed through any kind of report card. He found music was the best way to express himself, and after taking the name Gangsta D he began writing rhymes. Combining a strong work ethic with aggressive self-promotion, the 11-year-old convinced the Cash Money label to take him on, even if it was just of odd jobs around the office. A year later, in-house producer Mannie Fresh partnered him with the 14-year-old B.G. and dubbed the duo the B.G.'z. Although only B.G.'s name appeared on the cover, the 1995 album True Story has since been accepted as the B.G.'z debut album both by fans and the Cash Money label. The 1997 album Chopper City was supposed to be the follow-up, but when Wayne accidentally shot himself in the chest with a .44, it became a solo B.G. release. That same year, he officially took the moniker Lil Wayne, dropping the "D" from his first name in order to separate himself from an absent father. He joined B.G., Juvenile, and Young Turk for another Fresh project, the teen hardcore rap group the Hot Boys, who released their debut album, Get It How U Live!, in 1997. Two years later, Cash Money would sign a distribution deal with the major-label Universal. Mainstream distribution would help that year's Hot Boys album Guerrilla Warfare to reach the number one spot on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. In 1998, Lil Wayne would appear on Juvenile's hit single "Back That Thing Up," or "Back That Azz Up" as it appeared on Juvie's album 400 Degreez. Wayne would launch his solo career a year later with the album Tha Block Is Hot, featuring the hit single title track. It went double platinum but the rapper was still unknown to Middle America, since his hardcore rhymes and the rough Cash Money sound had not yet crossed over. His second album, Lights Out (2000), failed to match the success of its predecessor but it did go gold, and with an appearance on the Big Tymers' hit single "#1 Stunna," his audience was certainly growing. While Fresh was primarily responsible for launching his career, Wayne was now much closer to Fresh's fellow Big Tymer and Cash Money CEO Birdman. When Juvenile left the label, Wayne -- or "Birdman Jr." as he was calling himself -- showed his allegiance to his CEO by releasing an album with a title much hotter than Juvie's breakthrough effort. 500 Degreez landed in 2002 and while it went gold, rumors began flying about Cash Money's financial troubles and possible demise. The rest of the Hot Boys had defected and Wayne's planned 2003 album was scrapped, coming out instead as an underground mixtape called Da Drought. Wayne became enamored with the mixtape world after Da Drought drew so much attention from the hip-hop press. He used these underground releases to drum up anticipation for his next official album, the breakthrough effort Tha Carter. Released in 2004, the album seemed familiar on one hand with Mannie Fresh's production, but the Wayne on the cover was a dreadlocked surprise, and the rhymes he laid on the tracks showed significant growth. His marketing skills had become sharper, too, and it was no mistake that the album's hit single, "Go DJ," mentioned hip-hop's greatest tastemakers right in the title. It reached number five on the singles chart, and with a guest shot on Destiny's Child's number three single, "Soldier," Wayne had officially crossed over. On the flip side, his street cred was supported by a slew of mixtapes released in 2005, including the popular titles Dedication with DJ Drama and Tha Suffix with DJ Khaled. Cash Money's future was no longer in doubt and traditional music business rules no longer seemed to apply, as tracks would be leaked onto the Internet and various DJs' mixtapes. "Get Something" was another bold move, as a Universal-funded video was made without the track ever seeing official release. With his alternative marketing scheme working in overdrive, the 2005 landing of Tha Carter II was a major event, selling over a quarter-million copies the week of its release. "Fireman" and "Shooter" with Robin Thicke were released as singles, while the album -- which for the first time featured no Mannie Fresh productions -- went platinum. It also introduced his Young Money posse, with appearances from Curren$y and Nicki Minaj, and initially came with a bonus disc featuring Wayne's greatest hits screwed and chopped by Swishahouse DJ Michael "5000" Watts. A year later he collaborated with Birdman for the Like Father, Like Son album, featuring the hit single "Stuntin' Like My Daddy." His mixtapes were still flooding the underground, including the stunning Dedication 2, which came with an iconic image of the rapper on the cover plus the much talked-about track "Georgia...Bush," a venomous response to President George W. Bush's handling of the Katrina disaster. With no official follow-up to Tha Carter II in sight, numerous collaborative tracks kept the rapper in the mainstream with "Gimme That" by Chris Brown, "Make It Rain" by Fat Joe, and "Duffle Bag Boy" by Playaz Circle becoming three of the biggest hits. Tha Carter III was promised for 2007 but didn't arrive until a year later, setting off Wayne's infamous reputation of delayed releases. Part of the problem became unauthorized leaks of the album's tracks, something combated by the official, downloadable EP The Leak released that same year. Preceded by the number one hit "Lollipop," Tha Carter III arrived in May of 2008, selling more than a million copies in its first week of release. An appearance on Saturday Night Live and four Grammy awards -- including Best Rap Album -- spoke to Wayne's mainstream acceptance. He also performed at that year's Country Music Awards with Kid Rock, but rather than rap, he played guitar. The guitar playing was part of Wayne's new involvement with rock music, including his help in signing Kevin Rudolf to Cash Money plus an appearance on Rudolf's massive hit "Let It Rock." His planned rock album was previewed with the 2009 single "Prom Queen," but when the album failed to meet its promised April release, the music press began to portray the rapper as the king of missed street dates. Unconcerned, Wayne forged ahead with his Young Money crew, releasing the underground mixtape Young Money Is the Army, Better Yet the Navy, the aboveground single "Every Girl," plus the official album We Are Young Money that same year. His rock album, Rebirth, would finally appear in early 2010, which coincided with Wayne being sentenced to a nine-month prison term for criminal possession of a weapon. The rapper may have been behind bars on Riker’s Island, but that didn’t stop his ten-song EP I Am Not a Human Being from seeing the light of day in September that same year.
Tha Carter V
Tha Carter V
Tracks: 23
Year: 2018
Tha Carter V
Tha Carter V
Tracks: 23
Year: 2018
Tha Carter V (Deluxe Edition)
Tha Carter V (Deluxe Edition)
Tracks: 26
Year: 2018
Where The Cash At
Where The Cash At
Tracks: 25
Year: 2018
Tha Carter V
Tha Carter V
Tracks: 23
Year: 2018
Dedication 6
Dedication 6
Tracks: 15
Year: 2017
Collegrove
Collegrove
Tracks: 13
Year: 2016
Free Weezy Album
Free Weezy Album
Tracks: 15
Year: 2015
Tha Carter V (Single)
Tha Carter V (Single)
Tracks: 1
Year: 2014
I Am Not A Human Being II
I Am Not A Human Being II
Tracks: 17
Year: 2013
Dedication 5
Dedication 5
Tracks: 29
Year: 2013
Roman Reloaded (Single)
Roman Reloaded (Single)
Tracks: 1
Year: 2012
Enough Of No Love (Single)
Enough Of No Love (Single)
Tracks: 1
Year: 2012
Faded (Single)
Faded (Single)
Tracks: 1
Year: 2012
Dedication 4
Dedication 4
Tracks: 15
Year: 2012
My Homies Still (Single)
My Homies Still (Single)
Tracks: 1
Year: 2012
Sorry 4 The Wait
Sorry 4 The Wait
Tracks: 12
Year: 2011
Tha Carter IV
Tha Carter IV
Tracks: 15
Year: 2011
Hit the Lights (single)
Hit the Lights (single)
Tracks: 2
Year: 2011
Return To The Carter
Return To The Carter
Tracks: 20
Year: 2011
I'm On One (single)
I'm On One (single)
Tracks: 3
Year: 2011
Look At Me Now (single)
Look At Me Now (single)
Tracks: 1
Year: 2011
I Am Still Music (mixtape)
I Am Still Music (mixtape)
Tracks: 23
Year: 2011
Paranormal Activity
Paranormal Activity
Tracks: 21
Year: 2011
Tha Carter 3.8 (single)
Tha Carter 3.8 (single)
Tracks: 10
Year: 2011
Look At Me Now (single)
Look At Me Now (single)
Tracks: 3
Year: 2011
Look At Me Now (bootleg)
Look At Me Now (bootleg)
Tracks: 20
Year: 2011
Hit The Lights (single)
Hit The Lights (single)
Tracks: 1
Year: 2011
Mirror (Digital Single)
Mirror (Digital Single)
Tracks: 1
Year: 2011
Drop The World (single)
Drop The World (single)
Tracks: 3
Year: 2010
Return Of The Leak
Return Of The Leak
Tracks: 21
Year: 2010
I'm Not A Human Being
I'm Not A Human Being
Tracks: 10
Year: 2010
No War
No War
Tracks: 1
Year: 2010
Winter Carter (Bootleg)
Winter Carter (Bootleg)
Tracks: 16
Year: 2010
I'm A Single (single)
I'm A Single (single)
Tracks: 2
Year: 2010
I Am Not a Human Being
I Am Not a Human Being
Tracks: 13
Year: 2010
No Love (single)
No Love (single)
Tracks: 3
Year: 2010
Rebirth (Bonus CD)
Rebirth (Bonus CD)
Tracks: 7
Year: 2010
Rare And Unreleased (bootleg)
Rare And Unreleased (bootleg)
Tracks: 18
Year: 2010
Rebirth
Rebirth
Tracks: 14
Year: 2010
Rebirth
Rebirth
Tracks: 12
Year: 2010
6 Foot 7 Foot (single)
6 Foot 7 Foot (single)
Tracks: 1
Year: 2010
Right Above It (single)
Right Above It (single)
Tracks: 2
Year: 2010
We Are Young Money
We Are Young Money
Tracks: 15
Year: 2009
No Ceilings
No Ceilings
Tracks: 21
Year: 2009
All My Life (single)
All My Life (single)
Tracks: 3
Year: 2009
Forever (single)
Forever (single)
Tracks: 5
Year: 2009
My Own Worse Enemy (bootleg)
My Own Worse Enemy (bootleg)
Tracks: 21
Year: 2009
Bend It Ova
Bend It Ova
Tracks: 3
Year: 2009
Different Girls (single)
Different Girls (single)
Tracks: 4
Year: 2009
Gameface II (bootleg)
Gameface II (bootleg)
Tracks: 19
Year: 2009
Always Strapped (single)
Always Strapped (single)
Tracks: 3
Year: 2009
Young Money Year 2K9
Young Money Year 2K9
Tracks: 18
Year: 2009
I Can Transform Ya (single)
I Can Transform Ya (single)
Tracks: 2
Year: 2009
Drop the World (single)
Drop the World (single)
Tracks: 3
Year: 2009
Maybach Music 2 (Single)
Maybach Music 2 (Single)
Tracks: 2
Year: 2009
No Ceilings
No Ceilings
Tracks: 21
Year: 2009
Waynes World 5 (bootleg)
Waynes World 5 (bootleg)
Tracks: 32
Year: 2009
Young Money Year 2K9 Vol 1
Young Money Year 2K9 Vol 1
Tracks: 18
Year: 2009
Successful (single)
Successful (single)
Tracks: 2
Year: 2009
On Fire (single)
On Fire (single)
Tracks: 2
Year: 2009
Black Card Boy (bootleg)
Black Card Boy (bootleg)
Tracks: 22
Year: 2009
Street Money V
Street Money V
Tracks: 28
Year: 2009
No Ceilings
No Ceilings
Tracks: 17
Year: 2009
Tha Carter 3 Original Version
Tha Carter 3 Original Version
Tracks: 19
Year: 2009
Weezy Evolution 2 (bootleg)
Weezy Evolution 2 (bootleg)
Tracks: 25
Year: 2009
The Mixtape Weezy (bootleg)
The Mixtape Weezy (bootleg)
Tracks: 21
Year: 2009
Moonlight (maxi)
Moonlight (maxi)
Tracks: 2
Year: 2009
Down (single)
Down (single)
Tracks: 6
Year: 2009
Revolver (single)
Revolver (single)
Tracks: 3
Year: 2009
Down
Down
Tracks: 6
Year: 2009
Money to Blow (single)
Money to Blow (single)
Tracks: 4
Year: 2009
Unstoppable (single)
Unstoppable (single)
Tracks: 4
Year: 2009
Hot Revolver (single)
Hot Revolver (single)
Tracks: 2
Year: 2009
Urban Dictionary (bootleg)
Urban Dictionary (bootleg)
Tracks: 15
Year: 2009
Let It Rock (single)
Let It Rock (single)
Tracks: 3
Year: 2008
No Days Off
No Days Off
Tracks: 24
Year: 2008
Haterz (single)
Haterz (single)
Tracks: 3
Year: 2008
Comfortable (single)
Comfortable (single)
Tracks: 4
Year: 2008
Let It Rock (single)
Let It Rock (single)
Tracks: 4
Year: 2008
The Le4k (Bootleg)
The Le4k (Bootleg)
Tracks: 22
Year: 2008
Tha Carter III (Bonus CD)
Tha Carter III (Bonus CD)
Tracks: 7
Year: 2008
My Life (single)
My Life (single)
Tracks: 3
Year: 2008
Starring In Mardi Gras
Starring In Mardi Gras
Tracks: 24
Year: 2008
Shawty Say (single)
Shawty Say (single)
Tracks: 3
Year: 2008
Lil' Wayne & Friends 2
Lil' Wayne & Friends 2
Tracks: 23
Year: 2008
Just Know Dat (single)
Just Know Dat (single)
Tracks: 2
Year: 2008
Tha Carter III
Tha Carter III
Tracks: 23
Year: 2008
Tha Carter III
Tha Carter III
Tracks: 16
Year: 2008
Mr.Carter (single)
Mr.Carter (single)
Tracks: 2
Year: 2008
Waynes World Pt. 3
Waynes World Pt. 3
Tracks: 34
Year: 2008
The Paranormal Part 2
The Paranormal Part 2
Tracks: 20
Year: 2008
Forever (single)
Forever (single)
Tracks: 3
Year: 2008
The Leak V
The Leak V
Tracks: 19
Year: 2008
Push (single)
Push (single)
Tracks: 2
Year: 2008
Got Money (single)
Got Money (single)
Tracks: 3
Year: 2008
Game Face
Game Face
Tracks: 25
Year: 2008
Tha Carter III
Tha Carter III
Tracks: 23
Year: 2008
Tha Carter III
Tha Carter III
Tracks: 15
Year: 2008
I Run This (single)
I Run This (single)
Tracks: 3
Year: 2008
Louisianimal (bootleg)
Louisianimal (bootleg)
Tracks: 22
Year: 2008
Mrs. Officer (single)
Mrs. Officer (single)
Tracks: 4
Year: 2008
Lyrical Homicide 3
Lyrical Homicide 3
Tracks: 20
Year: 2008
Tha Carter III (Re-Release)
Tha Carter III (Re-Release)
Tracks: 16
Year: 2008
Official Girl (single)
Official Girl (single)
Tracks: 3
Year: 2008
Swagga Like Us (single)
Swagga Like Us (single)
Tracks: 3
Year: 2008
Turnin Me On (single)
Turnin Me On (single)
Tracks: 3
Year: 2008
Can't Believe It (single)
Can't Believe It (single)
Tracks: 4
Year: 2008
Never A Drought Volume 1
Never A Drought Volume 1
Tracks: 21
Year: 2008
Street Money 2 (bootleg)
Street Money 2 (bootleg)
Tracks: 23
Year: 2008
Lollipop (single)
Lollipop (single)
Tracks: 3
Year: 2008
Young Moula Baby
Young Moula Baby
Tracks: 20
Year: 2008
Louisianimal Pt. 3 (Bootleg)
Louisianimal Pt. 3 (Bootleg)
Tracks: 24
Year: 2008
I'm So Paid (single)
I'm So Paid (single)
Tracks: 5
Year: 2008
My House (single)
My House (single)
Tracks: 4
Year: 2007
Pop Bottles (single)
Pop Bottles (single)
Tracks: 3
Year: 2007
Lyrical Homicide 2
Lyrical Homicide 2
Tracks: 28
Year: 2007
100 Million (single)
100 Million (single)
Tracks: 4
Year: 2007
Da Drought 3
Da Drought 3
Tracks: 29
Year: 2007
King (bootleg)
King (bootleg)
Tracks: 29
Year: 2007
Pop Bottles (single)
Pop Bottles (single)
Tracks: 3
Year: 2007
K Ville (bootleg)
K Ville (bootleg)
Tracks: 21
Year: 2007
Speaker (single)
Speaker (single)
Tracks: 3
Year: 2007
The Crackhouse (single)
The Crackhouse (single)
Tracks: 3
Year: 2007
The Leak
The Leak
Tracks: 23
Year: 2007
Wayne's World 2
Wayne's World 2
Tracks: 60
Year: 2007
Gossip (single)
Gossip (single)
Tracks: 3
Year: 2007
The Drought Is Over
The Drought Is Over
Tracks: 21
Year: 2007
Lyrical Homicide
Lyrical Homicide
Tracks: 28
Year: 2007
The Leak 2
The Leak 2
Tracks: 20
Year: 2007
Duffle Bag Boy (single)
Duffle Bag Boy (single)
Tracks: 3
Year: 2007
Screwed Up (single)
Screwed Up (single)
Tracks: 2
Year: 2007
We Takin' Over (single)
We Takin' Over (single)
Tracks: 3
Year: 2007
Da Drought 3
Da Drought 3
Tracks: 2
Year: 2007
The Drought Is Over 4
The Drought Is Over 4
Tracks: 19
Year: 2007
Dedication 2
Dedication 2
Tracks: 22
Year: 2007
The W.Carter Collection
The W.Carter Collection
Tracks: 27
Year: 2006
Dedication 2
Dedication 2
Tracks: 25
Year: 2006
Gimme That Remix (single)
Gimme That Remix (single)
Tracks: 2
Year: 2006
Gimme That (single)
Gimme That (single)
Tracks: 2
Year: 2006
Dedication 2
Dedication 2
Tracks: 25
Year: 2006
Gimme That Remix
Gimme That Remix
Tracks: 2
Year: 2006
The W. Carter Collection
The W. Carter Collection
Tracks: 27
Year: 2006
Where Da Cash At (single)
Where Da Cash At (single)
Tracks: 4
Year: 2006
Blow
Blow
Tracks: 26
Year: 2006
Like Father, Like Son
Like Father, Like Son
Tracks: 25
Year: 2006
You (single)
You (single)
Tracks: 2
Year: 2006
Like Father, Like Son
Like Father, Like Son
Tracks: 25
Year: 2006
Like Father, Like Son
Like Father, Like Son
Tracks: 20
Year: 2006
Fireman (single)
Fireman (single)
Tracks: 2
Year: 2005
Tha Carter II
Tha Carter II
Tracks: 22
Year: 2005
Don't Trip (single)
Don't Trip (single)
Tracks: 2
Year: 2005
Dedication
Dedication
Tracks: 29
Year: 2005
Hustler Musik (single)
Hustler Musik (single)
Tracks: 2
Year: 2005
Tha Carter II
Tha Carter II
Tracks: 22
Year: 2005
Dedication
Dedication
Tracks: 29
Year: 2005
Tha Carter
Tha Carter
Tracks: 21
Year: 2004
The Prefix (Advance)
The Prefix (Advance)
Tracks: 13
Year: 2004
Tha Carter
Tha Carter
Tracks: 21
Year: 2004
GO D.J. (single)
GO D.J. (single)
Tracks: 2
Year: 2004
Soldier (single)
Soldier (single)
Tracks: 5
Year: 2004
SQ1
SQ1
Tracks: 17
Year: 2003
SQ3
SQ3
Tracks: 15
Year: 2003
SQ6 (The Remix)
SQ6 (The Remix)
Tracks: 11
Year: 2003
SQ7
SQ7
Tracks: 22
Year: 2003
SQ2
SQ2
Tracks: 10
Year: 2003
SQ4
SQ4
Tracks: 16
Year: 2003
SQ6
SQ6
Tracks: 19
Year: 2003
Da Drought
Da Drought
Tracks: 11
Year: 2003
SQ1 (Collector's Edition)
SQ1 (Collector's Edition)
Tracks: 18
Year: 2002
500 Degreez
500 Degreez
Tracks: 21
Year: 2002
500 Degreez
500 Degreez
Tracks: 21
Year: 2002
500 Degreez
500 Degreez
Tracks: 6
Year: 2002
Lights Out
Lights Out
Tracks: 19
Year: 2000
Lights Out
Lights Out
Tracks: 19
Year: 2000
Tha Block Is Hot
Tha Block Is Hot
Tracks: 17
Year: 1999
Tha Block Is Hot
Tha Block Is Hot
Tracks: 17
Year: 1999
Tha Block Is Hot (single)
Tha Block Is Hot (single)
Tracks: 3
Year: 1999
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