American rapper from Louisiana
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Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. ( bear September 27, 1982 ), [ 2 ] known professionally as Lil Wayne, is an american knocker and record executive. He is regarded by many contemporaries as one of the most influential hip hop artists of his genesis, [ 3 ] and much cited as one of the greatest rappers of all meter. [ 4 ] [ 5 ] His career began in 1995, at the age of 12, when he was signed by rapper Birdman, joining Cash Money Records as the youngest penis of the label. [ 6 ] From then on, Wayne was the flagship artist of Cash Money Records before ending his association with the company in June 2018. [ 7 ]

In 1995, Wayne was put in a couple with label-mate B.G. ( at the meter known as Lil Doogie ) and they recorded an album, True Story, released that year, although Wayne ( at the time known as Baby D ) only appeared on three tracks. [ 8 ] Wayne and B.G. soon joined the southerly pelvis hop group Hot Boys, with Cash Money label-mates Juvenile and Turk in 1997 ; they released their debut album Get It How U Live! in October that year. The Hot Boys became democratic following the release of the album Guerrilla Warfare ( 1999 ) and the birdcall “ Bling Bling “. Lil Wayne ‘s solo debut album Tha Block Is Hot ( 1999 ) was his solo breakthrough, and he reached higher popularity with his fourth album Tha Carter ( 2004 ) and fifth album Tha Carter II ( 2005 ), a well as several mixtapes and collaborations throughout 2006 and 2007. He gained more prominence within the music industry with his sixth album Tha Carter III ( 2008 ), with first-week sales of over one million copies in the US. The album won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album and included successful singles “ A Milli “, “ Got Money “ ( featuring T-Pain ), and “ Lollipop “ ( featuring Static Major ) —the latter being his first single to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100. In February 2010, Wayne released his seventh studio album, Rebirth, which experimented with rap rock and was met with by and large negative reviews. A month later in March 2010, Lil Wayne began serving an 8-month jail sentence in New York after being convicted of condemnable self-control of a weapon stemming from an incidental in July 2007. His eighth studio album I Am Not a Human Being ( 2010 ) was released during his captivity, while his 2011 album Tha Carter IV was released following his release. Tha Carter IV sold 964,000 copies in its foremost week in the United States. [ 9 ] His one-twelfth studio apartment album Tha Carter V was released in 2018 after multiple delays. Wayne ‘s thirteenth album, Funeral, was released in early 2020. [ 10 ] Lil Wayne has sold over 120 million records worldwide, including more than 20 million albums and 70 million digital tracks in the United States, making him one of the world ‘s best-selling music artists. [ 11 ] [ 12 ] [ 13 ] He has won five Grammy Awards, 11 BET Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, two MTV Video Music Awards and eight NAACP Image Awards. On September 27, 2012, he became the first male artist to surpass Elvis Presley with the most entries on the Billboard Hot 100, with 109 songs. [ 14 ] [ 15 ] Lil Wayne besides presently serves as the foreman executive policeman ( CEO ) of his own label, Young Money Entertainment .

early liveliness

Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. was born on September 27, 1982, and spent his first few years in the deprive Hollygrove neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana. [ 16 ] His beget, a cook, gave birth to him when she was 19 years old. His parents divorced when he was two and his father permanently abandoned the syndicate. When CBS interviewer Katie Couric asked why he used the name Wayne alternatively of his given list, Carter explained that “ I dropped the D because I ‘m a junior and my beget is living and he ‘s not in my life sentence and he ‘s never been in my biography. So I do n’t want to be Dwayne, I ‘d quite be Wayne ”. Asked if his forefather know of this, Carter replied, “ He knows nowadays ”. [ 17 ] Carter has said that he considers his die stepfather Reginald “ Rabbit ” McDonald to be his real forefather. Carter has a tattoo dedicated to McDonald. [ 18 ] Carter was enrolled in the give program at Lafayette Elementary School. He by and by attended Eleanor McMain Secondary School for two years, where he was an honor student and a member of the drama club, playing the Tin man in the school ‘s product of The Wiz. [ 19 ] [ 20 ] [ 21 ] After matriculating to Marion Abramson Senior High School, Carter dropped out at age 14 to focus on his musical career. [ 22 ] Carter wrote his first rap song at age eight. [ 23 ] In the summer of 1991, he met knocker and Cash Money Records co-founder Bryan “ Baby ” Williams ( known presently as Birdman ), who mentored him and encouraged his sexual love of hip-hop ; Birdman included Carter on several Cash Money tracks, and Carter would frequently record freestyle raps on Williams ‘ answer machine. [ 24 ] In 1994, at historic period 12, Carter suffered a near-fatal self-inflicted gunfire wind to the chest of drawers. [ 25 ] At the clock he said the injury was accidental. Decades late Carter claimed that it was an undertake suicide after he was told by his mother that he would have to end his rap-related associations. [ 26 ] Carter credits off-duty police officer Robert Hoobler, who he calls “ Uncle Bob ”, with saving his life by insisting the dying child be driven immediately to hospital in a police car quite than waiting for an ambulance to become available. [ 27 ] other accounts indicate that respective officers played a function in deciding on and implementing that course of carry through. [ 25 ]


1997–1999 : career beginnings and Hot Boys

In 1997, Carter joined the Hot Boys along with rappers Juvenile, B.G., and Turk. At historic period 14, Carter was the youngest member at the time. Hot Boys ‘ debut album Get It How U Live! was released the same year, followed in 1999 by the group ‘s major-label introduction Guerrilla Warfare, [ 16 ] which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top R & B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and No. 5 on the Billboard 200. [ 28 ] During their career, the Hot Boys had two chart singles, “ We on Fire “ from Get It How U Live! and “ I Need a Hot Girl “ from Guerrilla Warfare. [ 29 ] Carter was besides featured on Juvenile ‘s single “ Back That Azz Up “, which reached No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 5 on the Hot R & B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks. [ 30 ] Let ‘Em Burn, a compilation album of unreleased tracks recorded during 1999 and 2000, came out in 2003, several years after the group disbanded. [ 31 ] It reached No. 3 on the Top R & B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and No. 14 on the Billboard 200. [ 28 ]

1999–2004 : Tha Block Is Hot, Lights Out, and 500 Degreez

Carter ‘s debut solo album, Tha Block Is Hot, was released when he was 17 and featured significant contributions from the Hot Boys. It debuted at number 3 on the Billboard 200 and was late certified platinum by the RIAA. [ 16 ] The album earned Carter a 1999 Source magazine nomination for “ Best New Artist ”, [ 32 ] and besides became a Top Ten hit. [ 16 ] The lead one was “ Tha Block Is Hot “. After the handout of Tha Block Is Hot, Carter was featured on the single “ Bling Bling “, with B.G., Juvenile, and Big Tymers. Carter ‘s verse appeared lone on the radio version of the song, while on the album translation he performed on the chorus. His second album, Lights Out, was released in 2000, and failed to attain the level of success achieved by his debut [ 16 ] but was certified gold by RIAA. [ 33 ] Critics noted the miss of coherent narratives in his verses as evidence that he had yet to mature to the level of his chap Hot Boys. [ 34 ] The lead single was “ Get Off the Corner ”, which was noticed for an improvement in its lyric content and style. The second single, which received less attention, was “ Shine ” featuring the Hot Boys. Near the release of Lights Out, Carter was featured on the single, “ Number One Stunna “ with large Tymers and Juvenile, which peaked at number 24 on the Hot Rap Tracks chart. Carter ‘s third gear album, 500 Degreez, was released in 2002. It followed the format of his former two, with significant contributions from the Hot Boys and Mannie Fresh. While being certified aureate like its harbinger, [ 33 ] it besides failed to match the success of his debut. [ 16 ] The entitle was a citation to the recently estranged Hot Boys extremity Juvenile ‘s record, 400 Degreez. [ 35 ] The moderate one was “ Way of Life ” which failed to match the achiever of his previous singles. After the let go of of 500 Degreez, Carter was featured on the single “ Neva Get Enuf “ by 3LW. [ 36 ]

2004–2006 : Tha Carter, Tha Carter II, and Like Father, Like Son

In the summer of 2004, Carter ‘s fourth studio album, Tha Carter, was released, marking what critics considered advancement in his rap style and lyric themes. [ 37 ] In addition, the album ‘s cover art featured the debut of Wayne ‘s now-signature dreadlocks. [ 16 ] Tha Carter gained Wayne significant recognition, selling 878,000 copies in the United States, while the single “ Go DJ “ became a top 5 Hit on the R & B/Hip-Hop chart. [ 38 ] After the passing of Tha Carter, Lil Wayne was featured in Destiny ‘s Child ‘s individual “ Soldier “ with T.I., which peaked at count 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Hot R & B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. [ 39 ] Tha Carter II, 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 left the label. Tha Carter II sold more than 238,000 copies in its first workweek of release, debuting at numeral 2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, and went on to sell 2,000,000 copies cosmopolitan. The jumper cable unmarried “ Fireman “ became a hit in the US, peaking at 32 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. other singles included “ Grown man ” with Currensy, “ Hustler Musik “, and “ Shooter “ with R & B singer Robin Thicke. Carter besides appeared on a remix of Bobby Valentino ‘s “ Tell Me “, which rose to number 13 on the U.S. R & B Charts. In 2005, Carter was named president of the united states of Cash Money, and in the same year he founded Young Money Entertainment as an depression of Cash Money. [ 40 ] however, as of deep 2007, Carter reported having stepped down from the management of both labels and had handed management of Young Money over to Cortez Bryant. [ 41 ] In 2006, Carter collaborated with Birdman for the album Like Father, Like Son, whose first single “ Stuntin ‘ Like My Daddy “, reached phone number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 .

2006–2007 : Mixtapes and collaborations

Lil Wayne performing at Voodoo Music Experience in 2008 alternatively of a follow-up solo album, Carter began to reach his audience through a overplus of mixtapes and guest appearances on a variety of pop and hip hop singles. [ 16 ] Of his many mixtapes, Dedication 2 and Da Drought 3 received the most media exposure and critical reappraisal. Dedication 2, released in 2006, paired Carter with DJ Drama and contained the acclaimed socially conscious racetrack “ Georgia Bush ”, in which Carter critiqued early US president George W. Bush ‘s reaction to the effects of Hurricane Katrina on the city of New Orleans. Da Drought 3 was released the follow class and was available for absolve legal download. It contained Carter rapping over a variety show of beats from holocene hits by other musicians. A act of big hip hop magazines such as XXL [ 42 ] and Vibe [ 22 ] covered the mixtape. christian Hoard of Rolling Stone magazine considered the mixtapes Da Drought 3 and The Drought Is Over 2 (The Carter 3 Sessions) “ among the best albums of 2007 ”. [ 43 ] Despite no album release for two years, Carter appeared in numerous singles as a sport performer, including “ Gim me That “ by Chris Brown, “ Make It Rain “ by Fat Joe, “ You “ by Lloyd, and “ We Takin ‘ Over “ by DJ Khaled ( besides featuring Akon, T.I., Rick Ross, Fat Joe, and Birdman ), “ Duffle Bag Boy “ by Playaz Circle, “ Sweetest Girl ( Dollar Bill ) “ by Wyclef Jean ( besides featuring Akon ), and the remix to “ I ‘m so Hood “ by DJ Khaled ( besides 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. On Birdman ‘s 2007 album, 5 * Stunna, Carter appeared on the singles “ 100 Million “ and “ I Run This “ among respective other tracks. Carter besides appeared on tracks from albums Getback by Little Brother, American Gangster by Jay-Z, and Graduation by Kanye West and Insomniac by Enrique Iglesias. “ Make it Rain ”, a Scott Storch output that peaked at number 13 on the Hot 100 and issue two on the Hot Rap Tracks chart, [ 44 ] was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for 2008. [ 45 ] 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 ” as his best of 2007, with “ Dough Is What I Got ” ( a freestyle over the beat of Jay-Z ‘s “ Show Me What You Got “ ) from Da Drought 3. [ 22 ] At the end of 2007, an MTV poll selected Lil Wayne as “ Hottest MC in the Game “, [ 46 ] The New Yorker magazine ranked him “ Rapper of the year ”, [ 24 ] and GQ magazine named him “ Workaholic of the year ”. [ 47 ] In 2008 he was named “ Best megahertz ” by Rolling Stone. [ 43 ] Another article, built around Lil Wayne ‘s 2007 mixtape work, cites his creative commit as an exercise of post-performance creative rehearse. [ 48 ]

2007–2010 : Tha Carter III, We Are Young Money, and Rebirth

Lil Wayne performing in concert at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada, January 2009 In 2007, Carter stated that he would reunite with Hot Boys, with plans to release an album after B.G. ‘s solo album Too Hood to Be Hollywood was completed. [ 49 ] Tha Carter III was originally scheduled to be released in 2007, but it was delayed after several recordings were leaked and distributed through mixtapes, including The Drought Is Over Pt. 2 and The Drought Is Over Pt. 4. Lil Wayne initially planned to release The Leak, a separate album with leak songs and four extra tracks, on December 18, 2007, with Tha Carter III delayed to March 18, 2008. [ 50 ] rather, The Leak became an EP with five songs and was released digitally on December 25, 2007. [ 51 ] Tha Carter III was released on June 10, 2008, with first-week sales of over 1 million copies, the first to do then since 50 Cent ‘s The Massacre ( 2005 ). [ 52 ] The album ‘s first gear single “ Lollipop “, featuring electrostatic Major, became the Carter ‘s most successful song at the time, topping the Billboard Hot 100 and becoming his first top 10 single as a solo artist and his first number one on the chart. The third base single “ Got Money “, featuring T-Pain, peaked at phone number 13 on the Billboard 100. Tha Carter III went on to win four Grammy Awards, including best rap album and best rap birdcall, which he won for “ Lollipop ”. [ 53 ] On July 14, 2008, the Recording Industry Association of America certified Tha Carter III two times platinum. [ 54 ] In October 2008, Lil Wayne announced plans to MTV News to re-release the album with fresh tracks, including a duet with Ludacris and remixes of “ A Milli ”. [ 55 ] Carter besides appeared on R & B singles “ Girls Around the World “ by Lloyd, “ Love In This Club, Part II “ by Usher, “ Official Girl “ by Cassie, “ I ‘m sol Paid “ by Akon, “ Turnin ‘ Me On “ by Keri Hilson, and “ Ca n’t Believe It “ by T-Pain ; knock singles “ My Life “ by The Game, “ Shawty Say ” by David Banner, “ Swagga Like Us “ by T.I., “ Cutty Buddy ” by Mike Jones, All My Life ( In the Ghetto ) by Jay Rock and the remix to “ Certified ” by Glasses Malone ; and pop single “ Let It Rock “ by newly Cash Money artist Kevin Rudolf. In 2008, Carter performed at the Voodoo Experience in October in New Orleans, which was described by Jonathan Cohen of Billboard as his biggest hometown headlining set of his career. [ 56 ] He besides performed at the Virgin Mobile Music Fest with Kanye West, where they performed the remix of “ Lollipop ” and lip-synch to Whitney Houston ‘s “ I Will Always Love You “. [ 57 ] Lil Wayne besides performed at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards with Kid Rock ( “ All Summer Long “ ), Leona Lewis ( “ DontGetIt ( Misunderstood ) ” ) and T-Pain ( “ Got Money “ ) and performed “ Lollipop ” and “ Got Money ” on the season premier of Saturday Night Live. [ 58 ] He former performed at the homecoming muster at Vanderbilt University [ 59 ] and the 2008 BET Hip Hop Awards, where he received 12 nominations. [ 60 ] He won eight awards at the BET Hip Hop Awards, one of which included the “ MVP ” title. [ 61 ] After M.I.A. dropped out of performing on the I Am music Tour due to her pregnancy, Jay-Z performed “ Mr. Carter ” with Lil Wayne at choice shows. [ 62 ] Following Tha Carter III ‘s accomplishment of selling over 3 million copies, becoming 2008 ‘s best-selling record, Carter re-signed with Cash Money Records for a multi-album deal. [ 63 ] On November 11, 2008, Carter became the beginning hip hop act to perform at the Country Music Association Awards, playing “ All Summer Long “ aboard Kid Rock, in which Carter inaudibly strummed guitar strings alongside the guitarist in Kid Rock ‘s band. [ 64 ] shortly after, Wayne was nominated for eight Grammys – the most for any artist nominated that year. [ 65 ] He was then named the first MTV man of the year at the end of 2008. [ 66 ] He won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance for “ A Milli “, Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for his appearance in T.I. ‘s single “ Swagga Like Us “, and Best Rap Song for “ Lollipop ”. Tha Carter III won the prize for Best Rap Album. [ 53 ] MTV News listed Carter number two on their 2009 list of the Hottest MCs In The Game. [ 67 ] On January 6, 2009, Carter was a guest debater against Skip Bayless on the “ 1st & 10 ” segment of ESPN First Take. [ 68 ] On February 10, 2009, he appeared on ESPN ‘s Around the Horn and beat out veterans Woody Paige, Jay Mariotti and mate New Orleanian Michael Smith to win that read ‘s sequence. [ 69 ] Prior to the 2009 Grammy Awards, Wayne was featured in an interview with Katie Couric. [ 70 ] On February 7, 2009, he presented the Top Ten List on CBS ‘s Late Show with David Letterman. [ 71 ] On April 24, 2009, he appeared on The View, discussing his GED and addictions. [ 72 ] In September 2009, Carter was profiled in an episode of VH1 ‘s Behind the Music [ 73 ] and was a presenter of the 2009 MTV Movie Awards. [ 74 ] In film, Carter produced and composed music for and starred in the direct-to-video film Hurricane Season. A documentary of Carter, titled The Carter, was released at the Sundance Film Festival. [ 75 ] On December 23, 2009, Carter released a collaboration album with Young Money, We Are Young Money, with its contribute single being “ Every Girl “. [ 76 ] The moment single was “ BedRock “, featuring Lloyd, with the third gear being “ Roger That “. On May 24, 2010, the album was certified aureate by the RIAA with over 500,000 copies sold. [ 77 ] Carter is featured on the birdcall, “ Revolver “, with Madonna for her greatest hits album, Celebration ( 2009 ). He was besides featured on a Weezer sung, “ Ca n’t Stop Partying ”, on Raditude ( 2009 ). [ 78 ] In deep 2008, Carter announced plans to reissue Tha Carter III with leftover recordings, and was to be titled Rebirth, in the first place scheduled to be released on April 7, 2009 before being delayed several times. [ 79 ] Rebirth rather became his one-sixth solo album, released on February 2, 2010. To support its release and that of We Are Young Money, Carter was featured on the overlay of Rolling Stone [ 80 ] and headlined the ‘Young Money Presents : America ‘s Most want Music Festival ‘, a United States and Canada–only concert tour which began on July 29, 2009. “ Prom Queen “, the inaugural official single, debuted on January 27, 2009 immediately after a bouncy Internet circulate on Ustream [ 81 ] of his concert in San Diego. [ 82 ] It peaked at count 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. On December 3, 2009, the second single, “ On Fire “, produced by Cool & Dre [ 83 ] “ On Fire ” peaked at number 33 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. “ Drop the World “, which features Eminem, was the third base individual from the Rebirth. [ 83 ]

2010–2013 : I Am Not a Human Being series and Tha Carter IV

In an interview on MTV ‘s Mixtape Monday, Carter asserted the possibility of Tha Carter IV. [ 84 ] He by and by announced that it would be released in late 2009 before the vacation season. [ 85 ] Birdman had previously stated that Tha Carter IV would be packaged with Rebirth as a double over phonograph record album. [ 86 ] however, Carter denied this mind saying that “ Tha Carter IV deserves Tha Carter IV “, adding that We Are Young Money may be packaged with Rebirth. [ 87 ] [ 88 ] however, both albums were released individually. originally thought to be an EP, Carter released his tenth album, I Am Not a Human Being, on his 28th birthday, September 27, 2010. The album has sold over 953,000 copies in the U.S. [ 89 ] and spawned successful individual “ mighty Above It “, which peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100. Tha Carter IV was later delayed into 2011, after Lil Wayne began recording from scribble after his publish from prison. [ 90 ] He described his first song since his publish as “ a 2010 version of A Milli on steroids ”. The album ‘s lead one, “ 6 Foot 7 Foot “ featuring Cory Gunz, was released on December 15, 2010, and made available for digital download on iTunes on December 16, 2010. The song is produced by Bangladesh, who besides produced “ A Milli ”. [ 91 ] On March 8, 2011, Carter released another song, “ We Back soon ”, produced by StreetRunner, though it was not included on the official track list of Tha Carter IV. [ 92 ] The second single, “ John “, was released on March 24, 2011, which features Rick Ross and is produced by Polow Da Don. [ citation needed ] The album ‘s artwork was unveiled on April 20, 2011. The album was originally scheduled to be released on May 16, 2011, [ 93 ] but Mack Maine had confirmed its check until June 21. On May 26, 2011, the one-third individual, “ How to Love “, was released. A sung called “ Dear Anne (Stan Part 2) “ was released in June. Carter said the song was a street arab track from Tha Carter III and was originally supposed to be on Tha Carter IV, but decided not to put it on there because of its age. Carter said that he liked the beat, but not the lyrics, and was thinking about revamping the song. [ citation needed ]
Lil Wayne in 2011 In July 2011, Carter confirmed in an consultation with MTV that Tha Carter IV was finished, and was released on August 29, 2011. For readiness for Tha Carter IV, Carter released a mixtape, Sorry 4 the Wait, with all the beats coming from early artist ‘s songs, similar to his mixtape No Ceilings. Tha Carter IV debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 964,000 copies, making it Carter ‘s one-third chart-topping album of his career. On January 8, 2012, according to Nielsen SoundScan was elected the seventh artist ( second male artist ) all-time best-selling tracks digital with 36,788,000 million to the end of 2011. In October 2011, it was reported that Carter was working on sequels to both I Am Not a Human Being and Rebirth. [ 94 ] In January 2012, Birdman announced that he and Carter had finished recording Like Father, Like Son 2. [ 95 ] On November 22, 2012, he announced that Tha Carter V would be his final album. [ 96 ] After numerous delays, I Am Not a Human Being II was released on March 26, 2013 debut at number two on the Billboard 200 selling 217,000 copies in its foremost week ; [ 97 ] “ My Homies however “, “ Love Me “, and “ No Worries “ were released as singles prior to its turn. The album was met with generally mix reviews, with most critics noticing the declining timbre of his releases. Carter toured North America with 2 Chainz and T.I. on the second gear America ‘s Most desire Festival. [ 98 ] On May 3, 2013, Pepsi dropped Carter, who was a spokesperson for Mountain Dew, due to nauseating lyrics about civil rights picture Emmett Till. [ 99 ] On September 1, 2013, Carter released the fifth installment of the “ Dedication ” mixtape series, with Dedication 5. The mixtape featured 29 tracks, with node appearances from The Weeknd, Chance The Rapper, Jae Millz, Birdman, T.I., Vado, Kidd Kidd, and 2 Chainz among other members of Young Money. [ 100 ]

2014–2019 : Free Weezy Album and Tha Carter V

Wayne performing in 2015 On February 10, 2014, Drake tweeted “ CARTER V ”. [ 101 ] [ 102 ] On October 18, 2013, Cash Money Records Vice President of Promotion Mel Smith, tweeted : “ glad Friday ! ! New YMCMB music coming soon ! ! Carter 5. ” [ 103 ] about four months late, in an consultation with The Griffin, released on February 14, 2014, Smith spoke on the approaching album : “ We ‘re very close to dropping the album. It ‘s going to be a huge storm to everyone, it ‘s an incredible album … I ca n’t release the date because he wants to surprise people, he wants his true fan base to get excite, but he ‘s worked extremely hard on it and you wo n’t be disappointed. ” [ 103 ] On February 15, 2014, during the NBA All-Star Weekend festivities at Sprite ‘s NBA All-Star concert at the House of Blues in New Orleans, Carter appeared as a special guest during Drake ‘s set and performed respective hits. Carter and Drake then announced that Tha Carter V would be released on May 5, 2014. [ 104 ] [ 105 ] however, on March 27, 2014, Carter ‘s director Cortez Bryant announced that the album had been delayed. [ 106 ] [ 107 ] Carter then serviced Tha Carter V ‘s first single “ Believe Me “, which features vocals from Drake, to mainstream urban radio in the United States on May 6, 2014. [ 108 ] Three more singles, “ Krazy “, “ Grindin ‘ ” ( featuring Drake ) and “ Start a fire ” ( featuring Christina Milian ), were besides released for the album. On December 4, 2014, barely five days before the album was ascribable to be released again, Carter issued a instruction saying the album would not be released on its expected release date, due to his displeasure with Cash Money Records label-boss Birdman, refusing to release the album although it had been completed. Carter besides expressed his feelings by stating he felt both he and his creativity were being held “ prisoner ”. [ 109 ] [ 110 ] On January 20, 2015, Carter self-released Sorry 4 the Wait 2, a sequel to his 2011 mixtape, to compensate for the stay delay of Tha Carter V. [ 111 ] [ 112 ] Upon Sorry for the Wait 2 ‘s release, it was said Wayne disses Birdman and Cash Money Records, several times throughout the mixtape. [ 113 ] [ 114 ] [ 115 ] Birdman was reported to be upset with this. [ 116 ] In late January 2015, Carter sued Birdman and Cash Money Records for $ 51 million. [ 117 ] [ 118 ] In February 2015, due to Tha Carter V ‘s delay, Carter announced that a loose album would be released anterior to the fifth installment in his popular series. [ 119 ] In June 2015, Carter joined Jay-Z ‘s TIDAL, as an artist owner, kicking off the partnership by entirely releasing a single on the serve titled “ Glory ”. [ 120 ] He ‘s besides announced plans on his own TIDAL X concert series. [ 121 ] On July 4, 2015, Carter released Free Weezy Album, entirely through TIDAL, under Young Money and Republic Records. [ 122 ] Carter and Birdman purportedly reconciled after being seen at Drake ‘s NYE Party, at Miami ‘s Club Liv, and in studio. [ 123 ] On January 27, 2016 when rapper 2 Chainz released his “ Felt Like Cappin ” EP, Carter is featured on the lead single titled “ Back On That Bullshit ”. [ citation needed ] On March 4, 2016, 2 Chainz released his third gear studio apartment album, ColleGrove. The album was initially a collaborative feat between 2 Chainz and Carter, but due to his record label issues, only 2 Chainz was credited as the primary coil artist. In 2017, Carter announced that he signed with Roc Nation. [ 124 ] Later, Carter revealed that there was no official paperwork that he signed to the label. On June 28, 2016, Carter was one of the main singers in the song “ Sucker for Pain “, along with Wiz Khalifa and Imagine Dragons, for the DC Comics film Suicide Squad. ten Ambassadors and Ty Dolla Sign were besides featured in the song. On August 8, 2017, he released the song “ Like a Man “ with healthy mastermind Onhel. [ 125 ] On June 7, 2018 it was announced that Carter had been released from Cash Money Records and will be releasing Tha Carter V via Universal Records. [ 126 ] [ 127 ] In September 2016, Carter ‘s birdcall “ No Mercy ” debuted as the theme song for Skip and Shannon: Undisputed sports lecture on FS1. Carter is a patronize guest on the platform. On Christmas 2017, Carter released the mixtape Dedication 6, the sixth episode of the “ Gangsta Grillz ” chronology. The second gear part was released on January 26, 2018. [ 128 ] [ 129 ] Tha Carter V was last released on September 27, 2018, debuting at count one on the US Billboard 200 with 480,000 album-equivalent units, including 140,000 pure album sales. It is the second-largest streaming workweek for an album behind Drake ‘s Scorpion with 433 million streams. It is besides Carter ‘s one-fourth US number-one album. [ 130 ] Every song on the album charted on the Billboard 100, while simultaneously charting 4 songs in the top 10, besides becoming the beginning artist to debut two songs in the top 5. [ 131 ] [ 132 ]

2020–present : Funeral, Young Money Radio, re-releases, I Am Not a Human Being III, Trust Fund Babies and Tha Carter VI

While Carter was working on Tha Carter V, it was announced that his next album would be titled Funeral. [ 133 ] On January 23, 2020, he revealed the album ‘s handout date and album artwork. [ 134 ] [ 135 ] Funeral was released on January 31, and debuted at number-one on the US Billboard 200, with 139,000 album-equivalent units, becoming his one-fifth US number-one album. [ 136 ] The album received by and large cocksure reviews from music critics. [ 137 ] On February 2, 2020, Lil Wayne competed in Season 3 of The Masked Singer after the Super Bowl LIV as “ Robot ”. He was the first to be eliminated. Carter featured on Lil Baby ‘s track “ Forever ”, a track from Baby ‘s second gear studio album, My Turn, which was released on February 28, 2020. [ 138 ] [ 139 ] Carter besides participates in the music video for the song, which was released on March 3, 2020. [ 140 ] This marked the second collaboration for the two artists in 2020, with the inaugural being on Carter ‘s unmarried “ I Do It ”. [ 138 ] On April 24, 2020, Lil Wayne along with Dash Radio, launched his own radio show, Young Money Radio, on Apple Music. Wayne described the usher as having “ heavyweights calling in discussing sports, music, drollery, everything ! “. [ 141 ] On July 3, Lil Wayne released his eleventh studio apartment album, Free Weezy Album ( 2015 ) on streaming services to commemorate its five-year anniversary. The album charted at count 77 on the Billboard 200 the postdate week. [ 142 ] On May 29, Wayne released the deluxe edition of Funeral featuring artists such as Doja Cat, Tory Lanez, Lil Uzi Vert, Benny The Butcher, Conway the Machine and Jessie Reyez. [ 143 ] On August 28, Wayne released another old plan, his 2009 mixtape No Ceilings, for commercial exhaust. He besides celebrated the release by collaborating with ASAP Ferg on the sung “ No Ceilings ”. [ 144 ] Wayne was featured on YoungBoy Never Broke Again ‘s album Top on the track “ My Window “, released on September 11. His verse received praise from critics. [ 145 ] [ 146 ] [ 147 ] [ 148 ] On September 25, he released the deluxe edition of his one-twelfth album Tha Carter V, to celebrate the album ‘s biennial anniversary ; it consists of songs that did not make the cut on the original album. [ 149 ] On November 27, 2020, Lil Wayne released the mixtape No Ceilings 3, while announcing the album I Am Not a Human Being III for 2021. [ 150 ] On October 1, 2021, Wayne and Rich the Kid released a collaborative mixtape titled Trust Fund Babies, along with a music television for the unmarried “ Feelin ‘ Like Tunechi ”. The mixtape took roughly a calendar month and a half to read. On their work relationship, Wayne said, “ For me, it ‘s the chemistry, it ‘s the chumminess because first of all, Rich like my little bro and me and Rich been rockin ‘ for a minute ”. [ 151 ] Wayne is presently working on Tha Carter VI. [ 144 ]

future projects

“ I Ca n’t Feel My Face ” redirects here. For the song by The Weeknd, see Ca n’t Feel My Face Carter has announced respective potential approaching projects, including a collaborative album entitled I Can’t Feel My Face with Harlem-based knocker Juelz Santana, that has been in output for respective years. [ 152 ] [ 153 ] In recently 2011, it was announced by Mack Maine that Carter and Juelz Santana had gone back to work on their collaborative album I Can’t Feel My Face, which had been delayed for a few years due to “ label politics ”. [ 154 ] On June 19, 2008, Carter and T-Pain formed a couple called T-Wayne [ 155 ] with plans to release an album, titled He Raps, He Sings ; [ 156 ] however, those plans have died down due to a lot of the substantial recorded for the album being leaked. [ 157 ] T-Pain ultimately released T-Wayne in 2017. According to an interview with Drake, in the December 2011 topic of XXL, plans for an approaching album with Carter had been scrapped for the clock time being because of the Jay-Z and Kanye West collaboration album Watch the Throne ( 2011 ). [ 158 ] [ 159 ] In April 2012, on the premier of MTV ‘s Hip Hop POV, Carter sat down with Amanda Seales and spoke concisely about an album he put together titled Devol ( loved, backwards ), an album full of “ love songs ” that he wrote during his imprisonment at Rikers Island. In May 2013 he confirmed the album will inactive be released. [ 160 ] [ 161 ] [ 162 ] Carter ‘s once ongoing litigation with Cash Money prevented numerous completed projects from being released. In January 2017, Young Money revealed the style of a planned Carter album called Velvet. [ 163 ] The album ended up leak on-line in November 2018. [ 164 ]

Retirement plans

On March 29, 2011, in an consultation with Hot 97 ‘s Angie Martinez, Carter announced that he would retire at old age 35 ; saying “ I have four kids ”, and that “ I would feel selfish distillery going to the studio when it ‘s such a vital point in their lives. ” [ 165 ] He said in November 2012 that Tha Carter V will be his death album as he wanted to go into early interests. [ 166 ] In March 2014, Carter reconfirmed at SXSW that Tha Carter V will be his last album during his keynote with interviewer Elliot Wilson. [ 167 ] In September 2016, in regards to his narrow dispute with Cash Money, he indicated a possible retirement on Twitter saying “ I AM NOW DEFENSELESS and mentally DEFEATED ” and then said, “ I leave graciously and grateful I luh my fanz but I ‘m done. ” many rappers responded with respect and boost. [ 168 ]

personal life

Relationships and children

Carter has four children. His first child, daughter Reginae, was born November 29, 1998 when he was 16, [ 169 ] to his high school smasher Toya Johnson. They later married on Valentine ‘s Day 2004 and divorced in 2006. [ 170 ] Internet rumors started circulating in August 2008 that Carter ‘s daughter had died in a car crash, which however he quickly cleared up as false saying “ Please allow me to dispel any rumors or speculations and report that my daughter is animated, healthy and surrounded by family who cares and loves her dearly. The rumors are wholly delusive and baseless ; neither Reginae nor any early member of my class has been involved in any car accident. ” [ 171 ] His second child, Dwayne III, was born on October 22, 2008, at The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati [ 172 ] to radio broadcaster Sarah Vivan. [ 173 ] [ 174 ] His third child, Cameron, [ 175 ] was born to actress Lauren London on September 9, 2009. [ 176 ] His one-fourth child, Neal, was born on November 30, 2009, to singer Nivea. [ 177 ] Trina besides became fraught with Carter ‘s child, but former suffered a miscarriage. [ 178 ] In July 2014, it was rumored that Carter was dating singer Christina Milian whom he attended the ESPY Awards with. [ 179 ] They late confirmed their relationship in mid-2015 [ 180 ] after which they received criticism from their coordinated exes, singer Nivea [ 181 ] and songwriter The-Dream. [ 182 ] They split at the end of 2015 [ 183 ] [ 184 ] after collaborating on diverse singles, videos, and concert dates.

Wayne was engaged to plus-size model La’Tecia Thomas, but called off the employment in May 2020. [ 185 ] In June 2020, it was announced that Wayne had started dating Denise Bidot, another plus-size exemplary. [ 186 ] In November 2020, they reportedly broke up over Wayne ‘s endorsement of Donald Trump. [ 187 ] soon after, it was reported that the couple had reconciled. [ 188 ] [ 189 ] [ 190 ] [ 191 ]

Beliefs and interests

In an consultation with Blender, Carter revealed one of his darling bands from childhood to be rock group Nirvana, and cites them as a major influence in his music. [ 192 ]
Wayne in 2006 Carter got his first gear tattoo at age 14 of his dad ‘s appoint and his second was “ Cash Money ” across his stomach. [ 178 ] His tattoo have grown to include a Jay-Z poetry on his stage, “ I Am music ” on his brow and teardrops on his buttock among many others. His most recent one is “ adust ” on his frontal bone stylized as the Baker Skateboards logo. [ 193 ] [ 194 ] [ 195 ] While playing in Newark Symphony Hall, Carter professed his belief “ in God and His son, Jesus “. [ 194 ] During his 2011 enlistment in Australia with Eminem, before beginning his bracket he proclaimed his impression in God. [ 196 ] One christian minister says Carter ‘s stated religiosity and the un-religious lyrical content of his music are incongruous. [ 197 ] After earning his GED, Carter enrolled at the University of Houston in January 2005. He dropped out in the like year ascribable to his conflicting schedule. [ 198 ] [ 199 ] He besides revealed on The View that he switched to the University of Phoenix and majored in psychology taking on-line courses. [ 72 ] An article in Urb magazine in March 2007 asserted that Carter had been earning high grades at Houston. [ 200 ] On September 24, 2008, Carter published his first web log for ESPN in their exit, ESPN The Magazine. Carter revealed he was a fan of tennis, the Green Bay Packers, the Boston Bruins, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Red Sox. To commemorate the Packers ‘ making it to Super Bowl XLV, he spoofed Wiz Khalifa ‘s hit song “ Black and Yellow “ ( which were the colors of the Packers ‘ opponents, the Pittsburgh Steelers ) in a song titled “ green and chicken ”. [ 201 ] Carter has continued writing for ESPN, notably reporting at the ESPN Super Bowl party. [ 202 ] Carter made his debut on ESPN ‘s daily sports round off mesa show Around The Horn on February 10, 2009. [ 203 ] Carter immediately presently sings the intro sung “ No Mercy ” for the Fox Sports 1 sports argue testify Undisputed. Carter received criticism after a video released by TMZ showed him apparently stepping on the U.S. sag. Carter late explained that “ It was never my purpose to desecrate the iris of the United States ”, and that he was shooting a video for a sung on his approaching album, “ God Bless Amerika ”. He says the determination of the flag was to show that “ behind the american english Flag was the Hoods of America ”. [ 204 ] In late 2016, Carter made statements critical of the Black Lives Matter movement, saying, “ I do n’t feel connected to a curse thing that ai n’t got nothin ‘ to do with me. If you do, you crazy as denounce, ” adding that his status as a affluent black world who has white fans is tell that black people are valued in the United States. [ 205 ] In 2016, Carter purchased Player ‘s Rep. Sports Agency, and became Young Money APAA sports, which hired NFL ‘s foremost female sports agent, Nicole Lynn. She presently represents Seth Roberts, Cory Nelson, Jordan Evans, Malik Jefferson, Eric Harris, Quennen Williams, arsenic well as NCAA coaches, and two erstwhile # 1 Pro Softball draft picks. [ 206 ] On October 29, 2020, less than a week before the presidential election, Carter posted an double of him and President Donald Trump to Twitter. In the caption for the photograph, Carter revealed that he and Trump had recently met to discuss criminal judge reform and Trump ‘s Platinum Plan, an first step which aims to raise access to capital in Black communities by about $ 500 billion. Carter claimed Trump “ listened to what we had to say today and assured he will and can get it done ”. [ 207 ]

Health issues

On October 25, 2012, Carter ‘s individual jet, bind for Los Angeles, made an emergency land in Texas ascribable to an in-flight checkup sequence. Lil Wayne was transferred to a local hospital upon arrival. [ 208 ] TMZ and early media sources said that Carter had suffered a seizure aboard the plane. [ 209 ] His publicist denied this, saying that he was in fact treated for “ a severe migraine and dehydration ”. [ 210 ] The following day, while flying from Texas to Los Angeles, Carter ‘s individual jet was reportedly again forced to make an emergency land, this time in Louisiana, after he suffered a second capture and required promote hospitalization insurance. [ 210 ] [ 211 ] His representative said that the reports of Carter ‘s condition had been exaggerated, and that he was resting at his Louisiana dwelling. [ 212 ] In a November 2012 consultation with MTV, Carter revealed that he was taking capture medication, on doctors ‘ orders, due to the aforesaid incidents. [ 213 ] On March 14, 2013, TMZ reported that Carter had been treated at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on the evening of March 12, after suffering seizures while on a music video set with Young Money rapper Nicki Minaj. He was reportedly released in the early hours of March 13. [ 214 ] On March 15, TMZ published a second base fib, claiming that hours after his let go of on March 13, Carter was found unconscious after experiencing further seizures, and was brought back to Cedars-Sinai, where he was admitted to the intensifier care unit in critical discipline. [ 215 ] [ 216 ] [ 217 ] The article alleged the latest seizures were found to be linked to high amounts of codeine in Carter ‘s system, possibly due to binging on purple drink after his initial hospital turn. [ 216 ] [ 218 ] [ 219 ] Multiple celebrities, including Drake and Birdman, were photographed on March 15 and 16 travel to carter at Cedars-Sinai. [ 218 ] several members of Young Money Entertainment, including president Mack Maine, criticized media reports on Carter ‘s hospitalization insurance, peculiarly those of TMZ, alleging that they exaggerated the austereness of his condition and falsely implied that he was on his deathbed ( such as by saying that he was in a medically induce coma ), [ 220 ] triggering what the Washington Post called “ the most overheat celebrity deathwatch beetle in holocene years ”. [ 221 ] In break interviews on March 18, Mack Maine and Birdman disputed TMZ ‘s reports, and stated that in fact there were not multiple seizures or multiple hospital visits. They explained that after Carter began seizing on the way to the music television shoot on March 12, an ambulance was called and he was transported to the hospital, where he was admitted and remained endlessly thereafter. [ 222 ] They besides refuted the claims that Carter ‘s seizures are drug-induced, saying that they are an ongoing trouble for which doctors have been unable to identify a cause. [ 223 ] carter was released from the hospital late on March 18, following a six-day last out. [ 224 ] Lil Wayne addressed his discipline via a vlog, on March 21 saying he was more than thoroughly. [ 225 ] Carter had two seizures in June 2016, during a cross-country flight from Wisconsin to California, and landed in Omaha, Nebraska. [ 226 ] His plane was lone two minutes in air when the second capture occurred and was forced to land in Omaha once again. Less than a month late, he had another seizure, purportedly ascribable to not taking his epilepsy medication. [ 227 ] Carter canceled a Las Vegas show on September 3, 2017, having had a seizure in a Chicago hospital earlier that day, where he was brought after being found unconscious in a hotel room. [ 228 ]


On February 19, 2008, Carter and Cortez Bryant revisited their alma mater McMain Secondary School to get students to design an invitation to the gala introducing Carter ‘s nonprofit One Family Foundation. [ 229 ]

other ventures

Young Money Entertainment


Carter wrote a memoir of his experience in Rikers Island called Gone Til’ November: A Journal of Rikers Island that was released October 11, 2016. [ 230 ]

Cannabis diligence

In December 2019, Carter announced his own cannabis sword under the mention of GKUA Ultra Premium. [ 231 ]

Legal issues

Arrests and captivity

On July 22, 2007, Carter was arrested in New York City following a performance at the Beacon Theatre ; the New York City Police Department discovered Carter and another man smoking cannabis near a enlistment bus. After taking Carter into detention, patrol discovered a .40 bore pistol near his person. The accelerator, which was registered to his coach, was in a bulge located near the knocker. [ 232 ] He was charged with criminal monomania of a weapon and marijuana. [ 233 ] [ 234 ] Following a operation at Qwest Arena in Boise, Idaho, Carter was arrested October 5, 2007 on felony fleeting charges after Georgia authorities accused the rapper of possessing a control substance. [ 235 ] The incident was belated described as a “ confusion ” and the fugitive charges were dropped. [ 236 ] On January 23, 2008, Carter was arrested aboard two others. His enlistment bus was stopped by Border Patrol agents near Yuma, Arizona. A K-9 Unit recovered 105 grams ( 3.7 oz ) of cannabis, about 29 grams ( 1.0 oz ) of cocaine, 41 grams ( 1.4 oz ) of ecstasy, and $ 22,000 in cash. Carter was charged with four felonies : possession of narcotic drug for sale, self-control of dangerous drugs, misconduct involving weapons and possession of drug gear. He was granted license to travel outside of the state and remain out of custody on the $ 10,185 bond he posted. [ 237 ] On May 6, 2008, Carter returned to motor hotel in Arizona to plead not guilty to the charges. [ 238 ] A bench guarantee was issued on March 17, 2010 when Carter did not show for a final trial management conference. [ 239 ] [ 240 ] however, he was already incarcerated, serving a annual sentence in Rikers Island on weapons charges. On June 22, 2010, Carter pleaded guilty to the charges. As function of the plea deal he was able to serve 36 months of probation, which he was sentenced to on June 30, 2010. [ 241 ] [ 242 ] On December 18, 2009, Carter and 11 others were detained at the Falfurrias, Texas border patrol checkpoint after an obscure come of marijuana was found on two of his go buses. [ 243 ] On October 22, 2009, Carter pleaded guilty to undertake criminal possession of a weapon. He was due for sentencing in February 2010 and was expected to receive a annual county imprison conviction, [ 244 ] but on February 9, 2010, Carter ‘s lawyer announced that the sentence was delayed until March 2 due to dental operating room, [ 245 ] which was performed on February 16. The operation included eight root canals, the successor of respective tooth implants, deoxyadenosine monophosphate well as the addition of a few new implants and work on his remaining original teeth. [ 246 ] On March 2, 2010, sentencing was postponed again when the courthouse reported a fire in the basement. [ 247 ] On March 8, 2010, Carter was given a annual prison term, which he served in Rikers Island. His lawyer said the knocker expected to be held in protective detention, separated from other prisoners. [ 248 ] In May 2010, Carter was found by Rikers Island correctional staff to be in monomania of bootleg ( an MP3 musician, charger, and headphones ). [ 249 ] In April 2010, Carter ‘s friends created a web site called Weezy Thanx You, which publishes letters written by Carter while incarcerated. [ 195 ] [ 250 ] In the first letter, titled “ Gone ’til November ”, Carter said he was staying in good spirits thinking about his children and spending his time working out regularly and reading the bible every day. [ 195 ] Carter was released from Rikers Island Jail on November 4, 2010, after serving eight months of his year-long sentence. [ 251 ] On December 12, 2020, Carter pleaded guilty to a federal firearms blame brought against him by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida. This plea stemmed from an incident during December of the previous class, when Carter was arrested in Florida after transporting a load pistol on his private jet from California. As a convicted felon, he is barred from possessing such weapons. [ 252 ] He was pardoned by U.S. President Donald Trump on January 19, 2021, his last wax sidereal day in office. [ 253 ]


On July 24, 2008, Abkco Music Inc filed a lawsuit against Carter for copyright violation and unfair competition, specifically referring to Tha Carter III ‘s track “ Playing with Fire ”. [ 254 ] In the lawsuit, Abkco says that the song was obviously derived from The Rolling Stones ‘ “ Play with Fire “, to which Abkco owns the rights. [ 254 ] [ 255 ] Subsequently, “ Playing with Fire ” was removed from the lead number of Tha Carter III on all on-line music stores and replaced with the David Banner produced lead, “ kitty monster ”. [ 256 ] In February 2009, production company RMF Productions filed a $ 1.3 million lawsuit against Carter following a $ 100,000 gain payment for three shows, all of which were cancelled by the artist. [ 257 ] In October 2009, Carter, Birdman, Cash Money Records, and versatile music distribution outlets were sued for copyright misdemeanor by Thomas Marasciullo, who says his voice was used without permission. The rappers asked him to record some “ Italian-styled speak word recordings ” in 2006. The lyrics were allegedly used on “ Respect ” and other tracks from the rappers ‘ collaboration album Like Father, Like Son and Birdman ‘s 5 * Stunna. [ 258 ] In March 2011, producer Deezle ( Darius Harrison ) sued Carter and his parent labels Cash Money Records over unpaid royalties from Tha Carter III. [ 259 ] In May 2011, producer Bangladesh besides filed a lawsuit against Weezy & Co. over amateur royalties as well. [ 260 ] In early June 2011, another producer named David Kirkwood filed a lawsuit against Young Money Entertainment and Cash Money Records on claims that the labels have failed to pay him over $ 1.5 million in royalties and product services for his work on the album, besides including his songwriting on “ Love Me or Hate Me ”, a bonus song featured only on the deluxe version of the album. [ 261 ] besides in June 2011, Dallas producers Play-N-Skillz filed a lawsuit against him, saying Carter owes them at least $ 1 million in amateur royalties for “ Got Money “ from his album Tha Carter III. The single has sold over 2 million copies since being released. [ 262 ] In July 2011, Done Deal Enterprises, a output ship’s company based in Georgia, filed befit against Carter, Universal Music Group, Cash Money Records and Young Money Entertainment, claiming copyright misdemeanor. The lawsuit alleges Carter stole the birdcall “ BedRock ”, featured on the compilation album We Are Young Money, and seeks damages of $ 15 million. [ 263 ]



Carter began feuding with former Hot Boys extremity and Cash Money Records labelmate Juvenile in 2002, after Juvenile took offense to Carter naming his third base studio album 500 Degreez, a diss aimed towards Juvenile whose final album was named 400 Degreez. [ citation needed ] Juvenile responded with a dis track on his 2002 album 600 Degreez, titled “ A Hoe ”. In the song, Juvenile questions Carter ‘s sex, and says he ‘s a forge gangster. The two squashed their gripe for a short period in 2004, with Carter and Birdman appearing in the music video for Juvenile and Soulja Slim ‘s birdcall, Slow Motion. Carter late paid protection to the Hot Boys with a birdcall called “ I Miss My Dawgs ” on 2004 ‘s Tha Carter. Juvenile responded by calling the song “ fudge ”, and criticized Carter for releasing a tribute birdcall and subsequently promoting the album on BET and having “ nothing commodity to say about them ”. The two finally reconciled once again, and Juvenile re-signed with Cash Money Records in 2014. [ 264 ] [ 265 ]

Young Buck

Young Buck released a song called “ Off Parole ”, featuring Tony Yayo, which insulted Carter. Young Buck said that Carter could not be angry, because Young Buck spoke the truth. Young Buck besides said “ You think you got a problem with Juve and B.G. ; you ‘ll have a true problem with me ”, referring to the Cash Money-Juvenile/B.G feud. [ 266 ] [ 267 ] One of the reasons 50 Cent stated he was dismissing Young Buck was what he called “ discrepant demeanor ” which included appearing on stage with Carter, then apparently dissing him on records with G-Unit. [ 268 ] After he was dismissed, Young Buck appeared in the music video “ My Life “ by The Game, which featured Carter in the vocals. [ 269 ] As of 2009, Young Buck and Carter have squashed their gripe and besides linked up to record a track “ Up ‘s and Down ‘s ” for Young Buck ‘s Back On My Buck Shit mixtape .

Pusha T

latent hostility between Wayne and American knocker, Pusha T, had been going on for years, beginning soon after Clipse and Birdman worked on “ What Happened to That Boy ”, the latter ‘s 2002 single. In 2006, Wayne felt the Clipse song “ Mr. Me Too “ was directed at him which caused more latent hostility between the two. [ 270 ] In 2012 after much guess that Pusha T was subliminally dissing canadian knocker and Wayne ‘s Young Money signee Drake in several songs, the meditation heightened after the passing of Pusha T ‘s “ Exodus 23:1 ” birdcall. Lil Wayne cursorily responded on on-line sociable network overhaul Twitter and late released a diss racetrack titled “ Goulish ”. In the first verse Wayne raps “ Fuck Pusha T and anybody that love him / His head up his fuck, I’mma have to head-butt him ”. [ 271 ] Pusha T called Wayne ‘s dis track “ atrocious ” and said he felt it did not deserve a response. Both men have downplayed the feud, with Wayne saying he ‘s over it. [ 272 ] [ 273 ] however, in late November, Pusha T dissed Wayne and Birdman on a newly Ludacris birdcall titled “ Tell Me What They Mad For ”. [ 274 ] however, once the feud between Lil Wayne and Birdman arose, Pusha T sent out a tweet encouraging Lil Wayne to sign to G.O.O.D. Music, which besides insulted Birdman for his hand-rubbing habit. [ 275 ]


In a 2009 interview with Tropical TV, Birdman disputed the MTV poll that voted Jay-Z “ The Hottest MC in the Game ”, stating that Lil Wayne was a better knocker and made more money. [ 276 ] In early 2011, when Jay-Z and Kanye West ‘s single “ H•A•M “ was released, Jay-Z took shots at Birdman, saying “ truly, you got Baby money ” and “ [ you ] ai n’t got my lady ‘s money ! “. [ 277 ] On August 24, 2011, a song called “ It ‘s good “ by Lil Wayne ( featuring Drake and Jadakiss ) was leaked on-line and included Lil Wayne responding “ Talkin ‘ ’bout baby money ? I gotcha baby money. Kidnap your gripe, get that, How much you love your lady ? money ”. [ 278 ] [ 279 ] Jadakiss late absolved himself of participation in any brew gripe on his official Twitter feed. [ 280 ] [ 281 ]


Lil Wayne ‘s cosmopolitan market logo, used since 2010

Studio albums



Year Film Role Notes
2000 Baller Blockin’ Iceberg Shorty
2007 Who’s Your Caddy? Himself
2009 Hurricane Season Lamont
2010 Freaknik: The Movie Trap Jesus Voice role

television receiver

Awards and nominations

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