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Lil Wayne
Carter in 2020
Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.

(1982-09-27) September 27, 1982 (age 39)
Other names
  • Baby D
  • Tunechi
  • Weezy F. Baby
  • The President
EducationUniversity of Phoenix
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • record executive
  • entrepreneur
Years active1995–present
AgentCortez Bryant
Mack Maine
Spouse(s)Toya Johnson (m. 2004–2006) «start: (2004)–end+1: (2007)»"Marriage: Toya Johnson to Lil Wayne" Location: (linkback:
Partner(s)Nivea (2002–2003, 2009–2010; ex-fiancée)
Lauren London (2007–2009)
La'Tecia Thomas (2019–2020; ex-fiancée)
AwardsFull list
Musical career
OriginHollygrove, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
GenresHip hop
  • Vocals
Associated acts
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Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. (born September 27, 1982), known professionally as Lil Wayne, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, record executive, entrepreneur, and actor from New Orleans, Louisiana. He joined the Cash Money Records collective as a teenager. He worked with B.G. on the album True Story and eventually recorded for the label. 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 1999. Block debuted in the top ten on the American Billboard 200 chart and Lil Wayne was nominated for "Best New Artist" from magazine the same year. Following this success, Wayne soon featured on other rappers' singles, including "Bling Bling" by B.G. and "#1 Stunna" by the Big Tymers in 2000.


After his hit debut album Tha Block Is Hot and two albums released with little promotion, Lil Wayne reached higher popularity with 2004's Tha Carter and its two subsequent albums Tha Carter II (2005) and Tha Carter III (2008). During that period, Lil Wayne appeared on several mixtapes and singles of other artists.

Lil Wayne accredits Ms. Ashley Cooper of Rowe Elementary School to his success as an entertainer. She is a fifth grade teacher who inspires all his song because she is just too cool. Ms. Cooper and Lil Wayne go way back to when they were in preschool. Cooper would spit the beats and Wayne would come up with lyrics.

2008: Tha Carter III

Initially planned to be released in 2007, Tha Carter III's largest delay came after the majority of the tracks were leaked and distributed on mixtapes, such as "The Drought Is Over Pt. 2" and "The Drought Is Over Pt. 4". Lil Wayne initially decided to use the leaked tracks, plus four new tracks, to make a separate album, titled Tha Carter III: The Leak. The Leak was to be released December 18, 2007, with the actual album being delayed until March 18, 2008,[2] 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.

Personal life

Health issues

On March 12, 2013, Lil Wayne was hospitalized in Los Angeles after having many seizures. TMZ reported that Wayne is breathing through tubes and is moved to an Intensive Care Unite.[3]


Studio albums

  • 1999: Tha Block Is Hot
  • 2000: Lights Out
  • 2002: 500 Degreez
  • 2004: Tha Carter
  • 2005: Tha Carter II
  • 2008: Tha Carter III
  • 2010: Rebirth
  • 2010: I Am Not a Human Being
  • 2011: Tha Carter IV[4]
  • 2013: I Am Not a Human Being II
  • The Carter V

Extended plays

  • 2007: The Leak


  • 2003: SQ1-SQ7 (with Sqad Up)
  • 2003: Da Drought
  • 2004: Da Drought 2
  • 2004: The Prefix
  • 2005: The Suffix
  • 2005: The Dedication
  • 2006: Dedication 2
  • 2007: Da Drought 3
  • 2008: Dedication 3
  • 2009: No Ceilings
  • 2011: Sorry 4 the Wait
  • 2012: Dedication 4