His parents divorced when he was 2, and his father permanently abandoned the family. Although Wayne and Birdman have a father—son relationship and Birdman calls Carter his son, Wayne's biological father and namesake Dwayne Carter is still alive. Lil Wayne has also spoken about his deceased stepfather, Reginald "Rabbit" McDonald, who he has said he considers his real father.
Carter has a tattoo dedicated to Rabbit, who was murdered before Carter became a star. Carter explained, "I dropped the D because I'm a junior and my father is living and he's not in my life and he's never been in my life.
So I don't want to be Dwayne, I'd rather be Wayne". Couric asked Wayne if his father knew of this and Wayne replied with a smile, "He knows now. Carter recorded freestyle raps on Williams's answering machine, leading him to mentor the young Carter and include him in Cash Money-distributed songs. He also recorded his first ever collaboration album True Story with rapper B.
At the time, Carter was 11, and B. At age 15, Carter was the youngest member at the time. It debuted at No. His verse appeared only on the radio version of the song, while on the album version he performed on the chorus. His follow-up album Lights Out failed to attain the level of success achieved by his debut  but was certified gold by RIAA.
The second single, which received less attention, was "Shine" featuring the Hot Boys. Lil Wayne's third album Degreez , released in , followed the format of his previous two, with significant contributions from the Hot Boys and Mannie Fresh.
While being certified gold like its predecessor,  it also failed to match the success of his debut. Tha Carter II sold more than , copies in its first week of release, debuting at No. 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. Bush 's response to the effects of Hurricane Katrina on the city of New Orleans.
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. A number of prominent hip-hop magazines such as XXL  and Vibe  covered the mixtape. The album went on to win four Grammy Awards, including best rap album and best rap song, which he won for "Lollipop". In , Lil Wayne 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.
Carter" with Lil Wayne at select shows. Originally scheduled to be released on April 7, before being delayed several times, Rebirth instead became his sixth solo album, released on April 7, The album has sold over , copies in the U. Tha Carter IV was later delayed into , after Lil Wayne began recording from scratch after his release from prison. The song is produced by Bangladesh, who also produced "A Milli". The album was originally scheduled to be released on May 16, ,  but Mack Maine had confirmed its delay to June On May 26, , the third single, " How to Love ", was released.
Lil Wayne said that he liked the beat, but not the lyrics, and was thinking about revamping the song. Tha Carter IV debuted at No. On January 8, , According to Nielsen SoundScan was elected the seventh artist second male artist all-time best-selling tracks digital with 36,, million to the end of The album was met with generally mixed reviews, with most critics noticing the declining quality of his releases.
It's going to be a huge surprise to everyone, it's an incredible album … I can't release the date because he wants to surprise people, he wants his true fan base to get excited but he's worked extremely hard on it and you won't be disappointed. On December 4, , just five days before the album was due to be released again, Wayne issued a statement 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.
Wayne also expressed his feelings by stating he felt both he and his creativity were being held "prisoner". The album was initially a collaborative effort between 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne, but due to his record label issues, only Chainz was credited as the primary artist. In , Lil Wayne announced that he has signed with Roc Nation. On August 8, , he released the song " Like a Man " with sound engineer Onhel.
Lil Wayne has announced several possible upcoming projects, including a collaborative album entitled I Can't Feel My Face with Harlem-based rapper Juelz Santana , that has been in production for several years.
In May he has confirmed the album will still be released. A Journal of Rikers Island that was released October 11, They married on Valentine's Day and divorced in The rumors are completely false and unfounded; neither Reginae nor any other member of my family has been involved in any car accident.
Beliefs and interests In an interview with Blender magazine, Lil Wayne revealed one of his favorite bands from childhood to be rock group Nirvana , and cites them as a major influence in his music. His most recent one is "Baked" on his forehead stylized as the Baker Skateboards logo. He dropped out in the same year due to his conflicting schedule. Wayne received criticism after a video released by TMZ showed him apparently stepping on the American flag.
Wayne later explained that "It was never my intention to desecrate the flag of the United States", and that he was shooting a video for a song on his upcoming album, "God Bless Amerika. If you do, you crazy as shit", and adding that his status as a rich African American with white fans is evidence that black people are valued in modern America.
Lil Wayne was transferred to a local hospital upon arrival. He was reportedly released in the early hours of March They explained that after Lil Wayne began seizing on the way to the music video shoot on March 12, an ambulance was called and he was transported to the hospital, where he was admitted and remained continuously thereafter. He would say "This isn't my first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth or seventh seizure.
I've had a bunch of seizures. Y'all just never hear about them. But this time, it got real bad because I had three of them in a row.
Less than a month later, he had another seizure, supposedly due to not taking his epilepsy medication. Speaking to a largely African-American audience during a general election campaign town hall speech in Georgia , then- U.
Senator Obama exhorted children to stay in school and achieve their dreams through education and perseverance instead of hoping for shortcuts to fame and riches as professional athletes and entertainers via the fields of sports and entertainment, stating: Maybe you are the next Lil Wayne, but probably not, in which case you need to stay in school.
They might think they've got a pretty jump shot or a pretty good flow, but our kids can't all aspire to be LeBron or Lil Wayne.
I want them aspiring to be scientists and engineers, doctors and teachers, not just ballers and rappers. I want them aspiring to be a Supreme Court justice.