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. In 1996, Carter joined the Hot Boys along with rappers Juvenile, B. At age 15, Carter was the youngest member at the time. was released the same year, followed in 1999 by the group's major-label debut Guerrilla Warfare, Carter's debut solo album Tha Block Is Hot was released when he was 17 and featured significant contributions from the Hot Boys. 3 on the Billboard 200 and was later certified platinum by the RIAA. After the release of Tha Block is Hot, Carter was featured on the single "Bling Bling", with B. His verse appeared only on the radio version of the song, while on the album version he performed on the chorus.So I don't want to be Dwayne, I'd rather be Wayne". His 2000 follow-up album Lights Out failed to attain the level of success achieved by his debut The lead single was "Get Off the Corner", which was noticed for an improvement in its lyrical content and style.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 Despite no album release for two years, Lil Wayne appeared in numerous singles as a featured performer, including "Gimme That" by Chris Brown, "Make It Rain" by Fat Joe, "You" by Lloyd, and "We Takin' Over" by DJ Khaled (also featuring Akon, T.Carter has a tattoo dedicated to Rabbit, who was murdered before Carter became a star.In a CBS interview with Katie Couric, Wayne described why he goes by the name of "Wayne" instead of his given name, Dwayne.His subsequent albums, Lights Out (2000) and 500 Degreez (2002), went on to be certified gold.
The lead single "Fireman" became a hit in the US, peaking at 32 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. 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.known professionally as Lil Wayne, is an American hip hop recording artist.In 1991, at the age of nine, Lil Wayne joined Cash Money Records as the youngest member of the label, and half of the duo The B. Most of the group's success came with their platinum-selling album Guerrilla Warfare (1999) and the 1999 single "Bling Bling".He also recorded his first ever collaboration album True Story with rapper B. While being certified gold like its predecessor, 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 since left the label.
Tha Carter II sold more than 238,000 copies in its first week of release, debuting at No.Following the success of Tha Carter III, Wayne decided to record a rock-esque album titled Rebirth.