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Although there has been much debate on the subject of who is or who isn't the “King of the South,”Lil Wayne isn’t worriedabout all the fuss as to who really lays claim to the title. As a veteran rapstar, budding entrepreneur, and young scholarstudying psychology at the University of Houston,Wayne's experience in the rap game, coupled with his amazing growth as anindividual has placedhim in a position only a handful of people in this industry reach.

"I've been in this game for thirteen years, so I'm not concerned with having to prove myself,"Wayne says. "I don't have top ...read more

Although there has been much debate on the subject of who is or who isn't the “King of the South,”Lil Wayne isn’t worriedabout all the fuss as to who really lays claim to the title. As a veteran rapstar, budding entrepreneur, and young scholarstudying psychology at the University of Houston,Wayne's experience in the rap game, coupled with his amazing growth as anindividual has placedhim in a position only a handful of people in this industry reach.

"I've been in this game for thirteen years, so I'm not concerned with having to prove myself,"Wayne says. "I don't have toprove anything, because my growth as a rapper and as a lyricist canbe heard in my music." Indeed, with the release of hisfifth solo album Tha Carter II, it’s obviousDwayne Carter AKA "Weezy" is a top-notch rapper whose lyrics and artistic visiontower over thecompetition.

Wayne, 25, was born and raised in New Orleans’ notorious 17th Ward in a neighborhood calledHollygrove. As a child, theaspiring rapper listened to and idolized early Cash Money recordingartists like Pimp Daddy and UNLV, who he cites as some ofhis early influences. A few years later,Wayne met Cash Money CEOs Ronald "Suga Slim" and Bryan "Baby” Williams (TheBirdman) whowould take him under their wings and help mold him into a prolific and profound artist. In 1995 atthe age of 12,Wayne made his debut on Cash Money recording artist B.G.’s album, True Story.

In 1997, the rap prodigy, along with Juvenile, Young Turk, and B.G. formed the New Orleans’ super-group the Hot Boys anddropped their seminal debut CD Get It How You Live. The record’sindependent success garnered the young teenager legionsof fans throughout the South andMidwest. He further distinguished himself as the MC to watch on the Hot Boys' platinumsellingUniversal debut Guerilla Warfare (1998) followed by 2003's Let Em Burn. In 2000, the group wenton to receive a SourceAward for "Group of the Year..

At age sixteen, Wayne launched his solo career with the release of the platinum selling Tha BlockIs Hot (1999), where heearned a 1999 Source Award nomination for "Best New Artist." Cleverwordplay, combined with his mature street savvy madethe CD one of the year's most compellingalbums. The young prodigy’s subsequent albums, Lights Out (2000), 500 Degreez(2002) and2004's Tha Carter further solidified Lil Wayne's reputation as one of the South’s finest lyricists, butit was ThaCarter that finally forced rap fans beyond the South to recognize what die-hard “Weezy”fans knew all along: Lil Wayne was ahip hop force to be reckoned with.

As the newest venture on Lil Wayne's imprint, Young Money Entertainment via CashMoney/Universal Records, Tha Carter II isbound to thrill those who have watched this former HotBoy mature since his first appearance on True Story. "Everyday Iexperience new things, and it’sthese experiences I express creatively in my songs.” Lil Wayne, a perfectionist in the lab,hasnever been one to waste time. In fact, he has been known to complete five songs in a day. "I coulddo an entire album ina week," he brags, "But Tha Carter II took me a little longer – a month,” hedeadpans. “I wanted to make sure everything wasright..

Approaching Tha Carter II with the skills of a scientist, Lil Wayne dug through the vaults of his ownmaterial in order toanalyze his distinct style. "Listening to the past few albums, I wanted to changeit up slightly.” What fans will be hearing onTha Carter II is a revised and refreshed Lil Wayne, fromthe scorching first single "Fireman," produced by newcomers Doe Boys,where Wayne drops blazinglyrics, to his second single "Grown Man,” featuring Young Money Record’s protégé Currency,wherehe comes at you hard, switching up both vocal tone and flow.

Wayne is no longer the young cocky boy from the South content with just spitting boastful rhymes.Aside from fans, fellowartists have also recognized his maturation as a well rounded musician.Consequently, Wayne’s poetic word play has earnedhim featured collaborations on Destiny’sChilds’ smash hit “Soldier” as well as a guest appearance on Avant’s single “You KnowWhat.” Thesecollaborations have exposed the gifted artist to a broader audience, demonstrating that his talentknows noboundaries. Wayne’s flow and choice of subject matter have also become more versatile.“Receipt” is one song that standsout to him, “Because it’s about love, and I’ve never done a lovesong before..

Lil Wayne headed up production on Tha Carter II alongside other new up and coming producers.“Really, I listen to every beatthat comes to the office, and I receive a lot of stuff. If I like it, I callthem and use it.” Case in point, while Wayne wasworking in New York, he bumped into the Pop/R&Bsinger Thicke. “I’d always rhymed over his song, ‘Oh Shooter,’ so when I raninto him, I told him Iwanted to work with him and use the song, he was cool with it.” The result is the hauntingly laid-backbluesy, “Shooter.” With lyrics rich with clever metaphors (“So many doubt cuz I come from thesouth/But when I open up mymouth, all the bullets come out…”), combined with a complex rhymescheme, Wayne transforms the song into an artful assaulton regionalism in hip. hop (“It’soutrageous/You know how sick you make us/I wanna throw up like chip in Vegas/But thisisSouthern, face it/If this is too simple then y’all don’t get the basics”).

The new CD also features cameos from comrades in rhyme Slim Thug, Kurupt and others. Lil Wayneeven pays homage to auralhero Rakim on the stunning “I’m A Dboy” featuring Birdman. "Rakim isone of the greatest MCs ever," Wayne says. "By usingthe 'Paid in Full' beat on “I’m A Dboy,” I’mthanking him for his contributions to the rap genre..

With Tha Carter II, Lil Wayne proves himself more than a contender to the throne, because thiswinner is already wearing thecrown.

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LPs
Tha Carter V
2015

I Am Not a Human Being II
03/26/2013

1.6
246 Votes
Tha Carter IV
2011

2.2
550 Votes
I Am Not a Human Being
2010

2.2
384 Votes
Rebirth
2010

1.3
730 Votes
Tha Carter III
2008

3
895 Votes
Tha Carter II
2005

3.4
484 Votes
Tha Carter
2004

3
241 Votes
500 Degreez
2002

2.8
6 Votes
Lights Out
2000

1.8
95 Votes
Tha Block Is Hot
1999

2.3
104 Votes
EPs
The Leak
2007

3
47 Votes
Compilations
Carter V Season
2014

2.5
1 Votes
Dedication 5
09/01/2013

3.2
39 Votes
Dedication 4
09/03/2012

1.9
54 Votes
Sorry 4 The Wait
2011

2.5
77 Votes
The Road to Carter IV
2011

2.1
9 Votes
Nightmare on Riker's Island
2010

1.5
15 Votes
No Ceilings
2009

3.3
179 Votes
Hottest Nigga Under The Sun
2009

1.9
19 Votes
The Drought is Over Pt. 6: The Reincarnation
2008

2.8
37 Votes
Dedication 3
2008

2.7
78 Votes
The Drought Is Over 5 (Grand Closing)
2008

2.7
11 Votes
The Drought Is Over Pt. 4
2007

3.3
38 Votes
The Drought Is Over 3 (Who Is The Predator)
2007

2.5
7 Votes
The Drought Is Over 2 (Carter 3 Sessions)
2007

3.4
27 Votes
The Drought Is Over
2007

2.5
10 Votes
Dedication (Chopped and Screwed)
2007

2.6
16 Votes
Da Drought 3
2007

3.8
198 Votes
Tha Carter III Sessions
2007

3.3
23 Votes
Dedication 2
2006

3.7
117 Votes
The Dedication
2005

2.9
29 Votes
The Prefix
2004

3
10 Votes

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