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Lil Wayne

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 worriedaboutall the fussasto who really lays claim to the title. As a veteran rapstar, budding entrepreneur, and young scholarstudyingpsychology at the UniversityofHouston,Wayne's experience in the rap game, coupled with his amazing growth as anindividualhas placedhim in a position only a handfulofpeople 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 havetoproveanythin ...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 worriedaboutall the fussasto who really lays claim to the title. As a veteran rapstar, budding entrepreneur, and young scholarstudyingpsychology at the UniversityofHouston,Wayne's experience in the rap game, coupled with his amazing growth as anindividualhas placedhim in a position only a handfulofpeople 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 havetoproveanything,because my growth as a rapper and as a lyricist canbe heard in my music." Indeed, with the release of hisfifth soloalbumTha Carter II, it’sobviousDwayne Carter AKA "Weezy" is a top-notch rapper whose lyrics and artistic visiontower overthecompetition.

Wayne, 25, was born and raised in New Orleans’ notorious 17th Ward in a neighborhood calledHollygrove. As a child,theaspiringrapperlistened to and idolized early Cash Money recordingartists like Pimp Daddy and UNLV, who he cites as some ofhisearlyinfluences. A few yearslater,Wayne met Cash Money CEOs Ronald "Suga Slim" and Bryan "Baby” Williams (TheBirdman)whowould takehim under their wings andhelp mold him into a prolific and profound artist. In 1995 atthe age of 12,Wayne madehis debut on Cash Moneyrecording 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 Boysanddroppedtheirseminal debut CD Get It How You Live. The record’sindependent success garnered the young teenagerlegionsof fans throughout theSouthandMidwest. 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 aSourceAward 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 heearneda 1999SourceAward nomination for "Best New Artist." Cleverwordplay, combined with his mature street savvy madethe CDone of the year'smostcompellingalbums. The young prodigy’s subsequent albums, Lights Out (2000), 500 Degreez(2002)and2004's Tha Carter further solidifiedLilWayne's reputation as one of the South’s finest lyricists, butit was ThaCarter that finallyforced rap fans beyond the South to recognizewhatdie-hard “Weezy”fans knew all along: Lil Wayne was ahip hop force to bereckoned with.

As the newest venture on Lil Wayne's imprint, Young Money Entertainment via CashMoney/Universal Records, Tha Carter IIisbound tothrillthose who have watched this former HotBoy mature since his first appearance on True Story. "EverydayIexperience new things, andit’stheseexperiences I express creatively in my songs.” Lil Wayne, a perfectionist in the lab,hasneverbeen one to waste time. In fact, he hasbeenknown to complete five songs in a day. "I coulddo an entire album ina week," hebrags, "But Tha Carter II took me a little longer – amonth,”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 hisdistinctstyle."Listening to the past few albums, I wanted to changeit up slightly.” What fans will be hearing onTha Carter II is arevised and refreshedLilWayne, fromthe scorching first single "Fireman," produced by newcomers Doe Boys,where Waynedrops blazinglyrics, to his secondsingle"Grown Man,” featuring Young Money Record’s protégé Currency,wherehe comes at youhard, 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, fellowartistshavealsorecognized his maturation as a well rounded musician.Consequently, Wayne’s poetic word play has earnedhimfeatured collaborationsonDestiny’sChilds’ smash hit “Soldier” as well as a guest appearance on Avant’s single “You KnowWhat.”Thesecollaborations have exposedthegifted artist to a broader audience, demonstrating that his talentknows noboundaries.Wayne’s flow and choice of subject matter havealsobecome 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 beatthatcomes totheoffice, and I receive a lot of stuff. If I like it, I callthem and use it.” Case in point, while Wayne wasworking in NewYork, he bumped intothePop/R&Bsinger Thicke. “I’d always rhymed over his song, ‘Oh Shooter,’ so when I raninto him, I toldhim Iwanted to work with him andusethe song, he was cool with it.” The result is the hauntingly laid-backbluesy, “Shooter.”With lyrics rich with clever metaphors (“So manydoubtcuz I come from thesouth/But when I open up mymouth, all the bulletscome out…”), combined with a complex rhymescheme,Waynetransforms the song into an artful assaulton regionalism in hip-hop (“It’soutrageous/You know how sick you make us/I wanna throw uplikechip in Vegas/But thisisSouthern, face it/If this istoo 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 toauralhero Rakimonthe stunning “I’m A Dboy” featuring Birdman. "Rakim isone of the greatest MCs ever," Wayne says. "Byusingthe 'Paid in Full' beat on “I’mADboy,” 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 wearingthecrown.

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FWA
2015

2.9
78 Votes
I Am Not a Human Being II
03/26/2013

1.6
333 Votes
Tha Carter IV
2011

2.3
625 Votes
I Am Not a Human Being
2010

2.3
449 Votes
Rebirth
2010

1.3
821 Votes
Tha Carter III
2008

3.1
1,010 Votes
Tha Carter II
2005

3.5
569 Votes
Tha Carter
2004

3.2
302 Votes
500 Degreez
2002

3.2
49 Votes
Lights Out
2000

2.2
126 Votes
Tha Block Is Hot
1999

2.7
150 Votes
EPs
The Leak
2007

3.3
73 Votes
Compilations
No Ceilings 2
2015

2.5
39 Votes
Sorry 4 The Wait 2
2015

2.9
75 Votes
Dedication 5
09/01/2013

3.1
64 Votes
Dedication 4
09/03/2012

1.9
82 Votes
Sorry 4 The Wait
2011

2.5
99 Votes
No Ceilings
2009

3.5
213 Votes
Dedication 3
2008

2.6
96 Votes
Da Drought 3
2007

3.9
244 Votes
The Carter Files
2006

3.8
10 Votes
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2006

3.8
12 Votes
Dedication 2
2006

3.9
157 Votes
The W. Carter Collection 2
2006

4.4
7 Votes
The W. Carter Collection
2006

3.9
10 Votes
The Dedication
2005

3.6
55 Votes
The Suffix
2005

4.4
20 Votes
Da Drought 2
2004

4.3
19 Votes
The Prefix
2004

3.7
32 Votes
Da Drought
2003

4
24 Votes

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