known professionally as Lil Wayne, is an American rapper.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".G.'z, alongside fellow New Orleans-based rapper Lil' Doogie. Along with being the flagship artist of Cash Money Records, Lil Wayne is also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of his own label imprint, Young Money Entertainment, which he founded in 2005.In 1996, Lil Wayne joined the southern hip hop group Hot Boys, with his Cash Money label-mates Juvenile, Young Turk and Lil' Doogie (who now goes by B. Lil Wayne's solo debut album Tha Block Is Hot (1999) was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).His subsequent albums, Lights Out (2000) and 500 Degreez (2002), went on to be certified gold.Wayne reached higher popularity with his fourth album Tha Carter (2004), which was led by the single "Go D.J." and his appearance on Destiny's Child's Top 10 single "Soldier", that same year.
The album won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album and includes the hit singles "Lollipop", "A Milli" and "Got Money".Following the success of Tha Carter III, Wayne decided to record a rock-esque album titled Rebirth.The album, released in 2010, was certified gold by the RIAA, despite a generally negative critical response.In March 2010, Lil Wayne began serving an 8-month jail sentence in New York after being convicted of criminal possession of a weapon stemming from an incident in July 2007.
Wayne's eighth album I Am Not a Human Being (2010), was released during his incarceration.
His 2011 album and first following his release, Tha Carter IV, sold 964,000 copies in its first week of availability in the United States.