- NAME: Lil Wayne
- OCCUPATION: Rapper
- BIRTH DATE: September 27, 1982 (Age: 31)
- EDUCATION: Lafayette Elementary School in New Orleans, Eleanor McMain Secondary School in New Orleans
- PLACE OF BIRTH: New Orleans, Louisiana
- Full Name: Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.
- AKA: Dwayne Carter
- AKA: Dwayne Michael Carter
- AKA: Lil Wayne
- AKA: Dwayne M. Carter
- ZODIAC SIGN: Libra
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Lil Wayne is a Grammy Award-winning rapper known for his hit albums, mixtapes and singles, including "A Milli" and "Lollipop."
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Lil Wayne joined Cash Money Records at the age of 9. After success as part of the duo B.G. and group Hot Boys, he released his debut solo album in 1999 and often appears on songs by other artists.
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In the meantime, Lil Wayne has been busy building up his Cash Money record label, working with other recording artists and even helping underprivileged kids. The rapper established a charitable organization to help urban youth, the One Family Foundation, through which he worked to rebuild the athletic fields at his old school, Eleanor McMain Secondary School, after they were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Despite all of his success, Wayne has never forgotten his roots.
Known to be fond of smoking marijuana, Lil Wayne has found himself in trouble with the law on several occasions in recent years. He was arrested in Georgia for drug possession in 2006, and again in Arizona on drug-related charges in January 2008.
After making a deal with PepsiCo to promote its Moutain Dew soda brand, Lil Wayne was dropped by the company in May 2013 after releasing a song containing derogatory lyrics referencing civil rights icon Emmett Till. Both Pepsi and Wayne garnered negative publicity due to the song lyrics.
Wayne was previously married to a high school girlfriend, with whom he has a daughter named Reginae.
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