Lil Wayne is one of the most influential and undeniably important figures in the Rap/hip hop world. He is one of the best-selling rap artist of all time and we can’t deny sooner or later this rapper will feature in the hall of fame just like Busta Rhymes and Ludacris.
Though it’s sad that Lil Wayne is perhaps the most underappreciated hip hop artist he has cemented her legacy and established himself as one of the prominent rappers of our time. He is directly responsible for music icons Nicki Minaj and Drake career. Lil Wayne is truly the Michael Jackson of hip hop. So, what’s the real Lil Wayne net worth? Well here is a breakdown of Lil Wayne net worth and his biography.
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BIOGRAPHY & CAREER
Lil Wayne born, Dwayne Michael Carter Jr is an American hip-hop rapper and writer. He was born on September 27th, 1982 in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America. He is the son of Louisiana, a cook and Birdman an artist. His mother gave birth to him at a young age of 19 and his father abandoned them after he divorced his mother while he was 2 years old. Carter then had a step father known as Rabbit who was was murdered before he became a celebrity but he still has a good relationship with his real father. He went to Lafayette Elementary School and McCain Secondary School for two years before transferring to Marion Abramson Senior High. Although he was an honours student he dropped out of school to pursue his musical career. The rappers first daughter, Reiginae was born in 1998 when he was 16 to Antonia, his high school girl friend whom he later married in 2004. They later divorced in 2006. Since then he has had other children with different ladies including Cincinnati a radio broadcaster, Lauren an actress and Nivea a singer. His children with the ladies are Dwayne III (2008), Cameron Carter (2009) and Nael (2009) respectively.
At the age of 8, Wayne wrote his first rap song and became the youngest member of the cash money record in 1991.
When he first recorded for cash money records, he performed with B.G a skilled rapper in 1993. Before that he was performing in parties where he once caught the attention of Lil Smith, a cash money rapper. He started his career in 1996 by being in a hip-hop group called Hot Boys and they released three albums before separating. At the age of 16, weezy launched his solo career with The Block Is Hot. He became more popular after releasing his fourth album “The Carter” and he also appeared on “Soldiers” which is destiny’s child top 10 single. In 2005 he started his own label known as Young Money Entertainment where he is the CEO. His label has signed many artists including Drake and Nikki Minaj. The rapper has won Grammy awards for his hit songs such as “Lollipop “, “A Milli ” and “Got Money ” after his successful 6th album” The Carter III” which sold over a million copies in the US. After this success, he released his other album in 2010 and was later imprisoned for possessing a weapon that had an incident back in the previous years.
He continued releasing his albums even while still in jail. In 2012, he got the most entries in the billboard chart with over 100 songs. Despite him not releasing his songs for almost 2 years, he collaborate with many artists including his father Birdman (like father like son), Chris brown (Gimme that), Dollar Bill (sweetest girl), Bobby Valentino (Tell me) among others. Apart from his awards he has also been named as “Workaholic Of The Year” by GQ magazine, selected as “Hottest Mc” by MTV and ranked as “Rapper Of The Year” by New York magazine. Some of his successful performances include the one in 2008 at the Voodoo experience in New Orleans and Virgin Mobile Music feast with Kanye west. Just like many other hip-hop artists, Lil Wayne has been arrested for being fond of smoking Marijuana and for possessing drugs. The rapper is said to want to retire at the age of 35 and concentrate on his children. Having come up with many of his own quotes, Lil Wayne is a good writer where he wrote A Journal of Rikers Island that was released October 11, 2016.
How Much is Lil Wayne net worth?
Lil Wayne is the best selling artist of all-time as his sales include 15 million albums, 37 million digital tracks in the US and 100 million records worldwide. Being among of the richest artists in the US, Lil Wayne net worth is at $150 million as of 2017. The rapper earns most of his money from his music sales and concert tours. He also earns money from endorsement deals such as, Trukfit, his cloth line, investments, and ad revenue from his YouTube channel.
Lil Wayne Awards Highlights
1. American Music Awards won 1
2. BET Awards won 10
3. BET Hip Hop Awards won 14
4. Billboard Music Awards won 5
5. BMI Awards won 7
6. Grammy Awards won 5
7. MOBO Awards won 1
8. MTV Video Music Award won 2
9. MTV2 Sucker Free Summit Awards won 4
10. Ozone Awards won 9
11. Vibe Music Awards won 3
9 THINGS YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT LIL WAYNE.
1. He was dropped by Pepsi Company in May 2013 which he had a deal with to promote their Mountain Dew soda after releasing a song that was against them.
2. He never completed school. When Lil Wayne was just 14 years of age he dropped out of school and the most interesting part is he put a gun in his backpack.
3. Lil Wayne hasn’t always been called Lil Wayne he also went by the names “Baby D”, “Shrimp Daddy”
4. He got his first tattoo of his father’s name at the age of 14 and the second one,”cash money” was tattooed on his stomach.
5. He believes in God and Jesus his Son thus reads the bible often and also goes to Roman Catholic Church.
6. In 2006, he bought a 15,00ft mansion with more than 10 bedrooms and a skate park on the roof. His unique mansion is located near Miami Beach in Florida and was brought for around $116 million.
7. You know the famous Nirvana band? To Lil Wayne this Is his favourite band and he says it has a huge influence and impact on him
8. The last he can remember writing a rhyme was back in 2002 since then he has always recorded verses without writing down anything
9. He once shot himself at the age of 12 on the chest while playing with his mother’s gun.
Lil Wayne is an expert in guiding others through his own path of making money as he struggled from nothing to everything since he was young. He has continued being successful since then although many criticize his music and rap style. He has been the richest rapper by helping his peers through his label, YMCY which has taken control of the hip-hop industry. Despite him having a gangster lifestyle, he has worked with other artists to stop unnecessary violence in the world. Through his rap style that has humour, reality and sarcasm, he continues to gain a lot of fans throughout the world thus being the most popular artist of all times.