We all know That rapper Lil Wayne is considered to be one of the most popular musical artists ever. Although his talent is boundless, and also his net worth, he is always the centre of many controversies. However, sometimes his statements seem a little contradictory, leaving people more confused than anything. Besides, you must have heard about him wearing a t-shirt that said, communist? Well, that year spurred yet another thing to talk about. And not to mention his net worth.
For all those who are curious to know about the life and career of the rapper, we are here for you. Follow this piece and we will give you everything you need to know about Lil Wayne, his net worth and the famous controversy.
About Lil Wayne
Dwayne Michael Carter Jr was born on September 27, 1982. Firstly, we know him by the name of Lil Wayne. Secondly, he is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record executive Thirdly, people commonly regard him as one of the most influential hip-hop artists of his generation. Besides, he is often considered one of the greatest rappers of all time.
Fourthly, his career began in 1995, at the age of 12. Furthermore, in the beginning, he was signed by rapper Birdman and he joined Cash Money Records as the youngest member of the label. And from then on, Wayne was the most prominent artist of Cash Money Records before ending his association with the company in June 2018.
Lil Wayne spent his first few years in the impoverished Hollygrove neighbourhood of Uptown New Orleans, Louisiana’s 17th Ward. Yes! We have done quite some research on him. Besides, his mother was a cook and birthed him when she was only 19. However, his parents divorced when he was two and his father permanently abandoned the family.
Carter studied in the gifted program at Lafayette Elementary School. He later attended Eleanor McMain Secondary School for two years. Besides, he was an honour student and a member of the drama club. He played the Tin Man in the school’s production of The Wiz. After matriculation from Marion Abramson Senior High School, Carter dropped out at age 14 to focus on his musical passion.
At the age of 12, he was wounded by a gunshot. He later admitted it was an attempted suicide.
Lil Wayne Career
In 1995, Lil Wayne was put in a duo with mate B.G. They recorded an album, True Story, released that year, although Wayne only appeared on three tracks. Besides, they released their debut album Get It How U Live! in October of that year. The Hot Boys became popular following the release of the album Guerrilla Warfare (1999) and the song Bling Bling.
Lil Wayne’s solo debut Tha Block Is Hot (1999) was his breakthrough. However, he reached higher popularity with his fourth album Tha Carter (2004) and fifth album Tha Carter II (2005). Besides, he also did several mixtapes and collaborations. Furthermore, he became more popular within the music industry with his sixth album Tha Carter III (2008).
The album won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album and included successful singles “A Milli”, “Got Money” and “Lollipop”. Lollipop was his first single to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Furthermore, in 2010 Wayne released his seventh studio album, Rebirth.
Rise To Fame
However, in the same year, Lil Wayne began serving an 8-month jail sentence in New York after being convicted of criminal possession of a weapon from an incident in July 2007. His eighth studio album I Am Not a Human Being (2010) while he was serving. Besides, the 2011 album Tha Carter IV was released after his release. It sold 964,000 copies in its first week in the United States. His twelfth studio album Tha Carter V was released in 2018. In addition, his thirteenth album, Funeral, was released in early 2020.
Lil Wayne has sold over 120 million across the world making him one of the world’s best-selling music artists. Besides, he has won five Grammy Awards, 11 BET Awards, and four Billboard Music Awards.
Furthermore, he won two MTV Video Music Awards and eight NAACP Image Awards. In September 2012, he became the first male artist to surpass Elvis Presley with the most entries on the Billboard Hot 100. Besides, Lil Wayne is now the chief executive officer (CEO) of his label, Young Money Entertainment.
What’s His Net Worth?
Although he has a career filled with controversy, rivalry and legal issues, Lil Wayne recently is the owner of an impressive net worth of $170 million. However, his wealth didn’t stop him from appearing to embrace a belief. And it seems that was quite opposite to his lavish lifestyle and standard of living.
We Wore A ‘communist’ T-Shirt For A Video
British singer Jay Sean collaborated with Lil Wayne on the song “Down.” According to Vice, we hear that the song seemed to address the economic anxiety that so many people were going through at that time. However, we are assuming that anxiety is why Carter wore a shirt in the video that was labelled with the word “COMMUNIST.”
Nevertheless, his lavish lifestyle does not go with the worldview that says all property should be publicly owned. For example, we know him for lavish expenditures, like when he bought a $2.7 million Bugatti Veyron. Where is the ideology which he put up then? Not only that, but the year he wore that shirt, he earned $18 million. The mere controversial t-shirt earned him that. Smart business indeed.
Lil Wayne doesn’t seem actually to believe in the ideology of communism. But this wasn’t the only time he’s confused or angered fans with his statements.
Controversial Political Statements By Lil Wayne
Over the years, Lil Wayne involved himself in political issues that upset many of his fans. The Daily Beast reports that in 2016, he made cryptic statements about the Black Lives Matter movement. However, later he said that it had nothing to do with him, even saying that because of his wealth, he “don’t see none of that.”
Carter upset people, even more, when he compared a sex act to the brutal lynching of Emmett Till. He did walk that statement back after realizing how out of line he was. But he doesn’t always retract what he’s said.
Furthermore, in 2020, he angered many fans by appearing to endorse then-President Trump for election. He posted a picture of him shaking hands with Trump just days before the election. Besides, he captioned the picture with “great meeting” and said that Trump’s policies would “give the community real ownership.”
Lil Wayne has been relatively cryptic about politics for most of his life. But when he does make statements about who he is with and where his allegiance lies, it is always very confusing.
Lil Wayne is living a life full of abundance recently. We hope that he stays a little away from controversial political issues, or clears his stance. We wish him the best for his future.
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