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PICS: Lil Wayne at SDSU’s Open Air Theatre

Weezy in the house: Lil Wayne dropped nearly ‘a milli’ hits at his SDSU Open Air Theatre show on April 20.

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The hip-hop star (born Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.) came up in the New Orleans, Louisiana rap scene.
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In 1991, at all of 9 years old, Lil Wayne joined Cash Money Records as the youngest member of the label, and half of the duo the B.G.’z.
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In 1996, he joined the southern hip-hop group Hot Boys with labelmates Juvenile, Young Turk and Lil’ Doogie (who now goes by B.G.).
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That group’s 1999 hit, “Bling Bling,” was absolutely everywhere – and inspired cringe-worthy mainstream usage ever since.
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Lil Wayne is the CEO of his own label, Young Money Entertainment, which he founded in 2005. Earlier this year, the rapper announced he had signed to Roc Nation after label disputes with Cash Money CEO, Birdman.
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His 1999 solo debut, “Tha Block is Hot,” was certified platinum by the RIAA.
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He began to reach even more mainstream popularity with the release of his fourth studio album, “Tha Carter,” in 2004, which spawned the hit single “Go D.J.”
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He dropped his most successful album to date, 2008’s “Tha Carter III,” which contained the massive singles “A Milli” and “Got Money.”
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The album also won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album that year. Winning!
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His 2011 album, “Tha Carter IV,” sold 964,000 copies in its first week in the U.S. It included the singles “6 Foot 7 Foot,” “How to Love,” and “She Will.”
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On Sept. 27, 2012, Lil Wayne passed Elvis Presley as the male with the most entries on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, with 109 songs (the record has since been broken again).
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Overall, Weezy (as he’s often referred to) has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide – making him one of the best-selling artists of all time.
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The rumor mill has been full speed ahead recently with various sources claiming Lil Wayne’s long-awaited, and highly anticipated “Tha Carter V” album will be released later this year.
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However, Wayne has claimed that his next album release will be titled “Funeral.” Either way, the rapper has said in interviews that his next album will be his last, and that he will be retiring from the music industry. We can only hope he has a change of heart!
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