Fame and fortune is something that most celebrities and artists aspire for. Those who are bitten by the acting bug go on to become actors and actress. Those who are attracted by the beauty of creating films go on and become directors. Those who are blessed with a beautiful voice become singers. Those who have something to say and the talent to make rhymes, go on to become rappers.
Many would argue that hip-hop was at its peak in the '90s. It was during this era that the big names of hip-hop rose to become popular mainstream artists. Their brand of music was now becoming mainstream and it was becoming big business. If you were a fan of hip-hop in the '90s, it really didn't matter if you listened to east coast or west coast artists because the fact of the matter was, you had a lot of talented artists to choose from. It was during this golden age of hip-hop that Lil Wayne first got a taste of the life that he would later lead.
Lil Wayne's own record label, Young Money, is the current leader in terms of the quality of artists that they have in their roster. This record label is the culmination of his hard work and wise strategic decisions in the business. Lil Wayne's rise to power and fame in the hip-hop industry is a colorful story of success. Here are 12 things you didn't know about Lil Wayne.
12 His Prison Record
11 The Value of His Art Collection
10 The Reason Why He Goes by "Wayne"
9 How He and Christina Milian Broke up
8 How He Met Drake
7 What He Did For Money When He Was A Kid
6 How Popular He Is
Lil Wayne's talent is undeniable and he has the numbers to prove it. In 2011 Lil Wayne made music history by becoming the first ever recording artist to get six number 1 songs on Billboard's airplay, Hip-hop, R&B chart in one single year. The previous record holder was Usher with four number 1 songs earlier in 2011. The six songs that gave Lil Wayne his record were as follows: "Im on One", "Motivation", "Look at Me Now", "6 Foot 7 Foot", "How to Love", and "She Will".
5 He Quit School
4 What His Mom Told Him To Do
3 Lil Wayne Almost Died
2 When He Will Retire
1 How He Got Into The Hip-Hop Business
Lil Wayne started early in rap, among other things. His first rhymes were written by him when he was only 8 years old, a full 3 years before he would start having sex. Lil Slim, a former rap artist for Cash money, heard Lil Wayne rap in the hood and was so impressed by this young rapper who was writing his own rhymes that he promised to introduce him to Birdman and maybe have him get signed by Cash Money. It was then in May, 1993 that Lil Wayne rapped for Birdman.
Sources: theboombox.com, hitfix.com, bustle.com, complex.com, hollywoodlife.com
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