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Grammy nominated American Lil� Wayne, self proclaimed �best rapper alive� in his song �Best Rapper Alive�, has been around for a while now, but only gone solo recently. The chorus of this song from his latest album �Tha Carter II� begins with �Who am I�the best rapper alive�.

Born DeWayne Michael Carter, Lil� Wayne was noticed at the early age of 11 as a freestyler, and by age 13 he had a full-fledged career of a rapper. He was signed on by Brian �Baby� Williams to Cash Money records. He collaborated with other newcomer Lil� Doogie to form B.G.�z Group and released their first and only album �True Story�.

After releasing a series of albums in collaboration with other artists, in 2004, Lil� Wayne released �Tha Carter� and established him as a rapper. The release of �Tha Carter II� in December 2005, made him further recognizable as a contemporary rapper. �Tha Carter II� debuted at No.2 on the Billboard Top 200 and sold more than 200,000 copies. It has now been certified platinum.

�Fireman�, the first single off �Tha Carter II� became immensely popular all over the US after it peaked at No.32 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. However, Lil� Wayne took his popularity for granted and did not release a video for his second single �Grown Man�. Instead he released it on urban radios in January of 2006, hoping it would reach the Top 40 Mainstream and then to the Hot 100, and this did not really happen due to the lack of a video and adequate promotion. But, with the third single Lil� Wayne took no risks and released a music video for �Hustler Muzik�. Yet, this too did not receive the attention �Fireman� had, and reached No.87 on Hot 100. As of now his latest single �Shooter� is receiving decent television play. Lil Wayne's most successful video to date is a colaboration with Birdman titled "Stuntin Like My Daddy".

Lil� Wayne also released a sequel to �Dedication�, called �Dedication pt.2� in 2006, which includes a track called �Georgia�.Bush�, where he blames President Bush for not handling Hurricane Katrina, which ravaged his native New Orleans, well enough. Ludacris�s single �Georgia� was the beat it was recorded to, which itself was sampled from Ray Charles�s �Georgia on my Mind�.

With his popularity on a constant rise, Lil� Wayne is due to release two collaboration albums; one being a mix tape, meant to serve as a prequel to �I Can�t Feel my Face� with Juelz Santana and �Like Father, Like Son� with Baby. He�s also working tirelessly on �Tha Carter III� and wants to release it by the end of the year.

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Rapper.Born: September 27, 1982 in New Orleans, LA, United States of America.

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Did you mean: Lil' Wayne Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. (born September 27, 1982 in New Orleans, Louisiana), better known by his stage name Lil Wayne, is an American rapper. Formerly a member of the rap group the Hot Boys, he joined the Cash Money Records collective as a teenager. Get It How U Live, released in 1997, was Lil Wayne's first album with Hot Boys, and Tha Block is Hot, his solo debut, came out in 1999.

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Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. (born September 27, 1982), known by his stage name Lil Wayne, is an American hip hop recording artist from New Orleans, Louisiana. In 1991, at the age of nine, Lil Wayne joined Cash Money Records as the youngest member of the label, and half of the duo, The B.G.'z, with fellow New Orleans-based rapper B.G.. In 1996, Lil Wayne joined Southern hip hop group Hot Boys, which also included rappers Juvenile, B.G., and Young Turk. Hot Boys debuted with Get It How U Live! that year. Lil Wayne gained most of his success with the group's major selling album Guerrilla Warfare (1999).

Lil Wayne's debut studio album, Tha Block Is Hot (1999), was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). His next albums, Lights Out (2000) and 500 Degreez (2002), were certified Gold. He reached higher popularity with Tha Carter (2004), which included the single "Go D.J.", also appearing on Destiny's Child's top ten single "Soldier" that year. The album was followed by Tha Carter II (2005) and several mixtapes and collaborations throughout 2006 and 2007. Tha Carter III (2008) became Lil Wayne's most successful album to date, with first-week sales of over 1 million copies in the United States. It included the number-one single "Lollipop", as well as "A Milli" and "Got Money", and won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album.

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