Talks about rap and hip-hop without a mention of Lil Wayne’s music are like drinking hot cocoa without marshmallows. They are just plain and incomplete. Such is the influence of this revolutionary rapper in the field of music! So let us have a close look at the net worth of Lil Wayne in 2018.
Early Life and Biography
Lil Wayne wasn’t, of course, always Lil Wayne. He was born Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. on the 27th of September, 1982 in New Orleans. His mother was a 19-year-old cook when Dwayne was born. Soon when he turned two though, his parents went through a divorce and Dwayne’s father permanently left their family.
He had a stepfather named Reginald McDonald with whom he was close while growing up but he was murdered before Dwayne became famous. He even has a tattooed rabbit on himself in remembrance of his late stepfather. Dwayne used to attend the Lafayette Elementary School as a kid and then went off to Marian Abramson Senior High School.
Lil Wayne was interested in music, especially in the genre of rap, from a very young age. So much so that he wrote his first rap verse at the age of eight. He then met Bryan Williams in 1991 who went on to become his first ever mentor and guide. They shared a father and son bonding, and Bryan let Dwayne record with him in the songs of Cash Money Records which was his own record label. At the age of 14, Dwayne dropped out of school to entirely focus on his passion for music and rap.
Lil Wayne has been in several relationships out of which some have resulted in him becoming a father. He had his first child with his high school sweetheart, a baby girl named Reginae, when he was 16. The rest of his three children, Dwayne III, Cameron Carter and Neal, were born to three separate partners whom he dated at intervals from 2009 to 2015. Lil Wayne is a Roman Catholic and has admitted that he is regular in reading his bible verses. Although Lil Wayne has been in legal trouble at times, his overall slate is pretty clean.
Career, Awards, and Nominations
His career truly began at the age of 15 when he got involved with Hot Boys in 1996 alongside Turk, Juvenile and B.G. He was the youngest member in the group. Their major album turned out to be their second one named ‘Guerrilla Warfare’ which was released in 1999. It was listed no. 1 on the top R&B/Hip-Hop albums of Billboard. It also made the 5th place on the Billboard 200.
His first solo album named ‘The Block is Hot’ came out in 1999, when he was just 17. The playlist featured contributions from the Hot Boys as well. The album turned out to be in the Top Ten hit list. His next album, ‘Lights Out’ was successful enough to earn Gold certification from RIAA. One of his albums released in 2004, named ‘The Carter’, which proved to be a much-improved version of his rapping and style and was critically acclaimed after a few not so popular releases.
In 2005, ‘The Carter’ was followed by its sequel ‘The Carter II’ which made its way to the 2nd rank on Billboard 200. In 2005, Lil Wayne started his own independent record label named ‘Young Money Entertainment.’ Him and Birdman, both of whom are associated together in a father-son bonding, collaborated to create an album titled ‘Like Father, Like Son’ which came out in 2006 and a single of which, named “Stuntin’ Like My Daddy” was ranked 21 on the Billboard Hot 100.
He collaborated with many other artists on various projects like ‘Dedication 2’ and ‘Da Drought 3′. In place of releasing a solo album, he worked on singles with different musicians in different genres for over two years. After the long break his third album in the carter series, ‘The Carter III’ was released in 2008, out of which ‘Static Major’ became his first song to top the Billboards Top 100. The fourth installment, ‘The Carter IV’ came out shortly after and Lil Wayne declared in 2012 that ‘The Carter V’ would be his last album before he retires at the age of 35.
Lil Wayne is one of the few celebrities who have entire pages dedicated to just his award lists. Some of the few awards which he has received among the many include Grammy Awards (not 1 but 5), American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, BMI Awards, BET Awards, etc.
Net Worth & Earning
Being an unparalleled public figure and a talented rapper, Lil Wayne has earned a humungous sum of money in his lifetime. Apart from his album sales and his concerts numerous factors have contributed towards his increased net worth which include his own clothing line, his record label as well as a book of his memoirs named “Gone Til’ November: A Journal Of Rikers Island’, which captures his experiences when he was imprisoned in Rikers Island. as of 2018, Lil Wayne’s combined net worth, due to all his assets and his music, is thus a staggering $165 million.
Lil Wayne has not just been an influential figure in the music industry, but a revolutionary one. He is one of the few individuals who have not only provided us with their unique melodies but have redefined the whole genre they have chosen to work with. We have gotten many more popular artists, like Nicki Minaj, all thanks to him.