Rapper Lil Wayne is one of the most experienced musicians in the industry right now. The 33-year-old has had a number of hits, and while he has been lying lower under the radar than he has in the early aughts, it’s time that he get recognized the way he deserves. Here, we present 15 things you didn’t know about Lil Wayne. Check out part one below, and stay tuned for part two, coming soon!
Number Fifteen: He Wasn’t Always Lil Wayne. Before he was Lil Wayne, he went by Shrimp Daddy and Baby D. His birth name is Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.
Number Fourteen: He’s a Fan of Jay-Z. Well, according to his tattoos, anyway. Lil Wayne has a tattoo on his neck that says “Lucky Me.” This is an homage to a song by Jay-Z. He also has a tattoo on his leg that features an entire verse of the song.
Number Thirteen: He Was a Band Geek. Lil Wayne actually met his manager, Cortez Bryant, in high school! They met in the band, which is even better. Bryant led the school’s cymbal section, and Lil Wayne joined the cymbal section.
Number Twelve: He Has a History With Cocaine – But It’s Not That Bad. The way Lil Wayne raps about cocaine might make you think that he’s using it and selling it all the time, but according to him, he hasn’t sold a single brick. He said, “I haven’t had to see one unless I wanted to snort it.” He also has said that he stopped using cocaine due to the bad effects it has on his skin. He said it causes acne, and he stopped because he’s a “pretty boy.’
Number Eleven: He Has Had Some Internal Conflicts Regarding Loyalty. Lil Wayne’s contract with Cash Money expired in 2006, which prompted him to have to decide whether to stay with Cash Money or move to Jay-Z’s Rocafella. Though he could have easily moved over to Rocafella for a rumored $5 million, he didn’t. He insisted that he was a “loyal dude.”
Number Ten: He Likes Destiny Child. According to Lil Wayne, his favorite guest verse that he’s performed is on Destiny Child’s “Soldier.” Not even Lil Wayne can deny Beyonce’s power!
Number Nine: He Never Completed School. In fact, he dropped out when he was just 14 years old! Looks like an education isn’t completely necessary to achieve success (but don’t tell your kids).