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Happy Birthday, Lil Wayne!

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Today, Sept. 27, is the 34th birthday of one of hip-hop’s greatest Southern superstars, New Orleans rapper Lil Wayne.

With hilarious analogies, a larger than life personality and a rap career that started before he even hit puberty, Lil Wayne has made himself into one of hip-hop’s most recognizable figures. Hollegrove-raised Dwayne Carter Jr. was signed to Bryan “Baby” William’s label Cash Money at the age of 10, first appearing in the group Hot Boys with Juvenile, B.G., and Turk. Their major label debut Guerilla Warfare! reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200. They weren’t kidding when they said “Cash Money Records taking over the ’99 and the 2000’s.”

By 17, Wayne had dropped his solo debut, 1999’s The Block Is Hot, propelled by a gritty infectious song of the same title. The debut peaked at No. 3 on the charts followed by two more strong releases, Lights Out (2000) and 500 Degreez (2002). But it wasn’t until 2004 when Wayne really hit his musical stride by introducing Tha Carter series. From 2004 to 2008, the dread-headed grill-grinning rapper became a household name thanks to radio hits and platinum plaques. 2008’s Tha Carter III spawned some of Wayne’s biggest singles to date, “A Milli,” “Got Money” and “Lollipop” and automatically debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The album is certified triple-platinum and scored Wayne his first Grammy for Best Rap Album in 2009.

Wayne has a proven track record of helping create stars as well. With a distributing deal from Republic Records, Wayne started his Cash Money imprint called Young Money Entertainment in 2007. Since its launch, Young Money has fostered the talents of Drake and Nicki Minaj.

Weezy sparked retirement rumors once in 2014 when he tweeted and publicly said in concert that he wanted off the label that raised him, Birdman’s Cash Money. This would start a years-long Cash Money feud between Wayne and Baby that still isn’t over to this day. Wayne has accused the Cash Money CEO of holding out on paying him rightfully earned royalties, has sued for $50 million and said “Fuck Cash Money” at numerous public occasions.

Earlier this month, Wayne took to Twitter once again to express his exhaustion of the whole situation and announce he was retiring from the rap game.

“I AM NOW DEFENSELESS AND mentally DEFEATED & I leave gracefully and thankful I luh my fanz but I’m dun,” wrote Tunechi.

This tweet prompted many of Wayne’s rap comrades Like Rick Ross, Kendrick Lamar and Chance The Rapper to urge Wayne not to quit the game. As of today, fans still don’t have Tha Carter V and until he has his money from Baby, Wayne won’t have his peace.

Happy Birthday, Weezy! Hope the Libra scales tilt in your favor this year.

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