Rebirth is the seventh studio album by American rapper Lil Wayne, released February 2, 2010 on Cash Money Records. Originally set to be released in early 2009 before several delays, the album was produced primarily by Cool & Dre, DJ Infamous, DJ Nasty & LVM, Kevin Rudolf, and J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League. Rebirth was promoted as Wayne's rock music debut, though it includes some hip hop tracks.
The album debuted at number two on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling 176,000 copies in its first week. It became Wayne's seventh top-ten album in the United States and produced four singles that attained Billboard chart success. Upon its release, Rebirth received generally negative reviews from most music critics. It has been certified gold in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America, with domestic shipment of 500,000 copies.
The album was originally thought to be the re-release of his triple-platinum album Tha Carter III. However on January 23, 2009 Wayne told MTV that the album will not be a re-release, but will be his rock album debut. The album was originally scheduled for an April 7, 2009 release,"", MTV News, January 23, 2009. Accessed January 23, 2009. however it went through multiple release dates and was finally released on February 2, 2010. Young Money artist, Shanell, stated that the delays were due to Wayne's desire for the album to be "perfect". Rap-Up. Accessed July 20, 2009.
The first single, "Prom Queen", was produced by Infamous and Andrew "Drew" Correa. The song made its official debut on January 27, appearing on Wayne's MySpace page. Wayne performed the single live for the first time during a concert in San Diego, which was streamed live by Ustream on AT&T’s FREEdom of Choice and Mobile Music Facebook pages that evening. "Prom Queen" peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.
Lil Wayne stated he collaborated with Fall Out Boy for his album, Rap-Up. Accessed February 20, 2009. while he also lent his vocals for their Folie à Deux album. According to a Rolling Stone article about the album, so are Lenny Kravitz and Pete Wentz. He will reportedly pay homage to the Beastie Boys, and a song that involves him rapping over stringed instruments, described as being similar to Coldplay's "Viva la Vida" will be on the album as well. Young Money artist, Shanell, has been collaborating with Wayne on the album. She has been credited for her vocals on a track called "Most Wanted Rockstar" which may appear on the album. Rap-Up. Eminem has been confirmed to have an appearance on a track titled "Drop the World". MTV News.
Birdman had confirmed that Tha Carter IV will be packaged with Rebirth as a double disc album. Rap-Up. However, Wayne denied this idea saying that "Tha Carter IV deserves Tha Carter IV". He went on to say that We Are Young Money may be packaged with Rebirth. Rap-Up. Accessed October 13, 2009. However, in November 2009, Wayne said that the albums would be released separately. XXL. Billboard magazine received an e-mail from a customer of online retailer Amazon.com stating that Amazon.com shipped copies of Rebirth as early as December 14. Amazon shipped about 500 pre-ordered copies and blamed a "shipping error". Young Money Entertainment president Mack Maine stated that the album would have different tracks than that of the leaked version.
Recording and production
The first single, "Prom Queen", was produced by the duo of DJ Infamous and Drew Correa, notable for producing the Grammy nominated track from Tha Carter III, "Mr. Carter". Production is also expected to come from Cool & Dre and Develop. Birdman also stated that the album will feature a song entitled "I'm Not Human". It has been speculated that the album may be shelved due to less than positive feedback from fans and the media, as well as the lead single, "Prom Queen," having quickly fallen off of the charts shortly after entry. Despite the shelving rumors, Lil Wayne released the single "Hot Revolver" to iTunes on March 17, 2009. iTunes. Accessed March 17, 2009. On August 18, 2009, in an interview, Wayne confirmed that the album is completed and he is continuously working on Tha Carter IV for the time being. On the single "On Fire" produced by Cool & Dre, Lil Wayne has been said to play the guitar; he plays bass in "Da Da Da". Most of Lil Wayne's vocals are recorded using AutoTune. He consiered naming the album: "Rebirth Of Auto-Tune".
"Prom Queen" (feat. Shanell) The lead single released from the album released on January 27, 2009. It peaked at No. 15 on Billboard Hot 100 being the highest charted single from the album. The video features members of Korn. "On Fire" replaced "Hot Revolver" as the album's official second single due to "Hot Revolver" 's absence from the album. "On Fire" was released on December 1, 2009. It peaked at No. 62 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song contains samples from Amy Holland's song "She's on Fire". - MTV.com "Drop the World" (feat. Eminem) was released as the album's third official single on December 28, 2009. It peaked at No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was praised by critics as the albums highlight.
"Hot Revolver"- This song was intended to be on Rebirth. The single was released on iTunes on March 17, 2009. It reached No. 33 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number No. 54 on the Canadian Hot 100. The song did not appear on the album and was replaced by "On Fire" as the album's second single. "Da Da Da" was released to the U.S. iTunes store on December 1, 2009.http The song failed to chart. A music video was filmed in February 2010.http "American Star" (feat. Shanell) charted at No. 91 on the Billboard Hot 100 following the album's release due to strong digital downloads. "Knockout" (feat. Nicki Minaj) debuted on Billboard Hot 100 at No. 44 following the album's release due to strong digital sales. A song titled "Fuck Today (Rebirth Mix)" (feat. Gudda Gudda) was released on iTunes to promote the album's release on February 2, 2010.httphttp The song reached No. 76 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The album debuted at number 2 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart with sales of 176,000 copies, exceeding expectations.Caulfield, Keith. . Billboard. Retrieved on 2010-02-11. It serves as Wayne's seventh U.S. top-ten album. It also debuted at No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and the Top Rap Albums. In its second week it fell to No. 4 on the Billboard 200 selling 89,024 more copies making its total sales so far 265,400. On its third week it fell one spot and brought its total sales to 324,470. On its fifth and sixth week it stayed at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100.Jason. . RapBasement. Retrieved on 2010-03-20. It remained at No. 1 on Top Rap Albums for six straight weeks. Rebirth also entered at number 24 in the United Kingdom and at number 86 in France.. The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved on 2010-02-11. On March 5, 2010, it was certified gold in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America, following shipment in excess of 500,000 copies.. Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved on 2010-03-31. As of October 31, 2010, it has so far sold 683,000 copies.http
Upon its release, the album received generally negative reviews from most music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 37, based on 21 reviews, which indicates "generally unfavorable reviews".. Metacritic. Retrieved on 2010-01-28. It is ranked seventh on the site's list of worst-reviewed albums.. Metacritic. Retrieved on 2010-02-02. Los Angeles Times critic Jeff Weiss called Rebirth "one of the worst albums of the year so far".Weiss, Jeff. . Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on 2010-02-03. Chicago Sun-Times writer Jim DeRogatis gave it 1 out of 4 stars and described it as "a wildly misguided experiment".DeRogatis, Jim. . Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved on 2010-01-28. NMEs Sam Wolfson gave Rebirth an 4/10 rating and wrote that Wayne "doesn’t have a clue what he’s doing".Wolfson, Sam. . NME. Retrieved on 2010-01-28. Allmusic's David Jeffries gave Rebirth 2 out of 5 stars and described it as "a loud and ignorable bore". Christian Hoard of Rolling Stone gave it 2½ out of 5 stars and perceived Wayne's "very questionable taste in rock" as its weakness.Hoard, Christian. . Rolling Stone. Retrieved on 2010-01-28. Joe Clay of The Times panned Wayne's singing and songwriting, calling his lyrics "devoid of humour and imagination".Clay, Joe. . The Times. Retrieved on 2010-01-29. HipHopDX.com columnist Alex Thornton viewed Wayne's taste in rock music as poor, writing "he’s mistakenly emulated the worst of the genre instead of digging a little bit deeper into something with a real soul". The Guardians Alexis Petridis gave the album 2 out of 5 stars and wrote "Given that everyone knows Carter can do so much better than this, it all smacks a bit of condescension, of locating a different audience, then talking down to them".Petridis, Alexis. . The Guardian. Retrieved on 2010-01-28. M.T. Richards of PopMatters gave it a 4/10 rating and described its music as "an endless stream of abysmally written, Auto Tune-drenched nothings".Richards, M.T. . PopMatters. Retrieved on 2010-03-13.
In a generally mixed review, The Village Voice writer Christopher R. Weingarten wrote that Wayne's lyrics "still walk some fascinating line between signifying unmistakable genius, curious savant, or total dick", but viewed the album as lacking substance, stating "Wayne's big problem is that he seems to like the idea of rock music more than any actual rock music itself".Weingarten, Christopher R. . The Village Voice. Retrieved on 2010-02-07. The New York Posts Dan Aquilante gave the album 2½ out of 5 stars and wrote "he does rap on the record, but that may not satisfy hard-core hip-hop fans who may view this as traitorous rather than musically adventurous".Aquilante, Dan. . The New York Post. Retrieved on 2010-02-02. Despite writing favorably of its few raps, Robert Ferguson of Drowned in Sound gave Rebirth a 5/10 rating and found fault with its "overblown choruses and riffs".Ferguson, Robert. . Drowned in Sound. Retrieved on 2010-02-15. USA Today writer Steve Jones gave it 2 out of 4 stars and wrote "Rebirth is neither well-conceived nor artfully delivered".Jones, Steve. . USA Today. Retrieved on 2010-02-02. Pitchfork Media's Ryan Dombal gave it a 4.5/10 rating and called it "an unlikely, unqualified, and quite unbelievable rock album".Dombal, Ryan. . Pitchfork Media. Retrieved on 2010-02-04. Slant Magazine's Jesse Cataldo gave the album 1½ out of 5 stars, calling it "a total misperception of what makes a rock record" and describing its sound as "mostly unrecognizable, a twisted amalgam of tacky set pieces collected from throughout the genre's history".Cataldo, Jesse. . Slant Magazine. Retrieved on 2010-02-01. The A.V. Clubs Nathan Rabin gave Rebirth a D+ rating and viewed its sound and lyrics as clichéd, writing that it "plays like an over-the-top parody of a rock album".Rabin, Nathan. . The A.V. Club. Retrieved on 2010-02-15.
Giving the album 1 out of 4 stars, Chicago Tribune critic Greg Kot panned Wayne's stylistic change and described his lyrics as "crushingly banal".Kot, Greg. . Chicago Tribune. Retrieved on 2010-01-28. However, RapReviews writer John-Michael Bond gave it a 7/10 rating and found Wayne's attempt at rock music interesting, calling the album "uneven" with "moments of genius".Bond, John-Michael. . RapReviews. Retrieved on 2010-02-15. In contrast, IGN's Brian Linden viewed the album's musical concept as flawed and Wayne's lyrics as its major flaw, writing "It's as if the rock backdrop somehow exposes every songwriting flaw and lays it bare".Linden, Brian. . IGN. Retrieved on 2010-02-15. Leah Greenblatt of Entertainment Weekly gave it a D+ rating and compared Wayne's decision to record a rock album to basketball player Michael Jordan's attempt at baseball, stating "Jordan returned to the basketball court after one ill-fated season in the farm leagues; we can only hope for the same for Wayne".Greenblatt, Leah. . Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on 2010-01-28. The Washington Posts Allison Stewart called Rebirth "profoundly, irretrievably awful" and "very much a thing unto itself, without a reason in the world for existing".Stewart, Allison. . The Washington Post. Retrieved on 2010-02-02. In a generally unfavorable review, Jon Pareles of The New York Times wrote that its lyrics "stay dutifully on topic" and found "how it reveals a rapper’s view of rock" as interesting, writing "For Lil Wayne rock is bombast and cliché in which high-school traumas are avenged, heaven and hell are frequently invoked and existential predicaments are taken seriously".Pareles, Jon. . The New York Times. Retrieved on 2010-02-01. Despite the generally negative criticism towards Rebirth, several music critics wrote favorably of its single "Drop the World" and Eminem's verse on the song, viewing it as a highlight on the album.
Credits for Rebirth adapted from Allmusic.. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2010-02-11.
* Sandy Brummels – creative director
* Katina Bynum – project manager
* Dwayne "Tha President" Carter – executive producer
* Jonathan Mannion – photography
* Vlado Meller – mastering
* Scott Sandler – logo design
* Mark Santangelo – assistant
* Raheem "Rahlo" Thomas – A&R
* Bryan "Baby Birdman" Williams – executive producer
* Ronald "Slim Tha Don" Williams – executive producer
Charts, certifications and procession
Chart procession and succession
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Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. (born September 27, 1982), better known by his stage name Lil Wayne, is an American rapper. 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 B.G.. In 1997, Lil Wayne joined the group Hot Boys, which also included rappers Juvenile, B.G., and 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, released in 1999. Also in 1999, Lil Wayne released his Platinum debut album Tha Block Is Hot, selling over one million copies in the U.S.
Although his next two albums Lights Out (2000) and 500 Degreez (2002) were not as successful (only reaching Gold status), Lil Wayne reached higher popularity in 2004 with Tha Carter, which included the single "Go D.J." Wayne also appeared on the Destiny's Child top ten single "Soldier" that year. In 2005, the sequel to Tha Carter, Tha Carter II, was released. In 2006 and 2007, Lil Wayne released several mixtapes and appeared on several popular rap and R&B singles.
His most successful album, Tha Carter III, was released in 2008 which went on to sell over 1 million copies in the U.S. its first week of release. It included the number-one single "Lollipop" and won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. Lil Wayne released his debut rock album, Rebirth, in 2010 to primarily negative reception from critics. The album eventually went gold. In March 2010, Lil Wayne began serving an 8 month prison sentence in New York after being convicted of criminal possession of a weapon stemming from an incident in July 2007. While in jail he released another album entitled I Am Not a Human Being in September 2010, featuring Young Money artists such as Drake, Nicki Minaj and Lil Twist.
Lil Wayne was born Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. and grew up in the Hollygrove neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana. Carter was born when his mother, a chef, was 19 years old. His parents were divorced when he was 2, and his father permanently abandoned the family. Carter enrolled in the gifted program of Lafayette Elementary School and in the drama club of Eleanor McMain Secondary School.
He wrote his first rap song at age eight. In the summer of 1991, he met Bryan Williams, rapper and owner of Cash Money Records. Carter recorded freestyle raps on Williams's answering machine, leading him to mentor the young Carter and include him in Cash Money-distributed songs. He also recorded his first ever collaboration album True Story with rapper B.G.. At the time, Carter was 11, and B.G. was 14, and was billed as "The B.G.'z". When he was 12, he played the part of the Tin Man in his middle school drama club's production of The Wiz. At age 13, he accidentally shot himself with a .44 caliber gun, with the bullet missing his heart by two inches. At McMain Magnet School, Carter was an honor student, but he dropped out at the age of 14 to focus on a musical career.
1997–99: The Hot Boys
In 1997, Carter joined the Hot Boys along with rappers Juvenile, B.G., and Turk. At age 15, Carter was the youngest member at that time. Hot Boys' debut album Get It How U Live! was released the same year, followed in 1999 by the group's major-label debut Guerrilla Warfare, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard magazine Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and No. 5 on the Billboard 200. During their career, the Hot Boys had two charting singles, "We on Fire" from Get It How U Live! and "I Need a Hot Girl" from Guerrilla Warfare. Carter was also featured on Juvenile's single "Back That Azz Up", which reached No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 5 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks.. allmusic Let 'Em Burn, a compilation album of unreleased tracks recorded during 1999 and 2000, came out in 2003, several years after the group disbanded. It reached No. 3 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and No. 14 on the Billboard 200.
Carter's debut solo album Tha Block Is Hot at age 17 featured significant contributions from the Hot Boys and was certified 2x platinum, climbing to No. 3 on the Billboard album charts. The album earned him a 1999 Source magazine award nomination for "Best New Artist", and also became a Top Ten hit. The lead single was "Tha Block Is Hot". After the release of Tha Block is Hot, Carter was featured on the single, "Bling Bling", with B.G., Juvenile, and Big Tymers. His verse was featured on the radio edition, and on the album version, only his hook was featured on the single.
2000–02: Lights Out and 500 Degreez
His 2000 follow-up album Lights Out failed to attain the level of success achieved by his debut but was certified gold by RIAA. Critics pointed to the lack of coherent narratives in his verses as evidence that he had yet to mature to the level of his fellow Hot Boys. The lead single was "Get Off The Corner" which was noticed for an improvement in lyrical content and style, it also received a music video. The second single which received less attention was "Shine" featuring The Hot Boys. Near the release of Lights Out, Lil Wayne was featured on the single, "1# Stunna" with Big Tymers and Juvenile, which rose to 24th place on the Hot Rap Tracks charts.
In 2001, Lil Wayne was shot in the chest in Florida after "some groupies" fired two shots through his tour bus window. He recalled the incident in 2008 interview: 'It 'didn’t go all the way in, ’cause the window slowed it down.'
Lil Wayne's third album 500 Degreez, released in 2002, followed the format of his previous two, with significant contributions from the Hot Boys and Mannie Fresh. While certified Gold like its predecessor, it too failed to match the success of his debut. The title was a reference to the recently estranged Hot Boys member Juvenile's recording, 400 Degreez. The lead single was "Way Of Life" which like the album failed to match the success of his previous singles. After the release of 500 Degreez, he was featured in the single "Neva Get Enuf" by 3LW.
2004–07: Tha Carter, Tha Carter II and collaborations
In the summer of 2004, Wayne's album Tha Carter was released, marking what critics considered advancement in his rapping style and lyrical themes. In addition, the album's cover art featured the debut of Wayne's now-signature dreadlocks. Tha Carter gained Wayne significant recognition, selling over 1 million copies in the United States, while the single "Go DJ" became a Top 5 Hit. After the release of Tha Carter, Lil Wayne was featured in Destiny's Child's single "Soldier" with T.I., which peaked at No. 3 on the U.S. Hot 100 and the U.S. R&B Charts. The song Get Something (featuring Mannie Fresh) was supposed to appear on the album but failed to make the cut, however the music video was released.
Tha Carter II, the follow-up to the original Tha Carter album, was released in December 2005, this time without production by longtime Cash Money Records producer Mannie Fresh, who had since left the label. Tha Carter II sold more than 238,000 copies in its first week of release, debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, and went on to sell 2,000,000 copies world wide. The lead single, "Fireman," became a hit in the US, peaking at 32 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Other singles included "Grown Man", "Hustler Muzik", and "Shooter" (featuring R&B singer Robin Thicke). Lil Wayne also appeared on a remix of Bobby Valentino's "Tell Me", which rose to No. 13 on the U.S. R&B Charts.
In 2005, Lil Wayne was named president of Cash Money, and in the same year he founded Young Money Entertainment as an imprint of Cash Money. However, as of late 2007, Lil Wayne reported that he has stepped down from the management of both labels and has handed management of Young Money over to Cortez Bryant.
Lil Wayne cropped.jpgthumbLil Wayne performing at the Beacon Theatre on July 23, 2007
In 2006, Lil Wayne collaborated with rapper Birdman for the album Like Father, Like Son, whose first single "Stuntin' Like My Daddy", reached No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100. Instead of a follow-up solo album, Lil Wayne reached his audience through a plethora of mixtapes and guest appearances on a variety of pop and hip-hop singles. Of his many mixtapes, Dedication 2 and Da Drought 3 received the most media exposure and critical review. Dedication 2, released in 2006, paired Lil Wayne with DJ Drama and contained the acclaimed socially conscious track "Georgia Bush," in which Lil Wayne critiqued former US president George W. Bush's response to the effects of Hurricane Katrina on the city of New Orleans. Da Drought 3 was released the following year and was available for free legal download. It contained Lil Wayne rapping over a variety of beats from recent hits by other musicians. Numerous of features in prominent hip-hop magazines such as XXL and Vibe covered the mixtape. Christian Hoard of Rolling Stone magazine considered the mixtapes Da Drought 3 and The Drought Is Over 2 "among the best albums of 2007."
Despite no album release for two years, Lil Wayne appeared in numerous singles as a featured performer, including "Gimme That" by Chris Brown, "Make It Rain" by Fat Joe, "You" by Lloyd, and "We Takin' Over" by DJ Khaled (also featuring Akon, T.I., Rick Ross, Fat Joe, and Birdman), "Duffle Bag Boy" by Playaz Circle, "Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill)" by Wyclef Jean (also featuring Akon), and the remix to "I'm So Hood" by DJ Khaled (also featuring T-Pain, Young Jeezy, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Big Boi, Fat Joe, Birdman, and Rick Ross). All these singles charted within the top 20 spots on the Billboard Hot 100, Hot Rap Tracks, and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. On Birdman's 2007 album 5 * Stunna, Lil Wayne appeared on the singles "100 Million" and "I Run This" among several other tracks. Wayne also appeared on tracks from albums Getback by Little Brother, American Gangster by Jay-Z, and Graduation by Kanye West and Insomniac by Enrique Iglesias. "Make it Rain", a Scott Storch production that peaked at number 13 on the Hot 100 and number two on the Hot Rap Tracks chart, was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for 2008.
Vibe magazine ranked a list of 77 of Lil Wayne's songs from 2007 and ranked his verse in DJ Khaled's "We Takin Over" as his best of 2007, with "Dough Is What I Got" (a freestyle over the beat of Jay-Z's "Show Me What You Got") from Da Drought 3 the second song. At the end of 2007, an MTV poll selected Lil Wayne as "Hottest MC in the Game", The New Yorker magazine ranked him "Rapper of the Year", and GQ magazine named him "Workaholic of the Year".. MTV. In 2008 he was named "Best Rock Star Alive" by Blender magazine and "Best MC" by Rolling Stone. Another article, built around Lil Wayne's 2007 mixtape work, cites his creative practice as an example of postperformance creative practice.
2008–09: Tha Carter III and We Are Young Money
Initially planned to be released in 2007, Tha Carter IIIs largest delay came after the majority of the tracks were leaked and distributed on mixtapes, such as "The Drought Is Over Pt. 2" and "The Drought Is Over Pt. 4". Lil Wayne initially decided to use the leaked tracks, plus four new tracks, to make a separate album, titled The Leak. The Leak was to be released December 18, 2007, with the actual album being delayed until March 18, 2008,MTV News Staff (January 17, 2008). . MTV. Retrieved January 17, 2008. The release of The Leak in this format never came to fruition, but an official EP titled The Leak and containing five tracks was released digitally on December 25, 2007.
Tha Carter III was released on June 10, 2008, selling more than a million copies in its first week of release, the first to do so since50 Cent's The Massacre in 2005.Mayfield, Geoff. . Billboard: June 17, 2008 The first single "Lollipop", featuring Static became the rapper's most commercially successful song at that point, topping the Billboard Hot 100, making it the first Top 10 single for Lil Wayne as a solo artist, as well as his first No. 1 on the chart. His third single from Carter III, "Got Money" featuring T-Pain, peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard 100. Along with his album singles, Lil Wayne appeared on R&B singles "Girls Around the World" by Lloyd, "Love In This Club, Part II" by Usher, "Official Girl" by Cassie, "I'm So Paid" by Akon, "Turnin' Me On" by Keri Hilson, and "Can't Believe It" by T-Pain; rap singles "My Life" by The Game, "Shawty Say" by David Banner, "Swagga Like Us" by T.I., "Cutty Buddy" by Mike Jones, All My Life (In the Ghetto) by Jay Rock and the remix to "Certified" by Glasses Malone; and pop single "Let It Rock" by new Cash Money artist Kevin Rudolf. On July 14, 2008, the Recording Industry Association of America certified Tha Carter III two times platinum.. RIAA In an October 2008 interview with MTV News, Lil Wayne announced plans to re-release this album with all new tracks, including a duet with Ludacris and remixes of "A Milli".
Lil Wayne (cropped).jpgthumbuprightleftLil Wayne performing at General Motors Place concert in Vancouver in January 2009.
The lineup for New Orleans' 2008 Voodoo Experience concert, held in October, featured Lil Wayne. Jonathan Cohen of Billboard magazine reported that the event would mark his biggest hometown headlining set of his career. Lil Wayne stated that he would reunite with Hot Boys alongside Juvenile, Turk, and B.G. They plan to release an album after B.G.'s solo album Too Hood to Be Hollywood was completed. Wayne also performed as the 2008 Virgin Mobile Music Fest with Kanye West, performing the remix of "Lollipop" with West and also lip-syncing to Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You". Lil Wayne also performed at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards with Kid Rock ("All Summer Long"), Leona Lewis ("DontGetIt (Misunderstood)") and T-Pain ("Got Money"). On the season premiere of Saturday Night Live, he performed "Lollipop" and "Got Money". He later performed at the homecoming rally at Vanderbilt University and the 2008 BET Hip Hop Awards with 12 nominations. He won the "MVP" title at the BET Hip Hop Awards and seven others. It was revealed that M.I.A. dropped out of performing on the tour due to her pregnancy, however Jay-Z is expected to perform with Wayne on the song "Mr. Carter" at select shows. MTV.com. Retrieved October 31, 2008.
On November 11, 2008, Wayne became the first hip-hop act to ever perform at the Country Music Association Awards. He played alongside Kid Rock for the song, "All Summer Long", in which Wayne did not rap but instead inaudibly strummed guitar strings alongside the guitarist in Kid Rock's band. Shortly after, Wayne was nominated for eight Grammys – the most for any artist nominated that year. Wayne was then named the first ever MTV Man of the Year at the end of 2008. He won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance for "A Milli", Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for his appearance in T.I.'s single "Swagga Like Us", and Best Rap Song for "Lollipop". Tha Carter III won the award for Best Rap Album.
DJ Drama stated that there would be a third installation of the Dedication mixtape series with Lil Wayne, who insisted that it will would be a full album under the title. However despite the fact Wayne wanted to release Dedication 3 as an album, it was released as a mixtape on November 14, 2008.
MTV listed Lil Wayne number two on their 2009 list of the Hottest MCs In The Game. MTV News.
On December 23, 2009, Wayne released a collaboration album with Young Money, with the first single confirmed as "Every Girl". The second single is "BedRock", featuring Lloyd. The third single is "Roger That". On May 24, 2010, the album was certified gold by the RIAA with over 500,000 copies sold.
Wayne is featured on the song, "Revolver", with Madonna for her 2009 greatest hits album, Celebration. He was also featured on a Weezer song, "Can't Stop Partying", on their 2009 album, Raditude.
2008–present: Rebirth, I Am Not a Human Being, and Tha Carter IV
In late 2008, Wayne stated that he would re-release The Carter III with leftover tracks and call it Rebirth, several months later, however, he announced Rebirth would instead release as his debut rock album, maintaining its title as Rebirth. To support the release of Rebirth and a collaboration album with Young Money Entertainment, Wayne headlined the 'Young Money Presents: America's Most Wanted Music Festival'... a United States and Canada–only concert tour which started on July 29, 2009. The Rebirth album was originally scheduled for a April 7, 2009 release, however after numerous delays, the album was released on February 2, 2010. For the anticipation of Rebirth, Wayne was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone.
"Prom Queen", the first official single, debuted on January 27, 2009 immediately after a live Internet broadcast on Ustream of his concert in San Diego. "Prom Queen" peaked at number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. On December 3, 2009, Lil Wayne's second single from the album, "On Fire", was released on iTunes. "On Fire" was produced by Cool & Dre with Lil Wayne playing the guitar with the aid of Pro Tools. "On Fire" peaked at number 33 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. "Drop the World", which features Eminem, is the third single from the album.
Lil Wayne was thought to be releasing an EP entitled I Am Not a Human Being, but it was confirmed that would be a full length LP. The album was released on September 27, 2010 which was his birthday. The album has sold over 784,000 copies in the U.S. and has spawned a successful single in "Right Above It".
In an interview on MTV's Mixtape Monday, Wayne asserted the possibility of an album titled Tha Carter IV. MTV.com.'.' Retrieved September 15, 2008. Following Tha Carter III's achievement of selling over 2 million copies, becoming 2008's best-selling record, Wayne re-signed with Cash Money Records for a multi-album deal. Wayne said Tha Carter IV will be released in 2009 just before the holidays. Rap-Up.'.' Retrieved February 12, 2009. Birdman had previously stated that Tha Carter IV would be packaged with Rebirth as a double disc album. Rap-Up. However, Wayne denied this idea saying that "Tha Carter IV deserves Tha Carter IV". He went on to say that We Are Young Money may be packaged with Rebirth. Rap-Up.'.' Retrieved October 13, 2009. MTV News. However, it was later confirmed that Rebirth and We Are Young Money will be released separately and that Tha Carter IV will be released during 2011. He started from scratch on Tha Carter IV since getting released from jail. He recorded his first track since being released from jail and it was described as being "a 2010 version of A Milli on steroids." The album is set to feature multiple guests, including Tech N9ne.http The first single "6 Foot 7 Foot" featuring Cory Gunz was released on December 15, 2010. It was available for digital download on iTunes December 16, 2010. The song is produced by Bangladesh, who also produced Lil Wayne's single "A Milli" in 2008. He released another song called "We Back Soon" on March 8, 2011. It is more relaxed than "6 Foot 7 Foot" is, but the recording date is unknown. Tha Carter IV has been scheduled to be released on May 16, 2011.http
On March 12, 2011, rapper Fred Durst from Limp Bizkit tweeted that Lil Wayne will be featured on the song "Ready To Go" from Limp Bizkit's upcoming album Gold Cobra. "Fred Durst on Twitter" http Reatrieved March 13, 2011
He has announced several possible upcoming projects, including a collaboration album I Can't Feel My Face with rapper Juelz Santana that has been in production for several years. He has discussed a possible R&B album titled Luv Sawngz, for which he will heavily rely on a vocoder. He has also talked with singer Lloyd about doing a collaboration album in the future. On June 19, 2008, Lil Wayne and T-Pain formed a duo called T-Wayne and planned to release an album. On June 8, 2010, Drake confirmed that he and Wayne are planning to release a joint album in the future. Lil Wayne and Baby will release a second Like Father, Like Son album around Fathers Day 2011.http Wayne and Drake will release a collaboration album sometime in the near future.
Television and film career
Lil Wayne was a guest debater going up against Skip Bayless on the "1st & 10" segment on the January 6, 2009 edition of ESPN First Take. On February 10, 2009 he also appeared on ESPN's Around the Horn and beat out veterans Woody Paige, Jay Mariotti and fellow New Orleanian Michael Smith to win that show's episode. Wayne is set to produce and compose music for the film Hurricane Season. A documentary of Lil Wayne titled The Carter was released at the Sundance Film Festival. Prior to the 2009 Grammy Awards, Wayne was featured in an interview with Katie Couric. On February 7, 2009, he presented the Top Ten List on CBS's Late Show with David Letterman. He then appeared on an April 24 episode of The View – talking about his GED and addictions. In September 2009, Wayne was profiled in an episode of VH1's Behind the Music and was a presenter of the 2009 MTV Movie Awards.
Lil Wayne has four children. His first child, daughter Reginae, was born when he was 15, to his high school sweetheart Antonia "Toya" Carter (née Johnson). Wayne and Johnson married on Valentine's Day of 2004 and divorced in 2006. Internet rumours started circulating in August 2008 that Wayne's daughter had died in a car crash, which however he quickly cleared up as false saying "Please allow me to dispel any rumors or speculations and report that my daughter is alive, healthy and surrounded by family who care and love her dearly. The rumors are completely false and unfounded; neither Reginae nor any other member of my family has been involved in any car accident." His second child, Dwayne III, was then born on October 22, 2008 at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. His third child, Lennox Samuel Ari, was born to actress Lauren London on September 9, 2009. He had his fourth child, Neal, on November 30, 2009 with singer Nivea.
In a CBS interview with Katie Couric, Wayne described why he goes by the name of "Wayne" instead of his given name, Dwayne. Carter explained, "I dropped the D because I'm a junior and my father is living and he's not in my life and he's never been in my life. So I don't want to be Dwayne, I'd rather be Wayne". Couric asked Wayne if his father knew of this and Wayne replied with a smile, "He knows now".
After earning his GED, Wayne enrolled at the University of Houston in January 2005. He dropped out in the same year due to his conflicting schedule. He also revealed on The View that he switched to the University of Phoenix and majored in psychology taking online courses. An article in Urb magazine in March 2007 asserted that Wayne had been earning high grades at Houston.
Sports and musical interests
In an interview with Blender magazine, Lil Wayne revealed one of his favorite bands from childhood to be rock group Nirvana, and cites them as a major influence in his music.
On September 24, 2008, Lil Wayne published his first blog for ESPN in their issue, ESPN The Magazine. Wayne revealed he was a fan of tennis, the Green Bay Packers, the Boston Bruins, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Red Sox. Wayne has continued writing for ESPN, notably reporting at the ESPN Super Bowl party.
Lil Wayne made his debut on ESPN's daily sports round table show Around The Horn on February 10, 2009.
Along with Mack Maine, Wayne was in attendance of Game 3 of the opening round NBA playoff series between the Denver Nuggets and the home team New Orleans Hornets on April 25, 2009.
Lil Wayne is a practicing Christian, who takes time to read the Bible regularly. While playing in Newark Symphony Hall, Lil Wayne professed his belief "in God and His son, Jesus." He then asked the Newark crowd if they also believed, and they responded affirmatively with a roar.
According to his Rikers Island inmate ID and prison records, Wayne is specifically a Roman Catholic.
On February 19, 2008, Lil Wayne and Cortez Bryant revisited their alma mater McMain Secondary School to get students to design an invitation to the gala introducing Lil Wayne's nonprofit One Family Foundation. The website Change.org states: "The mission of One Family Foundation, Inc. is to empower urban youth by engaging them in opportunities to cultivate their talents and skills, educating them to become productive and economically self-sufficient, and motivating them to dream beyond their circumstances."
Drug use and arrests
Wayne told CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric on her All Access Grammy Special in 2009 that he enjoys smoking marijuana recreationally. He also stated that he is "not addicted" to drinking purple drank (codeine cough syrup) any longer, like some claimed he was. He has been arrested for use or possession of marijuana and other drugs.
Following a performance at Qwest Arena in Boise, Idaho, Lil Wayne was arrested October 5, 2007 on felony fugitive charges after Georgia authorities accused the rapper of possessing a controlled substance. The incident was later described as a "mix-up" and the fugitive charges were dropped.
On January 23, 2008, Lil Wayne was arrested alongside two others. His tour bus was stopped by Border Patrol agents near Yuma, Arizona. A K-9 Unit recovered of marijuana, almost of cocaine, of MDMA, and $22,000 in cash. Lil Wayne was charged with four felonies: possession of narcotic drug for sale, possession of dangerous drugs, misconduct involving weapons and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was granted permission to travel outside of the state and remain out of custody on the $10,185 bond he posted. On May 6, 2008, Wayne returned to court in Arizona to plead not guilty to the charges. A bench warrant was issued on March 17, 2010 when Lil Wayne did not show for a final trial management conference. However, the rapper was already in prison, serving a year-long sentence in Rikers on weapons charges. On June 22, 2010 Wayne plead guilty to the charges. As part of the plea deal he may serve 36 months of probation. On June 30, 2010, he was sentenced to 3 years probation.
On December 18, 2009, Wayne and 11 others were detained at the Falfurrias, Texas border patrol checkpoint after an unknown amount of marijuana was found on two of his tour buses.
New York weapon case
On July 22, 2007, Lil Wayne was arrested in New York City following a performance at the Beacon Theatre; the New York City Police Department discovered Lil Wayne and another man smoking marijuana near a tour bus. After taking Lil Wayne into custody, police discovered a .40 caliber pistol on his person. The gun, which was registered to his manager, was in a bag located near the rapper. He was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and marijuana.
On October 22, 2009, Lil Wayne pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon. He was due for sentencing in February 2010 and was expected to receive a one-year jail sentence, but on February 9, 2010, Lil Wayne's attorney announced that the sentencing was delayed until March 2 due to dental surgery, which was performed on February 16. The surgery included eight root canals, the replacement of several tooth implants, as well as the addition of a few new implants and work on his remaining original teeth.
On March 2, 2010, sentencing was postponed again when the courthouse reported a fire in the basement.
On March 8, 2010, Lil Wayne was sentenced to a year in prison, which he served in Rikers Island. His lawyer said the rapper expected to be held in protective custody, separated from other prisoners. He was released on good behavior. However, in May 2010 Wayne was found by Rikers Island correctional staff to be in possession of contraband (an MP3 player, charger, and headphones). However at that time, it was reported by MTV and HipHopDX (and later confirmed) that Lil Wayne was to be released four months early in November.
In April 2010, Lil Wayne's friends created a website called Weezy Thanx You, which publishes letters written by Wayne in prison. In the first letter, titled "Gone 'til November", the rapper described his daily routine, saying he works out a lot, and reads the Bible every day.
Wayne was released from Rikers Island prison facility on November 4, 2010 after serving eight months of his year-long sentence.
In February 2009, production company RMF Productions filed a $1.3 million lawsuit against Wayne, following a $100,000 advance payment for three shows, all of which were cancelled by the artist.
On October 2009, Lil Wayne, Birdman, Cash Money Records and various music distribution outlets were sued for copyright infringement by Thomas Marasciullo, who claims his voice was used without permission. The rappers asked him to record some "Italian-styled spoken word recordings" in 2006. The lyrics were allegedly used on "Respect" and other tracks from the rappers' collaboration album Like Father, Like Son and Birdman's 5 * Stunna.
Public references by Barack Obama
Lil Wayne has been referenced in public speeches by President Barack Obama on at least two occasions, in mixed contexts. Speaking to a largely African-American audience during a general election campaign town hall speech in Georgia, then-U.S. Senator Obama exhorted children to stay in school and achieve their dreams through education and perseverance instead of hoping for shortcuts to fame and riches, stating: "You are probably not that good a rapper. Maybe you are the next Lil Wayne, but probably not, in which case you need to stay in school."
After assuming the Presidency, Obama later echoed this theme of personal and familial responsibility—and the difficulty of achieving Lil Wayne's lyrical skills or success—during an address to a meeting commemorating the 100th anniversary of the NAACP, telling the audience:
Obama also mentioned listening to Lil Wayne on his iPod:
; Studio albums
* 1999: Tha Block Is Hot
* 2000: Lights Out
* 2002: 500 Degreez
* 2004: Tha Carter
* 2005: Tha Carter II
* 2008: Tha Carter III
* 2010: Rebirth
* 2010: I Am Not a Human Being
* 2011: Tha Carter IV
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