Lil Wayne has also spoken about his deceased stepfather, Rabbit, who he has said he considers his real father.Carter has a tattoo dedicated to Rabbit, who was murdered before Carter became a star.
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. In 1996, Carter joined the Hot Boys along with rappers Juvenile, B. At age 15, Carter was the youngest member at the time. was released the same year, followed in 1999 by the group's major-label debut Guerrilla Warfare, Carter's debut solo album Tha Block Is Hot was released when he was 17 and featured significant contributions from the Hot Boys. 3 on the Billboard 200 and was later certified platinum by the RIAA. After the release of Tha Block is Hot, Carter was featured on the single "Bling Bling", with B. His verse appeared only on the radio version of the song, while on the album version he performed on the chorus.
Wayne reached higher popularity with his fourth album Tha Carter (2004), which was led by the single "Go D.
J." and his appearance on Destiny's Child's Top 10 single "Soldier", that same year.
The album, released in 2010, was certified gold by the RIAA, despite a generally negative critical response.
In March 2010, Lil Wayne began serving an 8-month jail sentence in New York after being convicted of criminal possession of a weapon stemming from an incident in July 2007.
Wayne's eighth album I Am Not a Human Being (2010), was released during his incarceration.
His 2011 album and first following his release, Tha Carter IV, sold 964,000 copies in its first week of availability in the United States.
So I don't want to be Dwayne, I'd rather be Wayne". His 2000 follow-up album Lights Out failed to attain the level of success achieved by his debut The lead single was "Get Off the Corner", which was noticed for an improvement in its lyrical content and style.