His mother, a cook, gave birth to him when she was 19 years old.
His parents divorced when he was 2, and his father permanently abandoned the family.
Couric asked Wayne if his father knew of this and Wayne replied with a smile, "He knows now." In the summer of 1991, he met Bryan Williams, rapper and owner of Cash Money Records. The second single, which received less attention, was "Shine" featuring the Hot Boys.
Lil Wayne has also spoken about his deceased stepfather, Rabbit, who he has said he considers his real father.
Other singles included "Grown Man" with Currensy, "Hustler Musik", and "Shooter" with R&B singer Robin Thicke. Of his many mixtapes, Dedication 2 and Da Drought 3 received the most media exposure and critical review.
Lil Wayne also appeared on a remix of Bobby Valentino's "Tell Me", which rose to No. 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.
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.
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