25 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Lil Wayne
Weezy F. Baby, you already know -- or maybe you don't. Lil Wayne has lived an action-packed life, and he's only 31. But for every fact you know about Weezy, there are five things you don't know about the New Orleans-bred rapper. Yeah, he shot himself, but with whose gun? Sure, he lost his virginity early, but how? He called himself Shrimp Daddy early on, but why?
We dug through videos, interviews and old magazine scans to dig up some little-known information on Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. If you're a Wayne fan, this stuff is gold. And if you're not, well, maybe you will be after you read this. These are 25 Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Lil Wayne.
His initial rap name was inspired by New Orleans bounce rapper Pimp Daddy, who had a hit single called 'Gots Ta Be Real' in the early-to-mid '90s.
According to his very first cover story in Blaze Magazine from 2000, Lil' Slim, then a Cash Money artist, first heard Wayne when he was 9. He promised to get the kid a record deal with CM, but Wayne balked until coming to a Cash Money autograph session and spitting for Birdman and Slim right there in person.
Other accounts, however, claim Wayne left a barrage of freestyles on Baby's answering machine, prompting the Cash Money owners to sign the kid. Wayne has never corroborated that story, though, and in the video below, you can hear Weezy explain how he called Cash Money all the time after meeting Baby at the autograph session.
The album was 'True Story' and it was by the B.G.'z, a group consisting of Lil Wayne, then known as Baby D, and B.G., who went by Lil' Doogie.
It was a .32 Derringer, and the bullets cost a quarter each.
In 2005, it was rumored he was replacing Young Jeezy in the group, and T.I. was even supposed to join Wayne. A year later, in an interview with Vibe, Wayne said the group would have been akin to a "Southern Wu-Tang," but Jeezy left and T.I. decided against it, so the group never formed.
This stat, taken from a Lil Wayne message board that compiled every feature into a chronological spreadsheet, is probably lower than the actual figure.
He didn't end up using the knife, and Terry split soon after.
His stepfather Rabbit let Wayne play with his .44 Taurus Magnum, and one day, he accidentally shot himself while playing with the gun. He was on life support for two weeks.
The bullet was two inches away from his heart, and surviving the gun shot wound changed his life.
She had gone to school with Slim and knew Birdman had spent five years in jail.
When Vibe asked him about it, Wayne responded - "Uh, yeah...I was wildin' that night."
He relayed to Rolling Stone what his relationship with the label, Universal, was like at the time: "I said, ‘You never assign motherf---ers to my project. You're not going to treat me like your biggest artist, I must sell myself. If every artist has a thing, my thing is going to be my f---ing talent. That's the rarity. My niche, that you're going to sell for me, is that he's the talentedest n---- ever. It's not my face, not what I wear. You're going to sell that this n---- is great every time. Every song that comes through for clearance, you clear that motherf---er. Every mixtape you hear about, you shut up.'"
Upon forking out the loan, Rabbit told Wayne, "If this s--- don't work, I need my $700 back."
Besides an unpaid gig at a summer camp, he's never punched a clock.
It was on the SQ7 mixtape, also known simply as '10,000 Bars.' In the recordings, you can hear him flipping pages as he reads from a notebook. From then on, he recorded verses without writing them down.
No one knows why.
She saw him putting a gun in his backpack and decided enough was enough.
Toya Wright and Sarah Vivan also have little Lil Waynes. Hence the line “four baby mamas, no baby mama drama” on the 'No Lie' remix.
In some accounts, he was playing “Win, Lose or Draw” and a 13-year-old girl wrote “F--- me” on the board. Other accounts, like the one below, put it a little... differently.
His girlfriend was 14 at the time.
Wayne considers Rabbit to be his "real" father, as he raised him after his biological dad skipped town. His real name is Reginald.
After Wayne addressed Jigga in a '07 issue of Complex (“It’s not your house anymore and I’m better than you”), Jay took the bait and fired off some not-so subliminals. Wayne answered on Freekey Zekey's 'Beat Without Bass' -- "You old-ass rappers better stay on tour. You’re like 44, I got a .44, I’m 24. I could murk you and come home when I’m 44.”
After the show in New York City, police raided his tour bus and arrested him for possession of an unlicensed handgun. Three years later, he went to prison at Rikers Island for that charge.
He said as much to journalist Elliott Wilson in his CRWN interview.
Listen to a snippet of their collaboration below.