Dwayne Carter Jr., better known as Lil Wayne, helped shape modern rap in more than one way. While his music itself has been influential, his work with the label Young Money Cash Money (YMCY) has helped take control of hip-hop from traditional labels back into the hands of the musicians who make it. This has done more than just help his peers. It’s also made him one of the wealthiest rappers around.
Lil Wayne Net Worth 2017 – $150 Million
How Did Lil Wayne Build his Wealth & Fortune?
Lil Wayne entered the rap game when he was just eight years old, signing onto Cash Money Records just a year later. At the time, he was almost a novelty; a child performing gangster rap. Young Carter even accidentally shot himself when he was only twelve. Since his childhood, he’s done a lot to prove he’s more than just a gimmick. In 2004, when Lil Wayne was 22, he released Tha Carter, gaining him national recognition.
Over the next few years, he released several more albums, eventually passing Elvis Presley as the man with the most songs to have broke into the Billboard Hot 100. In 2010, I Am Not a Human Being was released while Lil Wayne was incarcerated in New York. When it hit the top of the Billboard charts, it made him the second artist ever (after Tupac) to have a #1 album.
To date, Lil Wayne has sold over 110 million records (including singles) and 40 million digital single tracks, making him one of the most commercially successful musicians in the world, not just in rap.