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How Lil Wayne Achieved a Net Worth of $170 Million

Lil Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr., was born on September 27, 1982 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Wayne is a songwriter, entrepreneur, composer, record producer, actor, and musician. Through his various talents as well as his hard work, he has been able to attain the status of a millionaire. As of 2022, Lil Wayne net worth is $170 million, and here is a complete overview of how he has been able to achieve this major goal.

The Early Days of Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne knew that he wanted to be an entertainer from an early age, and despite attending honors classes in elementary and middle school, he dropped out at the age of 14 to pursue a career in music. He wrote his first rap song at the age of eight, and in 1991, Carter met his mentor, The Birdman (Bryan "Baby" Williams), who took him under his wing and allowed him to practice rapping.

Carter chose the name "Wayne," instead of going by Dwayne, because he stated that his biological father was Dwayne, but he abandoned him when he was two years old. Carter, therefore, doesn't want to be associated with his father in any way, as he considered his stepfather, who is now deceased, to be his real father.

The Start of a Great Career

At the age of 14, In 1997, Lil Wayne became the youngest member of the rap band Hot Boys, which consisted of rappers Turk, Juvenile, and B.G. Hot Boys' debut album was titled, This is How U Live! Their second album made a debut in 1999, and was titled Guerilla Warfare, an album from a new record label. Guerilla Warfare reached # one on the Billboard Top R & B Albums, and number five on the Billboard. Carter and the Hot Boys experienced further success early in their career, and Lil Wayne was featured in Juvenile's single, Back That Azz Up, which reached number 18 on the Billboard Hot 100. The single also reached number five on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks.

Lil Wayne Takes His Career Solo

At the mere age of 17, Lil Wayne's debut solo album, The Block is Hot, was released. The album consisted of a great deal of contributions from the Hot Boys. The Block is Hot made its debut at number three on the Billboard 200 and subsequently became certified platinum by the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) nearly two months after its debut. Due to the success of this debut album, Carter was nominated for "Best New Artist" by Source Magazine.

A Not-So-Successful Second & Third Album

Carter's second solo album, Lights Out, made its debut in 2000, and though it failed to achieve the same success as his first one, it was still certified platinum by the RIAA. Carter also had a third solo album released in 2002, titled 500 Degreez, which faired similarly to the second one. Not only was it not as successful as his debut album, but it was also certified platinum by the RIAA.

When Did Lil Wayne Have Another Successful Album?

It wasn't until the summer of 2004 that Lil Wayne truly had another successful album. His fourth studio album, Tha Carter, was released, and this is the album that really made the rapper famous. The album sold 878,000 copies in the United States, and one of his singles, Go DJ, reached the top five on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart. Carter was also featured in several other songs with other musicians, that ended up very high on the billboards. This led to even more success and recognition for the young rapper.

Is There Anything That Threatens to Reduce Lil Wayne Net Worth?

Lil Wayne has four children, all with four different women, but he reports that he hasn't been court-ordered to pay child support for any of them. He stated that he's a good dad and that he takes care of his children, which is why he hasn't been court-ordered to pay child support. However, Carter was ordered to pay a fan $5,000 a month in child support for a fifth child that he denies he even fathered.

Despite the fact that Lil Wayne doesn't pay child support for the four children that he does care for, he still provides for them financially, which is likely an immense amount. The rapper is not married, so he could possibly father additional children, which could limit his net worth even more. However, the rapper isn't complaining, as he's done quite well for himself and has a massive net worth to back it up.

Drug Abuse and Health Issues

Lil Wayne reports that he suffers from epilepsy and has had a number of seizures as a result. Carter supposedly developed epilepsy as a result of ongoing abuse of a dangerous street substance called "Lean." Lean, also known as "Purple Drank" and "Sizzrup," consists of codeine cough syrup, soda pop, hard candy, alcohol, and even an anti-histamine. While Carter reports that his use of the substance has decreased, he admittedly continues to abuse the substance, which has a detrimental effect on the body.

Did Lil Wayne Have Any Legal Issues?

Carter has had a number of legal issues, and he has even spent time in jail for some of the more serious offenses. He has paid a substantial amount in fines over the years, which has likely negatively impacted his net worth in a significant way.

In addition to being convicted of various felonies, the rapper has also had several lawsuits brought against him. These lawsuits have cost him millions of dollars, which have greatly reduced the entertainers net worth and overall income. The largest amount that Carter was required to pay due to a lawsuit was $2.2 million, and this didn't include court costs, attorney fees, etc.

Does Lil Wayne Give to Any Organizations?

In 2008, the rapper did contribute donations to students in secondary schools. This is also when the rapper started a nonprofit called One Family Foundation. The rapper also contributed to helping to build a park in New Orleans, he has donated funds to assist children in Haiti with obtaining clothing, and he also gives out free turkeys to families in need every Thanksgiving. Lil Wayne has a big heart when it comes to helping out those who are less fortunate.

Does Lil Wayne Have Any Other Business Ventures?

In addition to rapping, which has earned Carter a majority of his income, he also has his own brand of cannabis, called GKUA Ultra Premium. In addition, Carter has written a book in which he discusses his experiences on Rikers Island, titled, Gone Til November: A Journal of Riker's Island. Riker's Island is a prison where Carter served a one-year sentence after being convicted of drug possession. Another business venture of Lil Wayne's is his music production company called Young Money Entertainment.

Lil Wayne still has his whole life ahead of him, and while his net worth is currently $160 million, which is quite impressive, it's predicted to only increase. With his immense amount of talent, motivation, and ambition, Carter will continue to entertain his audiences, which will only earn him more money and fame, which is what he's wanted since he was eight years old.

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Garrett Parker

Written by Garrett Parker

Garrett by trade is a personal finance freelance writer and journalist. With over 10 years experience he's covered businesses, CEOs, and investments. However he does like to take on other topics involving some of his personal interests like automobiles, future technologies, and anything else that could change the world.

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