Charismatic Southern rapper Lil Wayne began his industry ascendance as one of the Hot Boys, a short-lived Cash Money Records all-star group. After establishing himself as a successful solo artist, he grew to become a critical favorite, known especially for his entertainting underground mixtapes.
His first solo album The Block is Hot was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Assocation of America. His next two albums, Lights out and 500 Degrees were certified gold. His most successful album to date was The Carter III, with first week sales of over 1 million copies sold in the US and winning a Grammy for Best Rap Album. His most recent album, I Am Not a Human Being II, debuted at #2. Lil Wayne has announced that Tha Carter V will be his last album.
In 2012 Lil Wayne passed Elvis Presley as the male with the most Billboard Hot 100 chart with 109 singles.