Dwayne Michael Carter (Lil Wayne)
Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. aka Lil’wayne was born to Jacida "Cita" Carter and Dwayne Michael Turner on September 27, 1982 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Jacida Carter was 19 at the time, in the process of graduating from high school, and involved in an abusive relationship with Turner. Turner abandoned the family soon after Dwayne's birth (he died when Lil Wayne was fourteen). Jacida later became involved with Reginald "Rabbit" McDonald, who moved the family from the Holly grove neighborhood of New Orleans' 17th Ward to East New Orleans. Rabbit later became Wayne’s stepfather. ("Lil Wayne Biography" StudyMode.com. 05 2008. 2008. 05 2008 .)
A native of New Orleans, Lil Wayne grew up in the Holly grove section of town. As an aspiring young rapper, Wayne rapped at neighbor parties and it was at one of these parties that he was overheard by members of U.N.L.V., a group signed to Cash Money Records. Wayne was given contact information and followed up on them in an autograph signing session where he met the Cash Money CEOs Brian "Baby" Williams and Ronald "Slim" Williams. An impromptu freestyle session led to serious consideration on the parts of the Williams brothers. After Wayne found out the location and phone number of Cash Money Records, he visited on an almost daily basis while also leaving freestyles on their answering machine.
After seeing Lil Wayne dressed in gang affiliated colors, his mommy stopped him from being with Cash Money. Mad at his mommy, Lil Wayne ran away from home with his stepfather‘s gun. While playing with the gun, he accidentally shot his-self in the chest. He was rushed to the hospital from almost bleeding to death. While in the hospital, he told the police the gun belonged to his stepfather. His step father was arrested for having an unregistered handgun, and then shortly after being released from jail, was abducted, and killed. He has tattoos to commemorate his stepfather’s death & his accident. (“The life...