Lil Wayne found a new avenue to success in with Da Drought , his first solo mixtape. Within the context of early 21st-century hip-hop, the term mixtape typically referred to a recording produced and distributed outside official music-industry channels, often as a free Internet download. While continuing to build his reputation through mixtapes and collaborations, Lil Wayne released the critically praised album Tha Carter II , which sold more than one million copies. By the end of December, it had sold more than 2.
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And although he has since backed away from those claims, there's never an inopportune time to wax poetic about the legacy of Lil Wayne, who is undoubtedly one of the greatest rap stars out of the South to ever hit the mainstream. After the core members of the Hot Boys would all jump ship, many viewed Cash Money Records as being on the brink of obscurity, but Lil Wayne would rise to the occasion and evolve into a prolific rhyme animal with a penchant and flair for the dramatic. Whether it be mixtapes, like his Dedication series, or studio albums, like his beloved Tha Carter III , Weezy would slowly, but surely make a strong case for being the Best Rapper Alive, bar none.
American rapper Lil Wayne has released singles — including 19 promotional singles. Following a nine-month prison sentence for criminal possession of a weapon, Wayne returned to the music business with the release of the album I Am Not a Human Being in September In he released the single " Believe Me " featuring Drake. The single was met with acclaim many ranking Wayne's verse to be one of the best of that year, the single certified platinum by the RIAA.
This is almost it; one day remains in A Year of Lil Wayne, which means that it's time to start looking back on everything we've learned over the past year. And what better way to look back on everything than with a dang list? There are quite a few lists of the best Lil Wayne songs floating around out there, but this is the most correct one. Why is it the most correct? Well, first of all because I spent a year thinking about the best Lil Wayne songs every single day.