New Orleans native Lil Wayne (Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.) was born on September 27, 1982. Lil Wayne began his rap career when he was discovered by Cash Money Records at age 8 after recording a rap on owner Brian Williams’ answering machine. Lil Wayne’s career broke out in 1999 when “Bling Bling” become a chart-topper and Guerilla Warfare went platinum. Lil Wayne parted ways with Cash Money Records in February of 2015. In the news, Lil Wayne is noted for being a father to four children as well as a musician. Lil Wayne is also in headlines for skateboarding. Although Lil Wayne is a rapper, he frequently names Kurt Cobain of Nirvana as a primary musical influence.