Initially known best as the youngest Hot Boy, Lil' Wayne grew up quickly and enjoyed a steady stream of hits in the process. The New Orleans rapper began his long stint with Cash Money as part of the Hot Boys, a popular late-'90s supergroup also comprised of Juvenile, Turk, and B.G. that set the stage for respective solo careers. Juvenile and B.G. made their solo debuts first in 1999 and racked up a pair of simultaneous big hits, "Back That Azz Up" and "Bling Bling," respectively. Lil' Wayne made his solo debut later that year and similarly came out of the gate with a huge hit, the title track of his album, Tha Block Is Hot (1999). Following this wave of astounding success in 1999, the Cash Money frenzy simmered a little bit thereafter. During the two years between Lil' Wayne's second album, Lights Out (2000), and his third, 500 Degreez (2002), Cash Money consequently purged itself of Hot Boys, dropping Juvenile, Turk, and B.G. while retaining only Lil' Wayne. The label's loyalty paid off, as 500 Degreez sold massively, driven by the single "Way of Life". Tha Carter was released two years later, powered by the hit single "Go DJ". In 2005 he became the president of the Cash Money label and began work on a new album. Tha Carter, Vol.2 appeared at the end of year while Lil Wayne was busy in his native New Orleans raising money for victims of Hurricane Katrina. A collabo album with Birdman followed in 2006 with Like Father, Like Son. Lil' Wayne also collaborated regularly with Dipset member Juelz Santana during this period. After some stolen tracks for his next official album appeared on the Internet, the download-only EP The Leak appeared in 2007. A year later that same EP appeared as a bonus disc on a limited-edition release of Tha Carter III. Initial singles from the album included "A Milli" and "Lollipop".

Sound Files (MP3)
Lollipop (f/Static Major) - from the album Tha Carter III
A Milli - from the album Tha Carter III
Fireman - from the album Tha Carter, Vol.2
Shooter (f/Thicke) - from the album Tha Carter, Vol.2


Tha Block Is Hot
Released: 1999
Label: Cash Money

Lights Out
Released: 2000
Label: Cash Money

500 Degreez
Released: 2002
Label: Cash Money

Tha Carter
Released: 2004
Label: Cash Money

Tha Carter, Vol.2
Released: 2005
Label: Cash Money

Like Father, Like Son (w/Birdman)
Released: 2006
Label: Cash Money

Tha Carter III
Released: 2008
Label: Cash Money