Known for his drug use, arrests and other indiscretions, Lil Wayne has a reputation as one of rap’s most dangerous stars. And part of the musician’s mystique comes from his having accidentally shot himself as a teen. Nevertheless, a recent recording sees him offering a new version of the incident – one that shows just how troubled his childhood really was.
Like many successful rappers who worked their way to the top, Lil Wayne started with almost nothing to his name. Coming of age in New Orleans, the artist formerly known as Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr experienced the worst aspects of poverty first hand. To wit, by age 11 he had already smoked crack and was selling marijuana to fuel his income.
But luckily for Wayne, the future musician found an escape from his certain fate. Taking up rapping at a tender age, Wayne caught the interest of Cash Money Records’ Bryan “Baby” Williams at nine years old. After becoming the label’s youngest signing, he would soon be dropping platinum-selling albums as part of the band Hot Boys.