Dwayne Michael Carter, 27 September 1982, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. This US rapper is a leading member of the New Orleans, Louisiana-based Cash Money Records label. Lil Wayne first appeared in 1997 as a member of the Hot Boy$, his distinctive nasal rapping complementing the varied styles of the more experienced members, B.G. , Juvenile and Turk. The quartet released Get It How U Live It!! in 1997, racking up sales of over 400, 000 units without any national exposure. Cash Moneys national distribution contract with Universal Records the following year helped expose the Hot Boy$ second album, Guerrilla Warfare, to a wider audience. The album reached the US Top 5 in August 1999 as southern hip-hop, also represented by New Orleans other success story, No Limit Records, broke into the mainstream in a big way. There was no better time, then, to release Lil Waynes solo debut, which debuted at number 3 in November. Tha Block Is Hot featured the...