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I take you farther than Zimbabwe.
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Far better it is to dare mighty things, But to win glorious triumphs, Even though checkered by failure , Than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat
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Kanye West is a quadruple threat: producer, rapper, songwriter, and record executive. His albums have sold millions; his lyrics are sung by renowned recording artists including Brandy, Usher, and Alicia Keys. In 2005, West was named to Time magazine's list of One Hundred Most Influential People in the World. He was in good company, with a peer group that included talk show host Oprah Winfrey (1954–), actor Jamie Foxx (1967–; see entry), and actor Clint Eastwood (1930–). West's lyrics have been criticized for encouraging children and young adults to drop out of school, an allegation he claims is based on a misunderstanding. His newest album, Late Registration, was released in August 2005.
Southern born, Chicago raised
Kanye (Swahili [African] for "only one") West was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on June 8, 1977. His parents divorced when West was three. He was raised on Chicago's South Side by his mother, an English professor, and spent summers with his father, an award-winning photographer who became a church counselor.
West graduated from Polaris High School and completed one year of art school at Chicago State University. He explained his decision to drop out of school to Kimberly Davis in a 2004 interview with Ebony magazine. "I dropped out of school because I wasn't learning fast enough.... I learned from real life better." Real life at that time included rapping and working with local artists. West felt it was time to pursue his music career full time, so he moved to New York in 2001. His mixes and beats were getting him a reputation as a man who knew his jams. Respected rapper Jay-Z (1969–) hired him to produce songs for his 2001 album The Blueprint. Sales of that album exceeded 420,000 in the first week alone. West went on to produce for a handful of stars including rapper Ludacris and singer Beyonce. He was doing well, making a name for himself. But he wanted more.
Releases College Dropout
While acting as producer to the stars, West cut his own demo (a recording that gives listeners an idea of the style and ability of the musician) and began shopping it around. Despite his solid reputation, no one returned his calls. Then in 2002, Roc-A-Fella Records, the label that signed Jay-Z, decided to give West a chance as a rapper. The company already knew he was a talented record producer. West signed a record deal that year and began recording in the studio.
"My [future] is in God's hands. If He wants me to make another album, then He'll give me the inspiration to do so. I can't force it."
On the way home from a recording session in Los Angeles, West fell asleep at the wheel and was involved in a head-on car collision that left him with a broken face and fractured jaw. The artist nearly died in the crash. He endured months of recovery, including reconstructive surgery that left his jaw wired shut. That didn't stop West from moving forward with the album. He explained the ordeal to Ebony magazine: "I feel like the album was my medicine. It would take my mind away from the pain— away from the dental appointments, from my teeth killing me, from my mouth being wired shut, from the fact that I looked like I just fought [boxer] Mike Tyson.... I nearly died. That's the best thing that can happen to a rapper."
So with his jaw wired shut, West returned to the recording studio to sing on a regular basis until he was satisfied with his debut release. One song in particular, "Through the Wire," was the first track of several singles on The College Dropout to become a raging hit. The song chronicles West's ordeal. The album itself, which was released in 2004, went multiplatinum, selling 2.6 million copies. "The best thing is being able to get my creative ideas out," West told Ebony. "That's why I rap in the first place—so my voice can be heard."
The College Dropout was hailed as one of the best albums of the year. Critics praised West for taking hip-hop in a new direction. Songs on the album focus on walking with God while trying to "be real," and the producer/rapper says it all with a gospel choir backing him up. Hip-hop violinist Miri Ben-Ari worked with West on the album. Ben-Ari told Ebony, "He has a vision for things, for example, to bring live instrumentalists back to the game and create music like they did back in the day. Kanye is very open to new things; he is not afraid to think differently, to take a chance and to say his thoughts out loud."
An interview on UniversalUrban.com called West "one of a precious few rappers with actually something to say in his songs." West admits to writing lyrics on topics that aren't usually covered in rap music. "It's like if you wanna rap like Jay [Jay-Z], it's hard to rap like Jay and not rap about what Jay is rapping about," he told UniversalUrban. "Once I found out exactly how to rap about drugs and exactly how to rap about say no to drugs, I knew that I could fill the exact medium between that. Just think about whatever you've been through in the past week, and I have a song about that on my album."
Rewarded for his originality
West won four Billboard Music Awards in 2004: Male New Artist of the Year, New R…B/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year, R…B/ Hip-Hop Producer of the Year, and Rap Artist of the Year.
Jay-Z, Jiggy, Jigga: A Star by Any Name
Jay-Z was born Shawn Carter on December 4, 1969. The Brooklyn-born boy was nicknamed Jazzy, which got shortened to the now-famous Jay-Z, which sometimes gets changed to Jiggy or Jigga. He is a man of many names and even more talent.
Jay-Z grew up in the dangerous Marcy Projects of Brooklyn. Before he hit his teens, Jay-Z's father left the family. Without a figurehead to support the family, Jay-Z hit the streets to find a way to support himself. He turned to selling drugs, a theme that makes its way into many of his songs. Jay-Z yearned to break into the rap industry and kept company with Big Jaz, a rapper with a record deal. Big Jaz taught the fledgling rapper the ins and outs of the music industry. Jay-Z got tired of waiting for someone to recognize his talent, so he made a bold move and established his own record company. With friends Damon Dash and Kareem "Biggs" Burke, he founded Roc-A-Fella Records, and in 1996 he released his debut album, Reasonable Doubt.
The album was unimpressive in terms of sales; it never got past number twenty-three on Billboard's album chart. But it is considered a classic among rap fans, and many call it his best work. The album spawned four hit singles, including "Feelin' It" and "Can't Knock the Hustle." Listeners of the album were rewarded with the sounds of R…B singer Mary J. Blige and rapper Notorious B.I.G. as well.
Jay-Z followed his debut with the 1997 release of In My Lifetime, Vol. 1. The album reached the number three spot on the charts and included contributions from rapper Puff Daddy and R…B singer/songwriter Teddy Riley. Unlike Reasonable Doubt, this album moved beyond the gangsta rap sound to appeal to the pop rap listening audience. Singles like "This City Is Mine" helped Jay-Z branch out and get airplay, which helped sales of the album. Vol. 2: Hard Knock Life followed the pop rap trend. The 1998 release contained radio-ready singles such as "Hard Knock Life" and "Can I Get A ..." The album increased his airtime as well as his popularity. Jay-Z had six singles off that one release.
Vol. 3: Life and Times of S. Carter was released in 1999. Nearly every single on this album featured a guest vocalist. The album was a huge hit among fans. Jay-Z began working with new producers for his next album, Dynasty Roc la Familia. The 2000 release included the Neptune's-produced single, "I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)."
The Blueprint was released in 2001, with producer/rapper Kanye West at the helm. Unlike his other albums, this one was mainly a solo effort. Many critics and fans consider The Blueprint to be Jay-Z's finest album. It featured one of the year's biggest hit single, "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)." The album helped West's career as well, cementing his reputation in the rap industry.
Jay-Z collaborated with the Roots for his Unplugged album in 2001. R. Kelly teamed up with the rapper for the 2002 album, Best of Both Worlds. That same year, Jay-Z released The Blueprint 2: The Gift and the Curse. In 2003, the rapper announced his retirement but promised one more album. That promise was fulfilled with the 2003 release of The Black Album, which claimed the number one spot on Billboard's album chart.
Although he is officially retired from the recording business, Jay-Z is far from done. He continues to make guest appearances on television music shows. In late July 2005 he appeared on Jay-Z [email protected] The show was the latest in a series presented by MuchMusic, a Canadian music network. Jay-Z was joined by other Roc-A-Fella recording artists including Kanye West and pop-rock singing sensation Rihanna. Guests on the show performed a song or two and then sat for questions from the studio audience as well as callers who were watching the show on television. As co-owner of the Roc-A-Fella empire,
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Jay-Z is kept busy with Rocawear, the company's clothing line and Roc-A-Fella films. He is co-owner of the New Jersey Nets basketball team as well as a New York sports bar called 40/40 Club. He is the first nonathlete to have a signature line of Reebok sneakers, called the S. Carter Collection. His shoe is the fastest-selling sneaker in Reebok's history.
West's debut album won Best Rap Album at the forty-seventh annual Grammy Awards in February 2005. The single "Jesus Walks" won Best Rap Song. And though he was nominated for Best New Artist, he lost to the pop/rock group Maroon 5 (see entry). Altogether, West enjoyed ten Grammy nominations that year, either as producer or recording artist. He was not ignored for the Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards, either. In fact, West walked away a double winner from the fifth annual awards in June 2005. He won Best Male Hip-Hop Artist and Video of the Year, for "Jesus Walks." West produced three different videos for that one song.
The popularity of even that one single ("Jesus Walks") is proof that West has found a niche for his gospel/rap/hip-hop/ R…B style of music. But his tunes aren't without their critics. Barbara Kiviat of Time magazine asked the singer about the contradiction between the religious undertones of "Jesus Walks" and the profanity on the rest of The College Dropout. "Contradiction is part of who I am. I am a real person, and I make my mistakes and I laugh and I cry and I smile and I hate and I love," West replied. He also explained his commentary on college, which some critics say encourages kids to drop out. "People try to make it seem like if you go to college and you get all A's, that you'll move to the suburbs, have 2.5 kids and live happily ever after. But in many cases life just doesn't work like that.... What I'm saying is, Make your own decision."
On July 2, thousands of recording artists donated their time and talent to Live 8, a concert held in ten cities and four continents across the globe. The mission of this free concert was to pressure political leaders into committing themselves to ending poverty in Africa. The concert was considered a huge success by all participants and its organizer, Bob Geldof (1954–).
West performed in Live 8 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, despite being threatened with a lawsuit if he did. The rapper told MTV News, "We had to go through a lot be here today. I had another performance and they're like, 'There's no way you can be here—you'll get sued if you go to this."' West took the chance because he felt it was the least he could do to help out. "I would rather take that chance because it's important for my people," he told MTV.
As if life wasn't already busy enough, West has begun plans for his own line of clothing and sneakers, tentatively called Pastel and Mascott, respectively. A self-proclaimed fashion lover, the business mogul claims to have been compared to Carlton, the preppy and polite character from the television sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air."
Kanye West performs at the 2005 Live 8 concert in Philadelphia.
AP/Wide World Photos.
West established his own record label as well. G.O.O.D. (Getting Out Our Dreams) has already signed and released an album by John Legend (1979–), the label's first artist. West's second album, Late Registration, was released in August 2005. This was his first album made with his new production partner, film composer/musician/ songwriter Jon Brion. His contributions to the album include playing guitar and keyboards as well as helping with song composition. The partnership surprised people in the music industry. Brion is best known for his orchestral arrangements for female artists Aimee Mann (1960–) and Fiona Apple (1977–). Other recording artists who collaborated with West on Late Registration include Jay-Z, Maroon 5's Adam Levine (1979–), and Brandy (1979–).
West's first single from the album, "Diamonds from Sierra Leone," received high marks from music critics. West wasn't so sure. The twenty eight year old told Teen People, "It's hard when people are depending on you to have an album that's not just good, but inspired.... I want my songs to touch people, to give them what they need. Every time I make an album, I'm trying to make a cure for cancer, musically. That stresses me out!"
West worked with award-winning video director Hype Williams to produce a video for "Diamonds." The singer used the video to raise awareness of the so-called "blood diamond" trade of Sierra Leone. Millions of Africans have lost their lives to the mining of these diamonds. The video positions the glamorous life depicted in a modern diamond commercial against the images of the brutal blood diamond trade. "I wanted to do whatever I could to learn more and educate people about the problem," West told Business Wire.
The song's lyrics speak for themselves:
Though it's thousands of miles away, Sierra Leone connect to what we go through today
Over here it's the drug trade, we die from drugs. Over there, they die from what we buy from drugs
The Diamonds. The chains, the bracelets, the charms is
I thought my Jesus piece was so harmless, till I seen a picture of a shorty armless, and here's the conflict
It's in the black person's soul, to rock that gold.
For More Information
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Davis, Kimberly. "Kanye West hip-hop's new big shot: talks about his next surprising moves and why marriage is the key to life." Ebony (April 2005).
Davis, Kimberly. "The many faces of Kanye West: producer-turned-hit rapper takes hip-hop in new direction." Ebony (June 2004).
Foxx, Jamie. "Kanye West: in just a few short years, he has emerged as one of music's premiere behind-the-scenes hitmakers. But it took a near-fatal crash—and one of the year's most inventive songs—for him to take center stage." Interview (August 2004).
"Kanye's Next Move." Rolling Stone (August 11, 2005): p. 16.
Kiviat, Barbara. "Ten Questions for Kanye West." Time (December 20, 2004).
"Throw Your Diamonds in the Sky: Kanye West Returns with Epic New Video 'Diamonds from Sierra Leone'; Hype Williams-Directed Video Set to Air This Week as Hot New Remix Feat. Jay-Z Blasts off at Radio." Business Wire (June 15, 2005).
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Real Name: Dwayne Michael Carter Jr
Date Of Birth: September 27, 1982
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Labels: Young Money Ent/Cash Money Records/Universal Motown
Nicknames: Weezy, Weezy F Baby, Wizzle, Young Wayne, Baby Jr, Birdman Jr, Young Tune, Tunechi, Best Rapper Alive, Rapper Eater, Mr. Carter, President Carter & Dr. Carter
Unquestionably Cash Money/Universal Motown Records recording artist, Lil Wayne will go down in history as the best rapper of his generation. Indeed he may go down as one of the best artists in hip-hop period. One look at Lil Wayne?s impeccable track record will convince even the most ardent skeptic that the New Orleans born lyricist is a strong contender for the crown of ?Greatest of All Times.?
In the span of his 13-year career, Lil Wayne has sold over six million units, including his magnum opus, The Carter II (2005) which sold over 2.5 million units. He has been featured on numerous high profile singles including Fat Joe?s Grammy nominated single ?Make It Rain,? and in the past two years, Lil Wayne has recorded over 1,000 songs and freestyles. According to MTV, Lil Wayne has released more music in the last two years than the legendary Tupac Shakur.
Now with his highly anticipated sixth and arguably his best album The Carter III, Lil Wayne?s career and legacy is set to climb to even greater heights. ?I made The Carter III so that whatever song is on, it will stick with you forever,? says Wayne. ?That?s why I took my time with it. I wanted it to be a classic.?
A classic it will truly be. With production by Alchemist, Cool & Dre, David Banner, Kanye West, and Jim Jonsin, to name a few, and guest appearances by some of today?s premiere recording artists including T-Pain (Got Money), Bobby Valentino (Mr. Officer), Babyface (Comfortable), Juelz Santana & Fabolous (Ain?t Got Nuthin) and a special guest appearance by the legendary R&B singer Ms. Betty Wright (Play With Fire), Tha Carter III is an eclectic collection of 15 songs that range from simply brilliant to sheer genius.
The first single from the Tha Carter III, ?Lollipop,? featuring Static Major is the bubbling lead single that has Wayne delivering his clever lyrics laced with racy double entendres over a funky slow burning beat. Lil Wayne?s second single, ?A Milli? which was produced by Bangladesh, is a booming 808 laced track augmented by a tight rhythmic snare, accented by handclaps and a sample that matches Wayne?s staccato flow perfectly. In ?Mr. Carter? featuring Jay-Z, we find the two trading introspective lyrics about their lives and legacy in the rap game with Wayne at his lyrical best dropping stream of conscious gems like: ?I got the flo?, I?m tryin? to see the roof/Didn?t wear a bulletproof so I got shot, you can see the proof/Blind eyes can look at me and see the truth/Wonder if Stevie do??.
Born Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. and raised in New Orleans infamously poor Hollygrove neighborhood, Lil Wayne was discovered by Cash Money CEO Brian ?Birdman? Williams when a mutual friend introduced him to the pre-teen rapper. The Birdman immediately saw a spark in the youngster?s eyes and took him under his wing. In 1993, Lil Wayne and fellow Cash Money rapper B.G. came together as a duo called The BGs and released their debut EP True Stories. In 1997, a 15 year old Wayne joined forces with BG, Juvenile and Turk to form The Hot Boys for their debut album Get It How U Live. The record sold over 400,000 copies independently. The Hot Boys sophomore LP Guerilla Warfare (1999) went platinum and earned Wayne critical acclaim. That set the stage for his platinum selling 1999 solo debut Tha Block Is Hot. The album yielded a number one single with the title tune and was certified double platinum.
The following year Wayne released his sophomore LP Lights Out, which reached gold status and in 2002, Lil Wayne dropped his third solo LP 500 Degrees. It too went gold. Two years later Wayne released The Carter, the first album in the trilogy that would elevate Wayne to superstar status. The Carter (2004) was a commercial success selling over one million copies and reaching #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts and #2 on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop chart. In 2005, Wayne released The Carter II, which sold over 1.8 million records. 2006 saw the release of Like Father, Like Son, a collaboration between Lil Wayne and Birdman which has sold over 750,000 units.
GQ Magazine named Lil Wayne as its ?Man Of The Year? for 2007. Rolling Stone Magazine tagged him as ?Best MC of 2008? while Blender Magazine (2008) named him the ?Best Rock Star Alive.? So it should come as no surprise that his latest solo outing finds the hip-hop super star at the top of his game. With Tha Carter III, Lil Wayne proves to the world why he is indeed considered ?the best rapper alive? and one of the great recording artists of his generation.
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Rapper Cam'ron was born and raised in Harlem, attending ManhattanCenter High School, where one of his basketball teammates was Mason"Mase" Betha, who also became a successful rapper. Though his playingearned him scholarship offers from top colleges, Cam'ron was unable totake advantage of them because of his poor academic record, and heenrolled at a small college in Texas instead. He quickly dropped outand returned to Harlem, where he became a drug dealer before turning torap. Hooking up with the Bad Boy posse, he developed a pop-rap stylesimilar to chief Bad Boy Puff Daddy. But Cam'ron didn't sign with BadBoy; Mase introduced him to the Notorious B.I.G., who in turn broughtin his partner Lance "Un" Rivera. Un signed Cam'ron to hisUntertainment label, distributed by Epic Records. Cam'ron firstattracted attention with "Pull It," which earned airplay in May 1998."3-5-7" was featured in the movie Woo and became his first R&Bchart entry in June. Then in July came "Horse & Carriage,"featuring Mase. It made the R&B Top Ten and just missed hitting thepop Top 40, setting up Cam'ron's debutalbum, Confessions of Fire, which went gold and made the Top Ten ofboth the pop and R&B charts. "Feels Good" featuring Usher wasanother R&B chart entry in December. "Let Me Know" made the pop andR&B charts in June 1999. A year later, "What Means the World toYou" heralded the release of Cam'ron's biographical sophomore album,S.D.E. (the initials standing for Sports, Drugs,and Entertainment). Cam'ron worked with Ol' Dirty Bastard, Mobb Deep'sProdigy, and producer Digga to complete the album, which was releasedin September 2000
IMDb Mini Biography By: D
TriviaOnce signed to Jay-Z's Roc-A-Fella Records imprint.
Startedhis rap career in an underground rap group called Children of the Corn,which included the great late Big L and Bloodshed, Mase and McGruff.
Has IBS (Irritable bowl syndrome)
Was shot during a robbery attempt in Washington D.C. weeks before the release of his latest Album "Killa season".
One of his best friends is Damon Dash
Where Are They Now(December 2005) Is filming his own first movie called "Killa Season".
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Oh Boy! Who knew the Harlem born native, LaRon James, now known to hisfans as Juelz Santana, would be one of the hottest artists up andcoming in the music industry today. Well, Juelz along with Cam'ron, thenew Roc-A-fella artist, and the entire Diplomat crew, have been doingtheir thing for the past year with much success. "Oh Boy", the firstsingle off of Cam'ron's third album entitled, "Come Home With Me",features the versatile flow of Juelz Santana. Juelz is featured allover Cam'ron's new album as well as the new singles, "Hey Ma" and"Welcome to New York City", featuring Jay-Z.
Born and raised in Harlem, Juelz was certain to make it big. He hasbeen writing rhymes since he was 12 years old. He first started his rapcareer with his long time friend, Malik, as a rap duo called "DraftPick". "Draft Pick" had several gigs around New York City whileperforming together, including Amateur Night at the world famous ApolloTheatre, where they won two weeks in a row. Although the group is nottogether today, the two members still remain good friends. Juelzcontinued to believe in himself and his unique style, and there wassomeone else that believed in him also. His cousin, who is good friendswith Cam'ron, decided that it was time for Juelz's unique style to beheard. One day while with Cam, Juelz's cousin drove through his blockand had him rhyme for Cam. By the next week Juelz was in the studiorecording a verse for the cut, "Double Up", off of Cam'ron's secondalbum, "SDE". Cam'ron believed in Juelz, and after signing toRoc-A-fella Records himself, Juelz received a deal with Roc-A-fellaDiplomat Records. Diplomat Records is Cam'ron's new record label, whereJuelz is the Vice-President.
Since then, it has been nothing but up hill for Juelz. His level ofcreativity for rhyming has continued to rise over the past year. He hashad solo articles in issues of the XXL Magazine, as well as articleswith the Diplomats in XXL and Source Magazine. Juelz is also featuredon the Diplomats Volume 1 and 2 albums where you can hear cuts fromjoints off of his up and coming solo album, soon to be released inAugust 2003.
Now listen to my homeboy Santana: "I'm working hard, putting in my allto produce an album that I'm satisfied with and an album that willsatisfy my fans. My album is based on my life, the streets, and a newlife. PUT ON YOU SEATBELT. IT'S GONNA BE A LONG RIDE."
"ONE LOVE" JUELZ SANTANA
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Usher Terry Raymond IV began singing when he was six years old,joining the local church choir at the behest of his mother, JonnettaPatton, who acted as choir director. Patton, a single mom, raised Usherand his younger brother, James, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, beforemoving the family to Atlanta, Georgia, when Usher was 12 years old.Cited by the singer as his best friend, Usher's mother continues toguide the teen star's career as his manager, a duty she assumed afterquitting her full-time office job several years ago. Upon moving toAtlanta, Usher began participating in various local talent shows. Itwas at one such exhibition, in 1992, that he was spotted by BryantReid, brother of Antonio Reid,the famed R&B producer and co-president (with 'Kenneth Babyface'Edmonds') of LaFace Records. Bryant arranged for Usher to audition forhis brother, and the popular producer was immediately taken with theyoung singer's precocious talent--legend has it that Reid offered Ushera contract on the spot. Usher recorded and released his debutalbum on LaFace in 1994. The record, which was co-executive-produced byReid and Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs, generated the minor hit "Think of You".Usher was only 14 when he worked on the album, and puberty provedsomewhat of an impediment to the process. As a result, the producersbrought in several vocal coaches in order to help him complete therecord. Their efforts were not in vain, as the album captured Usher'syouthful exuberance and native singing prowess, not to mention theinterest of many listeners. After graduating from high school, heentered the studio to record his sophomore effort, "My Way", which wasproduced by Jermaine Dupriof So So Def Records, and was released in October of 1997, around thetime of Usher's 19th birthday. The record was already highlyanticipated based on the success of its first hit single, "You Make MeWanna", an impassioned love song in the classic R&B tradition. Thesong was an instant juggernaut, hovering at or near the top ofBillboard's R&B singles chart from the moment of its release, andit eventually spent considerable time in the # 2 position on the popsingles chart, second only to Elton John'swildly popular "Candle in the Wind '97." The success of "My Way" provedthat the teenage crooner had won over the hearts of legions oflisteners. It also illustrated the artistic maturation he had undergonesince his debutrecording. This time around, Usher wrote his own songs, penning five ofthe album's nine tracks. The remaining four songs were contributed bysuch R&B heavyweights as Babyface, Teddy Rileyand producer Dupri. Usher spent six months living at Dupri's housewhile recording the album; the time together, he says, helped themunderstand each other, and helped Dupri realize the genuine growthUsher was experiencing in his life. "My Way" yielded a second smash,"Nice & Slow", that also put a chokehold on the singles charts uponits release, and the video for the song garnered a fair share ofcritical acclaim. Shot by famed hip-hop director Hype Williams,the video, which was filmed in Paris, features a dramatic romanticstoryline that almost rivals the song itself. Usher was recognized forthe strength of his recent work when he won the 1997 Soul Train Awardfor Best R&B Single by a Male, for "You Make Me Wanna" He alsoearned a Grammy nomination, though one of the few blemishes on hisyoung career came during the awards telecast when he inadvertently introduced Album of the Year award winner Bob Dylanas "Bill" before an international television audience. For the mostpart, though, TV has been kind to the kid. In addition to numerousappearances on programs like "The Oprah Winfrey Show" (1986), Usher has also been a recurring character on the syndicated TV show "Moesha" (1996), which stars pop songstress Brandy Norwood.Usher appeared on several episodes as Jeremy Davis, a boarding-schoolstudent romantically involved with the show's title character. For theforeseeable future, however, Usher is concentrating on taking hismusical abilities to the next level by perfecting his skills as a liveperformer. He's had plenty of practice, touring on P. Diddy's No WayOut spectacular, and with Mary J. Blige on her national tour.
IMDb Mini Biography By: Derrick Dunn([email protected])
SpouseTameka Foster (3 August 2007 - present) 2 children
TriviaChosen one of "Teen People" magazine's "21 Hottest Stars Under 21" (1999).
American R&B/rap singer, who has sold approximately 30 million albums worldwide.
Attended North Springs High School in Sandy Springs, Georgia.
Broke up with Rozonda 'Chilli' Thomas (2004).
[April2004] His 5th album, "Confessions", was released in the U.S. It soldover 1.1 million copies in its first week, the highest first-week totalever for an R&B album.
Won 2 Grammy Awards, Best Male R&BPerformance 2001 for U Remind Me, and Best Male R&B Performance2002 for U Don't Have To Call.
Is the godson of actor Ben Vereen.
Is a co-owner of the (NBA team) Cleveland Cavaliers.
At 12.1 seconds, he holds the record on "Star Search" (1983) for the longest note sung by a child.
Has a road named after him, the "Usher Raymond Parkway" in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Voted #1 on BET's "All Shades of Fine: The 25 Hottest Men of the Past 25 Years" (2005)
Has known R&B singer Alicia Keys since he was 16.
Celebratedhis 26th birthday in the "Rainbow Room" in the Rockafella Center. amongthe guests at the party were 'Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs' , Patti LaBelle, Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump, Naomi Campbell, Jay-Z, Jermaine Dupri, Pharrell Williams, and Mariah Carey.
Good friends with R&B/Soul artist Robin Thicke.
Dueto a flu, he had to cancel all of his performances in the BroadwayMusical "Chicago" due to the flu in early 2006, but finally took overthe role of "Billy Flynn" on 22 August, receiving mixed critics.
Wonthree Grammy Awards in 2005 for "R&B Performance by a Duo or Groupwith Vocals", "Rap/Sung Collaboration" and "Contemporary R&B Album".
Married Tameka Foster in a civil ceremony after canceling their wedding six days earlier (3 August 2007).
Ranked #47 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.
Children(with Foster) Usher Terry Raymond V "Cinco" (b. November 26, 2007 inAtlanta) and Naviyd Ely Raymond (b. December 10, 2008 at 5 lbs 13 oz).
Expecting second child, with wife Tameka. [September 2008].
Was originally cast as C.C. White in Dreamgirls (2006) but later quit as he was unable to dedicate six months to the project. Keith Robinson was cast instead.
Personal QuotesStrivers achieve what dreamers believe.
The best present a man can give a woman is his undivided attention.
I like a woman who takes care of herself - it says something about the way she'll care for me.
Where Are They Now(July 2006) Announced that Usher will make his Broadway debut inChicago as the role of Billy Flynn, the slick lawyer who never lost acase for any female prisoner.
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Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr. (born September 25, 1980), better known by his stage name T.I. or T.I.P., is an American recording artist, producer and actor.
He is the founder and co-chief executive officer (CEO) of Grand Hustle Records
Life and careerEarly life and career beginningsT.I. was born Clifford Joseph Harris Jr. on September 25, 1980, in Riverdale, Atlanta, Georgia, to the son of the late Clifford "Buddy" Harris Sr. and Violeta Morgan. Raised by his grandparents in Bankhead, Atlanta, Georgia. His father lived in New York and he would often go up there to visit him. Clifford Sr. succumbled with Alzheimer's and later died from the disease. He began rapping at age seven. He attended Douglass High School.Going against his mother's wishes for wanting him to stay in school, hewould often cut class and hung out with other crowds. As a teenager, hewas a drug dealer.He was once known as Rubber Band Man, a reference to the custom ofwearing rubber bands around the wrist to denote wealth in terms ofdrugs or money. By age 14, he had been arrested several times. He was nicknamed "Tip" after his paternal great-grandfather. Kawan "KP" Prather, a record executive, discovered and signed T.I. when he was a teenager. Upon signing with Arista Records subsidiary LaFace Records in 2001, he shortened his name to T.I. out of respect for label mate Q-Tip.
2001–2002: I'm SeriousT.I. released his debut album, I'm Serious, in October 2001 through Arista Records. The album spawned the eponymous single, which featured Jamaican reggae entertainer Beenie Man.His debut single, "I'm Serious," was released on June 26, 2001. Thesingle received little airplay and failed to chart. The album includedguests appearances from Pharrell Williams of The Neptunes (who called him "the Jay-Z of the South"), Jazze Pha, Too Short, Bone Crusher, Lil Jon, Pastor Troy, P$C and Youngbloodz. The album featured production from The Neptunes, DJ Toomp,Madvac, and The Grand Hustle Team. Despite the album's guestsappearances and production team, the album peaked at number 98 and onlysold 163,000 copies in the United States. Critics pointed to the fact that many of the tracks sounded the same and that a few were blatant rip-offs.Other critics commented saying, "T.I. claims to be the king of theSouth, but fails to show and prove. He does, however, have potential.If his talent ever matches his confidence, he may be headed forstardom."
Due to the poor commercial reception of the album, T.I. was dropped from Arista Records. He then formed Grand Hustle Entertainment and started releasing several mixtapes with the assistance of DJ Drama. He resurfaced in the summer of 2003 with fellow Atlanta rapper and former label-mate Bone Crusher'ssong "Never Scared." His mixtapes and mainstream exposure from "NeverScared" eventually recaptured major label attention and he signed a joint venture deal with Atlantic Records.
2003–2005: Trap Muzik and Urban LegendT.I. released his second album Trap Muzik on August 19, 2003 through Grand Hustle Records; it debuted at number four and sold 109,000 copies in its first week. It spawned the singles "24s", "Be Easy", "Rubberband Man", and "Let's Get Away". The album featured guest appearances by Eightball & MJG, Jazze Pha, Bun B and Macboney and was produced by Jazze Pha, Kanye West, David Banner, Madvac and DJ Toomp. In March 2004, a warrant was issued for T.I.'s arrest after he violated his probation of a 1997 drug conviction. He was sentenced to three years in prison. While imprisoned in Cobb County, Georgia, he filmed an unauthorized music video. One month later, he was allowed a work release program.
T.I. released his third studio album, Urban Legend, in November 2004. It debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200, selling 193,000 copies in its first week. The album's official lead single, "Bring Em Out", was released in January 2005 and became his first top ten hit, peaking at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100, while the second single "U Don't Know Me" peaked at number twenty-three on the Billboard Hot 100. His third single "ASAP" reached number 75 on the U.S. charts, number 18 on the U.S. R&B/Hip-Hop charts and number 14 on the Rap chart.T.I. created a video for "ASAP"/"Motivation". However, "Motivation"only made it to number 62 on the U.S. R&B/Hip-Hop singles chart. He was featured in Destiny's Child's 2004 single "Soldier" along with Lil Wayne, peaking at number three on the U.S. Hot 100 and the U.S. R&B Charts.
In 2006, T.I. received two Grammy Award nominations for Best Song Collaboration ("Soldier" w/ Destiny's Child & Lil Wayne) and Best Rap Solo Performance for "U Don't Know Me" at The 48th Grammy Awards.That same year he won Rap Artist of the Year, Rap Album Of The Year,Rap Album Artist Of The Year, Rap Song Artist of the Year and VideoClip Artist of the Year on the Billboard Music Award and Best Male Hip-Hop Artist on the BET Awards.
2006–2007: King, T.I. vs. T.I.P. and federal weapons chargesT.I.'s fourth album, King, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart in the first half of 2006, selling 522,000 copies in its first week. T.I. released "Front Back" and "Ride with Me" as a promotional singles prior to the release of the album. The singles garnered little attention, but helped to promote not only the album, but also ATL. The album also included the singles, "What You Know," "Why You Wanna," and "Live in the Sky," plus a remix of "Top Back." King earned numerous awards and nominations including a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rap Album. He was also featured in the single "Shoulder Lean" by Young Dro reaching the top ten on the U.S. Hot 100 and #1 on the U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Tracks.
T.I. at the 2006 Summer Jam concert in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania"What You Know" won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance and was nominated for Best Rap Song at the 49th Grammy Awards. Also that year, T.I. collaborated with Justin Timberlake for "My Love," which proved to be a worldwide hit, and won a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration with Justin Timberlake at the 49th Annual Grammy Awardsand also won Best Male Hip-Hop Artist at the BET Awards for the secondstraight time. He then served as a featured performer on "We Takin' Over" by DJ Khaled also featuring Akon, Fat Joe, Rick Ross, Birdman and Lil Wayne.
T.I. released his fifth album, T.I. vs. T.I.P., on July 3, 2007. The first single from the album was "Big Things Poppin' (Do It)," which was produced by Mannie Fresh and was released to radio stations on April 17, 2007. The second single, "You Know What It Is" featuring Wyclef Jean, was released June 12, 2007. T.I. vs. T.I.P. sold 468,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It was T.I.'s second chart-topper in a row: King opened at number one on the Billboard 200 with 522,000 copies in late March 2006. The album included guest performances by Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes, Wyclef Jean, Nelly, and Eminem, and production by Eminem, Jeff Bass, Mannie Fresh, Grand Hustle, The Runners, Just Blaze, Wyclef Jean and Danja.Absent from this album's production lineup were T.I.'s longtimeproducer DJ Toomp and The Neptunes. In October 2007, T.I. released histhird single, "Hurt," featuring Busta Rhymes and Alfamega.
On October 13, 2007, federal authorities arrested T.I. four hours before the BET Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta. He was charged with two felonies — possession of three unregistered machine guns and two silencers, and possession of firearms by a convicted felon. The arrest was made in the parking lot of a downtown shopping center, which a witness identified as the Walgreensdrug store at the corner of North and Piedmont Avenues. T.I. wasarrested after allegedly trying to purchase the guns from a"cooperating witness" with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.According to federal officials, the witness had been cooperating withauthorities a few days prior to the T.I. arrest, when the cooperatingwitness was arrested on charges of trying to purchase guns from a federal agent. The witness had been working as T.I.'s bodyguard since July, authorities said.T.I. walked out of the Atlanta United States District Court afterappearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Alan J. Baverman on October 26,2007. Judge Alan J. Baverman required T.I. post a $3 million bond, $2million in cash and $1 million in equity on property he owns. Therapper was required to remain at home except for medical appointmentsand court appearances. The only people allowed to live with him werehis girlfriend and children. Visitors were required to be approved bythe court.
2008–2009: Paper TrailT.I.'s suppression hearingwas scheduled for February 19, 2008. The performer later pleaded guiltyto U.S. federal weapons charges. He was sentenced to an undefinedprison sentence, a year of house arrest and 1,500 hours of community service. In an interview with MTVabout serving jail time, T.I. stated, "Presumably, while I'm there,I'll be able to strategize my comeback." He went on to say that hewould not "just be sitting still doing nothing". At that time T.I. collaborated with Mariah Carey on the "I'll Be Lovin' U Long Time" remix, peaking at number 58 on the U.S. Hot 100 and number 36 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
"Whatever You Like" (2008)T.I.'s second single from his sixth studio album Paper Trail.Problems listening to this file? See media help.While under house arrest, T.I. began writing lyrics down on paper for his following album. The first promotional single from the album, "No Matter What," was released in April 2008. The music video was released on June 2008 on MTV's FN Premieres. The second promotional single was "Swing Ya Rag" which was produced by and featured Swizz Beatz. The official lead single was "Whatever You Like,"was released on July 2008, and became his most successful single of hiscareer so far, breaking the record for the highest jump to number oneon the Billboard Hot 100, jumping from number 71 to number one. Also becoming T.I.'s first solo number one on the chart. He released his sixth album, Paper Trail,in September 2008. The title of the album refers to the lyrics he hadwritten down on paper. Like many other rappers, T.I. abandoned thisstyle of rapping after his debut album I'm Seriousby just memorizing lyrics. His representative explain that T.I. wantedto "take more time to really put something down [this time]". The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 selling 568,000 copies in the United States.
The second single, "Swagga Like Us", featuring Kanye West, Jay-Z and Lil Wayne, debuted and peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100. With the third single "Live Your Life" featuring Rihanna, T.I. broke his own record on the Billboard Hot 100 when it jumped from number 80 to the number one. The fourth single "Dead and Gone", featuring Justin Timberlake, peaked at number two for five weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, eventually going on to be nominated during the 52nd Grammy Awards for both "Best Rap/Sung Collaboration" and "Best Rap Song". During the 51st Grammy Awards, he was nominated for four Grammy Awards, eventually winning Best Rap Performance by a Duo Or a Group for "Swagga Like Us". "Remember Me", featuring Mary J. Blige,was released digitally on July 7, 2009. It was the planned first singleoff the re-release of T.I.'s sixth studio album, "Paper Trail", but there-release was eventually shelved. The single peaked at number 29 onthe Billboard Hot 100. On October 6, "Hell of a Life" was released digitally and went on to peak at number 54 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2009, T.I. appeared as himself on an episode of Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List. On the episode, he took the comedienne to Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles in LA and gave her a lesson on how to "swagger."
2010–present: King Uncaged and prison releaseOn March 26, 2010, T.I. was released from the halfway house. He is also currently in the studio working on his seventh studio album titled King Uncaged. Jim Jonsin, the producer who previously worked with him on his single, "Whatever You Like" and R&B singer Trey Songz, is scheduled to work on the project. T.I. is also set to star in the upcoming crime thriller, Takers, alongside Matt Dillon, Paul Walker, Idris Elba, Hayden Christensen and Chris Brown. T.I. serves as the executive producer of the film.
In February 2010, T.I. made his first public appearance since prison, stepping out with fiancée Tameka "Tiny" Cottle in support of her Alzheimer'sresearch fundraiser "For the Love of Our Fathers" at Atlanta's Operavenue. "I am very well, very happy to be seen," said T.I., who joinedCottle onstage at the end of the benefit.  T.I. released a new street single titled "I'm Back" on March 8, 2010. The single has made a Hot Shot Debut at #44 on Billboard's Hot 100charts. He eventually completed his prison sentence on March 26, 2010but he will be placed on three years probation with more under 23 daysof supervised release.
Business VenturesForbes Magazine announced its first ever Hiphop Cash Kings listearly 2007 with list of the top 20 hip hop earning artists for the 2006business year. T.I. was number sixteen with an earning of $16 million. In 2008, he earned $13 million.  and in 2009, he earned $8 million during his prison sentence. 
T.I. opened his own nightclub, Club Crucial in Bankhead, Atlanta.It is considered one of the most popular clubs in Atlanta. It catersthe crowd with a full entertain centers such as large flat screen TVs,pool rooms, VIP rooms, food, etc. Celebrities such as Monica, Big Boi, Mike Epps, Shawty Lo make appearances to the establishment. The club also host weekly event such as such as Monday night's Open Mic Night, Free Fridays, and Celebrity Saturdays where local hip-hop artists are known to some to come perform their songs at the club. 
Chevrolet secured an endorsement deal with T.I. earlier in 2007 to promote their line of cars, with a focus on the new Impala. Due to his arrest for federal gun charges, he was on the verge of losing his deal with the company. 
T.I. had an endorsement with an social networking website focusing on the hip-hop culture named StreetCred. The website was found in 2007 by investment banker named Rocky Williform. Celebrities such as Diddy, Lil Kim, and Jeezy had accounts on the website. As of 2008, the website was temporarily down unknown that site will be back up.
Other VenturesFilm actingIn 2006 T.I. starred in his first film, ATL. The other cast members included Lauren London, Antoine Patton, Evan Ross, Mykelti Williamson, Jason Weaver, and Keith David. The movie was written by Tina Gordon Chism and Antwone Fisher, produced by Timothy M. Bourne, Tionne Watkins, and Will Smith, and directed by Christopher Robinson.T.I. played the character Rashad Swann, an orphaned 17-year-old seniorin high school. In its opening weekend, the film grossed a total of$11.5 million, ranking third in the United States box office, and wenton to gross $21.2 million.
He also appeared in American Gangster with fellow rappers Common and RZA as Stevie Lucas, Drugpin Frank Lucas' nephew. and was featured on the soundtrack.
T.I. starred in an upcoming 2010 crime thriller film Takers (originally called Bone Deep) which is directed by John Luessenhop. It also includes cast, Chris Brown, Idris Elba, Matt Dillon, Paul Walker, Hayden Christensen, and Zoe Saldana. The film is scheduled to be released on August 20, 2010 around the time T.I. will release his upcoming seventh studio album.
ProducingT.I. was co-executive producer of B.G.'s upcoming album and making beats for artists like Mariah Carey, Cassidy, Rick Ross, Maino, B.o.B., Yung Joc, Young Dro, and himself. He also executive produced the soundtrack to the film Hustle & Flow and released the collection through his record label.
T.I. also a songwriter. He has credits from Diddy, Dr. Dre, and Bow Wow.
Television producingT.I. launched his film company, Grand Hustle Films. Late 2007, T.I.linked up with Los Angeles based production company 828 Entertainmentto executive produce a new reality show titled Life on Mars which chronicles the life of young prodigy music producer LaMar "MARS" Edwards. T.I. partnered 828 Entertainment with his company Grand Hustle Records to produce a slate of both television and film projects. He also created a reality show on MTV called "T.I.'s Road to Redemption". T.I. is also the executive producer of his upcoming film Takers.
Community workIn addition to helping with Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, T.I.worked with troubled youths at Paulding Detention Center in Atlanta,provided scholarships for single parent families at Boys and Girls Clubs, and headlined the Boost Mobile Rockcorps concert at New York's Radio City Music Hall, which featured such performers as Fat Joe, Slim Thug, and Kanye West,and was held exclusively for community service volunteers. As part ofhis community service time, T.I. has come to a number of middle-gradeand high schools in Georgia, where he speaks with the students in anassembly holding a positive message, while maintaining a philathropicview about morals and growing up in the same areas as himself. In June2005, The Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes Foundation, named for the deceased member of multi-platinum female group TLC, and Atlanta's V-103 honored T.I. with the 2005 Lisa LopesAward for groundbreaking achievements in music and community servicewhich was court ordered. With this steady list of growingaccomplishments T.I. is being recognized as the "Jay-Z of the South," according to Pharrell Williams of multi-platinum production team The Neptunes.
T.I.'s night club, Club Crucial, hosted a giveaway of 200 bicycles to neighborhood children in the Boys and Girls Club with V-103 announcer Greg Street.
ControversyLudacrisG-Unit artist Young Buck asked fellow Southern rappers T.I. and Ludacris to appear on his new record on the track "Stomp" but later T.I. was replaced by The Gameon the original version. T.I. then recorded a disrespectful verseagainst Ludacris. Ludacris heard it and decided to fire back at T.I.The beef originally started when T.I. saw Disturbing Tha Peace rapper I-20'svideo. In the video, a guy was wearing a shirt with the words "TrapHouse." The guy was getting beat up and stomped in the video. T.I.thought it said "Trap Muzik."
On June 24, 2007 at the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood, California,T.I. was involved in a brawl. During a luncheon held by Kevin Liles ofWarner Music Group (parent company of T.I.'s label, Atlantic Records),the MC got into a fight with Ludacris' manager Chaka Zulu. According to witnesses, T.I. punched Zulu in the face and choked him and a small, brief melee ensued.
T.I. brought home the award for Best Hip-Hop Artist at the BET Awards,and took the opportunity to apologize for his scuffle with Disturbingtha Peace executive Chaka Zulu earlier in the week. While accepting hisaward, he expressed regret over the situation. "They say it's a fineline between brilliance and insanity," he said, in an apparentreference to his troublesome alter ego, T.I.P. During the broadcast,cameras showed his onetime rival Ludacris smiling in the audience. The audience stood up and clapped for T.I.
The two rappers have resolved the beef and have collaborated on two songs: "Wish You Would" off Ludacris's sixth studio album, Theater of the Mind, and "On Top of the World" off T.I.'s sixth studio album, Paper Trail. The original version of the latter had Kanye West.
Lil' FlipAccording to AllHipHop, T.I. and Lil' Flip had an altercation in Lil' Flip's neighborhood, the Cloverland section of Houston. It has been said that T.I. went there to create a DVDexposing Lil' Flip to be a fraud. When T.I. went to Cloverland with hisentourage, he was met by Flip and his people. Then it was said a fightbroke out with one of the members of Lil Flip's entourage startedswinging on T.I. until one of T.I.'s bodyguards started shooting. Thesame day T.I. went on a Houston, Texasradio station talking about the altercation. He revealed that he hadthe tape and he was going to release it with an upcoming mixtape, butthat didn't happen due to the fact that James Princestopped him from distributing the tape. It is unknown whether T.I.still has the tape or not. The feud was squashed by Rap-a-Lot's Princeafter having them sit down and resolve their feud. The feud wasdocumented by the Houston Press.
Shawty LoIn 2008, T.I. was involved in a highly publicized feud with Shawty Lo. The feud was characterized by Shawty Lo's track Dunn Dunn, and T.I.'s reply What Up, What's Haapnin. The song Dunn Dunn appears to question T.I.'s roots in Bankhead. The music video for What Up, What's Haapnin was shot in Shawty Lo's housing project Bowen Homes, an apparent diss towards Shawty Lo. In an interview, T.I. insisted that his song No Matter What was only partially aimed at Shawty Lo.
The beef reached its climax at the November 2008 Dirty Awards where the entourages of both artists clashed during the ceremony, forcing it to be shut down. Two incidents forced police to use pepper-spray and evacuate the audience.
The beef was publicly squashed on March 7, 2009, when Shawty Lo and T.I. appeared on-stage together at Club Crucial in Bankhead, for T.I.'s farewell concert. After this performance, T.I. gave an interview to MTV, in which he stated that the feud with Shawty Lo was exaggerated by the media, and was not a 'beef'.
Personal lifeT.I. has been in a relationship with former Xscape member Tameka "Tiny" Cottle since 2001. Together, they have two sons: Clifford 'King' Joseph III and Major Philant. Their daughter, Llayah Amour, was stillborn six months into a complicated pregnancy.He has two sons with ex-girlfriend Lashon Dixon: Domani Uriah andMessiah Ya'Majesty. T.I also has a daughter named Deyjah Imani fromanother relationship.
Legal issuesMug shot of T.I. taken after his arrest in Tampa in 2003T.I. was on probation stemming from a 1998 conviction for violating a state controlled substances act and for giving false information. After being released on probation, he earned a litany of probation violations in several counties around Georgia for offenses ranging from possession of a firearm to possession of marijuana.In 2006, after appearing in an Atlanta court on (May 10) and havingcharges that he threatened a man outside a strip club last year droppedfor lack of evidence, T.I. was arrested on an outstanding probationviolation warrant from Florida. The warrant claimed that T.I. did notcomplete the required number of community service hours he wassentenced for a 2003 assault of a female sheriff deputy at UniversityMall in Tampa. T.I. was detained by several mall Security Guards at the time of the incident. According to WSB-TV Atlanta, the rapper’s attorney said that the problem was nothing more than a "technical matter" between Georgia and Florida.The confusion arose because T.I. was also sentenced to communityservice in Georgia for driving with a suspended license, for which hedid complete 75 hours of community service in his home state. Therapper was released on bail shortly after being arrested, and wasexpected to surrender to Florida state authorities the following weekto resolve the matter.
On November 21, 2008, T.I. testified in the murder trial of a member of his entourage and a close friend, Philant Johnson (1980–2006), whowas murdered in a shooting that occurred after a post-concert party ata club. T.I. has dedicated several songs to Johnson, from the singleversion of "Live in the Sky" to his more recent hit "Dead and Gone" where Johnson's grave can be seen in the video.
and was moved into a halfway house in Atlanta. T.I. had the Federal Bureau of Prisons ID 59458-019 and was released from CCM Atlanta on March 26, 2010.
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Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. (born September 27, 1982), better known by his stage name Lil Wayne, is an American rapper. As a teenager, Lil Wayne joined Cash Money Records as the youngest member of the label, and half of the duo, The B.G.'z, with B.G.. In 1997, Lil Wayne joined the group Hot Boys, which also included rappers Juvenile, B.G., and Turk. Hot Boys debuted with Get It How U Live! that year. Lil Wayne gained most of his success with the group's major selling album Guerrilla Warfare, released in 1999. Also in 1999, Lil Wayne released his multi-platinum debut album Tha Block Is Hot, selling over two million copies.
Although his next two albums Lights Out (2000) and 500 Degreez (2002) were not as successful (only reaching Gold status), Lil Wayne reached higher popularity in 2004 with Tha Carter, which included the hit single "Go D.J." Wayne also appeared on the Destiny's Child top ten single "Soldier" that year. In 2005, the sequel to Tha Carter, Tha Carter II,was released. In 2006 and 2007, Lil Wayne released several mixtapes andappeared on several popular rap and R&B singles. His mostsuccessful album, Tha Carter III,was released in 2008 which went to sell 1.5 million copies in the U.S.its first week of release. It included the number-one single "Lollipop" and won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. Lil Wayne released his first rock album, Rebirth,in 2010. Critical reception of that album was heavily negative, and thealbum was released a month before Lil Wayne began serving a year longjail sentence for weapon possession in March 2010.
Contents [hide]1 Early life2 Music career2.1 The Hot Boys2.2 Lights Out and 500 Degreez (2000–02)2.3 Tha Carter and Tha Carter II (2004–05)2.4 Collaborations and mixtapes (2006–07)2.5 Tha Carter III (2008)2.6 Rebirth and We Are Young Money (2009–10)2.7 Tha Carter IV and future work (2010–present)3 Television and film career4 Personal life4.1 Family4.2 Education4.3 Sports and musical interests4.4 Drug use and legal problems4.5 Public references by President Obama5 Discography6 Filmography6.1 Television6.2 Movies6.3 Commercials7 Awards8 References9 External links//Early lifeLil Wayne was born Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. and grew up in the Hollygrove neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana. Carter enrolled in the gifted program of Lafayette Elementary School and in the drama club of Eleanor McMain Secondary School. He wrote his first rap song at age eight. At age eleven, he met Bryan Williams, rapper and owner of Cash Money Records.Carter recorded freestyle raps on William's answering machine leadinghim to mentor the young Carter and include him in CashMoney-distributed songs. He also recorded his first ever collaboration album True Story with rapper B.G.. At the time, Carter was 11, and B.G. was 14, and was billed as "The B.G.'z". When he was 12, he played the part of the Tin Man in his middle school drama club's production of The Wiz. He also accidentally shot himself with a .44 caliber gun at the age of 13. The year following his accident, he dropped out of school.
Music careerThe Hot BoysMain article: Hot BoysIn 1997, Carter joined the Hot Boys along with rappers Juvenile, B.G., and Turk. At age 15, Carter was the youngest member at that time. Hot Boys' debut album Get It How U Live! was released the same year, followed in 1999 by the group's major-label debut Guerrilla Warfare, which reached #1 on the Billboard magazine Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and #5 on the Billboard 200. During their career, the Hot Boys had two charting singles, "We on Fire" from Get It How U Live! and "I Need a Hot Girl" from Guerrilla Warfare. Carter was also featured on Juvenile's single "Back That Azz Up", which reached #18 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #5 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks. Let 'Em Burn,a compilation album of unreleased tracks recorded during 1999 and 2000,came out in 2003, several years after the group disbanded. It reached #3 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and #14 on the Billboard 200.
Carter's debut solo album Tha Block Is Hotat age 17 featured significant contributions from the Hot Boys and wascertified 2x platinum, climbing to #3 on the Billboard album charts. The album earned him a 1999 Source magazine award nomination for "Best New Artist", and also became a Top Ten hit. The lead single was "Tha Block Is Hot". After the release of Tha Block is Hot, Carter was featured on the single, "Bling Bling", with B.G., Juvenile, and Big Tymers. His verse was featured on the radio edition, and on the album version, only his hook was featured on the single.
Lights Out and 500 Degreez (2000–02)His 2000 follow-up album Lights Out failed to attain the level of success achieved by his debut but was certified gold by RIAA.Critics pointed to the lack of coherent narratives in his verses asevidence that he had yet to mature to the level of his fellow Hot Boys.The lead single was "Get Off The Corner" which was noticed for animprovement in lyrical content and style, it also received a musicvideo. The second single which received less attention was "Shine"featuring The Hot Boys. Near the release of Lights Out, Lil Wayne was featured on the single, "1# Stunna" with Big Tymers and Juvenile, which rose to 24th place on the Hot Rap Tracks charts.
In 2001, Lil Wayne was shot in the chest in Florida after "somegroupies" fired two shots through his tour bus window. He recalled theincident in 2008 interview: 'It [the bullet] 'didn’t go all the way in,’cause the window slowed it down.'
Lil Wayne's third album 500 Degreez, released in 2002, followed the format of his previous two, with significant contributions from the Hot Boys and Mannie Fresh. While certified Gold like its predecessor, it too failed to match the success of his debut. The title was a reference to the recently estranged Hot Boys member Juvenile's recording, 400 Degreez.The lead single was "Way Of Life" which like the album failed to matchthe success of his previous singles. After the release of 500 Degreez,he was featured in the single "Neva Get Enuf" by 3LW.
Tha Carter and Tha Carter II (2004–05)In the summer of 2004, Wayne's album Tha Carter came out, marking what critics considered advancement in his rapping style and lyrical themes. In addition, the album's cover art featured the debut of Wayne's now-signature dreadlocks. Tha Cartergained Wayne significant recognition, selling over 1 million copies inthe United States, while the single "Go DJ" became a Top 5 Hit. After the release of Tha Carter, Lil Wayne was featured in Destiny's Child's single "Soldier" with T.I., which peaked at #3 on the U.S. Hot 100 and the U.S. R&B Charts. The song Get Something (featuring Mannie Fresh) was supposed to appear on the album but failed to make the cut, however the music video was released.
Tha Carter II, the follow-up to the original Tha Carter album, was released in December 2005, this time without production by longtime Cash Money Records producer Mannie Fresh, who had since left the label. Tha Carter II sold more than 238,000 copies in its first week of release, debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard 200albums chart, and went on to sell 2,000,000 copies world wide. The leadsingle, "Fireman," became a hit in the US, peaking at 32 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Other singles included "Grown Man", "Hustler Muzik", and "Shooter" (featuring R&B singer Robin Thicke). Lil Wayne also appeared on a remix of Bobby Valentino's "Tell Me", which rose to #13 on the U.S. R&B Charts.
In 2005, Lil Wayne was named president of Cash Money, and in the same year he founded Young Money Entertainment as an imprint of Cash Money.However, as of late 2007, Lil Wayne reported that he has stepped downfrom the management of both labels and has handed management of YoungMoney over to Cortez Bryant.
Collaborations and mixtapes (2006–07)Performing at the Beacon Theatre on July 23, 2007In 2006, Lil Wayne collaborated with rapper Birdman for the album Like Father, Like Son, whose first single "Stuntin' Like My Daddy", reached #21 on the Billboard Hot 100.Instead of a follow-up solo album, Lil Wayne reached his audiencethrough a plethora of mixtapes and guest appearances on a variety ofpop and hip-hop singles. Of his many mixtapes, Dedication 2 and Da Drought 3 received the most media exposure and critical review. Dedication 2, released in 2006, paired Lil Wayne with DJ Drama and contained the acclaimed socially conscious track "Georgia Bush," in which Lil Wayne critiqued former US president George W. Bush's response to the effects of Hurricane Katrina on the city of New Orleans. Da Drought 3was released the following year and was available for free legaldownload. It contained Lil Wayne rapping over a variety of beats fromrecent hits by other musicians. Numerous of features in prominenthip-hop magazines such as XXL and Vibe covered the mixtape. Christian Hoard of Rolling Stone magazine considered the mixtapes Da Drought 3 and The Drought Is Over 2 "among the best albums of 2007."
Despite no album release for two years, Lil Wayne appeared in numerous singles as a featured performer, including "Gimme That" by Chris Brown, "Make It Rain" by Fat Joe, "You" by Lloyd, and "We Takin Over" by DJ Khaled (also featuring Akon, T.I., Rick Ross, Fat Joe, and Birdman), "Duffle Bag Boy" by Playaz Circle, "Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill)" by Wyclef Jean (also featuring Akon), and the remix to "I'm So Hood" by DJ Khaled (also featuring T-Pain, Young Jeezy, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Big Boi, Fat Joe, Birdman, and Rick Ross). All these singles charted within the top 20 spots on the Billboard Hot 100, Hot Rap Tracks, and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. On Birdman's 2007 album 5 * Stunna, Lil Wayne appeared on the singles "100 Million" and "I Run This" among several other tracks. Wayne also appeared on tracks from albums Getback by Little Brother, American Gangster by Jay-Z, and Graduation by Kanye West and Insomniac by Enrique Iglesias. "Make it Rain", a Scott Storch production that peaked at number 13 on the Hot 100 and number two on the Hot Rap Tracks chart, was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for 2008.
Vibe magazine ranked a list of 77 of Lil Wayne's songs from2007 and ranked his verse in DJ Khaled's "We Takin Over" as his best of2007, with "Dough Is What I Got" (a freestyle over the beat of Jay-Z's "Show Me What You Got") from Da Drought 3 the second song. At the end of 2007, an MTV poll selected Lil Wayne as "Hottest MC in the Game", The New Yorker magazine ranked him "Rapper of the Year", and GQ magazine named him "Workaholic of the Year". In 2008 he was named "Best Rock Star Alive" by Blender magazine and "Best MC" by Rolling Stone.
Tha Carter III (2008)Main article: Tha Carter IIIInitially planned to be released in 2007, Tha Carter III'slargest delay came after the majority of the tracks were leaked anddistributed on mixtapes, such as "The Drought Is Over Pt. 2" and "TheDrought Is Over Pt. 4". Lil Wayne initially decided to use the leakedtracks, plus four new tracks, to make a separate album, titled The Leak. The Leak was to be released December 18, 2007, with the actual album being delayed until March 18, 2008, The release of The Leak in this format never came to fruition, but an official EP titled The Leak and containing five tracks was released digitally on December 25, 2007.
Tha Carter III was released on June 10, 2008, selling more than a million copies in its first week of release, the first to do so since 50 Cent's The Massacre in 2005. The first single "Lollipop", featuring Static became the rapper's most commercially successful song at that point, topping the Billboard Hot 100, making it the first Top 10 single for Lil Wayne as a solo artist, as well as his first #1 on the chart. His third single from Carter III', "Got Money" featuring T-Pain, peaked at #13 on the Billboard 100. Along with his album singles, Lil Wayne appeared on R&B singles "Girls Around the World" by Lloyd, "Love In This Club, Part II" by Usher, "Official Girl" by Cassie, "I'm So Paid" by Akon, "Turnin' Me On" by Keri Hilson, and "Can't Believe It" by T-Pain; rap singles "My Life" by The Game, "Shawty Say" by David Banner, "Swagga Like Us" by T.I., "Cutty Buddy" by Mike Jones, and "Haterz" and the remix to "Certified" by Glasses Malone; and pop single "Let It Rock" by new Cash Money artist Kevin Rudolf. On July 14, 2008, the Recording Industry Association of America certified Tha Carter III two times platinum.In an October 2008 interview with MTV News, Lil Wayne announced plansto re-release this album with all new tracks, including a duet with Ludacris and remixes of "A Milli".
Lil Wayne performing at General Motors Place concert in Vancouver in January 2009.The lineup for New Orleans' 2008 Voodoo Experience concert, held in October, featured Lil Wayne. Jonathan Cohen of Billboard magazine reported that the event would mark his biggest hometown headlining set of his career.Lil Wayne will be reuniting with Hot Boys alongside Juvenile, Turk, andB.G. They plan to release an album after B.G.'s solo album Too Hood to Be Hollywood is completed. Wayne also performed as the 2008 Virgin Mobile Music Fest with Kanye West, performing the remix of "Lollipop" with West and also lip-syncing to Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You". Lil Wayne also performed at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards with Kid Rock ("All Summer Long"), Leona Lewis ("DontGetIt (Misunderstood)") and T-Pain ("Got Money"). On the season premiere of Saturday Night Live, he performed "Lollipop" and "Got Money". He later performed at the homecoming rally at Vanderbilt University and the 2008 BET Hip Hop Awards with 12 nominations. He won the "MVP" title at the BET Hip Hop Awards and seven others. It was revealed that M.I.A. dropped out of performing on the tour due to her pregnancy, however Jay Z is expected to perform with Wayne on the song "Mr. Carter" at select shows.
On November 11, 2008, Wayne became the first hip-hop act to ever perform at the CMA awards. He played alongside Kid Rock for the song, "All Summer Long", in which Wayne did not rap but instead inaudibly strummed guitar strings alongside the guitarist in Kid Rock's band. Shortly after, Wayne was nominated for eight Grammys - the most for any artist nominated that year. Wayne was then named the first ever MTV Man of the Year at the end of 2008. He won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance for "A Milli", Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for his appearance in T.I.'s single "Swagga Like Us", and Best Rap Song for "Lollipop". Tha Carter III won the award for Best Rap Album.
DJ Drama stated that there would be a third installation of the Dedication mixtape series with Lil Wayne, who insisted that it will would be a full album under the title. However despite the fact Wayne wanted to release Dedication 3 as an album, it was released as a mixtape on November 14, 2008.
Rebirth and We Are Young Money (2009–10)Main article: Rebirth (Lil Wayne album)Wayne stated that he would release a debut rock album titled Rebirth. To support the release of Rebirthand a collaboration album with Young Money Entertainment, Wayneheadlined the 'Young Money Presents: America's Most Wanted MusicFestival'... a United States and Canada–only concert tour which startedon July 29, 2009. The Rebirth album was originally scheduledfor a April 7, 2009 release, however after numerous delays, the albumwas released on February 2, 2010. "Prom Queen", the first official single, debuted on January 27 immediately after a live Internet broadcast on Ustream of his concert in San Diego. "Prom Queen" peaked at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. "On Fire", the second official single, debuted on iTunes on and peaked at #33 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. For the anticipation of Rebirth, Wayne was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone.
MTV listed Lil Wayne number two on their 2009 list of the Hottest MCs In The Game.
On December 3, 2009 Lil Wayne's second single "On Fire" was released on iTunes. "On Fire" was produced by Cool & Dre with Lil Wayne playing the guitar. "Drop the World", which features Eminem, is the third single from the album.
On December 23, 2009, Wayne released a collaboration album with Young Money, with the first single confirmed as "Every Girl". The second single is "BedRock", featuring Lloyd.The third single is expected to be "Roger Dat", but has not beenconfirmed yet, although a music video has been shot already. As ofFebruary 7, the album has currently sold 291,300 copies.
Wayne is featured on the song, "Revolver", with Madonna for her 2009 greatest hits album, Celebration. He was also featured on a Weezer song, "Can't Stop Partying", on their 2009 album, Raditude.
Tha Carter IV and future work (2010–present)In an interview on MTV's Mixtape Monday, Wayne asserted the possibility of an album titled Tha Carter IV. Following Tha Carter III's achievement of selling over 2 million copies, becoming 2008's best record, Wayne re-signed with Cash Money Records for a multi-album deal. Wayne said Tha Carter IV will be released in 2009 just before the holidays. Birdman had confirmed that Tha Carter IV will be packaged with Rebirth as a double disc album. However, Wayne denied this idea saying that "Tha Carter IV deserves Tha Carter IV". He went on to say that We Are Young Money may be packaged with Rebirth. However, it was later confirmed that Rebirth and We Are Young Money will be released separately. Lil Wayne shot 20-30 music videos in prep for his prison sentence for a 2007 gun charge, including two music videos for Tha Carter IV.
He has announced several possible upcoming projects, including a collaboration album I Can't Feel My Face with rapper Juelz Santana that has been in production for several years. He has discussed a possible R&B album titled Luv Sawngz, for which he will heavily rely on a vocoder. He has also talked with singer Lloyd about doing a collaboration album in the future. On June 19, 2008, Lil Wayne and T-Pain formed a duo called T-Wayne and planned to release an album.
Television and film careerLil Wayne was a guest debater going up against Skip Bayless on the "1st & 10" segment on the January 6, 2009 edition of ESPN First Take. On February 10, 2009 he also appeared on ESPN's Around The Horn and beat out veterans Woody Paige, Jay Mariotti and fellow New Orleanian Michael Smith to win that show's episode. Wayne is set to produce and compose music for the film Hurricane Season. A documentary of Lil Wayne titled The Carter was released at the Sundance Film Festival. Prior to the 2009 Grammy Awards, Wayne was featured in an interview with Katie Couric. On February 7, 2009, he presented the Top Ten List on CBS's Late Show with David Letterman. He then appeared on an April 24 episode of The View - talking about his GED and addictions. In September 2009, Wayne appeared in an episode of VH1's Behind the Music. and was a presenter of the 2009 MTV Movie Awards.
Personal lifeFamilyLil Wayne has four children. His first child, daughter Reginae, was born when he was 15, to his high school sweetheart Antonia "Toya" Carter (née Johnson). Wayne and Johnson married on Valentine's Day of 2004 and divorced in 2006.Internet rumours started circulating in August 2008 that Wayne'sdaughter had died in a car crash, which however he quickly cleared upas false saying "Please allow me to dispel any rumors or speculationsand report that my daughter is alive, healthy and surrounded by familywho care and love her dearly. The rumors are completely false andunfounded; neither Reginae nor any other member of my family has beeninvolved in any car accident." His second child, Dwayne III, was then born on October 22, 2008 at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. His third child, Lennox Samuel Ari, was born to actress Lauren London on September 9, 2009. He had his fourth child, Neal, on November 30, 2009 with singer Nivea.
In a CBS interview with Katie Couric,Wayne described why he goes by the name of "Wayne" instead of his givenname, Dwayne. Carter explained, "I dropped the D because I'm a juniorand my father is living and he's not in my life and he's never been inmy life. So I don't want to be Dwayne, I'd rather be Wayne". Couricasked Wayne if his father knew of this and Wayne replied with a smile,"He knows now".
EducationAfter earning his GED, Wayne enrolled at the University of Houston in January 2005 with plans to major in political science. To earn his degree, he had been taking online courses. An article in Urb magazine in March 2007 asserted that Wayne had been earning high grades at Houston. By the end of the year Wayne discontinued his education there.
Sports and musical interestsIn an interview with Blender magazine, Lil Wayne revealed one of his favorite bands from childhood to be rock group Nirvana, and cites them as a major influence in his music.
On September 24, 2008, Lil Wayne published his first blog for ESPN in their issue, ESPN The Magazine. Wayne revealed he was a fan of tennis, the Green Bay Packers, the Boston Bruins, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Red Sox. Wayne has continued writing for ESPN, notably reporting at the ESPN Super Bowl party.
Lil Wayne made his debut on ESPN's daily sports round table show "Around The Horn" on February 10, 2009.
Along with Mack Maine, Wayne was in attendance of Game 3 of the opening round NBA playoff series between the Denver Nuggets and the home team New Orleans Hornets on April 25, 2009.
Drug use and legal problemsWayne told CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric on her All Access Grammy Special in 2009 that he enjoys smoking marijuana recreationally. He also stated that he is "not addicted" to drinking purple drank (codeine cough syrup) any longer, like some claimed he was. He has been arrested for use or possession of marijuana and other drugs.
In the latter half of 2007, Lil Wayne was arrested twice. On July22, 2007, Lil Wayne was arrested in New York City following aperformance at the Beacon Theatre; the New York City Police Department discovered Lil Wayne and another man smoking marijuananear a tour bus. After taking Lil Wayne into custody, police discovereda .40 caliber pistol on his person. The gun, which was registered tohis manager, was in a bag located near the rapper. He was also charged with criminal possession of a weapon and marijuana. Another arrest was on October 5, 2007, following a performance at Qwest Arena in Boise, Idaho, on felony fugitive charges after Georgia authorities accused the rapper of possessing a controlled substance. The incident was later described as a "mix-up" and the fugitive charges were dropped.
On January 23, 2008, Lil Wayne was arrested alongside two others. His tour bus was stopped by Border Patrol agents near Yuma, Arizona. A K-9 Unit recovered 105 grams (3.7 oz) of marijuana, almost 29 grams (1.0 oz) of cocaine, 41 grams (1.4 oz) of MDMA,and $22,000 in cash. Lil Wayne was charged with four felonies:possession of narcotic drug for sale, possession of dangerous drugs,misconduct involving weapons and possession of drug paraphernalia. Hewas granted permission to travel outside of the state and remain out ofcustody on the $10,185 bond he posted. On May 6, 2008, Wayne returned to court in Arizona to plead not guilty to the charges. A bench warrant was issued on March 17, 2010 when Lil Wayne didn't show for a final trial management conference. However, the rapper was already in prison, serving a year-long sentence in Rikers on weapons charges.
In February 2009, production company RMF Productions filed a $1.3million lawsuit against Wayne, following a $100,000 advance payment forthree shows, all of which were cancelled by the artist.
On October 2009, Lil Wayne, Birdman, Cash Money Records and variousmusic distribution outlets were sued for copyright infringement byThomas Marasciullo, who claims his voice was used without permission.The rappers asked him to record some "Italian-styled spoken wordrecordings" in 2006. The lyrics were allegedly used on "Respect" andother tracks from the rappers' collaboration album Like Father, Like Son and Birdman's 5 * Stunna.
On December 18, 2009, Wayne and 11 others were detained at the Falfurrias, Texas border patrol checkpoint after an unknown amount of marijuana was found on two of his tour buses
On October 22, 2009, Lil Wayne pled guilty to attempted criminalpossession of a weapon. He was due for sentencing in February 2010 andwas expected to receive a one-year jail sentence.
On February 9, 2010, Lil Wayne's attorney announced that the sentencing was delayed until March 2 due to dental surgery,which was performed on February 16. The surgery included eight rootcanals, the replacement of several tooth implants, as well as theaddition of a few new implants and work on his remaining original teeth.
On March 2, 2010, sentencing was postponed again when the courthouse reported a fire in the basement.
On March 8, 2010, Lil Wayne was sentenced to a year in prison, which he is currently serving in Rikers Island. His lawyer said the rapper expected to be held in protective custody, separated from other prisoners. He is expected to be released after eight months if he serves with good behavior.
Public references by President ObamaLil Wayne has been referenced in public speeches by President Barack Obama on at least two occasions, in mixed contexts. Speaking to a largely African-American audience during a general election campaign town hall speech in Georgia,Obama exhorted children to stay in school and achieve their dreamsthrough education and perseverance instead of hoping for shortcuts tofame and riches, stating: "You are probably not that good a rapper.Maybe you are the next Lil Wayne, but probably not, in which case youneed to stay in school."
After assuming the Presidency, Obama later echoed this theme ofpersonal and familial responsibility—and the difficulty of achievingLil Wayne's lyrical skills or success—during an address to a meetingcommemorating the 100th anniversary of the NAACP, telling the audience:
They might think they’ve got a pretty jump shot or a pretty good flow, but our kids can’t all aspire to be LeBronor Lil Wayne. I want them aspiring to be scientists and engineers,doctors and teachers, not just ballers and rappers. I want themaspiring to be a Supreme Court justice. I want them aspiring to be president of the United States of America.
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Founder and leader of the Nazi Party, Reich Chancellor and guiding spirit of the Third Reich from 1933 to 1945, Head of State and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, Adolf Hitler was born in Braunau am Inn, Austria, on 20 April 1889. The son of a fifty-two-year-old Austrian customs official, Alois Schickelgruber Hitler, and his third wife, a young peasant girl, Klara Poelzl, both from the backwoods of lower Austria, the young Hitler was a resentful, discontented child. Moody, lazy, of unstable temperament, he was deeply hostile towards his strict, authoritarian father and strongly attached to his indulgent, hard-working mother, whose death from cancer in December 1908 was a shattering blow to the adolescent Hitler.
After spending four years in the Realschule in Linz, he left school at the age of sixteen with dreams of becoming a painter. In October 1907, the provincial, middle-class boy left home for Vienna, where he was to remain until 1913 leading a bohemian, vagabond existence. Embittered at his rejection by the Viennese Academy of Fine Arts, he was to spend "five years of misery and woe" in Vienna as he later recalled, adopting a view of life which changed very little in the ensuing years, shaped as it was by a pathological hatred of Jews and Marxists, liberalism and the cosmopolitan Habsburg monarchy.
Existing from hand to mouth on occasional odd jobs andthe hawking of sketches in low taverns, the young Hitler compensated forthe frustrations of a lonely bachelor's life in miserable male hostels bypolitical harangues in cheap cafes to anyone who would listen and indulgingin grandiose dreams of a Greater Germany.
In Vienna he acquired his first education in politics by studying the demagogic techniques of the popular Christian-social Mayor, Karl Lueger, and picked up the stereotyped, obsessive anti-Semitism with its brutal, violent sexual connotations and concern with the "purity of blood" that remained with him to the end of his career. From crackpot racial theorists like the defrocked monk, Lanz von Liebenfels, and the Austrian Pan-German leader, Georg von Schoenerer, the young Hitler learned to discern in the "Eternal Jew" the symbol and cause of all chaos, corruption and destruction in culture, politics and the economy. The press, prostitution, syphilis, capitalism, Marxism, democracy and pacifism--all were so many means which "the Jew" exploited in his conspiracy to undermine the German nation and the purity of the creative Aryan race.
In May 1913 Hitler left Vienna for Munich and, when warbroke out in August 1914, he joined the Sixteenth Bavarian InfantryRegiment, serving as a despatch runner. Hitler proved an able, courageoussoldier, receiving the Iron Cross (First Class) for bravery, but did notrise above the rank of Lance Corporal. Twice wounded, he was badly gassedfour weeks before the end of the war and spent three months recuperating ina hospital in Pomerania. Temporarily blinded and driven to impotent rage bythe abortive November 1918 revolution in Germany as well as the militarydefeat, Hitler, once restored, was convinced that fate had chosen him torescue a humiliated nation from the shackles of the Versailles Treaty, fromBolsheviks and Jews.
Assigned by the Reichswehr in the summer of 1919 to"educational" duties which consisted largely of spying onpolitical parties in the overheated atmosphere of post-revolutionaryMunich, Hitler was sent to investigate a small nationalistic group ofidealists, the German Workers' Party. On 16 September 1919 he entered theParty (which had approximately forty members), soon changed its name to theNational Socialist German Workers' Party (NSDAP) and had imposed himself asits Chairman by July 1921.
Hitler discovered a powerful talent for oratory as well as giving the new Party its symbol — the swastika — and its greeting "Heil!." His hoarse, grating voice, for all the bombastic, humourless, histrionic content of his speeches, dominated audiences by dint of his tone of impassioned conviction and gift for self-dramatization. By November 1921 Hitler was recognized as Fuhrer of a movement which had 3,000 members, and boosted his personal power by organizing strong- arm squads to keep order at his meetings and break up those of his opponents. Out of these squads grew the storm troopers (SA) organized by Captain Ernst Röhm and Hitler's black-shirted personal bodyguard, the Schutzstaffel (SS).
Hitler focused his propaganda against the VersaillesTreaty, the "November criminals," the Marxists and the visible,internal enemy No. 1, the "Jew," who was responsible for allGermany's domestic problems. In the twenty-five-point programme of theNSDAP announced on 24 February 1920, the exclusion of the Jews from theVolk community, the myth of Aryan race supremacy and extreme nationalismwere combined with "socialistic" ideas of profit-sharing andnationalization inspired by ideologues like Gottfried Feder. Hitler's firstwritten utterance on political questions dating from this period emphasizedthat what he called "the anti-Semitism of reason" must lead"to the systematic combating and elimination of Jewish privileges. Itsultimate goal must implacably be the total removal of the Jews."
By November 1923 Hitler was convinced that the Weimar Republic was on the verge of collapse and, together with General Ludendorff and local nationalist groups, sought to overthrow the Bavarian government in Munich. Bursting into a beer-hall in Munich and firing his pistol into the ceiling, he shouted out that he was heading a new provisional government which would carry through a revolution against "Red Berlin." Hitler and Ludendorff then marched through Munich at the head of 3,000 men, only to be met by police fire which left sixteen dead and brought the attempted putsch to an ignominious end. Hitler was arrested and tried on 26 February 1924, succeeding in turning the tables on his accusers with a confident, propagandist speech which ended with the prophecy: "Pronounce us guilty a thousand times over: the goddess of the eternal court of history will smile and tear to pieces the State Prosecutor's submission and the court's verdict for she acquits us." Sentenced to five years' imprisonment in Landsberg fortress, Hitler was released after only nine months during which he dictated Mein Kampf (My Struggle) to his loyal follower, Rudolf Hess. Subsequently the "bible" of the Nazi Party, this crude, half-baked hotchpotch of primitive Social Darwinism, racial myth, anti-Semitism and lebensraum fantasy had sold over five million copies by 1939 and been translated into eleven languages.
The failure of the Beer-Hall putsch and his period of imprisonment transformed Hitler from an incompetent adventurer into a shrewd political tactician, who henceforth decided that he would never again confront the gun barrels of army and police until they were under his command. He concluded that the road to power lay not through force alone but through legal subversion of the Weimar Constitution, the building of a mass movement and the combination of parliamentary strength with extra-parliamentary street terror and intimidation. Helped by Goering and Goebbels he began to reassemble his followers and rebuild the movement which had disintegrated in his absence.
In January 1925 the ban on the Nazi Party was removedand Hitler regained permission to speak in public. Outmaneuvering the"socialist" North German wing of the Party under Gregor Strasser,Hitler re-established himself in 1926 as the ultimate arbiter to whom allfactions appealed in an ideologically and socially heterogeneous movement.Avoiding rigid, programmatic definitions of National Socialism which wouldhave undermined the charismatic nature of his legitimacy and his claim toabsolute leadership, Hitler succeeded in extending his appeal beyondBavaria and attracting both Right and Left to his movement.
Though the Nazi Party won only twelve seats in the 1928elections, the onset of the Great Depression with its devastating effectson the middle classes helped Hitler to win over all those strata in Germansociety who felt their economic existence was threatened. In addition topeasants, artisans, craftsmen, traders, small businessmen, ex-officers,students and declasse intellectuals, the Nazis in 1929 began to win overthe big industrialists, nationalist conservatives and army circles. Withthe backing of the press tycoon, Alfred Hugenberg, Hitler received atremendous nationwide exposure just as the effects of the world economiccrisis hit Germany, producing mass unemployment, social dissolution, fearand indignation. With demagogic virtuosity, Hitler played on nationalresentments, feelings of revolt and the desire for strong leadership usingall the most modern techniques of mass persuasion to present himself asGermany's redeemer and messianic saviour.
In the 1930 elections the Nazi vote jumped dramatically from 810,000 to 6,409,000 (18.3 percent of the total vote) and they received 107 seats in the Reichstag. Prompted by Hjalmar Schacht and Fritz Thyssen, the great industrial magnates began to contribute liberally to the coffers of the NSDAP, reassured by Hitler's performance before the Industrial Club in Dusseldorf on 27 January 1932 that they had nothing to fear from the radicals in the Party. The following month Hitler officially acquired German citizenship and decided to run for the Presidency, receiving 13,418,011 votes in the run-off elections of 10 April 1931 as against 19,359,650 votes for the victorious von Hindenburg , but four times the vote for the communist candidate, Ernst Thaelmann. In the Reichstag elections of July 1932 the Nazis emerged as the largest political party in Germany, obtaining nearly fourteen million votes (37.3 per cent) and 230 seats. Although the NSDAP fell back in November 1932 to eleven million votes (196 seats), Hitler was helped to power by a camarilla of conservative politicians led by Franz von Papen, who persuaded the reluctant von Hindenburg to nominate "the Bohemian corporal" as Reich Chancellor on 30 January 1933.
Once in the saddle, Hitler moved with great speed tooutmanoeuvre his rivals, virtually ousting the conservatives from any realparticipation in government by July 1933, abolishing the free trade unions,eliminating the communists, Social Democrats and Jews from any role inpolitical life and sweeping opponents into concentration camps. TheReichstag fire of 27 February 1933 had provided him with the perfectpretext to begin consolidating the foundations of a totalitarian one-partyState, and special "enabling laws" were ramrodded through theReichstag to legalize the regime's intimidatory tactics.
With support from the nationalists, Hitler gained amajority at the last "democratic" elections held in Germany on 5March 1933 and with cynical skill he used the whole gamut of persuasion,propaganda, terror and intimidation to secure his hold on power. Theseductive notions of "National Awakening" and a "LegalRevolution" helped paralyse potential opposition and disguise thereality of autocratic power behind a facade of traditional institutions.
The destruction of the radical SA leadership under Ernst Rohm in the Blood Purge of June 1934 confirmed Hitler as undisputed dictator of the Third Reich and by the beginning of August, when he united the positions of Fuhrer and Chancellor on the death of von Hindenburg, he had all the powers of State in his hands. Avoiding any institutionalization of authority and status which could challenge his own undisputed position as supreme arbiter, Hitler allowed subordinates like Himmler, Goering and Goebbels to mark out their own domains of arbitrary power while multiplying and duplicating offices to a bewildering degree.
During the next four years Hitler enjoyed a dazzling string of domestic and international successes, outwitting rival political leaders abroad just as he had defeated his opposition at home. In 1935 he abandoned the Versailles Treaty and began to build up the army by conscripting five times its permitted number. He persuaded Great Britain to allow an increase in the naval building programme and in March 1936 he occupied the demilitarized Rhineland without meeting opposition. He began building up the Luftwaffe and supplied military aid to Francoist forces in Spain, which brought about the Spanish fascist victory in 1939.
The German rearmament programme led to full employment and an unrestrained expansion of production, which reinforced by his foreign policy successes--the Rome-Berlin pact of 1936, the Anschluss with Austria and the "liberation" of the Sudeten Germans in 1938 — brought Hitler to the zenith of his popularity. In February 1938 he dismissed sixteen senior generals and took personal command of the armed forces, thus ensuring that he would be able to implement his aggressive designs.
Hitler's saber-rattling tactics bludgeoned the British and French into the humiliating Munich agreement of 1938 and the eventual dismantlement of the Czechoslovakian State in March 1939. The concentration camps, the Nuremberg racial laws against the Jews, the persecution of the churches and political dissidents were forgotten by many Germans in the euphoria of Hitler's territorial expansion and bloodless victories. The next designated target for Hitler's ambitions was Poland (her independence guaranteed by Britain and France) and, to avoid a two-front war, the Nazi dictator signed a pact of friendship and non-aggression with Soviet Russia. On 1 September 1939 German armies invaded Poland and henceforth his main energies were devoted to the conduct of a war he had unleashed to dominate Europe and secure Germany's "living space."
The first phase of World War II was dominated by German Blitzkrieg tactics: sudden shock attacks against airfields, communications, military installations, using fast mobile armor and infantry to follow up on the first wave of bomber and fighter aircraft. Poland was overrun in less than one month, Denmark and Norway in two months, Holland, Belgium, Luxemburg and France in six weeks. After the fall of France in June 1940 only Great Britain stood firm.
The Battle of Britain, in which the Royal Air Force prevented the Luftwaffe from securing aerial control over the English Channel, was Hitler's first setback, causing the planned invasion of the British Isles to be postponed. Hitler turned to the Balkans and North Africa where his Italian allies had suffered defeats, his armies rapidly overrunning Greece, Yugoslavia, the island of Crete and driving the British from Cyrenaica.
The crucial decision of his career, the invasion of Soviet Russia on June 22, 1941, was rationalized by the idea that its destruction would prevent Great Britain from continuing the war with any prospect of success. He was convinced that once he kicked the door in, as he told Jodl (q.v.), "the whole rotten edifice [of communist rule] will come tumbling down" and the campaign would be over in six weeks. The war against Russia was to be an anti-Bolshivek crusade, a war of annihilation in which the fate of European Jewry would finally be sealed. At the end of January 1939 Hitler had prophesied that "if the international financial Jewry within and outside Europe should succeed once more in dragging the nations into a war, the result will be, not the Bolshevization of the world and thereby the victory of Jewry, but the annihilation of the Jewish race in Europe."
As the war widened — the United States by the end of 1941 had entered the struggle against the Axis powers — Hitler identified the totality of Germany's enemies with "international Jewry," who supposedly stood behind the British-American-Soviet alliance. The policy of forced emigration had manifestly failed to remove the Jews from Germany's expanded lebensraum, increasing their numbers under German rule as the Wehrmacht moved East.
The widening of the conflict into a world war by the end of 1941, the refusal of the British to accept Germany's right to continental European hegemony (which Hitler attributed to "Jewish" influence) and to agree to his "peace" terms, the racial-ideological nature of the assault on Soviet Russia, finally drove Hitler to implement the "Final Solution of the Jewish Question" which had been under consideration since 1939. The measures already taken in those regions of Poland annexed to the Reich against Jews (and Poles) indicated the genocidal implications of Nazi-style "Germanization" policies. The invasion of Soviet Russia was to set the seal on Hitler's notion of territorial conquest in the East, which was inextricably linked with annihilating the 'biological roots of Bolshevism' and hence with the liquidation of all Jews under German rule.
At first the German armies carried all before them,overrunning vast territories, overwhelming the Red Army, encirclingLeningrad and reaching within striking distance of Moscow. Within a fewmonths of the invasion Hitler's armies had extended the Third Reich fromthe Atlantic to the Caucasus, from the Baltic to the Black Sea. But theSoviet Union did not collapse as expected and Hitler, instead ofconcentrating his attack on Moscow, ordered a pincer movement around Kievto seize the Ukraine, increasingly procrastinating and changing his mindabout objectives. Underestimating the depth of military reserves on whichthe Russians could call, the caliber of their generals and the resilient,fighting spirit of the Russian people (whom he dismissed as inferiorpeasants), Hitler prematurely proclaimed in October 1941 that the SovietUnion had been "struck down and would never rise again." Inreality he had overlooked the pitiless Russian winter to which his owntroops were now condemned and which forced the Wehrmacht to abandon thehighly mobile warfare which had previously brought such spectacularsuccesses.
The disaster before Moscow in December 1941 led him to dismiss his Commander-in-Chief von Brauchitsch, and many other key commanders who sought permission for tactical withdrawals, including Guderian, Bock, Hoepner, von Rundstedt and Leeb, found themselves cashiered. Hitler now assumed personal control of all military operations, refusing to listen to advice, disregarding unpalatable facts and rejecting everything that did not fit into his preconceived picture of reality. His neglect of the Mediterranean theatre and the Middle East, the failure of the Italians, the entry of the United States into the war, and above all the stubborn determination of the Russians, pushed Hitler on to the defensive. From the winter of 1941 the writing was on the wall but Hitler refused to countenance military defeat, believing that implacable will and the rigid refusal to abandon positions could make up for inferior resources and the lack of a sound overall strategy.
Convinced that his own General Staff was weak andindecisive, if not openly treacherous, Hitler became more prone tooutbursts of blind, hysterical fury towards his generals, when he did notretreat into bouts of misanthropic brooding. His health, too, deterioratedunder the impact of the drugs prescribed by his quack physician, Dr.Theodor Morell. Hitler's personal decline, symbolized by his increasinglyrare public appearances and his self-enforced isolation in the "Wolf'sLair," his headquarters buried deep in the East Prussian forests,coincided with the visible signs of the coming German defeat which becameapparent in mid-1942.
Rommel's defeat at El Alamein and the subsequent loss of North Africa to the Anglo-American forces were overshadowed by the disaster at Stalingrad where General von Paulus's Sixth Army was cut off and surrendered to the Russians in January 1943. In July 1943 the Allies captured Sicily and Mussolini's regime collapsed in Italy. In September the Italians signed an armistice and the Allies landed at Salerno, reaching Naples on 1 October and taking Rome on June 4, 1944. The Allied invasion of Normandy followed on June 6, 1944 and soon a million Allied troops were driving the German armies eastwards, while from the opposite direction the Soviet forces advanced relentlessly on the Reich. The total mobilization of the German war economy under Albert Speer and the energetic propaganda efforts of Joseph Goebbels to rouse the fighting spirit of the German people were impotent to change the fact that the Third Reich lacked the resources equal to a struggle against the world alliance which Hitler himself had provoked.
Allied bombing began to have a telling effect on Germanindustrial production and to undermine the morale of the population. Thegenerals, frustrated by Hitler's total refusal to trust them in the fieldand recognizing the inevitability of defeat, planned, together with thesmall anti-Nazi Resistance inside the Reich, to assassinate the Fuhrer on20 July 1944, hoping to pave the way for a negotiated peace with the Alliesthat would save Germany from destruction. The plot failed and Hitler tookimplacable vengeance on the conspirators, watching with satisfaction a filmof the grisly executions carried out on his orders.
As disaster came closer, Hitler buried himself in theunreal world of the Fuhrerbunker in Berlin, clutching at fantastic hopesthat his "secret weapons," the V-1 and V-2 rockets, would yetturn the tide of war. He gestured wildly over maps, planned and directedattacks with non-existent armies and indulged in endless, night-longmonologues which reflected his growing senility, misanthropy and contemptfor the "cowardly failure" of the German people.
As the Red Army approached Berlin and the Anglo-Americans reached the Elbe, on 19 March 1945 Hitler ordered the destruction of what remained of German industry, communications and transport systems. He was resolved that, if he did not survive, Germany too should be destroyed. The same ruthless nihilism and passion for destruction which had led to the extermination of six million Jews in death camps, to the biological "cleansing" of the sub-human Slavs and other subject peoples in the New Order, was finally turned on his own people.
On April 29, 1945, he married his mistress Eva Braun and dictated his final political testament, concluding with the same monotonous, obsessive fixation that had guided his career from the beginning: "Above all I charge the leaders of the nation and those under them to scrupulous observance of the laws of race and to merciless opposition to the universal poisoner of all peoples, international Jewry."
of the tyrannical power structure and ideologicalsystem which had devastated Europe during the twelve years of histotalitarian rule.