25 Lil Wayne bars that prove he’s one of the best to ever do it

Throughout his decadeslong career, Lil Wayne has risen to the top with a unique lyrical talent that very few can compete with.

At the tender age of 12, Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. signed with the Cash Money Records label and presented himself to the world as Lil Wayne. Three years later, in 1997, he became the youngest member of the New Orleans boy band called Hot Boys, which also consisted of Juvenile, B.G and Turk. In 1998, the talented red bandana-wearing MC was featured on Juvenile’s iconic “Back That Azz Up“ anthem.

For his 1999 debut solo album titled Tha Block Is Hot, Lil Wayne showed the world that his cornrows weren’t the only thing tight about him — so were his bars. The album sold more than 229,000 copies in its first week and was certified Platinum within months. This first victory launched a series of wins for Lil Wayne through a combination of successful albums, mixtapes, and released and unreleased singles that display his versatility.

As Lil Wayne’s career soared to new heights, he was sure to pay homage to his support system — his mother Jacida Carter, Birdman and his former Hot Boys bandmates. He has endured many of the music industry’s shifts and even started his own record label, Young Money Entertainment, which carries big rap names like Drake and Nicki Minaj.

Whether you’re listening to Tunechi, Weezy F. Baby — “and the F is for Phenomenal” — or Lil Wayne, the unique rapper has bars that prove he’s one of the best to ever do it. Let’s revisit a list of Lil Wayne lyrics that make you realize this fact:

1. I Miss My Dawgs: “My other, my partner, I was teacher, he was father / I skilled, he schooled, we chilled, we moved / We thug, we hung, we ate, we slept / We lived, we died, I stayed, you left!”

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