As one of the most successful artists in the last decade, Lil Wayne has become the poster boy for high profile guest features. With a personal empire in Young Money and the best selling Tha Carter album series, Wayne sits at the top of the industry.
Bred from the Cash Money Records camp, Lil Wayne has been making music longer than most MCs today. From the age of nine, Wayne began releasing music with Cash Money Records and at the age of seventeen Wayne received his first platinum certification with his debut, Tha Block Is Hot. Wayne continued to release music for the next several years, but it wasn’t until his Tha Carter series that the industry took notice again. Beginning with Tha Carter in 2004, Wayne experienced a resurgence in his career as critics praised his new delivery and writing style. Tha Carter II received even higher sales than its predecessor and set the stage for Wayne’s takeover of the music business.
For the next several years, Lil Wayne became the biggest name in the mixtape game with numerous releases including Da Drought 3, which was considered mixtape of the year by many critics. By the time Lil Wayne released Tha Carter III in 2008, he had already become the most popular MC in the industry. Proving his worth, Tha Carter III went on to sell over one million copies in a single week, something that had not been done by any artist in three years. Since 2008, Lil Wayne has been featured on fifty one singles by other artists and has released three studio albums, including his collaborative effort, We Are Young Money.
Headed into the summer of 2011, Lil Wayne manages to grab another hit with Jay Rock’s “All My Life”. First released in 2008, the hit single and music video gave Jay Rock his first certified hit thanks to Wayne’s appearance. With coverage from MTV and radio stations across the country, “All My Life” became the big single to launch Follow Me Home. Using his signature freestyle flow, Wayne traded bars with the Watts native over the Cool & Dre produced track. The single went on to stamp Jay Rock with a seal of approval from mainstream audiences everywhere. Now as the album prepares for its final release, “All My Life” receives a second shot at hitting big with Jay’s new audience.
Arguably the biggest name to land a guest spot on Follow Me Home, Lil Wayne lends his global stardom to the already highly anticipated album.
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