The return of Lil Wayne
Lil Wayne started rapping at the age of 11, released his first project at the age of 12, and then went on to become one of the most successful and critically lauded artists in hip hop. The tatted-up, ahead-of-his-time rapper dropped the first album in his legendary "Tha Carter" series in 2004, followed up by the still-revered "Tha Carter II" in 2005 and the triple-platinum "Tha Carter III" in 2008. Fans have been anticipating the release of his 12th studio album, "Tha Carter V," since 2014, but contractual disputes with his label have delayed the drop date -- until now.
Released on September 28, Lil Wayne's 36th birthday, "Tha Carter V" debuted at No. 1 on Billboard 200, with 433 million on-demand audio streams in the first week, making it the second-biggest streaming week for an album ever. (Accolades for the first-biggest streaming week are held by Drake's 'Scorpion.' Fun fact: Drake, a lil Wayne mentee, has a tattoo of the rapper on his arm.)
Aside from his legend status in the annals of hip-hop history, Lil Wayne is respected in the skateboard world for his honest and earnest dedication to street skateboarding, a passion he picked up in 2010 and pursues to this day.
You can watch Lil Wayne perform in Aspen when he takes the stage at the base of Buttermilk mountain on Friday, January 25 at 10pm. He joins Kygo, The Chainsmokers and Louis the Child as part of X Games Aspen 2019's music lineup.
Listen to Lil Wayne on Spotify here.