Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr., who usually operates under his professional moniker, Lil Wayne, aptly lives up to the “Lil” in his name, measuring in at a height of only 5 feet, 6 inches tall. He was born on the 27th day of the month of September in the year 1982 in Louisiana. He spent most of his childhood years living in a suburb outside of the New Orleans area. At the time that Dwayne was born, his mother was only 19 years of age. Just two short years later, his father left his family, getting a divorce from Dwayne’s mother. Shortly after, Carter was able to begin to attend a program for gifted children at one of the local elementary schools. During his childhood years, he was also one of the active participants in a club for students that were interested in learning about drama. Wayne first started to write his own songs by the time that he was eight years old. Soon afterwards, Carter was noticed by one of the owners of a record label, who took him under his wing as a mentor. He was able to obtain the opportunity to collaborate on an album with an older rapper when he was only 11 years old. The next year, he had one of the leading roles in a production put on by his school. At the age of 13, Carter gained access to a gun and accidentally injured himself with it, requiring care from a hospital. The following year, he ceased to attend school, although he had been doing very well in school up until that point. Once he left school, he decided to focus all of his efforts on obtaining a full-time career as a musical artist. By the time that he had turned 15 years old, Carter became a part of a small group that had several rappers on its roster. He was known to be the youngest member of the group. Together, the group released their very first album that year after months of hard work in the recording studio. The next year, they were able to hit the top of the Billboard charts with their subsequent releases. The group stopped working together shortly afterwards and Carter was able to put together an album as a solo artist by the time that he was 17 years old. This album earned him a spot within the top ten on Billboard charts at the time.