Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. (born September 27, 1982), known by his stage name LilWayne , is an American hip hop recording artist from New Orleans, Louisiana. In 1991, at the age of nine, LilWayne joined Cash Money Records as the youngest member of the label, and half of the duo, The B.G.'z, with fellow New Orleans-based rapper B.G.. In 1996, LilWayne joined Southern hip hop group Hot Boys, which also included rappers Juvenile, B.G., and Young Turk. Hot Boys debuted with Get It How U Live! that year. LilWayne gained most of his success with the group's major selling album Guerrilla Warfare (1999).