Couric asked Wayne if his father knew of this and Wayne replied with a smile, "He knows now." In the summer of 1991, he met Bryan Williams, rapper and owner of Cash Money Records. The second single, which received less attention, was "Shine" featuring the Hot Boys.Carter recorded freestyle raps on Williams's answering machine, leading him to mentor the young Carter and include him in Cash Money-distributed songs. Near the release of Lights Out, Lil Wayne was featured on the single, "Number One Stunna" with Big Tymers and Juvenile, which peaked at No. Lil Wayne's third album 500 Degreez, released in 2002, followed the format of his previous two, with significant contributions from the Hot Boys and Mannie Fresh.In March 2010, Lil Wayne began serving an 8-month jail sentence in New York after being convicted of criminal possession of a weapon stemming from an incident in July 2007.Wayne's eighth album I Am Not a Human Being (2010), was released during his incarceration.Carter has a tattoo dedicated to Rabbit, who was murdered before Carter became a star.
Da Drought 3 was released the following year and was available for free legal download.J." and his appearance on Destiny's Child's Top 10 single "Soldier", that same year.The album was followed by Tha Carter II (2005), as well as several mixtapes and collaborations throughout 20.He also recorded his first ever collaboration album True Story with rapper B. While being certified gold like its predecessor, Tha Carter II, the follow-up to the original Tha Carter album, was released in December 2005, this time without production by longtime Cash Money Records producer Mannie Fresh, who had since left the label.Tha Carter II sold more than 238,000 copies in its first week of release, debuting at No.2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, and went on to sell 2,000,000 copies worldwide.The lead single "Fireman" became a hit in the US, peaking at 32 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In 2005, Lil Wayne was named president of Cash Money, and in the same year he founded Young Money Entertainment as an imprint of Cash Money.I., Rick Ross, Fat Joe, and Birdman), "Duffle Bag Boy" by Playaz Circle, "Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill)" by Wyclef Jean (also featuring Akon), and the remix to "I'm So Hood" by DJ Khaled (also featuring T-Pain, Young Jeezy, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Big Boi, Fat Joe, Birdman, and Rick Ross).All these singles charted within the top 20 spots on the Billboard Hot 100, Hot Rap Tracks, and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts.Although Wayne and Birdman have a father–son relationship and Birdman calls Carter his son, Wayne's biological father and namesake (Dwayne Carter) is still alive.Lil Wayne has also spoken about his deceased stepfather, Rabbit, who he has said he considers his real father.