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.
His 2011 album and first following his release, Tha Carter IV, sold 964,000 copies in its first week of availability in the United States.
His mother, a cook, gave birth to him when she was 19 years old.
His parents divorced when he was 2, and his father permanently abandoned the family.
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.
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.