Turning Point: The Moment Your Favorite Artist Became a Superstar

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  • Eminem
  • 50 Cent
  • Lil Wayne
  • Drake
  • Mary J. Blige
  • Beyoncé
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Mariah Carey
  • Snoop Dogg
  • Justin Timberlake
  • Usher
  • Pharrell
  • Sean "Diddy" Combs
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Alicia Keys
  • Adele
  • Nicki Minaj, Beyoncé, Jay Z
  • Jay Z
  • Kanye West
  • Rihanna
  • Chris Brown
  • Dr. Dre

Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne was already a rap veteran by the time he turned 25. However, he didn’t become the cultural icon and superstar we know today until he released the Grammy Award-winning Tha Carter III in 2008. Weezy rightfully earned the self-appointed “best rapper alive” moniker with the LP that reached a million sales in its first week. At this point he was beloved by all as his hit-making ability drew in mainstream music lovers with pop smashes (“Lollipop”) and garnered the respect of hip hop heads that held on to regional biases with deft rhymes (“A Milli”).

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