BET Awards 2017 | Behind the Lights of Lil Wayne

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LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 18:  Rapper Lil Wayne performs onstage at the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Festival at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 18, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

BET Awards 2017 | Behind the Lights of Lil Wayne

Here's some facts you probably don't know about Lil Wayne!

PUBLISHED ON : JUNE 13, 2017 / 08:57 AM

  1. Assisted in Building Up New Orleans
    (Photo: Nabil/UMG)
    (Photo: UMG)

    Lil Wayne is known to be a seemingly private person, but after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Lil Wayne came out to assist in the rebuilding of a park in New Orleans and donated $200,000. As you probably know, Lil Wayne hails from New Orleans, so it's no shock that he would help. However, his magnitude of help is extraordinary!

  2. The Carter Fund
    HOLLYWOOD - FEBRUARY 01:  *EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE* Singer Lil Wayne performs at the "We Are The World 25 Years for Haiti" recording session held at Jim Henson Studios on February 1, 2010 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
    (Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

    Lil Wayne established The Carter Fund to aid charities that aim to improve the lives of people in under-resourced communities. He has performed at charity concerts as a representative of The Carter Fund as well!

  3. His Hard Work Doesn't Go Unnoticed

    In 2015, Lil Wayne teamed up with Karen Civil of Live Civil to increase the holiday cheer for students in Haiti. During a Christmas giveaway, Lil Wayne gifted many students with clothes from his clothing line Trukfit.

  4. Born With A Silver Spoon
    UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1990:  Photo of Lil' Wayne  (Photo by Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

    No, Lil Wayne was not necessarily born with a silver spoon, but he's never worked a day job in his life. From the early age of 9, he started rapping and focusing on his music career. While we were in the play pen, he was in the booth. Even though he's never worked a day job, he's worked harder than a lot of us focusing on his rap career.

  5. Tunechi!
    ATLANTA, GA - MAY 08:  Rapper Lil Wayne performs in concert during "Kloser 2 U" tour at Coca-Cola Roxy on May 8, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Paras Griffin/FilmMagic)
    (Photo: Paras Griffin/FilmMagic)

    You've probably heard Lil Wayne refer to himself as Tunechi on some of his tracks, but do you know where he got the name from? His grandmother actually gave him the nickname at the age of 14 and it's stuck with the rapper. Now you can frequently hear the rapper call himself this alias — all thanks to his grandma!

  6. He's A Scholar!
    (Photo: UMG)
    (Photo: UMG)

    Lil Wayne's high school career was cut short due to his growing success in rap. Even though he didn't formally complete college, the rapper made sure to get his GED and go back to school! Wayne attended the University of Houston and had a major in psychology. When his work and school schedule started to become difficult, he transitioned to taking online classes at the University of Phoenix. We love that Lil Wayne continued his education even though he has music industry success!

  7. His Chance To Take On the Big Screen
    LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 29:  Rapper Lil Wayne performs onstage during the BET AWARDS '14 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on June 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for BET)
    (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for BET)

    Can you imagine Lil Wayne being on the big screen instead of the big stage? Well, that could have been a possibility as he was into the band and theater in high school. When Wayne was young, he played the cymbals in his school's marching band and is also said to have starred in his school's production of The Wiz. We don't know if we could live in a world without Lil Wayne's raps, so we're kind of happy the acting thing didn't fully work out. 

  8. Features On Features
    (Photo: Sony BMG Music Entertainment)

    There are hundreds of songs that you can hear Lil Wayne's voice featured on, but what's his favorite? Allegedly Lil Wayne's favorite feature is the one he provided for Destiny's Child on their hit song "Soldier" in 2008. Lately, he's done less features, but we can't wait to hear more from the legend.

Written by Essie Acolatse

(Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)


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