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The self-proclaimed “best rapper alive” is telling his story to VH1. Dwayne “Lil Wayne” Carter opens up about his childhood, his music, and his struggles, as he and the people who know him best describe his ascension from a poverty-stricken childhood in New Orleans to his reign as one of hip-hop’s heavy hitters. A true hip-hop icon, Lil Wayne is candid in his discussion about the life that made him one of the most respected hip-hop artists in the industry, as he relays his first experiences with drugs, his introduction to Cash Money Records, and his amazing career highs.

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VH1’s Behind The Music returns Thursday, September 10 at 10PM* with “Behind The Music: Lil Wayne.”

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