Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. (born September 27, 1982) known professionally as Lil Wayne, is an American rapper. In 1993, at the age of 11, he was discovered by Bryan "Birdman" Williams and joined Cash Money Records as the youngest member of the label, and half of the duo The B.G.'z, alongside fellow New Orleans-based rapper B.G.. In 1996, Lil Wayne and B.G. joined the southern hip hop group Hot Boys, with Cash Money label-mates Juvenile and Turk.