Label: Cash Money/Universal
Producer: Mannie Fresh
Birthdate: 9/27/1982
Age: 16 
Perhaps because he's always had an ear for simple, catchy pop hooks, perhaps because he rapped with a distinctive New Orleans accent, perhaps because he started out as just a child, it would take a decade for Lil Wayne to earn acceptance as a great rapper. But even by the time of his solo debut Wayne was spitting complex internal rhymes, switching up flows and displaying an eye for detail to great effect in his verses, particularly on a line like "Pile up in the Eddie Bauer and blocka at every hour." Paired with a highly quotable call-and-response hook from Juvenile and B.G. and a characteristically spry Mannie Fresh beat, the song was a fitting breakout display for the artist who would become one of rap's biggest stars. Even hundreds of freestyles later, Wayne's account of neighborhood crime remains one of his best descriptive moments.