Most rappers who got their start in their youth have to worry about changing their image at a certain point, and the easiest way to do that is to drop the "Young" or the "Lil" from the beginning of their stage name. Yet another reason why Lil Wayne is a peerless fellow, the guy is holding on to his youthful side as he approaches 30.
Now as Tha Carter III's cover made perfectly clear, being a Young Money Millionaire has nothing to do with innocence. Weezy didn't come out of the womb with tattoos on his face, but he'd like us to believe that he was already plotting to become the renegade hip-hop presence he is today. People thought that cover was a hoax at first, but we're ready for this one. Peep below.
Graduation never looked so sweet -- even here. So maybe the recently incarcerated Lil Wayne isn't posting these sorts of photographs to his Facebook page to curry nostalgic favor like the rest of us, but the whole world is seeing them. [via Nah Right]