Rap artist who released The Carter series of albums and won four Grammy Awards in 2009, including the award for Best Rap Song.
He shot himself in the chest while playing with his mother's 9mm handgun when he was 12. He dropped out of school as an honor student at age 14 to pursue a career in music.
He joined the group Hot Boys in 1997, and released the hit song Lollipop. He released the album, I Am Not a Human Being in 2010 while serving a year-long prison sentence for being in possession of his manager's .40 caliber handgun.
He married Antonia Carter on February 14, 2004, and the couple divorced in January 2006.