Lil Wayne Recalls His First Paycheck

Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne got his start in music at a very young age, as a member of the Cash Money Records group, the Hot Boys.

In a recent interview on ESPNU's Power Hour, the rap star recalled his first paycheck.

"I was 14 years old and my first check I got was for $6,500," Weezy said. "So 14 years old, a $6,500 check, waving it at your mom, you think you're doing something. She ain't bringin' in no $6,500 check every week, so that was the moment I knew I could do a little something with something."

What did he do with that first check? He says he tried to give it to his mom.

"I gave it to her, but she didn't want a dime of it and she gave it back," Wayne said. "She said, 'Well I don't want it. Whatever you want to do with it, let's go.' So I went straight to Nissan and bought a Pathfinder."

Elsewhere, Wayne named his top three rappers.

"This is no specific order," he says. "Of course, Jay Z, Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur."