Most people probably remember how they spent their first paycheck. For most of us, that check came from a job like working behind the counter at a fast-food restaurant. But for a celebrity, his first check was bigger than most.
At just 14, Lil Wayne presented his first earnings to his mother, and she helped him decide how to spend the money. He gambled away his first check on a purchase that seemed extravagant at the time but is far from what he can afford to spend today.
Lil Wayne’s first paycheck came early
Lil Wayne was only 14 and an honor student when he decided to drop out of school to pursue a career in music. The gamble paid off and he was soon on his way to phenomenal success as a rapper. Soon he was a member of the group Hot Boys.
Lil Wayne was too young to do most jobs, but his skills as a rap artist soon earned him his first paycheck. According to BuzzFeed, that check seemed astronomical to the young musician. It was his first glimpse of how successful he could be. “You know, that was the moment I knew there was a little thing I could do,” he explained.
He didn’t have an easy childhood and this check seemed like the start of a better life. He was so excited about the new income that he tried to give the money to his mother, but she wouldn’t take it. “She said, ‘I don’t want it. Whatever you want to do with it, let’s go.’”
Lil Wayne knew exactly what he wanted to spend his new check on. “So I went straight to Nissan and bought a Pathfinder.”
How Much Did Lil Wayne Earn?
A single check, enough for a 14-year-old rising star to buy a car, must have been an impressive sum. Apparently, he only needed his first check in 1996, which totaled $6,500. Technically, he wasn’t old enough to drive his new car, but he was able to earn enough to buy it.
These days, Lil Wayne’s flavors are a bit more expensive. He recently spent $2.7 million on a car – a big step up from his Pathfinder. The new car is a Bugatti Veyron, a vehicle that seems to be popular with wealthy car enthusiasts. Two important people in his life, Birdman and Cash Money also bought the same car.
Lil Wayne upped the price of his car with customizations like a matte black paint job. Although the price may seem extravagant, he has the means to afford almost anything he wants.
What is Lil Wayne’s net worth today?
Lil Wayne net worth reflects his long track record in the music industry. At this point, he is said to be worth $170 million.
The 40-year-old is enjoying his wealth and owns a home in Miami Beach that’s worth around $17 million. He added a second car to his garage, a $443,000 Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe. He even owns a diamond-studded pair of Beats by Dre that are reportedly worth a million dollars.
When Lil Wayne got his first paycheck, it was more exciting than most teenagers’ experiences. But with his mother’s encouragement, he was able to experience what it felt like to afford something that seemed extreme. Over the years, his definition of a luxury purchase has grown along with his wealth and success. But he’ll probably always remember that particular Pathfinder.
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https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/lil-wayne-bought-nissan-pathfinder-1st-paycheck.html/ Lil Wayne bought a Nissan Pathfinder with his first paycheck