By Chris Yuscavage
Today is Lil Wayne's 28th birthday and in case you haven't been paying attention the last few years, birthdays are kind of a big deal for Weezy F. Baby.
While it's safe to say the Young Money CEO gets cake everyday—even as he sits behind bars on Rikers Island awaiting his release in early November, he's releasing his digital album, I Am Not A Human Being, today—he typically pulls out all the stops to celebrate his born day.
From lavish extravaganzas in exotic cities to briefcases filled with money, no expense is spared when it comes to making sure the self-proclaimed "Best Rapper Alive" enjoys the best birthdays ever. To prove that point, RapFix tracked down some of the best birthday gifts Wayne has received from Cash Money CEO (and Wayne's "daddy") Birdman and others in recent times.
They sure beat that sweater you got for your last birthday, huh?
The Age: 25
The Year: 2007
The Gift: A super-exclusive black-and-white party aboard the three-story Biscayne Lady yacht in Miami
The Thought: Clubs are overrated. At least, that was the thinking when Cash Money threw Weezy a VIP party aboard a yacht back in '07. Rather than pack the VIP section at a club in Miami, Weezy and a handful of very important friends—including Diddy, T.I., Slim Thug, Juelz Santana and, of course, Birdman—climbed aboard the Biscayne Lady for four hours and enjoyed blackjack and roulette tables, an indoor pool table, an open bar and a birthday cake modeled after a white Rolls-Royce Phantom.
The Age: 26
The Year: 2008
The Gift: A Louis Vuitton briefcase filled with $1 million cash
The Thought: What do you get for the guy who already has everything? In Wayne's case, you get him a nice tall pile of cold cash. That's what Birdman decided to do for Weezy's 26th birthday when he surprised his "son" by handing him a briefcase during a party at Club Mansion in Miami that featured an ice sculpture filled with frozen $100 bills. Surrounded by celebs like DJ Khaled and Akon, Wayne opened it to reveal the $1 million gift.
The Age: 27
The Year: 2009
The Gift: A $1 million diamond-encrusted Chopard watch, a $200,000 Chopard black diamond chain and a birthday cake covered in real diamonds.
The Thought: With Wayne staring down at an inevitable prison sentence in the near future, the Cash Money/Young Money family decided to help him take his mind off it last September by throwing him a small shindig. Birdman—who has Wayne's birthday (9-27-82) tattooed on his left bicep—presented him with several pieces of expensive jewelry and a one-of-a-kind cake to celebrate the occasion.
If you could give Lil Wayne a gift for his 28th birthday today, what would it be? Tell us in a comment below!