Watch: How Lil Wayne Became a Big on Power in Hollywood

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As hip-hop’s current reigning king, Lil Wayne — whose earnings totaled around $27 million as of May 2012 — makes Celebuzz’s Hollywood Power Index at No. 21.

By the age of 28, the rhymester had his most lucrative year ever thanks to the top-selling album “Carter IV.” (Case in point: The LP sold nearly 1 million copies in its opening week.)

But record sales were just peanuts compared to the money the artist made from touring. In just one year, Lil Wayne played 50 shows, earning nearly $600,000 per-night. Coupled with the launch of his clothing line, Trukfit, designing his own sneaker, Carter IV with Supra, and a multimillion dollar deal inked with Mountain Dew, the rapper’s bank account continues to swell.

Nearly a year and a half since dropping “Carter IV,” Weezy is back to release his highly anticipated tenth solo LP, “I Am Not A Human Being.” The album, which will be released this month, features hip-hop stars like Future and Drake on tracks like “Good Kush & Alcohol.”

The rapper even says that hit makerKanye West reached out to him to help with his album’s packaging.

Lil Wayne’s prison memoir, Gone Till November, is set to be released March 14, 2013. The memoir chronicles his life from March to November of 2010. Take a look at his recently revealed cover art and pre-order the book.

How does Lil Wayne stack up against the competition? See what Celebuzz’s experts have to say in the video below.

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