Lil Wayne might not be moving albums like it's 2009 anymore, but there's no denying the man's cultural impact. He's one of the few artists who can rightly claim an era of total domination—the late '00s were Wayne's time to shine, a moment in time where he really was the Best Rapper Alive.

Lil Wayne turns 34 today—no longer the young upstart, but far from finished. The infighting with Birdman is ongoing, but it's not keeping Weezy out of the booth anymore: he delivered a smoldering guest verse on Chance the Rapper's "No Problem," and still has support from rap's biggest names. At this point,  it's clear that Weezy is a legend. But it's one thing to celebrate his legacy—it's another to actually know the man behind the music: