Lil Wayne Revealed as the Robot on 'Masked Singer' Season Premier | 22 Words

Lil Wayne is one of the top-selling rap artists of the 21st century. And while he's not been shy of controversy, there's no doubt that he's made his mark in the world of hip hop.

After many began speculating whether he had lost his flair for producing hits, the American rapper finally has some new music and it's finally dropped today.

Fans are going crazy for his mystery performance.

Keep scrolling for all the details...

Lil Wayne, aka Dwayne Michael Carter, was born on September 27, 1982, in New Orleans.

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The aspiring rapper rose to fame after he caught the eye of Cash Money Records head, Bryan Williams. Of course, he soon became a member of the coveted record label.

The label has been home to some of hip hop's biggest names.

Including the likes of Drake, Jay Sean, and Nicki Minaj.

Artists signed to Cash Money have been unbelievably successful.

So much so, that the slew of artists signed to Cash Money Records have achieved a combined twelve number-one albums on the Billboard 200 chart and 7 number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Lil Wayne’s first solo LP, Tha Block Is Hot, arrived in 1999.

The album was a smash hit and sold more than a million copies.

Sadly, his follow-up work didn't do quite as well...

Lights Out, released in 2000 and 500 Degreez, released in 2002, didn't fare quite as well with fans.

However, Lil Wayne had a second wave of success the following year...

Da Drought, his first solo mixtape, kick-started a whole new avenue for the star.

Following the release of Tha Carter, Lil Wayne truly came into his own as a hip hop artist.

And he attracted wider attention for his guest appearances on tracks, including "Soldier" by Destiny’s Child and built up a reputation in the world of rap.

Safe to say, after this point, there was no stopping the star.

Lil Wayne released Tha Carter II in 2005, which was met with praise from both fans and critics. The album flew off the shelves - selling more than one million copies.

And that's not all...

In 2008 more than a million copies of Tha Carter III,  which contained the hit singles “A Milli" and “Lollipop," were sold in its initial week of release in the States. It didn't take long for it to become the country’s best-selling album of the year.

It also made him an award-winning artist.

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In February 2009 he took home Grammy Awards for best rap album, best rap song, best rap solo performance, and best rap performance by a duo or group. Phew.

The star hasn't been far from trouble, however.

Later in 2009, Lil Wayne had a brush with the law, pleading guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon.

The charge stemmed from an incident that took place in 2007...

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In which a loaded gun was found on his tour bus.

The star served 8 months of a one-year sentence behind bars for the offense.

Although, jail didn't stop him from releasing music. The rapper dropped I Am Not a Human Being in 2010 while still behind bars.

But it seems the hip hop sensation is back in full force.

The star has been teasing a new album for some time now.

And now it's finally here.

His new album, titled Funeral has finally dropped.

The rapper went undercover as a robot.

Lil Wayne was unmasked on The Masked Singer U.S.

Those at home were calling the show out for being obvious.

The panel guessed the robot could be Shaun White, Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Flavor Flav, or Floyd Mayweather, but it was, in fact, Tunechi himself under the mask.

The tweets are hilarious.

Clearly, most people knew it was Lil Wayne. But some were more shocked, posting: "I am in tears laughing! I never would have thought it would be Lil Wayne!" Scroll down to watch the unmasking.

The judges and audience seemed totally shocked.

"I did it for my kids," Wayne said. He was eliminated on the season premiere of The Masked Singer, singing Lenny Kravitz's 1993 single "Are You Gonna Go My Way" as his last song.

His performance tied in nicely.

His appearance on the hit TV show was an excellent promotion for his new album Funeral, that dropped last week. This was followed by the release of the video for 'Gimme Brain,' a collaboration between Travis Barker, Lil Wayne, and Rick Ross.