July 2, 2012


What Were Lil Wayne & Britney's Breakout Moments?

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Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Caesars Entertainment

Before he was arguably the World's Biggest Rap Star, Lil Wayne was, well, a lil-known rhymer from New Orleans who found moderate success in hip-hop as a member of the Hot Boys. But he was far from the internationally recognized Martian he is today. So what was the inescapable song that catapulted the Cash Money all-star into the pop culture stratosphere? 

On the series premiere of Fuse's Popped tonight at 9p/8c, we're taking a look at the moment the New Orleans rapper transformed from being one of rap's MVPs to a genuine cultural phenomenon. We're singling out "Lollipop" as the song that made him "pop," but you should give us your Lil Wayne 'popped' pick in the comments below.

Every Monday this July, we're looking at a different megastar and talking to people from their inner circles to get the story behind the moment they broke. So next Monday, July 9, we'll take a look at Usher's "Yeah!" (his irresistible 2004 No. 1 with Lil Jon and Ludacris) and the following week it's Britney Spears' debut single "…Baby One More Time." Before the month is out, we'll also take a look at Rihanna's "Umbrella" and much more.

We also put together a Spotify playlist featuring breakthrough songs from the five artists featured in Fuse's new series. It's a killer collection of songs which includes our pick for their Popped musical moment, plus a few other possible contenders for their breakout song.

Let us know what you think of Lil Wayne, Rihanna, Britney and Usher's Popped moments in the comments below.