Ima focus in this part seeing as I aint read the rest, cuz I aint straining my eyes cuz a n*gga don't understand the concept of paragraphing..
Anyway. I don't know where you from, but up North and pretty much everywhere else but the South. n*ggas aint fu*k with Wayne til 06. I remember being in high school round 02-03. The only rappers that mattered at that time was 50 or anybody G-Unit affiliated (Banks, Game etc), ROC, Dipset and D-Block.
NOBODY was listening to "500 Degreez" and VERY few people fu*ked with "Tha Carter" (with the exception of "I miss my Dawgs, if that).
Therefore nobody was checking for Waynes music, never mind his tattoo art
as i suspected, you were a bit too young when cash money came on the scene, i was in 7th grade when they were hot, and i'm from NY, trust me, everybody was bumpin hot boys, G-Unit wasn't even a group yet, Jay only had like 2 albums under his belt, the lox were still with diddy, etc...
this was around the time that N.O. had their big movement, they were a big deal in rap around that time(97-8'), the n*ggas made up bling bling, it don't get any more mainstream than that...