Jailbird Lil Wayne has tapped fedora-wearing crooner Bruno Mars to join him on video for his ‘Tha Carter IV’ track ‘Mirror.’ The video is set for release in the coming weeks but in the meantime, you can preview Weezy’s newfound love for abstract painting in the snippet below.
The short clip features Wayne, perched in front of a massive canvas. With a combination of acrylics and spray paint, the MC churns out a red-and-black master print in the same vein as Jackson Pollock. Splotches and dots cover Lil Wayne’s shirtless chest while Bruno admires his friend’s newest work.
‘Mirror’ is quite possibly a metaphor for Lil Wayne’s inner resentments — His shame in covering up who he truly is inside. “I see you’re not satisfied/And I don’t see nobody else/I see myself I’m lookin’ at the/Mirror on the wall,” he raps with a lyrical rasp. With all this pain being put into paint, perhaps Weezy’s ready to take up a whole new artistic medium?
After doing a “rock ‘n’ roll” record, it wouldn’t be too surprising. Check out the preview of ‘Mirror’ below.
Rising Miami hip-hop band MAYDAY is preparing for the release of its first album for Tech N9ne’sStrange Music. The 6 member group’s album “Take Me To Your Leader” is set for release on March 27, 2012.
The group is comprised of Wrekonize (MC/Vocalist), Bernz (MC/Vocalist), Plex Luthor (keyboards, guitar, and production), Gianni Cash (bass, production), L T Hopkins (drummer) and NonMS (percussion) are one of rap’s few legitimate bands. Their multi-layered sonics, creative lyrical approach and high energy shows earned them such famous collaborators as Cee Lo Green on the viral hit “Groundhog Day” and Lil Wayne in the videos for the YMCMB honcho’s “Da Da Da” and “Get A Life.”
Guests on the hard-hitting collection include Tech N9ne, Ace Hood, Dead Prez, Murs, Krizz Kaliko and others.
Take Me To Your Leader features the sinister “Badlands,” the apocalyptic “Death March,” the tense “TNT” and the macabre “Due in June.”
“Death March” will be the band’s first single from their forthcoming album.
In order to prepare for the release of its album, MAYDAY will be joining Tech N9ne and Machine Gun Kelly on the groundbreaking “Hostile Takeover 2012” Tour, which includes 90 shows in 99 days, making it the longest tour in rap history. MAYDAY are no strangers to the Tech N9ne tour circuit, having appeared with Tech in 2011 on the “All 6’s and 7’s Tour.”
Recent Bad Boy signee French Montana has entertained deals from a variety of labels, but in a recent interview with Hot 97′s Angie Martinez, the ‘Shot Caller’ rapper revealed that his email illiteracy actually cost him a deal with Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music label.
“I met up with him one time and then I met up with him again. There were things that I was used to ’cause I was already moving. I’m like a money train,” the 27-year-old Moroccan-born MC said.
Unfortunately, his inability to use email rendered French’s communication with his potential boss null and void.
“Kanye doesn’t have a phone. If you need to get in contact with Kanye, you have to email him,” French explained. “You can’t tell me how to do that. I don’t know how to use an email, so I guess me and you is never gonna talk, and I’m a put my career in your hands?”
French continued to say that he had great respect for ‘Ye, and that, had he signed with his label, the two would have made “history” together.
“He’s definitely talented and I felt like if I went there, we would have definitely made history,” he concluded.
French is currently gearing up to release his Bad Boy debut, co-executive produced by Diddy and Rick Ross.
Rapper Webbie is adamant … he had nothing to do with an Alabama nightclub shooting that left one man dead — telling TMZ, he was just there to perform … and that’s what he did.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, cops rushed to Webbie’s show at Primetime nightclub in Dothan around 3am Sunday — responding to a call of shots fired. When they arrived, they discovered a man lying face down on the pavement outside the club with a gunshot wound to the chest. He died later at the hospital.
Webbie — real name Webster Gradney — was taken in for questioning following the incident, and there were Internet reports he was being investigated for murder. Webbie insists that’s not true.
Webbie’s manager tells us, the rapper was questioned simply because the shooting occurred at his concert — and police thought he might have some info about what went down.
But according to law enforcement sources, Webbie didn’t know jack …so they let him go — no arrest, no charges filed.
Nicki Minaj is inundating our Twitter feed right now, and with good reason. The Grammy-nominated MC has dropped the music video for her ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’ promotional single ‘Stupid Hoe.’
Get ready Barbz, because Nicki has really outdone herself with the visuals for her Diamond Kuts-produced track. The flashy, trippy clip has director Hype Williams’ name all over it — the perfect match for Minaj’s manic stage persona.
Nicki brings her signature wide-eyed facial expressions and frantic eye blinking to a brightly colored set filled with robotic female dancers.
The rapper rips into any “stupid hoe” who tries to cross her while sporting pastel face paints and bending her body into contortionist poses. She moves from booty-bouncing her famous backside to crawling on all fours in a leopard cage.
And while she may rock a pink party dress and lick a swirly lollipop like an innocent little school girl, beware! Because in her own words, “I’m Angelina, You Jennifer/ Come on, bitch/ You see where Brad at!”
The No. 1 Independent Rapper In The World Announces Tour With Machine Gun Kelly (MGK), Krizz Kaliko And Others Scheduled For 90 Shows In 99 Days, Making It The Longest Rap Tour Of All Time.
Independent rap superstar Tech N9ne is scheduled to make history and shatter records in 2012. The Strange Music maven is slated to headline the “Hostile Takeover 2012” Tour, which will launch in March and includes 90 shows in 99 days, making it the longest tour in rap history. It will make stops in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Atlanta, Dallas, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Baltimore, Denver and Seattle, among other cities.
“I started planting the seeds for this music thing to expand more than 10 years ago and to see it be recognized globally like this is a beautiful thing,” says Tech N9ne, who will be joined on “Hostile Takeover 2012” Tour by Machine Gun Kelly (MGK), Krizz Kaliko, Mayday, Prozak and Stevie Stone. “We started Strange Music so we could make the music we wanted to make and tour like we wanted to tour. Now, to be able to make history like this is a wonderful accomplishment.” The Hostile Takeover 2012 Tour will be the only domestic tour of 2012 where fans can see Tech N9ne perform.
During the last decade, Tech N9ne has built a rock-solid fanbase by touring relentlessly. By the mid-2000s, Tech N9ne was performing in excess of 200 shows a year. His professional performances and polished routines have earned the endorsement of such platinum superstar rappers as Busta Rhymes, Lil’ Wayne, E-40 and Twista, among many others.
“A decade ago, we encountered so many obstacles when we first began touring,” says Travis O’Guin, Strange Music’s CEO and Tech’s business partner in the label. “Now we’re getting ready to set a new benchmark for rap music. It’s been a remarkable and rewarding journey.”
Tech N9ne is coming off of an incredible year. In 2011 the rapper released his album All 6’s & 7’s to much acclaim, debuting as Billboard’s No. 1 Indie, No. 1 Rap, No. 1 Hip-Hop and R&B and No. 4 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart, overall. Tech was also featured on Lil’ Wayne’s The Carter IV last summer, which sold nearly 1 million units in its first week of release.