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.
Nickel Nine explains why him and Eminem teamed up with pop singer Bruno Mars for the Bad Meets Evil cut.
Royce Da 5’9 and Eminem team up with Bruno Mars for the track “Lighters” on their Bad Meets Evil release Hell: The Sequel EP. But after the track leaked along with the album, the two faced criticism from fans for going out of character with a track they may not have done a few years ago.
“‘Lighters,’ the song with Bruno Mars, that’s basically just us showing versatility,” Royce told Bootleg Kev. “We didn’t want to make it too one-dimensional and we didn’t realize it until towards the end of the project where we were like, let’s make one or two personal joints. We got another one called ‘Take From Me’ where it’s kind of personal, and the rest of it is just us rapping. We gave one or two songs to where we showed that’s not all that we can do, because obviously, it’s reaching a bigger audience than I ever reached.”
Nickel Nine explained that it wasn’t meant as a snub to his core fans, but it was something he needed to do. “I don’t want that audience to think that I can only do one thing. It shows versatility on my end and it was a good way to set up Slaughterhouse. My core fans, the people who’ve been following me, the bulk of the album they’re going to be into. That’s what they want to hear me do. If I got one or two songs on there, of course they’re like ‘Aw you shouldn’t have did that.’ But you can’t please everybody.”
This year’s BET Awards will feature many old faces returning to glory and a plethora of new faces to come onto the scene.
Making a return is Chris Brown, who released his album F.A.M.E. this year. Brown leads the field with 6 nominations including Viewers Choice, Best Collaboration, and Best Actor.
In the category of Viewers Choice and Best Collaboration, Brown’s songs Look At Me Now and Deuces will be going head to head with his ex-girlfriend Rihanna, and her collaboration with Drake on What’s My Name.
Rihanna will also be among heavy competition in the best female R&B category. Other nominees include Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson, Keri Hilson, and Marsha Ambrosius.
Just days after the death of their member M. Bone, Cali Swag District was nominated for Best Group alongside Diddy’s Dirty Money, N.E.R.D., New Boyz, and Travis Porter.
This year’s Best Male Hip-Hop Artist will be an extremely tough category with all of the contenders having an opportunity to take the crown. The nominees are Kanye West, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, B.o.B., and Drake.
The Best New Artist category is also shaping up to be a battle pitting Bruno Mars against the likes of J. Cole, Willow Smith, Miguel, and Wiz Khalifa.
The show airs live on June 26th from the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium.