Shanell Explains Signing To Lil Wayne’s Young Money

Posted: Tuesday – May 18, 2010

Young Money’s Shanell remembers her days before she got signed to a major label. After dancing backup for her sister and former member of Danity Kane, D. Woods, Shanell happened to run into singer/songwriter Ne-Yo who gave her the opportunity to show off her writing skills on their song Say It which appeared on his second album Because Of You.

“It was really a great learning experience. Ne-Yo listens to all different types of music. I know he sat me down one time and was like, ‘That’s great, but try to say all that in three lines.’ I was like ‘a challenge.’ So my writing has been influenced a lot by him.”

Shanell became attracted to Young Money after she felt the comforting atmosphere that Lil Wayne provided viewing her as both a writer and a performer.

“Wayne was kinda like, ‘You do this. Keep your music for yourself. You have the talent, I see what you do. You can come over here with Young Money and do what you do over here.’ Which was the best situation I can be in. My music is a little bit different. It’s not R&B, it’s not pop, it’s not rock, it’s not alternative. It’s a fusion of everything. A lot of labels don’t let you do that, but at Young Money, they let you do that.”

Shanell doesn’t expect to be releasing her debut album until sometime next year but until then fans can listen to her recently released mixtape titled Shut Up and Listen which displays a playful cover which is meant to symbolize the rumors of her and Lil Wayne being sexually involved.

“I’m trying to take a negative thing and make a positive. That’s another reason I put this mixtape out, because a lot of people haven’t heard what I do. It’s all these rumors flying, that’s all they hear. So it’s here, this mixtape is my baby, this is what I’ve been sitting in the studio every night working on. This is my baby. This is what I’ve been pregnant with for the past nine months. So we’re just trying to take a bad rumor and turn it into something positive.”

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Bethel Univ. Students Protest After Lil Wayne Blackface Skit

Posted: Sunday – May 16, 2010

Despite an apology issued by a Bethel University student for impersonating rapper Lil Wayne in blackface, students at the school voiced their displeasure over what they deemed as an offensive performance during a recent event.

On Friday (May 14), students held a demonstration on campus while offering a list of demands to address racial issues at Bethel. The protest came two weeks after five students performed a skit at the school’s annual Mr. BU fundraiser for the student group Acting on AIDS.

During the event, the students performed several songs in the skit. The student impersonating Lil Wayne stood with his back to the audience until the final tune, a Lil Wayne song he lip-synched. The senior, whose costume included dreadlocks, gold teeth and baggy pants, turned around to reveal his face, which was painted black.

The controversial performance, which took place May 1, immediately ignited a firestorm of criticism on the Bethel campus from minority students. Although the university followed it’s racial response protocol after hearing how students were offended by the skit, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that those attending the Friday’s protest were not happy with Bethel’s response.

Among the demands delivered at the demonstration were the reinstitution of the university’s intercultural staff position which had been eliminated as well as more diversity training for faculty and students that would include a required course for incoming freshmen.

In addition to the protest, the controversial skit has resulted in renewed discussion on race relations on campus as well as the launch of an investigation in light of Bethel treating the performance as a bias incident. While a spokeswoman for the school cited student privacy law as her reason for not commenting specifically on the case, she revealed to the Tribune that the Bethel student handbook outlines possible penalties for such incidents that include a behavioral warning, suspension from co-curricular activities and reconciliation.

The Mr. BU performance isn’t the first blackface-related incident to happen on a Minnesota school campus. In 2007, Macalester College student was censured for attending a campus house party wearing blackface and a noose around his neck while being accompanied by a student dressed as a Ku Klux Klan member. That same year, six Hamline University football players were suspended from their team for wearing blackface and body paint to impersonate African tribesmen for an off-campus Halloween party.

In response to the backlash over their performance, the five students sent an e-mail to faculty and undergraduates addressing the controversy. In the message, the group said that they had not intended to offend or hurt anyone with their impersonation of Lil Wayne.

“However, we realize our skit was offensive and hurtful,” the e-mail continued. “We are saddened by the fact that we caused pain and offense to our brothers and sisters.”

The this time, Bethel adninistrators are not commening on specific disciplinary action that will be taken against the students involved in the case despite efforts to resolve the situation.

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Jailhouse ‘rap’ for Lil Wayne

Posted: Sunday – May 16, 2010

Rapper Lil Wayne’s efforts to keep up the beat behind bars have gotten him into trouble at Rikers, authorities say.

The performer, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter, might face discipline after officers reported finding a charger and headphones for an MP3 player in his cell on Monday, said a Correction Department spokesman.

Carter is serving a yearlong sentence on a 2007 gun rap. His lawyer had no immediate comment.

Officers said the music player itself turned up in another inmate’s nearby cell. Both men were charged with infractions that are not crimes. They’ll be addressed through a jail disciplinary process, not a court.

Inmates can listen to music, but only on radios and headphones for sale at the jail commissary.

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Lil Wayne May Have Sentence Extended For “Infraction”

Posted: Friday – May 14, 2010

The rules are just that, and meant to be broken by no one, no matter how much fame and fortune a person has.

For Lil Wayne, the discovery of an MP3, a charger and headphones may have landed the rapper in deeper trouble as there are reports that his actions may cost him extra time on the Island.

Regarding it as an infraction, or a violation, the next step is solely dependent on the level the infraction is when he goes to trial. It has already been rumored that his job as suicide prevention aid could be in jeopardy as well.

“Level one is the worst. Then you have [level] two or three. [This infraction] could be a level one. He has togo on trial, and based on evidence, they’ll make their determination,” according to arepresentative from Riker’s Island, speaking with MTV.

And all the man wants to do is make some music…let’s keep our fingers crossed for the best.

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Cory Gunz Speaks On Joining Lil Wayne’s Young Money

Posted: Thursday – May 13, 2010

Cory Gunz officially announced his signing with Young Money Entertainment on Tuesday (May 11). The move has been a few years in the making with reports of him signing to the label being fueled in part by his unreleased verse on Wayne’s Tha Carter III hit single A Millie.

While explaining the delay in the deal, Gunz revealed the history behind him and Weezy linking up together.

“[There were] miscommunication issues. Me and other ventures, a bunch of other paperwork,” said Cory while talking to MTV’s Mixtape Daily. “[Years ago,] Wayne took time out of his schedule. He was promoting Tha Carter II and he took time out of his schedule to come from TRL and 106 [and Park] and come to Sony studio to lay [a verse for one of my tracks]. I was about 17 and it was for my first album, a song called I Gotcha. Wayne did it for free back then. It was a situation that was supposed to go down before, but I was in paperwork with Hov at the time.”

Gunz added, “One thing led to another. I was freed up and he reached out by the powers that be and now I’m here [on his label]. History is about to be made. He just kept it 100. I got nothing but respect for him. Free Wayne.”

After sending shout outs to his new Young Money/Cash Money family, Cory also revealed that Wayne is going to executive-produce his debut Young Money LP, so fans shouldn’t expect to get the currently untitled project until after Weezy F. is released from prison.

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Rikers Island Prison Guard Fired For Spying On Lil Wayne

Posted: Thursday – April 29, 2010

A former prison guard at New York’s Rikers Island is out of a job today after being fired for reportedly spying on Lil Wayne.

Amelia Negron is filing a federal lawsuit against the city after she says she was forced to confess to spying on the Young Money head while he continues to serve his 12 month sentence at the facility.

Negron was dismissed from the prison after Rikers officials say she purposely walked into a room where Lil Wayne was being held to sneak a peek at the celebrity.

While she admits to entering the room, the former guard says she was just trying to speak to one of her colleagues.

She tells the New York Daily News that she was asked to leave the celeb’s presence immediately after walking in.

“The door to the area was unlocked, and so I went in to say hello, and that officer said, ‘Hey, you can’t be here. We’ve got a celeb here.’ I said, ‘Okay, no problem,’ turned around and left,”

She then tells the NYDN that one of her superiors offered to “take care of things” if she just admitted that she wanted a chance to see Weezy, so she lied and confessed.

She was fired shortly after on April 19 for “missing too many days of work.”

Rikers Island officials have been quoted saying that her firing was “entirely appropriate.”

She’s suing for harassment and discrimination.

“We’ve got a celeb in here”?

Interesting…

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