Lil Wayne To Drop Album In September

Posted: Monday – July 12, 2010

Lil Wayne will be droppiing a new project on his birthday entitled “I’m Not A Human Being.”

Dropping on his birthday, Wayne’s manager Cortez Bryant told Vibe,

“I’m putting out a [Wayne] album called I’m Not A Human Being and I’ll probably drop it on his birthday, September 27.”

The album will serve as a prelude to The Carter IV which is scheduled to be released around November when he’s also scheduled to be released.

“I’m Not A Human Being” is slated to be an EP of all new songs by The Birdman Jr. and will be released virally.

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Update: Lil Wayne Gets Probation For Arizona Drug Charge

Posted: Wednesday – June 30, 2010

Despite being incarcerated at Rikers Island prison in New York, Lil Wayne has just been sentenced for a drug charge in Arizona.

As previously reported Lil Wayne pleaded guilty earlier this month to one count of possession of a dangerous drug stemming from a 2008 incident in Yuma, Arizona where authorities found cocaine, ecstasy and a loaded handgun on his tour bus.

Now after deliberation a judge granted him three years probation which he will begin immediately after he’s released from prison in November.

Lil Wayne’s guilty plea was part of a plea deal with prosecutors that dropped additional charges of possession of a narcotic drug for sale, misconduct involving weapons and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Wayne’s Arizona attorney James Tilson says he‘s pleased with the verdict and told Reuters,

“We’re quite glad that we were able to wrap everything up. It’s a favorable plea agreement that will allow Mr. Carter to pursue his career.”

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Eminem x Lil Wayne Re-Linking for “No Love” Video

Posted: Tuesday – June 15, 2010

What began at “Forever” and dripped to “Drop The World” has turned into the third return as Eminem and Lil Wayne are planning to drop their next visual together.

Featured on Recovery, the duo battle again to see who takes the crown of having the dominant verse for the Just Blaze produced track “No Love”.

Although Lil Wayne is currently locked away in Riker’s Island, Em stated that they were able to get his verse filmed before he said farewell to the public.

With the date still under wraps, it is expected to be the next single from Shady. Recovery drops June 22.

Lil Wayne Confirms Contraband Reports, Says “I’ll Be Home Soon”

Posted: Thursday – May 20, 2010

Last week, it was reported that Lil Wayne’s Rikers Island cell was found with musical contraband – an MP3 player and unauthorized headphones. The CEO of Young Money Records permitted a rare recording of a phone interview with friend and The Nino Brown Story collaborator, DJ Scoob Doo.

Within the brief call, Wayne confirmed those reports. “They tried to bang me with that,” said the emcee, referring to the reprimand. “But I can’t live without my music, Scoob. You know how it is, man. I needed my music.” Lil Wayne did not speak on whether he was or will be punished for the infraction. Reports stated that the music player was confiscated immediately.

Speaking about his living conditions on Rikers Island, the multi-platinum Rap veteran said, “I’m coolin’, I’ll be home soon.” Perhaps due to his and DJ Scoob Doo’s previous title, Wayne compared himself to the protagonist of the film, New Jack City. “It’s Nino Brown; I got the penthouse here at Riker’s. I got my feet up, ya smell me?”

If his one-year sentence is reduced to the reported eight months for good behavior, Lil Wayne could be a free man as early as November. During Wayne’s sentence, his label’s biggest artist, Drake, is expected to release his official full-length debut, Thank Me Later, presently due to release next month.

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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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