LIL WAYNE MAKE A BIG RETURN

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The mouthful of sparkle told you exactly how Lil Wayne was feeling. Flashing his bling-crusted grin from ear to ear, the rapper (and, let’s face it, rock star) was fired up and in charge at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Wednesday night.

“This is my first time on a stage in over a year,’’ he told the shrieking sold-out crowd on the first stop of his new tour. “I swear to God, I was in a place a few months ago I couldn’t even imagine this [expletive]. But now that I’m here, it’s better than I ever could have imagined.’’

Wayne was referring to his newfound freedom after serving eight months of jail time on a weapons charge. He was an inmate at Rikers Island as recently as early November, but on Wednesday he was back to selling out arenas with a performance that was assured, steady, and oftentimes blistering.

It was hard to tell who was happier that Wayne was back: the performer or his fans. They roared as Wayne, backed by a tight band, sprayed his rhymes like machine-gun fire on “A Milli,’’ “Bill Gates,’’ and “6 Foot 7 Foot.’’

After an intense half-hour, Wayne ceded the stage to Nicki Minaj, whose set was as much about the music as her cartoonish theatrics. With a blond fright wig towering on her head and five female back-up dancers swirling around her, the rapper-singer revved up with “Roman’s Revenge.’’

While eminently amusing, Minaj came rather close to sinking her own performance with an extended set of sugary ballads (“Right Thru Me,’’ “Fly,’’ and “Save Me’’). When Wayne reappeared for a second set, Minaj rebounded nicely on “Roger That,’’ a rap-off with Wayne that proved their chemistry was sincere, their respect mutual.

Earlier in the night, Miami rapper Rick Ross was larger than life: big presence, big beard, and big beats. Meanwhile, Travis Barker held court for 30 stealth minutes drumming in synch with a DJ and posed the age-old question: “Can a drummer get some?’’

Lil Wayne Gets Love From New Orleans Rap Artists

Posted: Saturday – November 6, 2010

Before he was conquering the mainstream music world, Lil Wayne was engrossed in the local New Orleans hip-hop scene, and making a name for himself as a member of the then bourgeoning Cash Money army. Today, Weezy is hip-hop phenomenon, pushing units and influencing culture with his peerless swagger. Despite his outsize fame, local hip-hop stars recall that Wayne still shows love to the artists of his hometown where it all began.

Just days after Weezy’s release from prison, MTV News trekked to New Orleans and caught up with local duo Partners-N-Crime, who stayed on the hip-hop grind with Wayne and onetime battle MC, Mack Maine, now president of Young Money. The rappers recall knowing Wayne as artists on a rival hip-hop roster.

“When we was coming up in the game, Wayne was a little bit younger than us. We was on a label by the name of Big Boy Records, at the time, and he was with Cash Money Records. And really, to be honest with you, both of the labels kinda had a little rivalry thing going on” Kango Slim said. The label, which was once home to fellow New Orleans hip-hop veteran Mystikal, maintained a competitive relationship with the Cash Money camp.

“At one time, we all never did look eye-to-eye to each other ’cause it was kinda like a problem between both of the labels,” he said. “But as we grew older, things [began] to change, we began to gel with each other more and become more of a friendship.”

Mr. Meanor said that after Cash Money, which began to dominate the hip-hop charts with bass-heavy offerings from spitters like Juvenile and B.G., hit big, the drama between the labels calmed down and Wayne reached out the Partners to team up on a track.

“Once Wayne got kinda on, we did a song with Wayne called ‘We Do What We Want To,’ which was on our last album, called We Are Legends, [2009]” he said. The MC recalled the track hinted at the rock and roll vibe Wayne would champion in his later music.

“We call it rock-hop ’cause it’s a hip-hop song with a rock twist to it and Wayne did it. It was kinda right before he started doing the Rebirth and that kind of music, pretty much,” he added. “He did that song with us and the relationship been good pretty much from that point. Much love for Wayne, [we're] happy he home.”

The MCs are glad to see Wayne as free man today, but they were also amped a few years ago when Wayne looked out for his hometown homies.

Wayne came back after he had done blew off with the Cash Money thing, reached back to us and told us, ‘If y’all had a song for me to do … I’m a do it,’ ” Kango Slim said. “He did just what he said, and from then on we’ve just been friends ever since and making things happen.”

The MCs also reflected on one of the perks of being down with Wayne: a hometown discount.

“At that time, that’s when Wayne was charging $30,000 for a feature,” Mr. Meanor added. “Big shouts out to Wayne for the love on that because he saved us 30 grand and gave us a hot feature.”

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Lil Wayne Released From Prison

Posted: Friday – November 5, 2010

Contrary to prior published reports, rapper Lil Wayne has officially been released from Rikers Island.

Earlier published reports stated that the rapper’s release had been delayed by one day, but this is not the case.

Lil Wayne was released from Rikers Island today (November 4th), after serving eight months in prison for a gun possession charge in July of 2007.

Around 8:35AM, representatives confirmed that Lil Wayne was officially released earlier this morning.

Contrary to prior published reports, rapper Lil Wayne has officially been released from Rikers Island.

Earlier published reports stated that the rapper’s release had been delayed by one day, but this is not the case.

According to Young Money Records‘ president Mack Maine, Lil Wayne will head to Miami for a “welcome home” party at a strip club.

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Lil Wayne’s “I Am Not A Human Being” Now An LP; “Tha Carter IV” Scraped

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Posted: Monday – September 20, 2010

Lil Wayne’s I Am Not A Human Being will now be a full-length album as opposed to an EP like it was originally scheduled. Several of the tracks that were slated to be featured on Tha Carter IV will now be featured on the project, which is scheduled to be released on his birthday, September 27.

“I know once he got out [of jail] those songs would be so old to him,” said his manager, Cortez Bryant to SPIN magazine.

As for Tha Carter IV, it will no longer be released on the same day as Weezy’s release from prison in November as previously planned. The New Orleans MC, has been writing down lyrics, a first for him “since 2002 or 2003,” and soon after leaving Rikers he will start working on that LP.

“He’s going to probably start from scratch,” said Bryant. “I know how he records — he’s in the studio every single day. That’s his life.”

I Am Not A Human Being will feature collaborations with his Young Money label mates such as Nicki Minaj, Drake, Jay Sean, Tyga, Lil Twist and Jae Millz. The unfinished video for the title track leaked onto the internet a few days ago showcasing some of Weezy’s tattoos that apparently glow in the dark.

“It was his concept to shoot the black light, because that way the tats that he has, they glow in the dark,” said the video’s director David Rousseau to MTV News. “He came up with that idea. So really, the rest of the video was a springboard on that.”

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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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