December 24, 2013 |
To paraphrase soul's great orator, James Brown, it's time to get off Dave Chappelle's back and let him do the popcorn. He must be allowed to be the sly, rude, observational stand-up we knew him to be before Chappelle's Show , the mega-successful Comedy Central sketch series he ended in 2005 with an abruptness that gave him an unwarranted rep for erratic behavior. The guy didn't want to have a career ruled by catchphrases familiar to Show fanatics. What's weird about that? From the sight of a chain-smoking Chappelle at the Tower Theater on Saturday, the comic was as crudely on point with raunchy material (e.g.
July 23, 2013 |
Save for his family and friends, few would call Lil Wayne warm and friendly. At least not as a rapper. Each phrase flows from him with a nasal, sinister whine. Each word comes across like a cocky, ticked-off cough. His fleeting few love songs sound more slimily salacious than sensual. He's inscrutable and irascible. Yet, when it came to Wayne's headlining set for his America's Most Wanted tour Saturday at Camden's Susquehanna Center, not only was Weezy congenial, he was downright ebullient, skateboarding across the stage, over-thanking his audience, and somehow turning his songs' coldest sentiment and terror-filled incident cheerful.
July 20, 2013
Lil Wayne's America's Most Wanted Music Festival with T.I. and Guests Rap great Lil Wayne isn't having the best year. Along with serious health questions (especially his recurring seizures), he has had legal hassles with Quincy Jones' kid. Wayne's most recent album, I Am Not a Human Being 2 , isn't his best. Yet that album has two hits that helped him break Elvis Presley's record for most entries on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart (109 and counting). Plus, Weezy is one of hip-hop's most dynamic live performers, with one of rap's most impressively sinister flows, so who cares if he's bouncing off of recent bad material?
June 4, 2013 |
Kelly Rowland may not be the Destiny's Child member naming a tour in honor of her marriage to Jay-Z or getting her rump slapped in Copenhagen. Yet since that girl-group's bust-up (with reunions at Beyoncé's behest), Rowland has become a well-heeled soloist, hip-hop's collaborator du jour (ask MCs Rick Ross and Lil Wayne), a dance music queen, and now, a judge on Simon Cowell's The X Factor . All that made Friday's intimate double-headliner showcase at Theater of the Living Arts with vocalist/producer The-Dream a hot ticket.
April 14, 2013 |
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Even Lil Wayne knew this was wrong. Even a gangsta rapper who spent 8 months in prison realized it was wrong for golf's fussbudgets to pick on a 14-year-old Chinese amateur. Tianlang Guan, the tiny Asian amateur champion who on Thursday became the youngest player to play in a Masters, was assessed a one-stroke penalty for slow play on the 17th hole Friday afternoon. Playing among glacially slow millionaires and making history in his sport's brightest spotlight 12,000 miles from his home, tournament officials dinged the kid for slow play.
April 6, 2013 |
Do you remember the pulsating beat and powerful lyrics of Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, or LL Cool J? Those artists were some of the key figures of old school hip-hop. They had a message, a unique style, a following, and no doubt a contract with a major record label. Today, the pioneer rappers have been replaced by Lil Wayne, Kanye West, and Big Sean. The message, the style, and fans may differ from the past, but the biggest change from old school to new school is the use of social media.
March 24, 2013 |
Lil Wayne has posted a video thanking fans for their support while he was ill. Lil, 30, was hospitalized after having what has been described as a serious seizure last Friday. "I just want to say thank you to all y'all for all y'all prayers," Lil says. "I want all y'all to know that I'm good . . . more than good. " Lil's rep has denied a TMZ report that he fell ill due to an overdose and that his condition was so grave he received last rites. But can they top LiLo?
March 18, 2013 |
Lil Wayne has been hospitalized, but according to his camp and his official Twitter account, he's OK. The multiplatinum rapper was hospitalized in Los Angeles on Friday and reps confirmed he was "recovering. " He apparently tweeted to his fans from his official account Friday night: "I'm good everybody. Thx for the prayers and love. " A person close to the rap star's camp who asked for anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter confirmed to the Associated Press that Lil Wayne had a seizure.
February 17, 2013 |
Does Lil Wayne realize how damaging he was to the late Emmett Till 's memory and to the civil rights legacy when he made sexual references in his depiction of Till's beating death in a remix of Future 's "Karate Chop"? So asks a Till cousin, Airickca Gordon-Taylor , who wants Wayne to issue an apology. Till, 14, was murdered for allegedly flirting with a white woman. "It was a heinous murder," his cousin says. "He was brutally beaten and tortured, and he was shot, wrapped in barbed wire, and tossed in the Tallahatchie River.
February 16, 2013 |
Epic Records this week went to "great efforts" to remove a leaked recording by Lil Wayne that features lyrics that have deeply offended the family of Emmett Till . The tune, a cover of rapper Future 's "Karate Chop," features pornographic sexual references in its description of the beating death of Till, a 14-year-old Chicago boy tortured and shot in Mississippi in 1955 for supposedly whistling at a white woman. Responding to objections by Till's family, the Rev. Jesse Jackson contacted Lil Wayne's managers with a request to take the song off the Web. "Out of respect for the legacy of Emmett Till and his family . . . we are going through great efforts to take down the unauthorized [remix]