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March 18, 2013 | Associated Press
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.
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December 30, 2008 | By A.D. Amorosi FOR THE INQUIRER
Lil Wayne's Tha Carter III is one of the few albums of 2008 to be both a critical and commercial success. The New Orleans rapper who ended up on many critics' best-of lists for the year sold more than a million copies of III in its first week of release, and went on to sell another million-plus despite the slow economy. The so-called best rapper alive has finally arrived. On Sunday night at the multi-act Power 99 HollaDay Jam, the rabid enthusiasm of the throng gathered at the Susquehanna Bank Center proved it. Kids clung to every leap in Wayne's timbre, every manipulation of mood and meter.
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March 28, 2011 | By Sam Adams, For The Inquirer
"I am the greatest entertainer the world has ever seen," Lil Wayne told the crowd near the end of his show at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night. In different circumstances, that might seem a bit of a stretch, but in that moment, it would have been difficult to argue the point. Stoked in no small part by Dwayne Carter's own claims, the debate over whether he is the best rapper alive rages on, but at the top of his game, he is the top of the game. After an eight-month prison term on weapons charges and a middling attempt to incorporate rock elements into his sparse, sweaty Southern hip-hop, he headed back to his roots.
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March 24, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
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?
ENTERTAINMENT
February 16, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
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]
ENTERTAINMENT
July 23, 2013 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
February 17, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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August 16, 2006 | By Tirdad Derakhshani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The ironically monikered New Orleans hip-hop star Lil Wayne (Dwayne Michael Carter) was arrested Monday in an Atlanta hotel room on charges of drug possession, MTV reports. He was busted with an array of pills including alprazolam (generic Xanax) and hydrocodone as well as "two small burnt joints of marijuana. " Seems a hotel employee narced on Lil when he saw the "Tha Block Is Hot" singer hanging in his room with the alleged substances. The 23-year-old Hot Boy alum's fifth album, Tha Carter II, debuted at No. 2 last year.
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November 5, 2010 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lil Wayne once again breathes the sweet, sweet smell of freedom, the Associated Press reports. The Grammy-winning rapper has emerged from famed New York bastille Rikers Island after doing eight months on a gun-possession charge, according to the NYC Department of Corrections. "FREE AT LAST!!!!!!!" the performer's manager, Cortez Bryant , tweeted Thursday morning. Lil Wayne is off to Miami for a big homecoming party Sunday. Life behind bars fazed Weezy not a whit. "I was never scared, worried nor bothered by the situation," he professed Tuesday on Weezythanxyou.
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August 3, 2009 | By Dan DeLuca INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Lil Wayne's love for his people - 25,000 or so of whom packed the sold-out Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden on Friday for the America's Most Wanted music festival, also known as the Weezy & Jeezy Tour - knows no bounds. The prolific and unpredictable New Orleans rapper, who goes by the nickname Weezy F. Baby and was sharing the bill with Atlanta neo-gangsta Young Jeezy, began his headlining portion by explaining three crucial facts about himself to his enraptured, iPhone waving, diverse audience.
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December 24, 2013 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 23, 2013 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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?
ENTERTAINMENT
June 4, 2013 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
April 14, 2013 | By Marucs Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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April 6, 2013 | By Deondre Smalls, CAMDEN ACADEMY CHARTER HIGH
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.
NEWS
March 24, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
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?
NEWS
March 18, 2013 | Associated Press
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.
NEWS
February 17, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 16, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
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]
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