September 5, 2016 |
They came for the dancing, for Lil Wayne, and for the deep-fried Oreos. They came because they wanted to see Philadelphia, to see if it could top other music festivals, or, simply, because they had nothing else to do. But above all, the tens of thousands of fans who spilled onto the Benjamin Franklin Parkway during Budweiser's Made in America music festival Saturday came to see Rihanna, the highly anticipated Barbadian singer who, just last...
September 5, 2016 |
The Budweiser Made In America festival turned five Saturday with Jay Z's perennial Philadelphia music festival drawing a crowd of more than 46,000 to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for an all-day, multigenre (but hip-hop-heavy) event at which all concertgoers could agree on one thing: Rihanna. Every Made In America has been headlined by an R&B or hip-hop bright light in Jay Z's inner circle: Beyoncé, Kanye West, or Hova himself. This year it was the 28-year-old Barbadian superstar.
June 15, 2016 |
LIL WAYNE had a rough day in the air yesterday. Yes, Weezy made his flight crew queasy. According to TMZ.com, Wayne, who reportedly has epilepsy, was en route from Milwaukee to California when he had a seizure and blacked out, forcing his pilot to land in Omaha, Neb. Paramedics came to the tarmac, Wayne woke up, refused to go to the hospital and his private plane took off for the west. Minutes later, he had another seizure and was back in Omaha. TMZ says Lil Wayne suffered a near-fatal seizure in 2013 and two 2012 seizures forced his plane down on successive days.
April 23, 2016 |
Time's top 100 When it comes to influencing the destiny of the cosmos, Nicki Minaj , Adele , Leonardo DiCaprio , and the Rock have more sway than you: They are among the VIPs who made the 2016 Time 100. The mag's list of the most influential human persons also includes Ariana Grande and Julia Louis-Dreyfus , who are praised in essays by other celebs. "She's an icon, a boss and a role model to all these young girls out here," Lil Wayne writes of Minaj.
July 17, 2015 |
B IRDMAN is putting his Cash Money where his mouth is. He and his label, coincidentally called Cash Money, are suing Jay Z , TMZ.com reported yesterday, claiming that Jay's streaming service, Tidal, is a dud and it's illegally using Lil Wayne's music to save it. (Lil Wayne, a/k/a Dwayne Michael Carter, records for Cash Money.) TMZ says that Birdman (a/k/a Bryan Williams ) is suing for $50 million (a/k/a serious cash money). The claim is that the label has exclusive rights to Wayne's music and Tidal is streaming it without permission.
August 24, 2014 |
Master and student. Mentor and pupil. Young Money founder and MC Lil Wayne, 31, and Canadian actor/singer/rapper Drake, 27, have long had such a relationship. But Drake has had a hot time on the charts since 2010, so he's certainly caught up, maybe even surpassed Weezy. That's the set-up, anyway. And, to play along, their Street Fighter video-game-themed Drake vs. Lil Wayne tour, which sold out Camden's Susquehanna Bank Center on Thursday, was meant to settle the score for world supremacy - at least for that night.
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.