November 5, 2010 |
RAPPER Lil Wayne was released from prison yesterday after serving eight months of a yearlong sentence for weapons possession. CBS News reports that his buddies are planning an "elegant, extravagant evening of celebration and strippers to welcome him home. " An elegant evening with strippers? Is there any other kind? And wouldn't you know it, Lil has already tweeted (it took him only 6 hours, 40 minutes, post-release, according to TMZ). One of the greatest wordsmiths of the modern hip-hop era wrote, "aaaaaaahhhhhhmmmmm baaaaakkkkkkkkkk.
October 23, 2009 |
LIL WAYNE (aka Dwayne Carter), who owned last year's best-selling album and is No. 1 on the pop charts - and seemed like such a nice boy when he appeared on "The View" - pleaded guilty to attempted weapon possession yesterday, and expects to receive a one-year jail sentence. His trial had been set for Jan. 20. Wayne previously had pleaded not guilty to charges of possessing an illegal gun, which carried at least 3 1/2 years in jail upon conviction. He's free on bail while awaiting his February sentencing.
August 26, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Lil Wayne is hoping his performance on the MTV Video Music Awards will be so good, fans will rush out and get his new album: He's making it digitally available at midnight after Sunday's show. The rapper said he's the first artist to release an album this way after an awards show. Lil Wayne is up for two VMA awards. "Tha Carter IV" will be available on iTunes, Amazon.com and other digital outlets. The physical album will hit stores Aug. 29.
February 7, 2012 |
Along this strip of Germantown Avenue where business is cheap and quick, prayer is its own commodity. Places of worship have staked their claim amid the take-out food stores, discount shops, abandoned buildings, and blue lights from a police surveillance camera on the corner, near Silver Street. Inside the storefront Philly Open Air Church this mild Wednesday night, the youth-study Bible lesson is on the power of forgiveness, out of the book of Matthew. The circle of nine - mostly teenage boys and young men - sit on worn couches in a conversation that turns to violence.
March 29, 2011
76ers Notes CHICAGO - The only mistake Lou Williams admits making is even mentioning the Lil Wayne concert at all. After Sunday afternoon's overtime loss to the Sacramento Kings, Williams dropped a helpful little tidbit about the team's Saturday night entertainment and said it absolutely did not affect performance. But on Sunday, a lot of folks begged to differ: a concert the night before an early game? "It was a combination of things, and it doesn't seem we came out ready to play," Williams told the media in Sunday's postgame locker room.
June 10, 2008 |
'Y ezzir!" Lil Wayne exults at the start of Tha Carter III, the most anticipated - and most often delayed - hip-hop album of 2008. "They can't stop me. Even if they stopped me. " The 25-year-old New Orleans rapper, whose mother named him Dwayne Carter Jr., has gone from being just another late-1990s Hot Boy in the Cash Money Millionaires posse to being an omnipresent auteur, second only to Jay-Z as a most desired guest on every marquee hip-hop and...
March 31, 2008 |
For someone just 25, there's so much to know about Dwayne Carter Jr. By 2007, New Orleans rapper Lil Wayne had already retired as president of Cash Money Records and had been named named Hottest MC in the Game, courtesy of MTV. Not that he hadn't declared himself such on Tha Carter when he said "I'm the best rapper alive/since the best rapper retired," a reference to gold-watch retiree Jay Z. That's no mere boast. Not only because Lil Wayne has recorded hundreds of guest appearances (Destiny's Child, Chris Brown)
December 18, 2012 |
Meek Mill, the 25-year-old North Philadelphia rapper swaggering along the cusp of fame and fortune, has been grounded for a month. No tours. No traveling. No performing, except for charity. Less than two months after the release of his first CD, Dreams and Nightmares, a scheduled trip to Africa has been cancelled, and other appearances in St. Thomas and across the United States have also been nixed. And it's all the fault of Meek's alter ego, Robert Williams, convicted in 2008 on a criminal cornucopia of charges including selling drugs to an undercover police officer, possessing illegal guns and hiding wads of tainted cash in his dresser drawers.
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.