April 8, 2011
ANEW YORKER ain't nothing but a New Yorker, ain't nothing but a New Yorker. (Am I really this crazy about New York, or just infatuated about New York's most infamous New Yorker?) A hundred-nineteen years ago, on March 26, 1892, New York's most revered citizen died in my hometown. Yet if I take a stroll down my block as I did on March 26, as I did many, many mornings before, the interment of New York's most infamous New Yorker stands erect across the street from Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital.
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.
March 28, 2011
76ers Notes Lou Williams wasn't alone in having a subpar game Sunday. He shot just 1 for 12, although the one basket was a three-pointer at the end of regulation that sent the game into overtime. Williams was at a loss for an answer as to why the team didn't play well, although he did mention attending a concert on Saturday night. "It was a combination of things, and it doesn't seem we came out ready to play," he said. "We took a chance last night by going to the Lil Wayne concert.
March 28, 2011 |
"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.
November 5, 2010 |
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.
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.
November 4, 2010 |
YESTERDAY'S news was all about Tuesday's midterm elections, but now that the boring stuff is over, let's turn our focus to what really matters on this page: celebrities. The Famous inundated us Joe(anne) Sixpacks with pleas to get out the vote, but Fox News reports that few put their money where their mouths were. Paparazzi were stationed at polling places all over Los Angeles, but the only celebs caught doing their civic duty were soon-to-be former Guv Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jennifer Garner . The hypocritical behavior could easily be chalked up to absentee ballots, but Fox quoted Angie Meyer , communications director of the Young Republicans, who said that many outspoken celebrities aren't even registered.
November 4, 2010 |
Taylor Swift has the world by the ears, and it's paying for the privilege. She'll straddle the top of Billboard's Hot 200 Albums today, we're told, with Speak Now , with 1.047 million copies sold its first week out! (Last debut million-seller was Lil Wayne 's Tha Carter III in 2008.) It's the best weekly take since 50 Cent 's The Massacre (1.141 mil in 2005). The biggest first-week debut since Nielsen started counting in 1991: N Sync 's No Strings Attached with 2.416 mils in 2000.
October 3, 2010
Pop Le Noise (Reprise . 1/2) Daniel Lanois productions don't work so well when he bathes the music in so much atmosphere that it sounds as if it's wrapped in gauze. But when the U2 and Emmylou Harris knob-twiddler collaborates with a strong personality - say, Bob Dylan, who reached latter-day high-water marks on Oh Mercy and Time Out Of Mind - Lanois has often succeeded in enabling long-established artists to recast their vision in arresting ways. Such is the case with Le Noise - get the pun?
August 28, 2010 |
Less than a week before the start of his "Home and Home" tour series with Jay-Z, Eminem is staying tight-lipped about his plans for the stadium shows, which commence next Thursday and Friday at Detroit's Comerica Park before switching to New York's Yankee Stadium on Sept. 13-14. "I don't want to get into it too much," Eminem told Billboard.com. "I don't want to give anything away. But . . . I think it'll be good. " He does, however, allow that his song selection "will probably be all over the place" rather than concentrating on "Recovery," his double-platinum latest album that's still sitting atop the Billboard 200. Eminem - who will perform with a nine-piece band that includes hype man Denaun Porter of D12, DJ Alchemist and "Lose Yourself" co-writer Luis Resto on keyboards - added that he "won't even allude to" possible guest appearances at the show, even though rumors have everyone from Rihanna, his duet partner on the current Hot 100 No. 1 "Love the Way You Lie," to Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and Drake making the scene in some way or another at the shows.