All Articles Tagged "Lil Wayne"
Oh geez… Not the way we wanted to start the summer.
Paris Hilton has signed a deal with Cash Money Records to do a house record that will be released in the next few months. “Showbiz 411 says that Hilton will join Drake and Nicki Minaj, so it’s likely she’s actually signing with Young Money Entertainment, a subsidiary of Cash Money,” reports The Huffington Post. So Paris Hilton is on the same label as Drake.
And the word is her rumored boyfriend, who is an actual producer named Afrojack, is helping her with the music.
Seems like Paris has been off the scene and out of our lives for a long while no? Could she have possibly changed her tune since she’s been gone? We can only hope. But few people are optimistic. Vibe has some of the reaction from Twitter, including, “Save us Lord! Save us!”
And in case you’ve forgotten what exactly Paris Hilton’s tune is, let’s revisit 2006 when she dropped this gem on us “Stars Are Blind.”
Clearly Folks Don’t Read: Future Says Lil Wayne’s Emmett Till Controversy Was Positive Because He Made People Aware Of Who Till Was
I would hope that people wouldn’t get their education solely from listening to rap music (especially since the caliber of it these days is nothing to rave about), but according to Future, the rapper/auto-tuner/Ciara’s “king,” they do.
It was the remix of Future’s song, “Karate Chop” where Lil Wayne found himself in big trouble for saying, “Beat the p***y up like Emmett Till.” And because of such disrespectful lyrics, the rapper faced a great deal of criticism, and was dropped as the spokesperson for Mountain Dew, following in the step of fools like Rick Ross in facing actual consequences for raps.
But Future just recently decided to put his two cents in in an interview to not necessarily say that Lil Wayne’s lyrics weren’t bad, but to say that his reference to the Civil Right’s icon helped bring more attention to who Till was and his contributions to the freedoms folks have now, especially for those who didn’t know who he was…like Future’s own father and people in his circle.
“We did the song with great intentions…Naw, I never thought it was going to get so much attention. But I think overall, he did bring light in a positive way, to what happened. Even though they might have thought it was negative he brought positive energy to the situation. Because a lot of people don’t even know, my dad didn’t even know who Emmett was. He think I’m talking about Emmitt Smith. I’m talking a lot of people around me, credible people that should…He raised awareness to people who didn’t even know who Emmett Till is to young kids who didn’t even know what happened to him. It’s a lot, a lot of people, they don’t even understand. You ask them who he is they would never tell you, talking about “Emmitt Smith.” They don’t even know who he is. At the end of the day, he [Lil Wayne] brought positive light. So when situations like that do happen, I don’t believe in any way, form or fashion did he do that out of disrespect towards the family…”
“After Lil Wayne brought light to it, they had to go and do their research. It was more of an educational line moreso…”
You know, I can see what he’s trying to say. But if Lil Wayne wanted to speak on Till and bring his name out to the masses in a positive way, why equate the tragedy of his death to a sex act? Thaaaat’s right, because that wasn’t his intention. He just thought he was being clever. And he wasn’t. Check out Future’s interview with Big Boy’s Neighborhood below, where he talks about the controversy.
What do you think of Future’s comments?
Lil Wayne was hospitalized last week after experiencing another seizure, but the rapper says he can’t really tell you much about the recurring epileptic episodes because he never remembers them.
“I’m good 100%,” the rapper told said of his current health condition during an episode of MTV’s Rap Fix.
He went on to reveal that he’s totally unaware of the seizures when they occur.
“So everybody knows, I don’t know when it happens. For me, for the actual person, I mean I tell [my people] everyday, ‘Y’all could tell me that y’all was lying.’ Like you know, ‘We lied,’ and I’d have to believe you because I don’t know,” the New Orleans native said.
“You know, I go to sleep and wake up in the hospital. I don’t feel anything.”
Despite being oblivious and blacking out when the seizures occur, the 30-year-old superstar expressed that he really hopes the seizures stop soon.
“I’m good, I just hope it stops happening. No [I don't feel anything], no warnings, no nothing. I don’t feel sick. I get headaches real bad, but I don’t get no headaches [from the seizures] or nothing.”
Wayne also revealed that doctors have instructed him to get proper sleep and eat right, both of which he says he’s doing.
Check out footage from Wayne’s interview on the next page.
“D*mn, Why They Wanna Stick Me For My Paper?” Celebrities Who Lost Major Endorsement Deals For Acting A Fool
If Rick Ross and Lil Wayne have taught us anything, it’s that you had better watch your filthy mouth, because it could very well hurt your pockets. But they aren’t the first celebrities to get the boot from a company for acting a complete donkey. Or in the case of some of the celebrities on this list, for just being themselves. Here are 10 who lost lucrative endorsement deals over the years because of their antics.
It still makes me sad to think about how on top of the world Chris Brown USED to be. Back in 2008, he was the guy every mom wanted their young daughters to date, and he was blowing everybody’s mind with his great dance moves and catchy songs. But then that terrible altercation occurred the night before the Grammys in February of 2008, and his fame was forever altered. And of course, he was also hit in the pockets. Brown was dropped as the spokesperson for Wrigley’s gum, and while you might say, “Who cares about some Doublemint Gum?” if it wasn’t for writing jingle for the company, we would never have “Forever” (“Double your pleasure, double your fuuuuuun…”).
The news is full of high-profile figures who are shouting their disappointments regarding past behavior. Maybe they said something that was so over-the-top it sparked an “oh hell naw” moment, or did something that deserved a beating from their mama. And if you think this is just limited to people, you best to think again as companies are now taking to the apology soapbox with their “forgive me” pleas.
Have you ever done something wrong that you needed to ask for forgiveness so it wouldn’t tarnish your brand? Here are some tips on giving a professional apology from the life lessons of celebs and companies.
Pepsi has ended its relationship with Lil Wayne over offensive lyrics that referenced Emmett Till. Weezy apologized for the lyrics earlier this week (sort of), but the damage was already done. In a statement, Pepsi would only say the “offensive reference to a revered civil rights icon does not reflect the values of our brand,” offering no further comment. According to the AP, Lil Wayne’s publicist would only say the split was caused by “creative differences.” Lil Wayne had been signed to promote Mountain Dew.
And speaking of Mountain Dew, the brand just pulled an ad created by Tyler, The Creator and starring his group Odd Future, which some said “glorified” violence against women and was one of the most racist ads ever. Bad week for Pepsi.
And a bad month or so for hip hop spokespeople. Rick Ross was dumped by Reebok, also over lyrics deemed offensive to women, making light of slipping “a molly” into a woman’s drink and then sleeping with her.
Is this going to have an impact on rap lyrics? The frequency with which rappers are given these sorts of sponsorship deals?
Six weeks after the world went into a state of panic over a series of seizures Lil Wayne endured in March, the rapper has been hospitalized again for a seizure, TMZ has learned. As they tell it:
Sources close to Wayne tell us … the rapper was taken to Cedars-Sinai in L.A. late Tuesday night by his bodyguards. We’re told he suffered a single seizure and was treated and released early this morning.
We’re sure just about everyone is thinking what we are: slow up on the cup — and the purple drank inside — but Lil Wayne will probably be quick to blame this hospitalization on his epilepsy. Shortly after his hospitalization in mid-March, Wayne blamed his time in the ICU on the disorder. And even though that may very well be the cause for this latest hospitalization, we’re pretty sure epileptic meds and promethazine don’t mix. You have to do better Weezy.
Since February, the family of slain civil rights icon Emmett Till has been speaking out against YMCMB rapper Lil Wayne over song lyrics that compared their deceased relative’s brutal murder to sexual acts performed on a woman. The Till family even penned an open letter to the rapper, letting him know that hearing about his insensitive lyrics was like reopening Emmett’s casket. Still, there was no formal acknowledgement of the controversy made by the rapper. Earlier this week, we told you that the Till family would be seeking further action against Wayne, promising to turn up the heat on companies that sponsor the rapper to drop their deals with him. I suppose those were the magic words because this morning Wayne issued a written apology to the Till family. His letter in its entirety reads:
“Dear Till Family:
As a recording artist, I have always been interested in word play. My lyrics often reference people, places and events in my music, as well as the music that I create for or alongside other artists.
It has come to my attention that lyrics from my contribution to a fellow artist’s song has deeply offended your family. As a father myself, I cannot imagine the pain that your family has had to endure. I would like to take a moment to acknowledge your hurt, as well as the letter you sent to me via your attorneys.
Moving forward, I will not use or reference Emmett Till or the Till family in my music, especially in an inappropriate manner. I fully support Epic Record’s decision to take down the unauthorized version of the song and to not include the reference in the version that went to retail. I will not be performing the lyrics that contain that reference live and have removed them from my catalogue.
I have tremendous respect for those who paved the way for the liberty and opportunities that African-Americans currently enjoy. As a business owner who employs several African-American employees and gives philanthropically to organizations that help youth to pursue their dreams my ultimate intention is to uplift rather than degrade our community.
Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.
What do you think of Wayne’s apology?
Nothing puts a stop to shine quicker than drug addiction. Just ask Whitney, Bobby, DJ Screw or any of the hundreds of other celebrities that fell into the life and couldn’t climb out. These celebrities are quickly following in their footsteps.
RiRi is suffering from all the classic symptoms of pot head itis. She shows up to work late, cancels appointments and she’s dating a dude that nobody sober could stomach. Maybe if she puts down the blunt she can make those tour dates instead of having to fake doctor’s appointments.
“DON’T DO THE DEW”: Family Of Emmett Till Wants Mountain Dew To Drop Lil Wayne For Comparing Till’s Death To Sex Act
I tell you, rappers and remixes are turning into an absolute fail these days. Before Rick Ross angered a great deal of people by casually rapping about date rape, way back in February, we told you about Lil Wayne pissing off the family of the late Emmett Till when he thought he was being clever, comparing the beating of Till to beating up a woman’s private parts. Here’s a reminder of what he said while doing a feature on the remix of the Future song, “Karate Chop.”
“Lil Wayne takes over the song around the third verse, and the line in question goes something like this: “Pop a lot of pain pills/Bout to put rims on my skateboard wheels/Beat that p***y up like Emmett Till/Yeah….”
Airicka Gordon-Taylor, who is the cousin of Till and director of the Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation, spoke out against the lyrics and called them “dishonorable,” among many other things:
“We found it dishonorable to his name and what his death has meant to us as a people and as a culture. It was offensive not only to us, but to our ancestors and to women and to themselves as young, black men. I just couldn’t understand how you could compare the gateway of life to the brutality and punishment of death. And I feel as though they have no pride and no dignity as black men.”
Since, the rapper has not apologized, the Till family have told AllHipHop.com exclusively that they intend to pressure Lil Wayne’s sponsors, namely Mountain Dew.
Shortly, the Till Family are expected to make offensive moves forward to further address Wayne and Mountain Dew, a product of PepsiCo. A similar tactic by women’s group UltraViolet resulted in Reebok dropping Rick Ross from their campaign.