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Rapper Dwayne “Lil’ Wayne” Carter is the latest celebrity to be added to the seemingly never-ending list of public figures who have failed to pay their taxes. According to TMZ, the father of four has failed to pay owed taxes for the years 2011 and 2012.
According to the government issued tax liens against the rapper, he owes $5,843,952 from 2011 and $6,2311,132 from 2012. This wouldn’t be the first time the YMCMB rapper has found himself in trouble with Uncle Sam. He also owed $7 million in back taxes from 2008 and 2009, which he eventually paid off in 2012. He is reportedly worth $134 million.
According to Global Grind, reps on behalf of the Louisianna rapper say they’re aware of the liens and are working hard to resolve the issue. Hopefully he will clear his debt and start doing better with paying his taxes.
While most of us are partying it up — sipping Champagne, tossing confetti, kissing that special someone to get 2014 off to the right start — many celebs will be working.
For those looking to end the year on a musical note or with a good show, there are plenty happening. Here’s a rundown of some of the show’s that will be happening tomorrow night. Might be time for you to head to StubHub to see if there are any leftover tickets, huh?
‘I Was Married To Him:’ Toya Wright Feels Disrespected When People Call Her ‘Lil’ Wayne’s Baby Mama’
We were first introduced to Antonia “Toya” Wright as the mother of Lil’ Wayne’s oldest daughter; however, since her initial introduction, the reality star has gone on to marry producer Mickey “Memphitz” Wright and establish her own identity, apart from her daughter’s famous father. Though Toya and Wayne seem to have this co-parenting thing down to a science and appear to have a wonderful relationship, she recently revealed that it bothers her when people continue to refer to her as “Wayne’s baby mama,” for quite a few reasons. For one, Toya says that he has a football team of baby mamas and unlike them, she was actually married to him.
“It does [bother me] to a certain level, but I totally get it,” Toya said during an interview with Streetz 94.5. “That’s how I was introduced to the media, but it’s also a form of disrespect. For one, I was married to him. If you gonna say anything about Lil’ Wayne, don’t say baby mama because he has like what, like four of those? Say ‘ex-wife.’ Don’t address me as his ‘baby mama’ because I wasn’t that.”
The former “Tiny & Toya” star went on to say that in addition to all of that, she’s married to someone else now.
“I’m someone else’s wife now. But that’s how you pump the story up. I guess it looks better because Lil’ Wayne went to jail, so now his baby mama went to jail,” Toya said, referring to her recent run-in with the cops over a speeding ticket. “So I guess that’s what makes more sense. But sometimes yes, that annoys the hell out of me,” she continued.
No argument here. We get it, Toya.
Watch her interview on the next page. Do you agree that people should stop referring to her as “Wayne’s baby mama?”
We all have a stretch of time in our past where we were on some other stuff or trying to find ourselves. We talked different, dressed odd, and everyone told us it was just a phase, and thankfully they were right. The same can be said of these celebs. While individuality and creativity should be applauded, many people were scratching their heads and raising their eyebrows when these stars went through their weird phases.
Christina Aguilera always knew she would be a star. Getting her start early on the “Mickey Mouse Club,” Aguilera’s career began along the same time as fellow pop diva Britney Spears. Trying to differentiate herself from her rival, Aguilera decided to be edgy and played up her sexuality and bad girl image to help sell records. Catching a lot of negative criticism for her overly sexual image, Aguilera eventually toned things down after a brief hiatus to start a family and retool her image. Most recently, Aguilera has rejoined her red seat on NBC’s hit singing reality competition show “The Voice.”
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Well, The Game is making another move to push his music career to the next level: He signed to Cash Money/Young Money Records.
On Saturday evening, Baby/Birdman/Whatever you want to call him, tweeted the news making it official and welcoming The Game to the YMCB family. The Game followed with his own tweet saying it was time to “close the doors” on others.
According to Miss Info’s site, there has been a lot of speculation as to whether or not he’d sign to the label. His last album, Jesus Piece, was his fifth and final release on Interscope Records.
Young Money/Cash Money has been seemingly snatching up artists left and right, but besides albums from their stars – Drake, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, and the slightly lesser know Tyga – none of them have actually released anything. Bow Wow has been signed to Cash Money since 2009 and the one album that was scheduled to be released, Underrated, hasn’t been talked about since 2011. Busta Rhymes and Mystikal have been signed to the label for two years with no album releases while Christina Milian joined the YM family in 2012 with… nothing.
So we’ll see if The Game will actually ever have an album come out on Young Money/Cash Money. There’s a chance something will come out on the label seeing as though of all the recent signees, he’s the most musically successful one in recent years.
Time will tell but good luck to Jayceon (The Game’s real name)!
In an interview with the UK paper The Guardian, Chris Brown speaks with writer Decca Aitkenhead about the time he was sexually assaulted by a teenage girl, but it’s all good, because boys “can’t” get raped:
It’s different in the country. By that point, we were already kind of like hot to trot, you know what I’m saying? Like, girls, we weren’t afraid to talk to them; I wasn’t afraid. So, at eight, being able to do it, it kind of preps you for the long run, so you can be a beast at it. You can be the best at it.” (…he doesn’t want to say how many women he’s slept with: “But you know how Prince had a lot of girls back in the day? Prince was, like, the guy. I’m just that, today. But most women won’t have any complaints if they’ve been with me. They can’t really complain. It’s all good.”)
A friend and I were having a conversation recently, which was sparked by the story of the Montana school teacher who received 30 days in prison for the sexual assault of a 14-year-old student. The girl killed herself as a result of the sexual assault and the attention that surrounded it. During our conversation, my friend, who is the daughter of a former sex crime detective, remarked very poignantly on what her father used to tell her about how some sexual abuse victims can come to perceive their victimization. Basically, if you live in a particular environment long enough, no matter what kind of sick and depraved things happen in that environment, it all becomes sort of normal. In that spirit, it puts attention on understanding how patriarchal norms also help to normalize the sexual abuse of boys in our society.
Brown is not the only Southern boy to have been sexually abused as a prepubescent kid. R&B singer Ne-Yo told the story once of “losing” his virginity at 9 years old to a teenager. A couple of years ago, NOLA native and rapper Lil’ Wayne admitted to Jimmy Kimmel in an interview that he was “seduced” by a grown woman at the age of 11 years old. However, I don’t know if we can blame this on country folks – or by default the black community in general (because generally that’s how these things go whenever the person in question is African-American). Why? Because in popular culture, particularly in film and in television, it has pretty much been perpetuated that manhood and an active sexuality go hand in hand. One of the biggest movie troupes in teen flicks is the awkward and nerdy high school guy, who has one summer to finally lose his virginity so he can enter college, or adulthood, as “a man.” Once he gets the punany, he is suddenly transformed from awkward nerd into cool stud. And if he fails, well, he ends up as the 40-year-old electronic store employee with an abnormally large action figure collection and still on the hunt for his manhood.
Outside of the realm of entertainment and on to the more personal, I have heard similar stories from men I know who claimed to have had their first sexual experience at prepubescent ages, and at the hands of a much older woman. In the majority of instances, their “sex partners” were women well into their middle ages and they weren’t looking for it, nor were they the initiators. Their first experience, just sort of happened; like an ex-boyfriend, who told me of his first sexual encounter happening at 12 years old and being at the hands of a 42-year-old former neighbor and friend of his mother. When I raised the point that what happened to him verged on, if not surpassed, sexual abuse, he just kind of shrugged it off and said, “It’s different for girls and boys. All my friends were already f**king and I was the last one. So when she came along, I was like, yeah…”
However, the thought never occurred to him that perhaps his friends were lying to impress him and others. And perhaps, the pressure he felt to measure up to his friends motivated him more than his desire to actually be with this woman. What if my ex-boyfriend would have resisted the advances of his mother’s friend and instead told his homies that he opted for chastity instead? In our society, a man, who has never “engaged” in sexual intercourse is looked upon as socially awkward or worse, “not man enough.”
In this respect, the expectation to be hyper-masculine can be just as oppressive to boys, who in actuality, might have more thoughtful and gentle spirits. In fact, there is research that suggests that one in three boys feel pressured into sex and are more likely to think that waiting is a myth. However, that is not the general message we see. What we see and hear is that men are supposed to do it and do it regularly. Not only that, but they are supposed to do it with a variety of partners: older, younger, man, woman, fat, slim, one-legged, bucked teeth, Spanish, Asian, etc…the more conquests, the bigger his badge of masculinity. It is this constant pressure to hold up to the ideas of what male sexuality is supposed to be, which probably keeps boys from admitting to weakness and vulnerability, including being pressured and forced into a sexual relationship they didn’t want or feel that they were ready for.
I can’t say if this is what Chris Brown feels emotionally about the incident being sexual assault or molestation. I would say that a 15-year-old engaging in sexual activity with an 8-year-old is definitely sexual abuse. And I would also say that his continued reliance on his sexual prowess with the opposite sex as a testimony to what kind of partner he is with the ladies – even years removed from that “country” upbringing – says lots about how we rear boys to view themselves and their roles in society.
It’s clear that Lil Wayne and Katie Couric have some type of oddly great rapport with one another. In 2009, the two sat down for a CBS interview where Wayne famously said, “I am a gangster Miss Katie.” (Am I the only one who still chuckles at that line?) And even though Wayne rarely sits down for interviews, he interestingly has gone back to Katie for round two.
Today, Lil Wayne will appear on Katie’s daytime talk show airing until later on this afternoon (3 pm if you’re in New York), and there’s one preview clip that’s of particular interest as it’s quickly been circulating around the Internet. In the video, Wayne talks about his mother being the one to encourage him dropping out of school. The convo goes like this:
KC: Do you ever regret not finishing high school?
Wayne: Not at all. Kids, please finish high school and all my kids, you are finishing high school. But my mom, it was my mom’s idea.
KC: To quit school?
Wayne: Yeah. I had an album out, I was platinum already, thank God, and I was still trying to go to regular, public school. She saw me getting ready for school one day and she was walking past the room… and she saw me putting my gun in my backpack. And she said, ‘You gotta bring that to school with you?’ And I asked her, ‘You don’t want me to bring it?’ She thought about it and then she said, ‘I do.’ So I put it back in my bag. Because she bought it for me for protection. She was like you do need it. She was still on the phone and she walked back to my room and said, ‘You don’t go to school no more. You’re getting a G.E.D. if that’s the way you gotta go to school.’ So I went and got a G.E.D. and I went to college.
Context is really important in this instance. When I first read the headlines, I couldn’t understand why a mother would encourage anything like that. But sending your child to school with a gun everyday is certainly not an ideal situation either. So yeah, there’s no reason he should regret not finishing “traditional” high school. The fact that he still got his G.E.D. and pursued college after he’d “made it” several times over, shows that Weezy still values knowledge and learning.
Watch the entire clip on the next page.
What do you think about Wayne’s mother’s choice?
The secret to producing a hit song may be the beat, or the chorus, or possibly even the timing of its release. But sometimes the secret is as simple as the person you get to feature on the song – especially if they’re one of these 15 go-to artists who everyone and their mama has had on their track at one point or another.
For a while there it seemed like the equation for a hit song equaled random person plus Lil’ Wayne. His name dominated airwaves and music charts, and he was easily regarded as the best rapper of the time – if only because he was the busiest. Now Lil’ Wayne has decreased the number of guest appearances he makes, though his collabos are still super successful.
The art of the celebrity side hustle. When notorious gig-juggler Nicki Minaj said, “It’s Mac, OPI and a fragrance too/Apparel, I’m dominating every avenue,” she had the right idea. Mixing the hustler mentality with a personal passion is more often than not a win-win situation for celebrities. In addition to typical spin-off clothing lines, one-hit-wonder singles and product endorsements, some celebs make time to do (and make a little pocket change from) the hobbies they love, in addition to their main job. These stars make both their Plan A and Plan B work for them.
Day job: Rapper
Hobby-turned-hustle: All-Around Businessman
C’mon, there’s really nothing that Jigga Man can’t do. After his faux retirement in 2003, he only got deeper into the game. Besides still pushing chart topping music (Magna Carta Holy Grail went platinum by default after a lucrative partnership with Samsung), he’s adding indelible feats to his already flourishing resume. He scored the music for The Great Gatsby, curated the Made in America Festival, was part owner (and visionary) of Brooklyn’s new Barclay’s Center and their home team the Brooklyn Nets, still owns the 40/40 club, jump started his Roc Nation Sports Agency, and teamed up with Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment for the remake of Annie. He’s a business, man.
“I’m not slowing or softening,” yelled the can’t-be-tamed Eminem. “No apologies!”
Seen as crass to some and satirical to others, his murder-laden, homophobic slur-ridden, misogyny-filled lyrics provoked critics. But Eminem kept his promise and never apologized for it — and his fan base still remained loyal. Despite his kid-unfriendly music, many have considered the “Hip-Hop Cash King” to be one of the greatest rappers alive.
As years have passed, J.Cole, Lil Wayne, and Rick Ross have emerge as hip-hop royalty. And they’ve also been on the receiving end of criticism for their lyrics. Unlike Slim Shady, however, all three have apologized. But how genuine are these apologies?
Rick Ross’ failure to show remorse for a ”U.O.E.N.O” verse about slipping a molly on an unsuspecting woman ripped his Reebok endorsement deal right out of his hands. “At this time, it is in everyone’s best interest for Reebok to end its partnership with Mr. Ross,” Reebok told Billboard.
This sent Rick Ross flying to Twitter to apologize: “I don’t condone rape. Apologies for the #lyric interpreted as rape.”
Lil Wayne plunged into hot water for using the name of Emmett Till, who was brutally murdered in 1955 for allegedly whistling at a White woman, in the lyrics of one of his songs. He apologized (kind of), but Mountain Dew was not on board. They pulled a Reebok and dropped Wayne.
I could just imagine their PR reps badgering them to issue a statement of apology: “Wayne, you best put those tattooed tears to use and show em’ that you’re sorry!” “Ross you have $5 million at stake!” But I think I’ll pass on a phony apology that was sloppily thrown together to dodge the possibility of losing a lucrative deal. I’d rather accept no apology over a faux-pology. Especially since Birdman, who works closely with Lil Wayne as CEO of Cash Money, recently stated that he considered boycotting Reebok and Mountain Dew. “This is music, man; all we doin’ is makin’ music,” Birdman said. “Next time, we’re gonna stand up [against Reebok and Mountain Dew] and we’re gonna shut that s*** down.”
I understand that as a rap artist, you can’t possibly satisfy every single listener. Should they apologize for every offended person? Insisting that rappers keep it PC will just have them walking on egg shells; freedom of expression would be smothered. “I view rap similar to how I view comedy,” J.Cole said. “It’s going to ruffle feathers at times.” Still, disgracing Black history, for example, is an absolute no-no. Glorifying materialism, dropping n-bombs and drug-use, although controversial, does not seem to jeopardize rappers’ bank accounts because these sensitive topics have no major campaigns behind them.
Autism is associated with outspoken celebrities like Holly Robinson Peete, Jenny McCarthy, Toni Braxton and Kate Winslet. UltraViolet, a women’s rights group that successfully helped convince 140 advertisers to pull out from Rush Limbaugh’s radio station for his comments about activist Sandra Fluke, pressured Reebok to sever ties with Rick Ross. Some individuals and groups can attack where it hurts the most: the pockets.
J.Cole is being applauded for delivering a heart-tugging apology after Peete, mother of an autistic son, made a teary plea on Access Hollywood over lyrics on Drake’s “Jodeci Freestyle” that offensively referenced autism and retardation. In an in-depth letter, J.Cole said, “I’ll gladly own my mistake[…] there’s nothing cool about mean-spirited comments about someone with Autism.”
What adds an element of sincerity to the letter is the fact that J. Cole didn’t make it after an endorsement deal was threatened. He stepped up and owned up to a faux pas that could have been left unacknowledged. By responding, he added a positive notch to his reputation. Sometimes doing the right thing and admitting a mistake is the right thing to do simply because it’s the right thing to do.
On the other hand, if a multi-million dollar endorsement deal is at stake, in most cases, an apology is tied to it. As a representative of a brand, hip-hop artists compromised their “artistic freedom” the minute they signed it away to Reebok and Mountain Dew.