Lately there’s been a rash of artists under scrutiny for their lyrics and artistic expression. Although many might argue that artists should have the right to say what they want, corporations have a slightly different point of view. The most recent case involves Lil Wayne, rapper and CEO of YMCMB. The New Orleans born emcee was dropped from PepsiCo as an endorser of their Mountain Dew soda product. The reason was due to an offensive reference made about Emmett Till, a young man brutally murdered in Mississippi during the civil rights era.
Wayne’s offensive lyrics was recorded on Future’s “Karate Chop” song. Due to the widespread negative press and disgust by Emmett Till’s family, PepsiCo decided to end their relationship with Lil Wayne. As such with Miami-rapper Rick Ross who, also, was dropped by a major corporation for his drug and rape reference in “U.E.O.N.O.” Reebok severed their ties with the Maybach Music Group CEO, costing Ross several millions in endorsement money [READ HERE].
The recent string of events proves that there’s no such thing as “freedom of speech” to corporations. The “bottom-line” in revenue dollars is what companies are most concerned with. For Reebok and PepsiCo, the impact of the negative press translated into a decline in sales. But also, the offensive and derogatory lyrics could have potentially tarnished their brands. Words can be deadly. Yet, many artists fail to realize this and continue to degrade our women, glorify drugs and guns, and/or promote domestic violence. At some point, artists should be held accountable for what they say. Lyrics not only affect a company’s ability to sell products and make money, but they also confirm this negative perception of people and communities that are already oppressed.
At the end of the day, freedom of speech hurts us and the corporations. It shows that some artists aren’t versatile enough to talk about other things. Also, it shows companies that taking a risk by hiring an artist to endorse a product may not always be the best thing. You can make millions or easily lose millions. Therefore, it is certain that the way corporations issue endorsement deals in the future will take on a different approach. Don’t be surprised if stricter clauses are incorporated in these agreements.
What do you think? Do you think artists should watch what they say in songs? Let us know we’d like to know how you feel.
It’s been a minute since there’s been visuals released off of 2 Chainz debut album, B.O.A.T.S.. Tour dates or numerous features on other projects may be the reason for the delay. Nonetheless, 2 Chainz continues to shine and standout amongst other rappers who are more seasoned than him. Whether it is the flamboyantly strange outfits or crazy lyrics, you can’t deny his uniqueness.
He’s stated on Twitter that he’s working on his second album. B.O.A.T.S. was pretty good so we’re sure he’s going to up the ante on this next one with better production, diverse features, and more lyrical skill. Until then, he’s giving fans more videos to tie us over. Take a look at his latest two videos “Like Me” which features a cameo from label partner Richie Cap 1, and “Yuck” featuring Lil Wayne.
DJ Khaled is prepping for the upcoming release of his album Suffering from Success. To warm his fans up Khaled has released a new single called “No New Friends.” The new joint includes features from industry heavyweights Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne. The track was produced by Boi-Ida and Noah “40” Shebib.
Listen to “No New Friends” below and let us know if you’re feeling it or not in the comments.
French Montana has been pumping out hits for a minute now. All the hard work and constant rotation on the radio has prepared him for his official debut album release. Due out on May 21, Excuse My French contains 18-tracks with a boat load of features from some of his closest buddies in music. Will French put the magic touch on this new project? Some speculate that he can’t hold his own without accompanied features. Regardless if he does or not, French may surprise his skeptics and put out some decent work that’s worthy of a listen. We’ll see.
Peep the official tracklist below:
1. Once In a While (Feat. Max B)
2. Trap House (Feat. Birdman & Rick Ross)
3. Ain’t Worried About Nothin
4. Paranoid (Feat. C.A.S.H.)
5. When I Want
6. F**k What Happens Tonight (Feat. DJ Khaled, Mavado, Ace Hood, Snoop Dogg & Scarface)
7. Gifted (Feat. The Weeknd)
8. Ballin Out (Feat. Jeremih & Diddy)
9. I Told Em
10. Pop That (Feat. Rick Ross, Drake & Lil Wayne)
11. Freaks (Feat. Nicki Minaj)
12. We Go Where Ever We Want (Feat. Ne-Yo & Raekwon)
13. Bust It Open
14. Drink Freely (Feat. Rico Love)
15. Throw It In the Bag (Feat. Chinx Drugz)
16. Marble Floors (Feat. Rick Ross, Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz)
17. Ocho Cinco (Feat. MGK, Los, Red Cafe & Diddy)
18. If I Die
[PAST RELATED ARTICLE: Event Recap: DTLR Hosts VIP Reception for Rapper French Montana]
It seems like seizures aren’t the only problems constantly surfacing in Lil Wayne’s life.
According to reports, a Miami-based attorney recently was awarded a $1.2 million judgment against the YMCMB CEO. The monies awarded are to pay for the legal fees acquired by attorney David Goldstein. Goldstein represented plaintiffs who claimed that Lil Wayne didn’t properly execute a contract in place. The lawsuit was brought forth in Los Angeles and thus the original judgment of $2.2 million was awarded there. But, in a recent twist of events, Goldstein is now seeking that the judgment be moved to Miami, Florida.
Apparently, Lil Wayne or his company hasn’t paid any of the $3.4 million judgment. So, Goldstein is petitioning to have the suit domesticated to Miami-Dade county so that Weezy’s personal assets can be seized until full payment is made.
Goldstein has his sights on Lil Wayne’s sprawling $11.6 million mansion in the private community of La Gorce Island. In addition to rapper’s home, Goldstein also wants to seize the black Bugatti Veyron Wayne owns. Damn!
SMH…we’ll keep you posted as this story develops.
OK Nicki!!! I’m digging this joint.
Nicki Minaj dropped her new video for “High School” which features her bossman Lil Wayne. The video is a nice sunny vid, perfect segway into the spring/summer season. In the midst of a little action, the chemistry between Wayne and Nicki is very prevelant. If I didn’t know any better, I’d think they were a bonafide couple. LOL
Anyhoo, check out Nicki’s new video below and let me know what you think.
Even though Lil Wayne has been a bit under the weather, that’s still not throwing a monkey wrench in his plans to let the show go on.
In addition to the Young Money head honcho releasing his tenth studio album, I Am Not a Human Being II, on Tuesday, he also plans to go on tour this summer.
Beginning in July, Lil Wayne will embark on part two of his America’s Most Wanted Music Festival. He is scheduled to hit 40 stops in a two month time frame with his first stop being on July 9th at the Oak Mountain Amphitheater in Birmingham, Alabama.
So far along for the ride he’s bringing Atlanta rappers T.I. and Future. Check out America’s Most Wanted Music Festival full tour schedule below.
7/9 — Birmingham, AL @ Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
7/10 — Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
7/12 — Atlanta, GA @Lakewood Amphitheatre
7/13 — Tampa, FL @ Live Nation Amphitheatre
7/14 — West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheatre
7/16 — Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagra Pavilion
7/17 — Baltimore, MD @ 1st Mariner Arena
71/9 — Wantagh, NY @ Jones Beach
7/20 — Philadelphia, PA @ Susquehanna Bank Center
7/21 — Scranton, PA @ Toyota Pavilion
7/23 — Bangor, ME @ Bangor Amphitheatre
7/24 — Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
7/26 — Charlotte, NC @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/27 — Raleigh, NC @ Time Warner Pavilion
7/28 — Virginia Beach, VA @Farm Bureau Live
7/30 — Buffalo, NY @ Darien Lake PAC
7/31 — Hartford, CT @ Comcast Theatre
8/2 — Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
8/3 — Saratoga Springs, NY @ SPAC
8/4 — Boston, MA @ Comcast Theatre
8/6 — Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Pavilion
8/7 — Cleveland, OH @ Klipsch Amphitheatre
8/9 — Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena
8/10 — Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
8/11 — St. Louis, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
8/13 — Indianapolis, IN @Klipsch Amphitheatre
8/14 — Memphis, TN @FedEx Forum
8/16 — Dallas, TX @ Gexa Pavilion
8/17 — Austin, TX @ Austin 360 Amphitheatre
8/18 — Houston, TX @ CWM Pavilion
8/20 — Omaha, NE @ Qwest Center
8/21 — Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy Center
8/23 — Denver, CO @ Fiddler’s Green
8/24 — Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheatre
8/25 — Phoenix, AZ @ Desert Sky Pavilion
8/27 — San Diego, CA @ Sleep Train Arena
8/28 — Sacramento, CA @ Sleep Train Arena
8/30 — Oakland, CA @ Sleep Train Arena
8/31 — Las Vegas, NV @ Arena
9/1 — Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Stay tuned for more details as they emerge.
One thing about Birdman, he knows how to creep up on you with new music.
His newest joint “Tapout” is an ode to those with that bomb sex game. You know the kind that’s so good, you can’t go any longer…you just want to “tap out”. Well, Birdman has the mood music to go right along with that explosive night of pleasure. However, he brought along his newly formed ‘Rich Gang’ which consists of Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Mack Maine, and Future. Not sure if all of them were needed on this joint. But, it’s cool nevertheless.
Check it out for yourself below…
“Tapout” will be featured on Birdman’s Rich Gang: Flashy Lifestyle compilation album. It is due out May 21.
Last week, the official tracklist for Lil Wayne’s ‘I Am Not A Human Being II’ was officially announced. We mentioned that the YMCMB gang will make appearances and others like Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Gunplay, and Soulja Boy. Well, apparently 30-sec snippets of each song has been made public. In case you’re wondering if Wayne’s next album will live up to the hype, take a listen below…
While his single with 2 Chainz ”Rich As F–k” gets major rotation in the streets, Lil Wayne may have a few more bangers on his upcoming album. ‘I Am Not a Human Being II’ is set to be released on March 26. Hopefully, since the lable has released his official tracklist this means there won’t be any push backs. If all goes well, his fans can expect a pretty solid album from the looks of the line-up.
On the new album, Weezy lovers can expect to new joints with Nicki Minaj, Boo, Gudda Gudda, Soulja Boy, Gunplay, Juicy J, and Big Sean. Other familiar tracks we won’t mind listening to again, “B-tches Love Me” (feat. Drake & Future) and ”No Worries” (feat. Detail) are also on the new album. Check out the full tracklist below:
2. Curtains (Feat. Boo)
3. Days and Days (Feat. 2 Chainz)
4. Gunwalk (Feat. Gudda Gudda)
5. No Worries (Feat. Detail)
6. Back to You
7. Trigger Finger (Feat. Soulja Boy)
8. Beat the Sh*t (Feat. Gunplay)
9. Rich As F*uk (Feat. 2 Chainz)
10. Trippy (Feat. Juicy J)
11. Bi**hes Love Me (Feat. Drake and Future)
13. God Bless Amerika
14. My Homies Still (Feat. Big Sean)
15. Lay You Down (Feat. Nicki Minaj)
Will Lil Wayne keep us interested with this one? That’s the question many of his fans are wondering. As he dives into the fashion world (TrukFit) and skateboarding, some folks aren’t certain that his lyrical content and mass appeal are still holding weight. Hopefully, ‘I Am Not a Human Being II’ will prove critics wrong and show that he’s still one of the best in the game.
Not sure what to think of this track. The beat, produced by Jahlil Beats, is kinda dope. But, Wayne’s “chant” flow sounds a bit lackadaisical and awkward. Guess it’s a good thing this was just a mixtape cut (on DJ Stevie J’s ‘The Appreciation Vol 5′).
Check it out and let us know what you think…
After becoming a rapper at the ripe young age of 8, Lil Wayne (who’s 30 years old now) recently expressed his doubts of ever rapper again. In a sit down with MTV’s Sway, the Young Money CEO says he’s no longer feeling the love for his career choice. With other business ventures in the works (i.e. TrukFit), his focus is now driven elsewhere and he wants to devote the time and energy to those things.
When Sway asked about the sonic makeup of “Human Being II,” the rapper compared the work to what should be the next chapter in his most famous musical franchise. “It’s like a Carter V,” he said.
So why not just retitle Human “Being II” to fit the mood? “Because I know y’all want me around for a little bit, and ‘Carter V’ is my last album,” Weezy revealed. “Man, I’ve been rappin’ since I was 8 years old. I’m 30 now, man. That’s a long time, man.”
“Human Being II” will be released on Feb. 19, and after that, it’s unclear when “Tha Carter V” will come or if there will be another album between the two? What’s clear is that Wayne has other interests outside the studio, most notably his love for skateboarding and his new TrukFit clothing line. “When I love to do something, I’m fully focused on it and it only. And music sometimes is not that ‘it,’ ” he said.
“I signed my contract at 11, I went platinum at 14. I’m 30 now. Thank God I haven’t put out an album that hasn’t went platinum,” he said. “To just keep it goin’ like that, I think not only am I being greedy, I’m fooling myself to think that it will continue to be that great.”
So, is Weezy making the right decision? Some may feel like it’s good to stop when you are on top. But, others like Jay-Z continues to put out great music despite his age. Lil Wayne may just be at a place where he wants to redirect his ambition. Also, this could give listeners a break from hearing him on damn near every song on the radio. Maybe this is another reason why he’s ready to give up music. Too much of something can become overwhelming. Nevertheless, Lil Wayne has enough money and top artists to sustain a long period of hibernation. He has Drake, Nicki Minaj, Tyga, and the other YMCMB artists to sit back and parlay on.
But at this moment, he’s gearing up for I Am Not A Human Being II. The first single, “No Worries” is smash hit that’s been blasting in all the clubs. Check out the video premier below:
Kelly Rowland recently released another song for the grown and sexy better known as “Ice.” The song is the lead single of her upcoming album Year of the Woman which is scheduled for release early next year.
Well to add even more uumph to the song is a hot, heavy and sexually charged video to go along with it. Let’s just say there lots of ice rubbing and freak me down dance moves popping off in this one. Even the video’s director, Matthew Rolston said, “It’s a very, very, very, very sexy video!” Oh and don’t bother waiting for Lil Wayne whose featured on the song to appear because he never will. But don’t worry, his verse is still there. Check out the video below…
What do you think???
This past weekend, Young Money boss Lil Wayne made his debut as a guest correspondent on ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown”. His feature of the moment granted him the opportunity to go one on one with 49ers wide receiver Randy Moss. During the interview Moss talks about his retirement and return to the NFL, his personality and what he’s learned. Check out Lil Wayne and Randy chat it up below…
T.I. is aggressively amping up the promo efforts for his next album, Trouble Man. The second single released from the project, “Ball” features Lil Wayne. The video was shot in Wayne’s old stomping grounds New Orleans. With a track that truly complimented the environment, T.I. took us back to the 90′s club scene with the “do it baby stick it…” flow. LoL…
Check out the video below:
What are your thoughts about T.I.’s new song, “Ball”?
Every other week it seems as if the YMCMB family multiplies to some degree. Next up to be added to their roster is the Michigan-based production team The Olympicks. Producers Knoxville, Flawless, BP, and JayFab make up the team.
No stranger to the industry, The Olympicks have already their share of success creating hits for artists such as Rick Ross, 2Chainz, Big Sean and Kendrick Lamar. If you’re wondering what made the YMCMB fam picked them? Let us not forget not forget to mention that The Olympicks prior to the deal earned gold and platinum plaques for their contributions to Lil Wayne’s “I Am No A Human Being” and Rick Ross’ “Teflon Don.”
Olympick group member Knoxville says of the team and their new deal, “We’re really excited to be a part of the whole movement. We are ready to make history with Baby and the whole YMCMB team.”
We think it’s safe to safe that the YMCMB fam can now be considered an army, but more power to them. They say there’s power in numbers, so we say to them…keep upping them STACKS!
The popular MAGIC Convention went underway last week in Las Vegas. The convention was the stage for urban fashion brands to promote new products and network with merchandisers and distributors. Along with other celebrities promoting their fashion lines, Lil Wayne and his new Trukfit brand was on deck to reveal what it has in store. But in addition to his clothing line, Wayne revealed to MTV News his upcoming skateboarding shoe with SUPRA.
“I was just rocking them when I was skating and stuff and when I got real cool with the homey [professional skateboarder] Stevie Williams, it was kinda like a plug from him,” said Wayne. “He [Williams] been with SUPRA. He just let them know. Even before I was skating, I was rocking SUPRAs before I even knew what they were. It was just a mutual respect on each end so it was just bound to happen.”
Check out the video below:
What are your thoughts on Lil Wayne’s new endeavours?
Trey Songz is doing just what he said he would do, bringing his fans another popping single from his upcoming album Chapter V. The song entitled “Hail Mary” features two of hip-hop’s heavies, Young Jeezy and Lil Wayne. The video for the song which will feature Kevin Hart is coming soon [pic below]. Listen to the song below and let us know if you’re digging it or not…
Keyshia Cole is prepping her next project in a major way. For her forth coming album, Woman to Woman LP, she’s enlisted rapper Lil Wayne to set fire to her first single, “Enough of No Love”. The track goes inside of the mind of a fed up woman whose decided that enough is enough. The Benny Boom directed video will, hopefully, take viewers on a new ride with Keyshia as she continues to carve her space in R&B music.
In anticipation for the video, here’s a short preview of what’s to come. Check it out:
Are you ready for Keyshia Cole’s new album Woman to Woman??
As of late, Lil Wayne has been laying low on the music scene probably more so in an effort to focus a bit on his new clothing line Trukfit. Well have no fear because when it comes to music Weezy is still here.
Announced via Twitter the Young Money head guru says, “Dedikation 4 komin next month.” Dedication 4 is the next installment of his mixtape series. It’s been a while considering the last Dedication mixtape was released back in 2008. Nonetheless after hooking back up with DJ Drama, the follow-up is on the way.
About the collaboration DJ Drama says, “Dram and Wayne is a dangerous combination. Shout out to the Mixtape Weezy. Get ready.”
In addition to the mixtape, Lil Wayne also let it be known that the sequel to his 2010 album, I Am Not A Human A Being II is soon to follow.
Are you ready????
Keyshia Cole is making her way back to the scene via a new single from her upcoming album Woman to Woman. The first single from the album “Enough Of No Love” features Lil Wayne and is reminiscent of some of Keyshia’s older music about heartbreak.
Woman to Woman will be Keyshia 5th studio album and is scheduled for a Fall release. Stay tuned for the album’s tracklist, but in the meantime, check out “Enough Of No Love” below…
What do you think???
Pretty soon it looks like there are going to be more celebrity designers than there are just strictly fashion designers. Next up in the ever so popular world of starting your own clothing line is professional skater Stevie Williams and rapper Lil Wayne. This past weekend the fellas launched their respective brands during a special event at the Beverly Center’s Macy’s.
Stevie’s line is called DGK which is the acronym for “Dirty Ghetto Kids”, the name of his old skate crew. His motto concerning his brand is; “From those who come from nothing”. The line will feature tees, hats, fleeces, and a streetwear collection.
Weezy’s brand will be called TRUKFIT and will feature a tees and hats for both men and boys.
About the venture, Stevie said, “It’s exciting to share this moment with my homie Lil Wayne and show the world skate fashion is cool. What Wayne and I are doing is bringing skate culture inside of corporate entities where a lot of our fans shop and we’re proud to do this with Macy’s.”
The event also included a meet-and-greet and autograph session for fans. The first 10 fans to purchase $150 worth of DGK and/or TRUKFIT gear during the event received a skateboard and admission to an exclusive VIP reception.
DJ Khaled has released his first single of his upcoming album, Kiss The Ring. The street banger, Take It To The Head, features YMCMB label mates Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj. Rick Ross and Chris Brown blessed the record giving the song an instant “remix” feel.
Check out the video below:
By way of his Young Money imprint, Lil Wayne has signed on to release four more albums in a new deal with Cash Money Records. It’s no secret as to the success that Lil Wayne has had with the Cash Money family so it only makes sense to go ahead and keep the party or should we say the dough rolling. Included in those four albums will be a sequel to Wayne’s 2010 album I Am Not a Human Being and an album of love songs entitled Devol, which is ‘loved’ spelled backwards. In addition to the new deal, it’s also been rumored that the Young Money head is working on album collaborations with Birdman, Drake, and Juelz Santana. All we can say is Lil Wayne’s is about to do his thing yet again…mo money, mo money MO!!!
Sexy soul-stirring singer Robin Thicke recently released the video for his second single, “Pretty Lil Heart”, from his latest album, Love After War. The song features the likes of Lil Wayne. Check out the Marc Klasfield directed video below.
YALL MF’s AIN’T READY!!! New Orleans rapper Mystikal is now signed to Cash Money Records. After merging back into society after serving prison time, the former No Limit soldier is now adjusted and ready to work.
“It has been a truly long time since I have felt like a rapper and with this signing, and partnership, Birdman and Slim have given me my life as a rapper back,” says Mystikal. “I am ready to go. I am going to put my red Superman drawers, cape and boots on and go! This is a huge moment for me and I am truly excited to be with Cash Money Records”.
To commemorate this joyful moment, Mystikal premiered a new single on NY’s Funk Master Flex radio show. “Original” which features Birdman and Lil Wayne, is definitely some heat. The mid-tempo production is perfect for Mystikal’s “ride out” type flow that has uniquely carved out his spot in the rap game. Check out the track below:
Source: TJ Chapman
B.o.B’s manager, TJ Chapman, dropped off this new exclusive footage of “Strange Clouds”. This is the new single from B.o.B’s upcoming album. Album title has yet been released. But until then, check out the video:
Are you feeling Strange Clouds???
Will ‘The Carter IV’ live up to the hype??? On August 29, Lil Wayne will release his ninth studio album. The album will hosts several heavy weight collabs with features from T-Pain, Rick Ross, John Legend, Jadakiss, Bun-B, Nas, Busta Rhymes, Cory Gunz, Tech N9NE, and of course drizzy Drake. But, will the features pull any weight in terms of record sales? We shall see.
Here’s the tracklist:
2. “Blunt Blowin’”
4. “6 Foot 7 Foot” feat. Cory Gunz
5. “Nightmares of the Bottom”
6. “She Will” feat. Drake
7. “How to Hate” feat. T-Pain
8. “Interlude” feat. Tech N9ne
9. “John” feat. Rick Ross
11. “So Special” feat. John Legend
12. “How to Love”
13. “President Carter”
14. “It’s Good” feat. Drake and Jadakiss
15. “Outro” feat. Bun B, Nas, Shyne, & Busta Rhymes
Check out Wayne’s new single, “She Will” featuring Drake:
Photo Source: Weezythanxyou.com
Jay Jenkins aka Young Jeezy dropped a visual to his street banger, Ballin. The Above The Rim inspired video features Jeezy portraying the late Tupac Shakur. Video is pretty cool! Check it out.