Grammys tap GloRilla, Missy Elliott, Lil Wayne for hip-hop 50th anniversary performance

Grammys tap GloRilla, Missy Elliott, Lil Wayne for hip-hop 50th anniversary performance
The special event will take place during the 65th Annual Grammy Awards at L.A.’s Arena Sunday night.

By Raphael Helfand

February 02, 2023

From left: GloRilla, photo by Amy Sussman via Getty Images; Missy Elliott, photo by Robyn Beck via AFP/Getty Images; Lil Wayne, photo by Frazer Harrison via Getty Images.


GloRilla has been tapped to perform alongside some of rap’s biggest legends this Sunday at the Grammys’ celebration of hip-hop’s 50th anniversary. The 23-year-old Memphis emcee will pick up where she left off in her breakout 2022 at the 65th Annual Grammy Awards, where she’ll share the stage with Big Boi, Busta Rhymes, De La Soul, DJ Drama, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Missy Elliott, Future, Grandmaster Flash, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Ice-T, Lil Baby, Lil Wayne, the Lox, Method Man, Nelly, Public Enemy, Queen Latifah, Rahiem, Rakim, Run-D.M.C., Salt-N-Pepa, Scarface, Spinderella, Spliff Star, Swizz Beatz, and Too $hort. Questlove will direct and produce the event, and LL Cool J will introduce it.


“For five decades, hip-hop has not only been a defining force in music, but a major influence on our culture,” Harvey Mason Jr., CEO of the Recording Academy, wrote in a press release announcing the segment. “Its contributions to art, fashion, sport, politics, and society cannot be overstated. I’m so proud that we are honoring it in such a spectacular way on the Grammy stage. It is just the beginning of our year-long celebration of this essential genre of music.”

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The 2023 Grammys will take place on Sunday, February 5 at Los Angeles’ Arena (formerly the Staples Center) starting at 8 p.m. EST. Hosted by Trevor Noah for the third year in a row, the event will stream live on CBS and free online for Paramount+ subscribers. Last Wedesday (February 25), the Academy announced the ceremony’s first wave of performers: Bad Bunny, Mary J. Blige, Brandi Carlile, Luke Combs, Steve Lacy, Lizzo, Kim Petras, and Sam Smith.


Lil Wayne announces 2023 North American tour dates

Lil Wayne announces 2023 North American tour dates
The “Welcome To Tha Carter Tour” begins in April.

By Jordan Darville

January 31, 2023

Lil Wayne. Photo via publicist


Lil Wayne has revealed a run of North American tour dates beginning in spring 2023. The “Welcome To Tha Carter Tour Presented by Young Money, Rolling Loud, and Live Nation” comprises 28 dates across the United States and Canada, beginning April 4 in Minneapolis and finishing May 13 in Los Angeles. Tickets go on sale via Lil Wayne’s website on February 3 at 10 a.m. local time.


This Sunday, Lil Wayne will receive a Global Impact Award at the 2023 Grammys celebrating his “personal and professional achievements in the music industry,” along with Missy Elliott, Dr. Dre, and Epic Records CEO Sylvia Rhone. In August 2022, he appeared in Toronto for the Young Money Reunion Show with Drake, Nicki Minaj, and other artists from his record label.

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View the Welcome To Tha Carter Tour’s full schedule below,


Lil Wayne 2023 tour dates

April 4 – Minneapolis, MN – The Fillmore Minneapolis
April 6 – Fargo, ND – Scheels Arena
April 7 – Omaha, NE – Baxter Arena
April 8 – Madison, WI – The Sylvee
April 9 – Chicago, IL – Radius
April 11 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
April 12 – Toronto, ON – HISTORY
April 13 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
April 16 – New York, NY – Apollo Theater
April 17 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore Philadelphia
April 18 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore Silver Spring
April 20 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte
April 21 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
April 22 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
April 24 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City
April 26 – St. Louis, MO – The Factory
April 27 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
April 28 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
April 30 – Lexington, KY – Rupp Arena*
May 2 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
May 3 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
May 4 – Austin, TX – Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheater
May 6 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
May 7 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
May 9 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
May 10 – San Diego, CA – SOMA
May 12 – San Francisco, CA – The Masonic
May 13 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern


Lil Wayne, Missy Elliott, and Dr. Dre to receive honorary Grammys

Lil Wayne, Missy Elliott, and Dr. Dre to receive honorary Grammys
The three hip-hop legends and Epic Records CEO Sylvia Rhone will be given global impact awards at the Recording Acadamy’s 65th annual ceremony next month.

By Raphael Helfand

January 11, 2023

From left: Dr. Dre, photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images; Missy Elliott, photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images; Lil Wayne, photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images.


The Recording Academy and Black Music Collective have announced 2023’s Global Impact Grammy Award winners: Lil Wayne, Missy Elliott, Dr. Dre, and Epic Records CEO Sylvia Rhone (an honorary BMC chairwoman). The award celebrates artists for their “personal and professional achievements in the music industry,” per They’ll be honored along with the rest of the winners at the 65th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony, which will take place on February 5 at the Hollywood Palladium.


“I am so thrilled to honor and celebrate these four giants in the music industry,” Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. said in a press release announcing the news. “Last year’s inaugural event was such a highlight during GRAMMY Week and now with Dre, Missy, Wayne, and Sylvia there to pay tribute to this year, it’s definitely going to be another night to remember. I continue to be proud of the work of our Black Music Collective as it’s a vital part of what we do here at the Academy.”

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The Recording Academy created the Black Music Collective in 2020, responding to criticism of the institution’s long-held, systemic racial biases. According to the collective’s landing page on the Recording Academy website, the BMC is “dedicated to the inclusion, recognition and advancements of Black music and its creators and professionals within the Recording Academy and music industry at-large [sic].” Last year’s inaugural Global Impact Award winners were John Legend, MC Lyte, D-Nice, and Love Renaissance, an Atlanta-based record label owned by Universal Music Group since 2017.


View the full list of 2023 Grammy nominees here.


JID confirms Lil Wayne, 21 Savage, and more for new album The Forever Story

JID confirms Lil Wayne, 21 Savage, and more for new album The Forever Story
BADBADNOTGOOD and Lil Durk will also appear on the Atlanta rapper’s new project.

By David Renshaw

August 23, 2022

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Atlanta rapper JID has revealed the tracklisting for his new The Forever Story. The album, out August 26 via Dreamville, is packed with special guests including verses from Lil Durk and Lil Wayne.


Executive produced by longtime DJ and producer Christo, the album includes the singles “Dance Now” and “Surround Sound.” The former features Kenny Mason, who also appears alongside JID and Wayne on “Just In Time.” “Surround Sound,” meanwhile, features 21 Savage and Baby Tate.

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The Atlanta rapper is also using his album to make musical connections, pairing BADBADNOTGOOD and Yasiin Bey on “Stars.” Toronto-based poet and musician Mustafa also makes an appearance, delivering a spoken word verse on “Bruddanem,” featuring Lil Durk. See below for the full tracklist.


The Forever Story is JID’s third studio album and the follow-up to 2018’s DiCaprio 2. Earlier this year he appeared alongside label boss J. Cole on D-Day: A Gangsta Grillz Mixtape.

The Forever Story:

“Dance Now” (with Kenny Mason)
“Crack Sandwich”
“Can’t Punk Me (feat Earthgang)
“Surround Sound” (feat. 21 Savage & Baby Tate)
“Kody Blu 31”
“Bruddanem” (feat. Lil Durk) & Spokenword by Mustafa The Poet
“Can’t Make U Change” (feat. Ari Lennox)
“Stars” (feat Yasiin Bey & BADBADNOTGOOD)
“Just in Time” (feat Lil Wayne, Kenny Mason)
“Better Days” (feat Johnta Austin)
“Lauder Too” (feat Rayvn Lanae)


Watch Drake perform with Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne at Young Money reunion show

Watch Drake perform with Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne at Young Money reunion show
In Toronto.

By David Renshaw

August 08, 2022

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It may have happened later than planned but Drake reunited with Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne for a celebration of the Young Money era on Saturday night (August 6). The trio played a selection of their most loved collaborations, including “HYFR, ”“Moment 4 Life,” “Up All Night,” and “The Motto,” at Toronto’s Budweiser Stage. Scroll down to see highlights now.


The Young Money reunion show was first scheduled for August 1 as part of the October World Weekend concert series but was rescheduled after Drake caught COVID-19.

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More recently Drake has shared a video for his Honestly, Nevermind song “Sticky” and appeared alongside Lil Baby on DJ Khaled’s ’70s inspired-“Staying Alive.”



Lil Wayne announces Lil Weezyana Fest 2022

Lil Wayne announces Lil Weezyana Fest 2022
Moneybagg Yo, Coi Leray, Babyface Ray, and more will play the one-day event on August 27 in New Orleans.

By Jordan Darville

July 12, 2022

Lil Wayne. Photo by Aaron J. Thornton/Getty Images for BET


Like most public events, Lil Wayne‘s Lil Weezyana Festival was waylaid by the pandemic after its 2019 edition. Now the one-day event is back, taking over Champion’s Square in New Orleans on August 27. Moneybagg Yo, Coi Leray, Babyface Ray, and Rob 49 are the first artists announced with more acts to be revealed later.


Mack Maine, Lil Wayne’s mentor and president of Young Money Records, said in a statement: “New Orleans birthed us and we can travel and hit the stage anywhere in the world, but there’s no place like home! As always, we will be honoring the many lives lost in Hurricane Katrina as this year marks the 17th year anniversary. Wayne is excited to get back home as this one will be one you won’t want to miss!”

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General sale tickets will be available Friday, July 15 at 10 a.m. local time over at Ticketmaster. Artists that performed at previous editions of the festival include YoungBoyNever Broke Again, the Hot Boyz, Meek Mill, Gucci Mane, Migos, Megan Thee Stallion, and Master P.


Lil Wayne denied entry to U.K. according to London festival organizers

Lil Wayne denied entry to U.K. according to London festival organizers
Weezy was due to headline Strawberries & Creem this weekend.

By David Renshaw

June 15, 2022

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Lil Wayne has been barred from entering the U.K., according to the organizers of a London festival he was due to perform at this coming weekend. A statement from Strawberries & Creem festival alleged that the Home Office took the “last minute decision” to turn Wayne away, leaving him unable to perform what would have been his first U.K. show in 14 years. Organizers said they are “deeply disappointed by this sudden and negative ruling.” The FADER has reached out to Wayne’s reps and the U.K. Home Office for more information.


Strawberries & Creem organizers have replaced Lil Wayne with Ludacris as the headliner on Saturday, June 18. Ticket holders can also now attend the Sunday (featuring headliner Tems) for free.

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Report: Tiffany Haddish is working on music for film and TV with Beyoncé, Lil Wayne, and more

Report: Tiffany Haddish is working on music for film and TV with Beyoncé, Lil Wayne, and more
In a brief interview, Haddish said she did not want to release music traditionally or tour the songs.

By Jordan Darville

April 20, 2022

Tiffany Haddish. Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images


Tiffany Haddish confirmed that she is working on music in a new interview posted by TMZ, with additional reporting claiming that she’s enlisted Beyoncé, Lil Wayne, and Snoop Dogg for the project.


Speaking from a recording studio, Haddish said that she’s working on “a series of songs” created specifically for use in film and TV shows. It’s a scheme that could see her receive hefty residual checks, as she explains: “Some people want it to be an album, maybe a mixtape,” Haddish says in the video. “Me personally, what I would like is to put them in a series of movies and TV shows so there’s a residual check coming in on a repeated basis so I don’t have to go on tour.”

If you’re interested, you can get a sample of Haddish’s musical prowess right now. She appears on the soundtrack for The Lego Movie 2 and has shared the songs “Too Much,” “Do Our Thing,” and “Baby Daddy (Remix).”


Lil Wayne shares 2011 mixtape Sorry 4 The Wait on streaming with four new songs

Lil Wayne shares 2011 mixtape Sorry 4 The Wait on streaming with four new songs
Lil Tecca and Allan Cubas feature on two of the new songs.

By Jordan Darville

January 14, 2022

Lil Wayne. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images


Lil Wayne‘s 2011 mixtape Sorry 4 The Wait was initially released to tide fans over until his album Tha Carter IV. In the years since, it’s become a fan favorite thanks to Wayne’s utter conquering of music made famous by other artists — the songs of Drake, Meek Mill, Beyoncé, and even Adele weren’t safe from Wayne’s pen. Today, Sorry 4 Tha Wait is officially available on streaming services for the first time.


Today’s re-release comes with four new songs. The tracks aren’t leftovers from the mixtape, though, and all sound recently recorded. There are two features in the new songs: Lil Tecca channels Juice WRLD on “Anti Hero,” produced by Tay Keith, and recent Young Money signee Allan Cubas serves up raspy melodic bars on “Cameras.” Yung Bleu produces last of the four tracks, “Bleu Snappin.” If it’s a pure nostalgia trip you’re after, Wayne still sounds stunning on Sorry 4 The Wait‘s original tracks, even if they’ve had to change up all the titles (I assume for copyright reasons). Stream it below.

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Current Events: 10 songs about buying shit you (probably) don’t need

Current Events: 10 songs about buying shit you (probably) don’t need
A new playlist from The FADER, creating the right musical mood for the headline of the week.

By Sajae Elder

October 13, 2021

Every week, The FADER brings you a playlist of songs pulled from the headlines (in no particular order).

From frantically stocking up on Lysol wipes and toilet paper in the pandemic’s early days to the online buys that made us feel better about living in the hellscape that was 2020 and much of 2021, buying stuff in excess has been even more central to our lives than it already was.

If the number of empty shelves and out-of-stock alerts were any indications, a shipping backlog on consumer products has already thrown the whole “recovering global economy” thing into disarray, with millions of products just sitting at ports around the world, but with far fewer people to unload and transport it all.

In honor of our need to buy every quasi-useful item that comes across our feeds, here are 10 songs about supply, demand, and buying shit we (probably) don’t need.


“That Funny Feeling” — Phoebe Bridgers

A mainstay on her fall tour, Bridgers’s version of Bo Burnham’s Inside track is still every bit the scathing commentary on how inundated we are by the things that bring us instant, and often quickly fleeting, gratification.

“Milionària” — Rosalia

People swear by the power of financial manifestation, and this track sees the Spanish star call out wearing Audemars and shutting down the Louvre for herself like the world is already her oyster.

“Broke Boi” — Playboi Carti

Over a twinkling beat with the faint sounds of a cash counting machine, Carti hits back at the kind of frivolous spending that might look like financial stability but is actually anything but.


“Dead Fox” — Courtney Barnett

Making the choice between standard and organic produce, even if a friend tells you they “they stick nicotine in the apples,” is moot if both kinds are sold out with no restock in sight, anyway.

“Ruin” — Cat Power

Cat Power explores just how much of our first-world concerns about what we can and can’t have stack up on a global scale.

“Way Back Then” — jung jaeil

If you’ve watched Netflix’s Squid Game by now, the Korean thriller about contestants playing children’s games with a life or death twist for a chance at millions, you may or may not be a bit traumatized by this song — a steady, endless march that feels like its own, self-contained commentary on capitalism, consumerism, supply and demand, and the cyclical, monotonous nature of all of them. We’re sorry.



“National Anthem” — Lana Del Rey

As much as anyone enjoys the spoils of excess, Del Rey is just as critical of its capabilities in turning us into shells of ourselves, trodding aimlessly through a consumerist dreamland.

“Lost Angeles” — Skiifall

To anyone with a net worth higher than $5, the only side effect of audacious spending is attracting those committed to taking advantage of you. As debatable as that might be, the Montreal rapper is pretty sure “that she with me just for the pennies.”

“4K” — Duckwrth feat. Phabo

Photo evidence has long been overspending’s proud counterpart, and usually how the rest of us find the new “must-have” item to begin with. If you don’t post it, did you actually buy it?

“Gold Fronts” — Foushee feat. Lil Wayne

This isn’t to say that gold fronts are a particularly frivolous thing to buy, but with higher shipping costs and longer production times thanks to supply chain disruptions, getting new ones might take a while.

Stream the playlist below.

Lil Wayne, Rich The Kid & YG – Buzzin’ Lyrics

Trust fund baby
Trust fund, mmhmm

I’m that nigga, Slime that nigga
Five that nigga, Five that nigga
Find that nigga dead
On his head I left a shiny nickel
Shiny blicka, counterfeit
Tiny trigger
Trigger finger ain’t even itchin’
Kind of tickle, I’m a sicko

Honolulu with my new new
Rockin’ MuMu like it’s FuBu
Red everything but Bluetooth
On your grave I do the juju
Look at my chain, it’s bussin’
Drip on Usain, it’s runnin’
She give me brain that’s skully
She drunk a Wayne McFlurry
Mmm and I’m on a Xan buzzin’
I’ma machine gun ’em
That money machine runnin’
Them niggas know we ain’t runnin’
That washin’ machine money
I’m talkin’ ’bout clean money
I’m talkin’ ’bout me and money
All of my bees buzzin’
Zero degrees buzzin’
What do that mean?
Buzzin’ that mean that this shit is a breeze for me
I be on them trees feelin’ like the mothafuckin’ chimpanzees buzzin’
It’s zero degrees and I might squeeze if you sneeze buzzin’

Pass me the cup, buzzin’
I need the lean buzzin’
She fucked the whole team buzzin’
The choppa got beam buzzin’
I do not bang nothin’
My bro got the bitches comin’
That’s the bro, yeah that’s the buzzer
Like a bee, I’m really buzzin’

That ain’t my bitch, I let her fucked the brozallini
I went to Elian, I bought a ring of VVs
Buzzin’ be trappin’, rappin’
On the block, but the boys stay cappin’
Netflix how that boy keep actin’
Buzzin’ with me and you know he bustin’
Yeah, we buzzin’
I’m with my buzzer
They’re like where’d you get your chain that shit bussin’
Yeah, don’t worry ’bout that splash
Hundred racks, that’s lil boy cash
Two hundred on the big boy dash
Heard buzzer trippin’, he don’t get no pass
Money on me now like mhmm
Bet she want a bag mhmm
Rollie bustin’ and the buzzer got one too
Buzzin’ got the magic coupe

Pass me the cup, buzzin’
I need the lean buzzin’
She fucked the whole team buzzin’
The choppa got beam buzzin’
I do not bang nothing
My bro got the bitches comin’
That’s the bro, yeah that’s the buzzer
Like a bee, I’m really buzzin’

Ok, I’m really bloodin’
Go down with the blicky, fuck it
I rather get caught with somethin’
I can’t be Ricky runnin’
On the opps we huntin’
Ya’ll never score ya’ll puntin’
I like my hoes disgustin’
On my way, your bitch I’m comin’ (Take that, take that, take that)
You like savin’ hoes, you a hoarder
We cross out the opps, we be crossin’ boarders
Su gang I be sendin’ orders
Su gang red rags on my daughter

Pass me the cup, buzzin’
I need the lean buzzin’
She fucked the whole team buzzin’
The choppa got beam buzzin’
I do not bang nothin’
My bro got the bitches comin’
That’s the bro, yeah that’s the buzzer
Like a bee, I’m really buzzin’

I’m that nigga, Slime that nigga
Five that nigga, Five that nigga
Find that nigga dead
On his head I left a shiny nickel
Shiny blicka, counterfeit
Tiny trigger
Trigger finger ain’t even itchin’
Kind of tickle, I’m a sicko

Nicki Minaj Vents About Blogs After Missing Lil Wayne’s Birthday Bash With Drake & Mack Maine

Nicki Minaj says she was only joking when she commented about not being invited to Lil Wayne’s birthday bash.

The Trinidad-born rapper has made it clear time and time again that her focus is no longer on partying but on her new family, especially her son. The issue came up again after Nicki Minaj joked about not being invited to Lil Wayne’s 39th birthday celebrations last Monday, September 27.

Wayne, known for his lavish parties, hosted several members of his Young Money family, including the rapper with the golden touch these days, Drake. The label president Mack Maine was also there, but many eagle-eyed fans noticed that Nicki was absent. Of course, she is highly regarded as one of the leading influences that helped put Young Money on the international map.

Following the star-studded event, Mack Maine posted an Instagram photo of the crew who attended the party. Nicki jumped in the comments and playfully responded, “I had so much fun.” Maine quickly responded, “@nickiminaj Lawwwdddd don’t do it like that Nicketo! This sh*t was so last minute. We could run it back deaux. It wasn’t complete without you.”

Drake even paid homage to Lil Wayne during the celebration. “I still, to this day, get nervous speaking about this man because, at the end of the day, as much of a brother and a mentor as he is to me, he’s still my idol. And still somebody who just puts me in a place where, when I start thinking about him, I start thinking about my family,” he said.

While Nicki Minaj didn’t specify, it seems some blogs thought that she was offended at being left out of the party and created some buzz around that. Nicki chose to clarify that she was only kidding around.

“Can’t even joke nomo chile,” she posted on her Instagram Story. She added, “These blogs so thirsty to post smthn for y’all to hate under. The obsession is a diff kinda real. We weren’t even in the same state. Just a lil jokey joke between me & my boo Mack.”

She ended by saying, “Have a blessed day y’all. I sure will. That’s why ya’ll pressed. #HappyPapaBearDay.”

It seems she just wanted to clear the air because her real focus is on her son’s first birthday today, September 30, 2020. She’s once again had to make it clear that “Papa Bear” is her only priority right now.

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Birdman Shared He Gave Lil Wayne, Drake & Nicki Minaj $1.4 Billion Out His Pocket

Birdman shared that he gave Lil Wayne, Drake, and Nicki Minaj, $1.4 billion combined out of his pocket.

The Cash Money Records CEO boss defended himself on the “Big Facts” Podcast on Tuesday as he addressed several allegations and rumors over the years, which claimed that he ripped off Lil Wayne and others.

Birdman co-founded Cash Money Records with his brother Ronald “Slim” Williams. In the decades that followed, it was one of the more prosperous labels churning talents like Lil Wayne, Juvenile, Drake, Nicki Minaj, and others. In the same interview he said that he paid Wayne, Drake, and Nicki over a billion dollars since singing them.

“I can honestly say I gave Wayne about 400 to 500 million dollars, Drake got about 500 million dollars, and Nicki got about 300 to 400 million dollars out of my pocket, no cap, if you don’t believe me ask them,” the head of Cash Money Records said.

According to Birdman, his influence on the industry has been wide, but he hasn’t received proper recognition for it.

“I can say this here. I bless more lives than any one of these dudes who do what I do,” the 52-year-old expressed, noting his intentions are not to disrespect other figures in the business. “But ain’t no ni**a put on more n**** than me. No n**** in the game. My list go long.”

He continued, “But, I don’t get the [credit] and I ain’t tripping. I don’t give a f*** about it because I get the money. That’s what matters the most to me more than anything. I just think because we southern, we don’t get the respect.”

He also addressed the rumors of him stealing from Lil Wayne and denied that he ever stole from him or anyone else.

“I ain’t never took from no n****. I always bless n****,” he began. “I had some incidents early on because I was really young in this sht. I ain’t know no better,” he explained. “But, any problem I had I cleared it up. I paid any n****. Remember because I was young. I’m telling you 20 years old. So, a lot of sht happened early on, I just ain’t know. And I’m with these white folks and they not attending to the business. [And] I’m not really knowing, but any n**** that had any problem from my son on down — and I gave him 50 million — and I cleared it up.”

Wayne and Birdman had a close relationship, but they later had a falling out that threatened their bond as Wayne sued Cash Money for $51 million in 2015. Among the allegations in the lawsuit were that the label violated the contract with Wayne and withheld monies owed as well as delaying his album Tha Carter V.

However, the lawsuit was later settled in 2018, with Lil Wayne receiving a large payment from Cash Money.

Birdman added that he has continued to help people into the game and he is motivated knowing he can “continue to bless young ni**as.”

He noted, “I want continuously to make these ni**as millionaires and superstars.”

Meanwhile, Birdman isn’t impressed by the younger generation of rappers, especially those that become involved in drugs and crime. Of late, quite a number of rappers have been arrested for having illegal guns in their possession or for drugs.

“You got these little young ni**as nowadays is all the way wilding. That’s why they all going to penitentiary,” he said. “I was like that too so I can’t say nothing about it. I live like they live… All that sht they was doing we were doing this sht, but now I think the technology different. They couldn’t watch us. I was a bad boy, like, we were really thuggin’. We was thuggin’ like they thuggin’. Now you got social media they could [get] caught quicker.”

According to him, rappers need to stick to music and understand “they could become powerful with the money than just the fame.”

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Birdman Addresses Infamous Lil Wayne Kissing Photo & If He Stole Money From Artists

Lil Wayne and Birdman shocked fans when they were seen kissing in a photo in 2006. However, it’s all love and nothing romantic, according to the Cash Money honcho. Birdman explains that he regards his relationship with Lil Wayne as a father/son one.

The photo went viral in 2006 and has been the peak of many interviews in which other members of Cash Money were asked about the image and what led to it. Birdman is, however, speaking for the first time as he told the “Big Facts” podcast that at the time, he felt it might be the last time he saw Wayne, who he saw as a son.

“I always looked at Wayne as my son and I always looked at it like, ’cause I was in the streets, and I thought this might be the last time he ever see me,” the Cash Money legend said about Weezy.

Birdman added that he stepped in the role of a father figure for Tunechi because he needed a father.

“I was his father when he didn’t have a father since he was 9 years old,” Birdman added about Wayne, who attempted suicide at age 12 and who often spoke of how troubling his early life was.

“And I love him like my own, and I’d give my life for him and I’d take a life for him,” Birdman says.

Meanwhile, over the years, the relationship between Lil Wayne and Birdman was rocky and further deteriorated due to problems with Cash Money over unpaid money resulting in Lil Wayne filing a lawsuit. However, the pair has maintained a strong connection.

Birdman also spoke of who could be a proper rival for Lil Wayne in a Verzuz battle- Wayne himself as he is unrivaled in the industry.

“Himself, Wayne versus Tunechi. He got too much s**t going on, he don’t need to touch that. Come on, brother — this is Tunechi,” he says.

Birdman also touted Lil Wayne’s massive success on the Billboard success and him surpassing Elvis Presley on the Hot 100 chart. Commercial success like those helped cemented Wayne as one of the greatest rappers of all-time.

Birdman had previously defended the kiss, which many fans thought was gay, while others suggested that Birdman was a sexual predator on the young artists in his label. He, however, dismissed the fan’s reactions in 2009.

Other rappers who worked with Cash Money, including Young Buck, had spoken about how Birdman, also known as Baby, was with other rappers. He noted, though, that there was nothing suspect beyond the affection shared between the men.

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50 Cent Calls DaBaby & Lil Wayne’s “Lonely” Best Mental Health Rap Song

50 Cent says DaBaby and Lil Wayne’s new song “Lonely” is the best song about mental health.

DaBaby is still attempting to recover from almost being canceled after going on a homophobic rant at the Rolling Loud festival this summer. While the rapper lost jobs and fans over the incident, 50 Cent has continued to vocally support him, even taking on a mentorship role in Baby’s circle.

DaBaby recently made a comeback with his song and video “Lonely,” collaborating with Lil Wayne to create a hit track with a No. 2 trending video and over 3.5 million views. Giving the song props for its daring lyrics, Fifty shared the video and captioned his post, “This is the best song I have heard about mental health. They snapped on this one.”

In the video, which was written and directed by DaBaby, Baby dresses as a Joker-esque clown and goes on a film-worthy killing spree. The rapper wears “LLG” across his forehead in the video in remembrance of his brother, who took his own life in 2020. The song and video also address complex issues surrounding mental health facilities and psychotropic drug treatments, concluding with an ambiguous twist when DaBaby seems to wake up from a dream, only to see a clown suit hanging up in his room.

Addressing mental health struggles in rap is nothing new. 2Pac did it with “So Many Tears”, Biggie gave us “Suicidal Thoughts”, and DMX made the classic “Slippin”. While “Lonely” and its accompanying visuals are certainly worth analyzing, some hip hop fans thought Fifty took it too far when he declared it the best song about mental health.

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“I can’t believe 50 Cent said DaBaby and Lil Wayne’s new song is the best song he’s ever heard about mental health. Come on fif… lol,” wrote one Twitter user. Even if Fifty forgets a few of the most memorable and emotional hip hop tracks in his assessment, it seems like he might just be attempting to support DaBaby through a difficult time in his career.

I can’t believe 50 Cent said DaBaby and Lil Wayne’s new song is the best song he’s ever heard about mental health. Come on fif… lol

— NEW SINGLE “I HATE THAT” OUT NOW! (@dopealto) September 16, 2021

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Lil Wayne Signs New Female Rapper Mellow Rackz To Young Money

Lil Wayne and Mack Maine have officially welcomed rapper Mellow Rackz to Young Money with 100 bands and a signature chain.

After decades in the industry, Lil Wayne has maintained his reputation as one of the most respected among other rappers and most beloved by fans. His admirable inclination to introduce new hip-hop talents to the world has not gone unnoticed over the tenure of his career, and he has had a hand in the career starts for many of the greats of this generation. Whether by means of inspiration or straight up putting them on, Wayne’s undeniable influence has remained a staple component of the hip-hop community.

Many years have gone by as Tunechi continues to rep his profound Young Money outfit that has introduced some of the biggest rappers in the world today. Mellow Rackz is hoping to be the next big inductee after being signed by the label and welcomed with a lavish signing party at LIV Miami on Sunday night. The rapper was reportedly met at the airport earlier by Wayne and Young Money president Mack Maine who gave her a duffle bag full of bands summing up to $100k.

Later that night the trio celebrated the rapper at her signing party where she performed and was honored with another gift from the Young Money heads. In a video she posted on Instagram, Rackz is seen receiving a fully bust down Young Money chain from Lil Wayne himself who tagged her neck with the elite brand’s ice. “Dreams really do come true,” Mellow Rackz wrote in the caption alongside the video. “I really hustled this is no luck. @livmiami ON A SUNDAY. it’s @mackmaine4president & @zoeydollaz in the Dj booth 4 me. that’s the love u can’t buy. Mula Gang.”

She followed up with a second post showing the highlights of the night, including her performance and photos of her with Mack Maine and Lil Wayne. “This sh** saved me !!” the rapper wrote. “I escape death made it through hell now I’m living heaven on earth ! ITZ RACKZ yung Mula baybee!! Thank you God.”

It’s been a hot minute since Young Money enlisted a new artist, but considering the new wave of female rappers dominating the game, it comes as no surprise that Mellow Rackz was their choice signee. Fans and critics alike are now eager to see what she will bring to the table as a Young Money rapper, as the title has historically been one to live up to.

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Lil Wayne Helped DaBaby End Those “Lonely” Days: Watch

DaBaby isn’t so “Lonely” anymore now that he has Lil Wayne to back him.

DaBaby has had a rough couple of months following his expletive-filled rant at the Rolling Loud concert that included homophobic remarks and insensitive statements about the HIV/AIDS community. The rapper, who was seemingly on top of his game at the time of the controversy, has since been trying to do damage control to save his reputation and career.

DaBaby lost several upcoming gigs following the incident and is now attempting to get his fans talking about his music again instead of his onstage improvisations. Baby dropped “Lonely” on Thursday, September 9th, collaborating with one of the biggest names in hip hop to add fuel to the track.

“New single dropping today Featuring The Best Rapper Alive” Baby tweeted in a rare moment of humility before announcing that Lil Wayne was on the song. The song takes off with a dark verse from Baby, rapping, “I can use the murder for therapy/I can make the news with it, break the internet/ Have ‘em all nervous and scared of me/Then get away sneaky clean, never seen a thing”. The song is ended by Weezy who contributes a verse with mentions of loneliness, women, and fame.

Although Baby initially defended his actions at the Rolling Loud concert, suggesting that people were overreacting and that his words were taken out of context, he eventually took steps to show that he was truly sorry and willing to learn. Over 125 HIV organizations endorsed an open letter to the rapper in August asking to meet with him and educate him on the unique struggles of the HIV/AIDS community.

DaBaby did go on to meet with nine of those organizations to hear personal stories from people living with HIV. Representatives from those organizations explained that they wished to grant Baby some grace and the opportunity to change his perspective instead of choosing to cancel him immediately. Only time will tell if his fans will extend him the same grace.

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Pusha T Shares Tweets About Drake’s “Certified Lover Boy” Losing Steam

Kanye West’s henchman Pusha T continues to react to Drake’s new project in comparison to Ye’s

Pusha T recently liked a post on Twitter, which shared the streaming numbers for Drake‘s new studio album, Certified Lover Boy (CLB), in comparison with Kanye’s album Donda. CLB was released on September 3rd, while Donda was released on August 29th.

After CLB dropped, the first day garnered a multitude of streams, as eager fans rushed to Spotify. The second-day streams, on the other hand, could not catch up, and the numbers fell severely.

“I predicted this. I said drake’s day 1 is gonna be huge off the element surprise then its just gonna drop. donda everyone heard in full 3 weeks before it dropped, still did these numbers and is only growing in streams. crazy!” highlighted the post in question.

Accompanying the tweet was an image by XXL magazine, which shared the exclusive number of album streams on Spotify from both artists.

DONDA and Certified Lover Boy first and second-day album streams on Spotify:

First Day: 94.5M
Second day: 102.1M

Certified Lover Boy
First Day: 153.4M
Second Day: 89.9M”

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Supporters speculated that Pusha T was celebrating the fact that Ye’s numbers could at any time surpass Drizzy’s.

Fans have also predicted that “Donda” would be snatching the #1 spot next week since there is a high chance that Drake would achieve it this week.

Ye’s album has been topping charts all over, and fans have been loving the tracks on the album, hence the rise in album streams so far.

Pusha T and Drake have been going back and forth for years with their beef, so much so that even Kanye West got involved once. The disputes can be traced back to the early 2000s, where Pusha T dissed Lil Wayne in 2006 for stealing his style after appearing on a show in Bape Clothes.

He also released tracks that criticized Drizzy for his loyalty to Lil Wayne, and he later suggested that Drake used a ghostwriter to write his songs.

Lil Wayne is also not a King Push fan, so it made the sting of the criticism even fiercer. Drake, who was confused about the diss, told Pusha T, while doing an interview, to make it more direct next time, and that’s exactly what Pusha T did in his song, “Exodus 23:1.”

“You signed to one n*gga that signed to another n***a, that signed to 3 n***a, now that’s bad luck,” Pusha spit.

Drizzy fired back with his track, “Tuscan Leather.”

The “In My Feelings” singer also fired back to Pusha T with “Two Birds, One Stone,” which suggested that the rapper was living a fake life. Additionally, Pusha T revealed that Drake had a son, Adonis, in the track, “The story of Adidon.”

Through music, the rappers continued to express their dislike towards each other, over and over again.

Years of bad blood between them have seemingly not been put to an end following this recent occurrence.

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Lil Wayne Admits Drake Makes Him Want To Redo His Verses

Lil Wayne admits Drake is perhaps the only rapper who makes him want to redo his verses.

As Weezy celebrates the 10th anniversary of his 9th studio album “Tha Carters IV,” the rap icon has given fans a chance to interact with him, inviting them to ask their deepest questions about the classic project.

During his “Ask Wayne” Twitter session, Lil Wayne revealed that he has been inspired by Drake on multiple occasions, resulting in him adjusting his verse after receiving Drake’s, in an ‘iron sharpening iron’ situation.

The disclosure came in response to a fan who asked, “You do a lotta features on and off of your albums. Do you ever get a verse from someone that’s so hot, u go back and adjust yours? If so can u name a few people?”

The 38-year-old did not hesitate with his response, naming his protege.

“The answer is the same person every time and that person is Drake. Everything Drake sent back, I always have to go back and [redo],” he said.

The “How To Love” rapper explained that this is because Drake always introduces a unique, interesting idea that he believes he could capitalize on.

“It’s always because he says something in there that make me be like, ‘Oh, I could make more of the song and capitalize more of the song off of something that he just said and that I didn’t say.’”

“So yes I have changed my verse a billion times because of Drake and that’s always the person,” he added.

#askwayne #ThaCarterIV #CLB

— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) September 1, 2021

I Ain’t Shit Without y’all!!! Gotta get bak to in this booth!! New musik bomin soon ??

— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) September 1, 2021

Drake and Lil Wayne have been friends for over a decade, and Drake had previously hailed Wayne for basically raising him in the entertainment scene.

A budding Drake spread his wings in the music industry back in 2009 when he was signed to Lil Wayne’s Young Money Label.

Both artistes have since been great inspirations to each other, and they have become lifelong friends. With Drake’s “Certified Lover Boy” set to be released on Friday (September 3), hopes are even higher that Lil Wayne could be pitching in on the album after he used the hashtag #CLB in his tweet.

In the meantime, Lil Wayne is also busy working on his upcoming projects, “ColleGrove 2″ with 2 Chainz,” “I Am Not A Human Being III,” and another album with Rich The Kid.

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GoldLink announces upcoming album, shares new song “White Walls”

GoldLink announces upcoming album, shares new song “White Walls”
HARAM! is set to drop on June 18.

By Sajae Elder

June 09, 2021

GoldLink announced the release of his upcoming third studio album, HARAM!, on Wednesday, along with a brand new single “White Walls.” The rapper described the bass-heavy track as “destructive,” in a statement, going on to add: “it’s ‘wrong. it sounds crazy + it’s a pop song. PLAY IT LOUD!” The album, set to drop on June 18, boasts features from Flo Mill, Lil Wayne, Bibi Bourelly, Rich The Kid, and more.


Listen to “White Walls” above and see the HARAM! tracklist below.

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HARAM! Tracklist:
1. Extra Clip feat. NLE Choppa
2. 202
3. White Walls
4. Spit On It feat. Rizloski
5. Terrordome
6. Evian feat. PinkPantheresss, Rizloski & Rax
7. Raindrops feat. Flo Milli
8. Twin feat. Rich The Kid
9. Girl Pacino feat. Deji Okeze
10. Thump Chronicles Vol. 1 feat. Pressa & Digga
11. Culture Clash feat. Fire!
12. Wayne Perry feat. LukeyWorld
13. Wild and Lethal Trash! feat. Fire! & Santigold
14. Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk feat. Jesse Boykins III
15. Cindy’s Daughter feat. Bibi Bourelly


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Nicki Minaj’s iconic Beam Me Up Scotty mixtape comes to streaming

Nicki Minaj’s iconic Beam Me Up Scotty mixtape comes to streaming
Nicki Minaj’s breakout is finally on streaming — and a new album is coming soon.

By Shaad D'Souza

May 14, 2021

Nicki Minaj’s iconic 2009 mixtape Beam Me Up Scotty has been released on streaming services, marking the first time the New York rapper’s unforgettable breakout has been commercially available. Featuring Minaj’s first hit, the Lil Wayne collab “I Get Crazy”, the 2021 edition of Beam Me Up Scotty also includes five previously unreleased or hard-to-find tracks, including the rapper’s beloved remix of “Boss Ass Bitch”, the G Herbo collab “Chi-Raq”, “Fractions”, a remix of Skillibeng’s “Crocodile Teeth”, and “Seeing Green”, a new collaboration with longtime collaborators and labelmates Lil Wayne and Drake. Per Pitchfork, in an Instagram Live announcing the reissue of the mixtape, Minaj told fans that a new album would be coming soon. Her last, the “Barbie Dreams”-featuring Queen, came out in 2018. Since then, Minaj has given birth to a son, and announced a new HBO Max docuseries, to be released later this year. Listen to Beam Me Up Scotty below.



Lil Wayne, Roddy Rich & Birdman Spotted On Set New Music Video Shoot

Lil Wayne, Roddy Rich, and Birdman got some new music on the way.

Hip hop fans have been languishing for new music from some of their favorite artists as the pandemic continues to affect productivity. It’s caused significant delays in some highly anticipated albums like Drake’s Certified Lover Boy and Roddy Ricch’s follow-up to his very successful 2019’s Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial.

Even though there’s no real information coming in about those albums, there is the hope of some exciting new music on the horizon as Lil Wayne, Roddy Rich, and Birdman were spotted shooting a music video on a boat. The track hasn’t been revealed as yet.

Lil Wayne is one of the artists who has promised new music this year after he announced that he would be dropping his next studio album, I Am Not A Human Being III. This latest collaboration may give fans an insight into what the artists are planning for their upcoming albums.

The footage of the new video being filmed was shared by Lil Wayne HQ, a blog dedicated entirely to Lil Wayne. In the short clip, Roddy Ricch, Lil Wayne, Birdman, and upcoming rapper Reese Young can be seen shooting the video on a boat filled with models wearing swimsuits.

A bit of the unreleased song plays in the background, but fans won’t be able to glean much from that as the sound quality is poor. Sources say that the track hasn’t been confirmed specifically for Lil Wayne’s or Roddy Ricch’s forthcoming project. With Birdman on the shoot, no one is too sure where the track will end up as he could just be making a cameo. He and Lil Wayne usually work closely together. Until more information is released, fans will just have to keep holding on until one of their favorite artists drops something new.

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Lil Wayne Gets Married To Model Denise Bidot, “Happiest Man Alive”

Lil Wayne is officially off the market after tying the knot with model Denise Bidot.

The Young Money rap legend shared the news via Twitter on Tuesday (April 20), shocking his fans when he told them that he’s the “happiest man alive.” In case you see Lil Wayne trending on social media, this is the reason why. “Happiest man alive! Today is the beginning of our forever. Forever?? Forever, ever?? FOREVER EVER!!!!! The Carters,” Weezy tweeted.

While Lil Wayne did not reveal who did he got married to, he recently rekindled his relationship with Denise Bidot following their split earlier this year. Last week, Weezy shared a short video of his girlfriend on the beach sitting beside a heart drawn in the sand with both their names in the middle of it. “Let’s spell our names in the sand and draw a heart around it,” he raps.

Happiest man alive! Today is the beginning of our forever. Forever?? Forever, ever?? FOREVER EVER!!!!! The Carters.

— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) April 20, 2021

Despite what many saw and confirmed as a split between Lil Wayne and Denise Bidot a few months ago, it seems the two lovers are simply unable to keep away from each other and have since rekindled their romance.

Over the weekend, the rapper and his model girlfriend proved that there was still fire in the relationship when they had a cozy, beachside getaway. It was the short video of a heart drawn in the sand that made it clear this was not a friendly outing. The symbol of love was “sand crusted” with their names, “Denise & Dwayne,” and was displayed on Wayne’s IG story for the world to see.

The couple has been together for a little under a year now. Since making their relationship public, the pair have been very open about their feelings for each other, with regular public displays of affection. News first broke of possible friction between the two after Lil Wayne endorsed former US President Donald Trump as Denise did not seem too pleased about his stance. A seemingly official split, confirmed by their actions to unfollow each other on social media, came shortly after that incident.

However, time has a way of healing all wounds, and by all indications in the recent video, the couple is very much in love. This the first in the past few months that the couple has been seen together, and along with hopes of a comeback for his signature groomed dreads, some fans are also hoping that their relationship is also making a strong comeback.

Congrats to Lil Wayne and his new bride Denise Bidot.

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Inside Lil Wayne’s New $15 Million Mansion In Hidden Hills Next To Kylie Jenner

Lil Wayne splurged over $15 million on a new manson on the West Coast.

Weezy is now the talk of the town as he joins celebrities like Kylie Jenner in Hidden Hills. The “Lollipop” rapper has recently unveiled his sweet, new mansion in the high-profile gated community. The new piece of real estate has reportedly cost him 15.4 million dollars!

The five-time Grammy-winning artiste is now the neighbor of American model and businesswoman Kylie Jenner. The palace, as it is dubbed by the public, is roughly a 12,135 sq. ft. custom estate with 7.5 baths, 7 beds, and an open floor plan with panoramic views.

The other luxurious sections inside the mansion include the wine display, entertainer’s lounge, chef’s kitchen, home theater, and breakfast room. We must not fail to mention the exterior sections, which include the pool, multiple patios, a basketball court, and a guest house.

Lil Wayne’s luck seemed to have made a turn since he was granted clemency by former President of the United States, Donald Trump, in January this year. The rap star was among a list of 140 people who had their sentences commuted or were pardoned by the former President on his last day in office.

Lil Wayne pleaded guilty to the charge of possession of firearm by a convicted felon in relation to a December 2019 incident. It is reported that when police searched his private jet in Miami, the rapper, whose real name is Dwayne Micheal Carter Jr., was found carrying a gun and bullets. He was facing up to 10 years in prison but, after meeting and endorsing Trump during the campaign for elections last year, he was pardoned in January.

The “How to Love” rapper is known as one of the biggest and most influential artists of his generation and is a multiplatinum-selling artist.

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Fousheé recruits Lil Wayne on “gold fronts”

Fousheé recruits Lil Wayne on “gold fronts”
The track serves as the follow-up to her single “sing about love.”

By Sajae Elder

March 29, 2021

Rising singer Fousheé shared the visual to her latest single “gold fronts” alongside Lil Wayne on Monday. The track’s simple acoustic production acts as the perfect backdrop for Fousheé’s raspy delivery, with the song’s lyrics speaking more to resilience than gleaming mouth jewelry. “I think this year had a personal vendetta / there’s always 2031 / We self-medicate, what you do today,” she sings on the track’s second verse. In the video, Fousheé reminisces and spends time with family and friends before making it to the liquor store for Wayne’s verse.


Speaking to Apple Music’s Zane Lowe about how the song came together, Fousheé says she was feeling particularly introspective in a quiet studio. “I feel like we all been in this weird space during quarantine, where we’re either unpacking, purging. We have those days where it just feels really dark. So, that’s how I was feeling that day. And I’m like, I want to talk about that,” she said.

Watch the video above.


Rich Brian – Sydney Lyrics


Flyin’ out to Sydney
Class is on a bee’s knees
I’m a doctor’s writing, you can never fuckin’ read me
I just had my birthday and I wished that I could be me
You old news, so when I look at you, I’m reminiscing
Fuck your ego, salty like some miso
My pockets on Shaquille O’Neal, your pockets on DeVito
You thought that you were runnin’ shit, I turn it to the Me show
An ocean full of drip, but you still lost just like you’re Nemo

[Verse 1]
I can’t stress, I can never stress
I started caring less and man I’m feeling the effects
I made myself too proud too many times to feel regrets
Got the shiny rollie, bitch I’m taking my time to reflect like
You ain’t my commodity, no it ain’t too hard to see
I can’t wait for you to say some shit that ain’t involvin’ me
I’ve been home and makin’ money, calls right from my balcony
Shit, I don’t care what anybody say long as I’m proud of me
‘Cause I came from my bedroom to the motherfuckin’ stage
Talked to God the other day, I told him, “Look at what you made”
It’s a championship, I’m gettin’ seven rings in seven days
Your career just like a emo kid, it’s just a fuckin’ phase, man

And I can’t wait for you to just get over it
I’ve been the shit for long, you just too late to notice it
Vlogging cameras, man, you do everything but focusin’
My mind on January, but you still on that October shit (Uhh)

Flyin’ out to Sydney
Class is on a bee’s knees
I’m a doctor’s writing, you can never fuckin’ read me
I just had my birthday and I wished that I could be me
You old news, so when I look at you, I’m reminiscing
Fuck your ego, salty like some miso
My pockets on Shaquille O’Neal, your pockets on DeVito
You thought that you were runnin’ shit, I turn it to the Me show
An ocean full of drip, but you still lost just like you’re Nemo

[Verse 2]
Ayy, jealousy, ain’t got no time for no jealousy
I’m showin’ love and I ain’t tryna hide it
The start of you don’t mean the end of me
I hate when people just barely know me, but they act like they fucking invented me
Everybody on their scared to grow shit, I’m on my 8th metamorphoses
Man, my life cannot bother me, I did this shit properly
I didn’t let my problems break me, that shit fucking guided me
Talkin’ ’bout you gon’ do this, and that, man speak with honesty
Your life is like a movie, but the trailer’s way too long to see (Ayy)
I don’t write lyrics, I be writin’ scriptures
My mouth is impulsive, when I talk, I never think first
I listen to Lil Wayne, his music is my English teacher
I show my love to legends, that’s why I like my own pictures

I do not fix my flaws, that shit’s a part of me
Got different accents, ’cause I’m always somewhere overseas
I’m just working hard and hope that other people notice it
‘Cause making goals and not accomplishing them’s getting old to me (Uhh)

Flyin’ out to Sydney
Class is on a bee’s knees
I’m a doctor’s writing, you can never fuckin’ read me
I just had my birthday and I wished that I could be me
You old news, so when I look at you, I’m reminiscing
Fuck your ego, salty like some miso
My pockets on Shaquille O’Neal your pockets on Devito
You thought that you were runnin’ shit, I turn it to the Me show
An ocean full of drip, but you still lost just like you’re Nemo

Lil Uzi Vert Names Mike Jones Among Top 5 Most Influential Rappers

Mike Jones gets his flowers from Lil Uzi Vert.

It’s always interesting when rappers reveal who the most influential voices were leading up to their success. Lil Uzi Vert revealed his influences while being interviewed on The Fat Joe Show on Instagram Live last Thursday night (Feb. 11). Uzi made the appearance, of course, sporting his $24 million diamond forehead piercing. During the interview, he revealed the top five artists that helped make him the rapper he is today. The first rapper he mentioned was Mike Jones.

“The first rapper that I ever learned lyric for lyric was Mike Jones. That’s the first rapper I learned everything lyric for lyric, and I wanted to be like him. I had a Boost Mobile and my mom would give me $15 and I’d get phone cards and shit and I would spend all my money calling Mike Jones’ number ’cause I wanted to talk to him,” he said.

He even remembered the Houston rapper’s phone number and shared it with fans. “I remember the number by heart. Right now, to this day: 281-330-8004. I felt that star power from him. He had that star power.”

As he moved through his list of influences, he mentioned Lil Wayne, whose style he admitted he actually tried to emulate. “I wanted to be Lil Wayne. When I was younger, girls would say I looked like Lil Wayne, so I would run with that. And I would wear the fedoras, and I would wear the tight Polo tees with the skinnies, and wear the Vans and sh*t,” he added. He also said that he ordered a fake piercing off of Amazon, which had a magnet. He wore the fake piercing below his lip every day so that he could feel more like Lil Wayne.

He also praised his aunt Remy Ma, for some of his success. “I got a gangsta aunt and my aunt definitely a little different. She one of them girls from the hood that was the DMX fan and the Remy Ma fan,” he said.

Another rapper that had a major influence on him was Kurupt, who Vert said had that “East Coast mentality but that West Coast swag. He also mentioned Young Thug, who he described as a “mythical creature.”

“This was later in my life. So, I used to listen to I Came From Nothing, I Came From Nothing 2. I used to watch on YouTube when Young Thug used to perform at the little like skating rink shits. The reason that he was such an influence to me was because he was almost like a mythical creature back then,” he said.

He continued on to say that he always knew that Young Thug would be successful. “I actually knew before the public. Not even before the public. I’m not from Atlanta, so everybody out there knew about that man before me. Atlanta and around Atlanta, Georgia or whatever. But, just where I was from, I felt like I was the first person in the fu**in’ world that was listening to him. I felt like that.”

You can take a look at the full interview below.

Juelz Santana and Lil Wayne Working On Joint Album Coming 2021

Juelz Santana and Lil Wayne got a joint project on the way.

Just days after finding out that Jim Jones apparently wanted to put hands on Lil Wayne, there is no word that another Dipset top dog has some new material on the way with Tunechi. Un Kasa of the Dipset clan was chatting with Mikey T, The Movie Star on the Report Card Radio, when he made the big reveal that Juelz Santana and Weezy are cooking up.

“They got a whole new album now,” said Un Kasa. “I ain’t hear none of it. I might have heard some snippets before ‘Elz got incarcerated, but they got a whole new album that they supposed to put out together.”

This is not the first time that Lil Wayne and Santana are collaborating. The two have previously worked on official releases such as “Black Republicans,” “Hot Sh_t,” “Rewind,” “Bad Side,” “Nothing On Me,” “Bloody Mary,” and a host of other tracks. The two were also working on a joint project titled I Can’t Feel My Face, which has yet to see the light of day.

According to Un Kasa, he was there for the creation of that project more than a decade ago.

“Him and ‘Elz might have did a few songs together in the same studio but pretty much that whole project was coming through emails,” he mentioned. “Elz would do a verse and a hook, send it to Wayne. No longer than 25 minutes to a half an hour, Wayne would have that sh_t sent back in an email.”

A new version of Juelz Santana and Lil Wayne's "I Can't Feel My Face" album is still in the works ??

— Lil Wayne HQ (@lilwaynehq_2) February 9, 2021

There are still questions surrounding just why I Can’t Feel My Face was never released. Kana explains that there were no signs that the rappers themselves had anything to do with it being shelved. “I think the reason that album didn’t go–it wasn’t because of the artists or Wayne or ‘Elz,” he explained. “I don’t think they could figure out the business of it.”

While speaking with Joe Budden a few days ago, Jim Jones spoke about Wayne seemingly jacking his hook on their track “Weather Man,” which he then reworked for a verse on Fat Joe’s “Make It Rain.” Jones revealed that it was Santana who ensured that there was no actual beef between him and Wayne.

It’s definitely a breath of fresh air to know that Santana, who was released from prison last year, has some material on the way. Are you excited for what seems to be a reworked effort of the long await I Can’t Feel My Face?

Bobby Shmurda Fans React On Twitter To Trump Not Giving Him A Pardon

Bobby Shmurda is trending amid his name, failing to make the grand clemency list from the White House.

As his last act in office, Trump opted to grant pardons to a list of 140 people, including some rappers who have either been serving a prison sentence or were about to. While some people who have chimed in on the historical event now firmly believe that they have deduced how Lil Wayne was rewarded for advocating for Trump before the presidential election, they cannot fathom why Bobby Shmurda was not considered for the ultimate get out of jail free card.

The GSL rapper has been serving a 7-year prison sentence for drug and gun-related charges and is slated to be released on February 23. For his fans, Shmurda cannot be released too soon, and they had strong hopes for the rapper to join the other pardoned artists like Kodak Black, Steve Bannon, and more get an early release of a full pardon to avoid serving time in prison.

As Twitter reacts to Bobby Shmurda’s absence from the extensive list, fans can’t help but question why he didn’t make the cut. Clemency was also not granted to Suge Knight, C-Murder, Tay-K, YNW Melly, and others. As for Bobby, he was denied parole just last year, while his associate and fellow GSL rapper Rowdy Rebel was approved and consequently released in 2020. At the top of the year, amid the parole board rejecting the early release request, it was revealed that Bobby Shmurda would b granted a conditional release in February.

The hilarious Twitter threads surrounding the rapper seemingly getting snubbed is replete with memes depicting a bemused, disheartened, and even an irate Bobby Shmurda. One fan angrily wrote, “I really dgaf about trump pardoning wayne or kodak….who gives af where is bobby shmurda.” Thankfully, the rapper will be out soon regardless.

bobby shmurda after finding out Kodak black and Lil Wayne has been pardoned by trump but not him

— honest laker fan (@kgsback) January 20, 2021

Bobby Shmurda watching Donald Trump drop Lil Wayne and Kodak Black’s charges from jail

— JoJo?? (@JoJo808s) January 20, 2021

Bobby Shmurda been “coming out next month” for the past 2 years

— Lesilo Rula (@kay_mahapa) January 20, 2021

Bobby Shmurda going back to his Cell after finding out Kodak Black getting released.

— JoJo?? (@JoJo808s) January 20, 2021

Bobby Shmurda his way back to his cell after not getting pardoned by Trump

— GlacierBoyMyat (@HunchoMyat) January 20, 2021

Bobby Shmurda looking at this tweet like:

— yeah Vovo szn ? (@Wanamakergoat) January 20, 2021

Lil Wayne & Kodak Black Pardoned By President Trump In Last-Minute Spree

Lil Wayne and Kodak Black can breathe a sigh of relief today after Trump granted them clemency.

Outgoing President Donald Trump has pardoned over 150 persons and commutations, sources within the President’s administration has revealed in the early morning of his last day in office. Trump spends his final full day in office- January 19, 2021, finalizing his list of pardons, and it turns out that rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black made the list.

According to three CNN news sources, the batch of clemency actions includes white-collar criminals, high-profile rappers, and others but does not include the President, who has been reported as suggesting that he would seek to pardon himself and his children before leaving office. It seems that did not happen after his lawyers advised him against it.

“President Trump granted a full pardon to Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., also known as ‘Lil Wayne,’” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement to the press. “Mr. Carter pled guilty to possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, owing to a conviction over 10 years ago. Brett Berish of Sovereign Brands, who supports a pardon for Mr. Carter, describes him as ‘trustworthy, kind-hearted and generous.’”

“Mr. Carter has exhibited this generosity through commitment to a variety of charities, including donations to research hospitals and a host of foodbanks. Deion Sanders, who also wrote in support of this pardon, calls Mr. Wayne ‘a provider for his family, a friend to many, a man of faith, a natural giver to the less fortunate, a waymaker, [and] a game changer.’”

Lil Wayne was a staunch Trump supporter and ally during his election campaign last year, so it comes as no surprise that he was pardoned by the outgoing President. The full list of names was released to the press at approximately 1 AM on the morning of the inauguration. Lil Wayne was facing a gun charge – possession of firearm during a 2019 search of his jet. The rapper’s jet was searched after landing at the Miami airport, where authorities found what Wayne said was a father’s day gift- a gold plated gun as well as marijuana in his bag.

Just had a great meeting with @realdonaldtrump @potus besides what he’s done so far with criminal reform, the platinum plan is going to give the community real ownership. He listened to what we had to say today and assured he will and can get it done. ??

— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) October 29, 2020

Weezy remains a controversial personality in hip hop and received heavy backlash, especially from the black community after meeting with Trump and declaring his support for the then President and encouraging African Americans- a key demographic in the contentious 2020 election, to vote for Trump.

Controversial Florida rapper Kodak Black, whose real name is Bill Kapri, was also pardoned after he took to his social media accounts to make an appeal to Trump for a pardon in exchange for donating millions of dollars to charity last year.

“Kodak Black is a prominent artist and community leader,” McEnany said in the statement. “He has served nearly half of his sentence. Before his conviction and after reaching success as a recording artist, Kodak Black became deeply involved in numerous philanthropic efforts. In fact, he has committed to supporting a variety of charitable efforts, such as providing educational resources to students and families of fallen law enforcement officers and the underprivileged. In addition to these efforts, he has paid for the notebooks of school children, provided funding and supplies to daycare centers, provided food for the hungry, and annually provides for underprivileged children during Christmas. Most recently while still incarcerated, Kodak Black donated $50,000 to David Portnoy’s Barstool Fund, which provides funds to small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Kodak Black’s only request was that his donation go toward restaurants in his hometown.”

According to one source, the pardon does not come at zero cost as the President is expecting to collect later on his favor. “Everything is a transaction. He likes pardons because it is unilateral. And he likes doing favors for people he thinks will owe him.”

Among the people who received a pardon from Donald Trump include Death Row Records co-founder Michael “Harry O” Harrison, who got his sentence commuted after Snoop Dogg and his allies successfully lobbied the Trump administration.