It's "Welcome Home Weezy" week here at RapFix, and every day we're going to be on WeezyWatch, telling you everything Lil Wayne is doing, from his prison release in New York on Thursday—1 or 2 a.m. according to Drake—to the Cash Money superstar's scheduled travels across the country in the days immediately afterward.
Don't be afraid of the map up top, it's simple really. You are looking at a Lil Wayne "Tracker" that places our RapFix and MTVNews.com pieces in different locations on the map over the next week.
The MTV News Hip-Hop Brain Trust is spreading out across the country, from Miami to Las Vegas and everywhere in between. Check back here and here, around the clock, for constantly updated coverage on Lil Wayne across MTV News' multimedia platforms, including articles, blog posts and TV segments on RapFix, MTVNews.com and MTV. Read More...
By Alvin Blanco
Like Bill Clinton and Lil Wayne, George Bush cares what Kanye West has to say.
In an interview with NBC’s Matt Lauer, Bush relayed that the lowest point of his presidency was in 2005 when, during a live benefit concert for Hurricane Katrina victims on NBC, West broke from the script and told the world “George Bush does not care about Black people.”
"I resent it, it's not true, and it was one of the most disgusting moments of my presidency," Bush told Lauer.
Bush’s tenure as Commander in Chief was controversial for a number of reasons—including the war in Iraq and the economic crisis—but most intriguing was the former President’s commentary admitting that while he was the leader of the free world, was worried about what West, a humble rapper/producer from Chicago, had to say.
Here’s what a selection of esteemed hip-hop journalists and bloggers had to say about the 43rd president’s admission, beginning with his “of course I’m not a racist” pleas.
“Kanye is in the news again?" asked Andreas Hale, Editor-in-Chief of TheWellVersed.com. “In all seriousness, Bush mentioning Kanye today does nothing but help him promote My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and make Bush look like a crybaby. Kanye is now two for two when it comes to Presidents speaking his name, not too bad in my book. As for Bush being disgusted with Kanye calling him a racist? I think G.W. is hard of hearing. Kanye said he doesn't care about Black people. But if the shoe fits ... ” Read More...
It's Welcome Home Weezy Week and RapFix has you covered with a special edition of "RapFix Live."
On November 4, following an eight month sentence, Lil Wayne is scheduled to leave New York’s Rikers Island sometime tomorrow.
RapFix will continue our breaking news coverage during Weezy Watch during “RapFix Live,” which will stream here on RapFix and MTV.com at 4 p.m. ET this Thursday (November 4).
In celebration of the Young Money chief returning to the free world, several guests from inside the Cash Money and Young Money families will stop by and share bits on Wayne’s jail departure, if he's really leaving Rikers for a remote studio and just how soon we can really expect a new mixtape like No Ceilings part two. Read More...
By D.L. Chandler
Lil Wayne has fans—if not friends—in high places, no pun intended.
The Young Money CEO can now claim President Barack Obama and former commander-in-chief Bill Clinton as fans.
On Tuesday (November 2), Clinton weighed in on the rapper’s woes in an interview with Pittsburgh radio station 96.1 Kiss FM’s Morning Freak Show. Clinton, who was introduced to the music of the New Orleans native by his daughter, Chelsea, remarked on Weezy’s return to society from New York’s Rikers Island prison on Thursday (November 4).
Calling the MC “smart” and boasting that he's “got ability," Clinton went on to say, “My daughter introduced me to rap and hip hop music after I said some things she thought were not very smart.” Clinton further added, “A lot of these people, they don't just get successful by being really dumb.”
Twitter fans have weighed in on the former Executive Office chief’s support with mixed results. Read More...
On October 31, MC Hammer delivered a dis clip aimed at Jay-Z entitled "Better Run Run." The 90s MC's sudden return to hip-hop came after Jay-Z referenced the California showman during his feature on Kanye West's "So Appalled." Though the war of words began weeks ago, the battle's been mostly Hammer, however today (November 3) Jay-Z spoke about the incident with BBC 1Xtra's DJ Semtex in London.
Semtex began the conversation by offering that MC Hammer must've misunderstood Jay's G.O.O.D. Friday line, where he rhymes “Hammer went broke, so you know I'm more focused ... I lost 30 mil, so I spent another 30/ Cos unlike Hammer, 30 million can't hurt me."
"Yeah, I didn't know that wasn't on the table for discussion," said Jay-Z of his MC Hammer mention. "I didn't know I was the first person to ever say that ... am I?" Read More...
By Hillary Crosley, with reporting by Jayson Rodriguez
On Tuesday (November 2), MTV News spoke to the women behind Lil Wayne's fan site WeezyThanxYou.com but there's more. Bloggers Karen Civil and Karla Moy say the site did wonders for them as well as Wayne, but sometimes it was just all too much.
"The site usually goes down," says Civil of the days she posts communication from Weezy. We had a little trouble ourselves accessing the site this morning to bring you Weezy's letter highlights. "We try not to post on Facebook and Twitter as the same time, it crashes the site because his fans just love him. He loves hearing things like that."
Moy, an 18 year-old Toronto native, says the fan site became the official voice for Lil Wayne during 2010.
"I'm so proud to be able to take part in such a phenomenal project," said Moy, the mind behind HustleGrl, Drake's official fan site, Allthings-Fresh and WeezyThanxYou.com. "Karen and I literally made WeezyThanxYou the only form of communication between Lil Wayne and his fans. It made me happy because it made the fans as well as Lil Wayne happy. Imagine being imprisoned for eight months with the same routine every day? That's no fun at all. So besides Wayne's phone calls and visits, these fan letters brought life to him. I also believe it motivated him to stay positive throughout his sentence!" Read More...
By Chris Yuscavage
In case you missed it on the radio, on MTV and on the rap blogs last summer, Eminem's "Love The Way You Lie," featuring Rihanna—the second single from Em's chart-topping album, Recovery—was the truth. While the track reached the top of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and landed on the charts in the United Kingdom, Germany and even Russia, the controversial music video for the song broke a YouTube record for most views in 24 hours by generating more than 6 million hits in a day.
So it really shouldn't be surprising to hear that Em and Rihanna reunited for "Love The Way You Lie (Part II)." Though the Barbadian singer recently told MTV that she initially balked at the idea of creating a sequel to the song, she eventually gave in and the pair recorded the song for her forthcoming album, Loud. And thanks to the success of their first collaboration, can you really blame her?
Here at RapFix, we're all for capitalizing on the success of a powerful single by creating a seque—provided, of course, it's done in good taste. In fact, some of hip-hop's best songs, including tracks like Mobb Deep's "Shook Ones (Part II)" and Rick Ross's "Maybach Music Pt. 2," have been sequels. So with that in mind, we hatched a list of 10 more memorable rap songs that deserve a sequel.
The Original Song: "Can't Knock The Hustle" by Jay-Z featuring Mary J. Blige
The Sequel: "Still Can't Knock The Hustle"
The Result: Hov told folks they couldn't knock his hustle all the way back in 1996. Fast forward almost 15 years and every rapper under the sun (what up, MC Hammer?) is still trying to do it. Let this sequel serve as a reminder to people: Jay-Z is still not to be messed with. Read More...
On Tuesday (November 2), Lil Wayne wrote his final letter from Riker's Island to his fans via Weezythanxyou. The MC's correspondence was humble and grateful toward people who have supported him during his eight month journey.
"As I greet you all in my last days on this island, I must reflect," Wayne began his letter. "I think back to when I first arrived and I had no clue what I'd be experiencing. I was never scared, worried, nor bothered by the situation. For that, I thank God, my family, and you, my amazing fans. I prayed for you all every night, as I'm now aware that I as in y'alls prayers as well."
Now Weezy has less than 24 hours until his scheduled release and RapFix thought it was the perfect time to take a look back at Wayne's correspondence from the last eight months and highlight our favorite moments. Ready?
"I’m guessing that you all have heard about my .... punitive segregation. Basically, no T.V., no radio, no snacks/junkfood, and one phone call a week. This punishment has been handed to me for my earlier MP3 incident. I admit, I f---ed up and now I must deal with the consequences ... Obviously, this gives me a lot of time to myself and a lot of alone time with my thoughts, which can be creatively dangerous." Read More...
Looks like Drake—and maybe a soon-to-be freed Lil Wayne?—aren't the only ones heading to Las Vegas. 50 Cent is apparently heading to Sin City with his buddy boxer Floyd Mayweather soon.
"This is the life baby I'm going to Vegas to gamble with Floyd, I'll double this quick," tweeted the MC on November 2.
Um, can we borrow a dollar? (c) Common.
Elsewhere, a new cut from R&B veteran El Debarge entitled "Switch Up The Format" featuring 50 hit the web.
"Shorty all that ... yeah, yeah, she all that/ Gotta go hard, yeah watch me switch up the format," rhymes 50 Cent on the song. "Bus, train or plane, exotic spot on a yacht/ I spare no expense, I want you here on top." Read More...