While Lil Wayne was partying at Miami's King of Diamonds, which used to be a Cosco supermarket—yes, we're still trying to fathom a strip club that big—Kanye West flew to Spain to perform a few bars of "Power" alongside rock group, 30 Seconds To Mars.
"I'm in that 21st century, doing something mean to it," the MC rhymed as the Madrid crowd screamed at the tops of their lungs.
Sporting a white T-shirt that read "Jesus Is Lord," dark pants and ropes of gold chains, his favored jewelry as of late—he wore the piece at the New York premiere of his short film "Runaway"—West burst onto the stage near the close of his 30STM collabo "Hurricane" and began spitting. Read More...
By Hillary Crosley, with additional reporting by Sway Calloway
Certain films are a prerequisite for every hip-hop lover or a good amount of rap punchlines will fly over your head. A shortlist includes: "Coming to America," "Scarface,:" "New Jack City," "Boyz N The Hood," "Wild Style," "King of New York"—and apparently The Color Purple. Today, Nicki Minaj tested RapFix's knowledge of Oprah Winfrey and the Alice Walker novel-cum-Steven Spielberg film with her guest verse on Rihanna's leaked track "Raining Men."
"Excuse me, but who are you fixing to be, let them motherf---ers know there's plenty fish in the sea," she spits. "Don't be sweating me because I got the hottest ... Gimme dome, d-d-d-dome dome dome ... I ain't tripping on your money, Money long long long. Got my own TV production company, so tell Harpo to hit me, Celie." Read More...
By Hillary Crosley, with reporting by Sway Calloway and Jayson Rodriguez
On Sunday (November 7), Lil Wayne attended his "Welcome Home, Tunechi" party at Miami's King of Diamonds club along with his Young Money Cash Money family. MTV News' Sway pulled the MC aside and garnered the first words from Wayne himself.
"It's unexplainable," Wayne said of returning to the stage with Drake in Las Vegas on Saturday (November 6). "Words can't explain. I'm good with words and I can't explain."
According to Hot 97's Kay Foxx, a New Yorker who once called Miami home, the strip club used to be a Cosco supermarket and boasts almost 150 dancers, so you can just imagine how amazingly large the venue was Sunday. Now that's really a movie, as DJ Khaled would say. Read More...
By Hillary Crosley, with reporting by Sway Calloway
Imagine you hadn't seen one of your good friends for a long time and they surprised you—in front of 4500 people. That's how rapper Drake felt during his Lights Dreams And Nightmares Tour finale when Lil Wayne took the stage on Saturday (November 6) in Las Vegas.
"The show was going great, then after the hook of "Miss Me" I just heard ... Wayne's verse," said the Toronto MC. "That was the first time I've seen him since he's been out. I did a show in LA [the night before Lil Wayne was released] and that time on stage was my first time seeing Wayne out of jail."
In September, Wayne wrote "Please don’t expect me to come out looking any different. I’m the same little ‘ol me," in one of his letters—highlights of which RapFix rounded up for you—on his fan site WeezyThaxYou.com. But contrary to what the MC said himself, Drake said the Young Money Cash Money captain seemed a bit bigger than before. Read More...
By Hillary Crosley, with additional reporting by Jayson Rodriguez
On Friday (November 5), Lil Wayne and the Young Money Cash Money Boys headed to New Orleans for the Hornets vs. Miami Heat. Courtesy of NBA star Chris Paul, the gentlemen enjoyed a great view of the competition, and later Wayne took to Twitter in the wee hours of Saturday morning.
"Live a lie. Better off dead," the MC tweeted.
On Friday morning, Weezy told his fans exactly what he was doing with a salute to one of hip-hop's fallen soldiers.
"With the family ... perfekto ... R.I.P. Huddy6 ... Harlem stand up!" he tweeted.
Huddy 6, a Harlem MC who counted Cam'ron and Diddy as friends as well as Slime Flu MC Vado, passed away last month in a car crash. Read More...
By Hillary Crosley, with additional reporting by Jayson Rodriguez
With Drake's Thank Me Later and Nicki Minaj's numerous guest features alongside artists like Ludacris and Trey Songz, to say that Lil Wayne's Young Money crew ruled Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop chart in 2010 would be more than fair.
"It's genuine from the heart; I really appreciate what he did for them [by] blessing their lives. We wasn't expecting nothing else, but to see it happening," said Birdman, reflecting on Drake and Nicki's success. "To see how Drake going hot, Nicki growing hot ... Tango, Twist, all of them ... Wayne didn't get to see this. All this popped off within the couple of months he was gone." Read More...
By Hillary Crosley, with additional reporting by MTV News Staff
Young Money President Mack Maine tweeted that Lil Wayne has left New York, heading for the Big Easy. RapFix is expecting a homecoming party to rival the Saints Superbowl win celebration, what do you think?
"504 ya boy will b there in 3hrs!!! Luv," Maine tweeted shortly after 1 p.m. ET, suggesting that members of Wayne's camp were heading to his hometown of New Orleans.
Still, it's not clear what Wayne's weekend itinerary will be. On Friday afternoon, a source in Yuma, Arizona, said Weezy was being transported to his scheduled court appearance. On Wednesday, Mack Maine himself admitted that the Young Money Cash Money camp was heading to the Southwest state. Wayne was scheduled to make an appearance to sign some paperwork for his plea deal in a drug case stemming from a January 2008 arrest. Read More...
Swizz Beatz is having the best year ever.
In addition to marrying Alicia Keys and welcoming their first child together, Egypt Dean, Swizz was recently crowned producer-in-residence by New York University for 2010-2011. Swizz will contribute his skills to the university's esteemed Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music.
"I'm excited to be able to take my many years of experience in the music business and use it as an example to instruct students," Swizz said in a press release. "The invitation from Mr. Davis and professor Rabhan is humbling and I'm honored."
In the NYU Tisch School of the Arts position, the hip-hop producer-cum-MC will host group lectures, one-on-one sessions and provide students with songwriting critiques while acting as a liaison between the school and music industry insiders. He's slated to visit NYU at least four times during the school current semester including the Friday and November 10, November 18 and December 3.
"Swizz Beatz' amazing track record as an artist and producer, coupled with his commitment to education, makes him the ideal role model for our students," said Jeffrey Rabhan, chair of The Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music in a press release. "We consider it a great honor to have him involved with this unique program." Read More...
It's Welcome Home Weezy Week and RapFix has you covered with a special edition of "RapFix Live."
"#WelcomeHomeWeezy," Lil Wayne tweeted at noon. Then, at 3 p.m., the MC added "aaaaaaahhhhhhmmmmm baaaaakkkkkkkkkk."
On Thursday, following an eight month sentence, Lil Wayne departed New York’s Rikers Island after a long night of fans, friends and family awaiting. RapFix covered the event with a live blog of Weezy's return featuring moment-to-moment updates.
RapFix continues our breaking news coverage of all things Weezy during “RapFix Live,” which streams here on RapFix and MTV.com at 4 p.m. ET Thursday (November 4). Are you ready?
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 Hillary Crosley, with reporting by Gil Kaufman and Sway Calloway
As of Thursday morning, the MC, who many argue is the best rapper alive, was released from New York's Rikers Island. On Wednesday (November 3), Mack Maine, one of Lil Wayne's best friends, juggled phone calls from Lil Tunechi's mother Ms. Cita and other family during his sit down with MTV News' Sway.
"His mom's been calling during this interview. She just flew in and, basically, he's gonna wanna chill with his family, his kids, too," said the Young Money President.
At press time, it was up in the air whether Lil Wayne will head to Arizona for a bit of legal business stemming from a drug case in the South West state. During Mack Maine's interview with MTV News, he said "We have to go to court on the 5th in Arizona," which would be Friday. Read More...