Top Tracks: September 26 - October 2
Abel Tesfaye, AKA The Weeknd, has had one of the most unexpected career paths of any R&B artist in the new millennium. Basically paving the way for every ensuing singer/rapper who's warranted the "mysterious" tag when first emerging, his early tracks paired The-Dream's Lothario musings with an indie-influenced, lo-fi sound, and druggy themes. After major label move Kiss Land flopped commercially and critically, he went back to the drawing board and returned with a pop sheen courtesy of superproducer Max Martin.
Kanye West, Drake, Diddy, & Chris Paul Visited Lil Wayne In Jail In 2010
Lil Wayne's book "Gone Til November," a memoir of his eight months spent on Rikers Island, is set to come out on October 11th. New excerpts from the book shared by Vulture offer insight into the mind of Weezy and notable stories from his period of incarceration. Most notably, he received visits from Kanye West, Drake, Diddy, & Chris Paul.
Stream "Birth of a Nation" Album, Featuring Nas, Gucci Mane, Lil Wayne, Pusha T, & More
"Birth of a Nation," the upcoming Nat Turner biopic, has faced no shortage of controversy and calls to boycott due to a rape scandal surrounding the film's star, director, and writer Nate Parker. Perhaps less controversial than the film is its accompanying album, The Birth of a Nation: The Inspired By Album. 16 tracks in length, it features appearances from Pusha T, Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne, Nas, Gucci Mane, Killer Mike, Ne-Yo, Wale, The Game, Anthony Hamilton, LeCrae, Vic Mensa, Trey Songz, and many more.
Anderson .Paak & Kamasi Washington Added To Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival
Camp Flog Gnaw, an annual event that began as the Odd Future Carnival and has grown bigger and broader in each year since, has a pretty solid lineup this year. Even so, new additions continue to pour in.
Drake Wishes Lil Wayne A Happy Birthday With Heartfelt Instagram Post
Much like everyone else in the industry, including Birdman, Drake has gone ahead & wished his boss man, Lil Wayne, a happy birthday on his IG Tuesday. In addition to the birthday wishes however, Drizzy also thanked Tune for believing in him since the jump & giving him his opportunity. His caption read: “Everything I got is because of god and you. Happy birthday to my brother. Thanks for believing in all of us when you didn't have to. YM we still alive Free C5.”
Solange Announces "A Seat At The Table" Album Featuring Some Exciting Guest Appearances
Solange has announced her new project, A Seat At The Table, revealing both the artwork and tracklist for the upcoming album on Twitter today. The project will be her first since 2012's True EP, and is set to feature guest appearances from Lil Wayne, The-Dream, Kelly Rowland, Q-Tip, Kelela, BJ The Chicago Kid, Dev Hynes and Tweet. It will be released this coming Friday, September 30th. "I am overwhelmed with gratitude & excitement to share this work I've written and created, with you..." she writes.
Birdman Wishes Lil Wayne Happy Birthday With Series Of Instagram Posts
Today is Lil Wayne's 34th birthday. He is currently on terrible terms with Birdman, but that didn't stop Birdman from wishing his estranged son a happy birthday in a series of Instagram posts.
David Banner Reportedly Wins Lawsuit Against Lil Wayne's Label
We last heard from David Banner when he was getting arrested for throwing cash at a club bouncer in DC. This time, he has made the news for slightly more auspicious reasons.
Top Tracks: September 19 - September 25
Last week's biggest news story continued to be The Game and Meek Mill's beef, which has now spiraled out to include accusations of ratting, an alleged brawl with Beanie Sigel, and
Judge Orders Birdman To Divulge Financial Records To Lil Wayne
Lil Wayne and Birdman were supposed to split $70 million of a $100 million advance given to Young Money a few years ago.
New Excerpts From Lil Wayne's Memoir Detail Life At Rikers Island
Lil Wayne's upcoming memoir, Gone Til' November, will document the 8 months he spent at Riker's Island in 2010. It's set to be released October 11, but some details from the book are already making the rounds online. While we already heard about the awkward conversation where Drake confirmed with he had slept with Wayne's girl, which happened during one of his visits, there's are a lot more stories where that came from.
Stream Chance The Rapper's Magnificent Coloring Day Festival Featuring Lil Wayne, Lil Uzi Vert & Young Thug
Chance The Rapper is throwing a pretty awesome festival in U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago today (Saturday, September 24th), and he's letting those who weren't able to attend a chance to watch from home. You'll need a Tidal subscription, but once you're in, you'll be able to watch all of the sets today, which include performances from Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz, John Legend, Tyler, The Creator, Young Thug, Lil Uzi Vert, Skrillex, and of course Chance himself.
Top Tracks: September 12 - September 18
Summer '16 seemed to come and go without a good, entertaining beef, but in the week before the official Fall equinox, one has emerged. You could definitely deem the new Meek Mill Vs. The Game beef as a spinoff of Meek and Drake's last summer, but when it comes to bars, this beef's picking up the long-dormant one's slack. We've already got a diss apiece from both parities involved, and although Meek's came in too late on Sunday night to be counted in Top Tracks this week, Game's is in here, and you can be sure Meek's will be next week.
Lil Wayne Reportedly Angry Tyga Was Let Out Of His Young Money Contract
Tyga recently signed to GOOD Music, and Lil Wayne isn't too happy about it. According to TMZ, Wayne, who owns 49% of Young Money, an imprint under Cash Money and Tyga's previous label, did not sign off on the Cali rapper being released from his contract.A source close to the rapper says that Wayne feels his signature would have been necessary to let the artist out of his deal with the label, and if it were up to him, Tyga would still be signed to the label.
Lil Wayne Wants To Know What Birdman Did With $70 Million Of Young Money's Advance
Lil Wayne is currently in the process of suing his business partner and father figure, Birdman, for $51 million, and today, we've learned further details of the suit. According to new documents obtained by TMZ, Wayne is wondering where $70 million of the $100 million he and Birdman were granted as an advance on Young Money (an imprint under Cash Money) was spent.
Lil Wayne Talks About His Stagnant Sports Management Company "Young Money Sports"
Lil Wayne's sports management company, Young Money Sports has been around since 2014 but they've yet to sign any notable athletes, unlike Jay Z's Roc Nation Sports which has guys like Kevin Durant, Dez Bryant, Todd Gurley, Skylar Diggins and Victor Cruz, among others.
Lil Wayne Gains Powerful Ally In Battle Against Cash Money
Lil Wayne's mission to get his rightful compensation from Birdman has taken on the feeling of a battle of wills, a war of attrition, a bitter struggle in which he'll need all the help he can get. TMZ reports that Wayne has found himself a powerful ally: James Prince, otherwise known as J. Prince, founder and CEO of Rap-A-Lot Records. Prince's son Jas Prince was the man who connected Drake with Young Money. The elder Prince told TMZ that he is willing to shoulder some of Wayne's burden and put pressure on Birdman to pay his estranged son.
Lil Wayne Comes At Cash Money With Updated "No Problem" Lyrics
Lil Wayne rapped an impressive verse on Chance the Rapper's summer smash "No Problem," which came out about four months ago. Things have changed since then -- Wayne recently expressed "mental defeat" in light of his taxing legal battle with Cash Money Records.
Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter V": A Refresher
A new report has suggested that Lil Wayne is in sole possession of Tha Carter V masters, which he is withholding from his label, Cash Money, until they pay him what he is owed. It's the latest development in an ongoing battle between Wayne and Cash Money founder, Birdman, who Weezy has accused of holding out on payments (he's also far from the first to make such a claim). Above all else, it's got us thinking about what Tha Carter V actually SOUNDS like all over again.
Lil Wayne Reportedly Refusing To Give Cash Money "Tha Carter V" Masters Until They Pay Him
In December 2014, when his relationship with Cash Money began to fully break down, Lil Wayne claimed that the label was refusing to release Tha Carter V.