In a recent interview, Lil Wayne admitted that he is “just into whatever works for me. I think that’s just age.” You might say that Wayne has found inspiration in his new older age, because the baggy tees and tight white tank tops he once favored gave way to designer hoodies and rock star-chic Chuck Taylor sneakers, all of which has since made way for a closets worth of animal printed jeggings, big fur hats, Ugg boots in colors we couldn’t have even dreamed of. And have we mentioned Trukfit? These days Weezy wears a lot of his own skate wear line. Today is Lil Wayne’s 30th birthday, and though still young, he’s a certain veteran in the game. He was basically just a kid when he first broke with the Hot Boys, he’s spent the past fifteen years raising the bar for rappers with his tongue-twisted verses and pushing the boundaries of fashion with his bold sartorial choices. And so, to celebrate this day, we’re taking a stroll back through his looks over the year. To many more, Wayne!
Yesterday we greedily devoured that goldmine of tapes TMZ somehow snuck from Lil Wayne’s tangled The Carter deposition hearings, and today we are happy to share the good news that there’s more.
In this new clip, filmmaker Quincy Jones III’s lawyer David Ross asks Lil Wayne if he remembers who he might have spoken to when he first realized he didn’t like The Carter. After much dodging, Weezy gives in and tells Ross that, per usual, he would have conferred first with the big man above. “The first person likely that would have been told by me would be God, because I tell him everything,” he says totally straight faced, before spelling it out “G-O-D” when Ross asked for further clarification as to “Who’s that?” exactly.
And so, Lil Wayne’s June 20th deposition hearing with lawyer David Ross, in summary: “I don’t recall … I don’t recall … That’s a stupid ass question … I don’t remember … She was crazy, stupid thick … God, G-O-D, the man above … I don’t recall.” Got it?
A famous scene from D.A. Pennebaker’s landmark 1967 documentary Don’t Look Back shows Bob Dylan tangling with the press as they try draw serious answers from him. “Would you say you care about people particularly?” one woman asks, earning only another question in response: “Well, yeah, but we all have our own definitions of all those words. Care, and people?” Today the fine folks of TMZ have done their best Pennebaker-ing, making available to the greater public these three videos of Lil Wayne‘s deposition hearing with powerhouse lawyer Pete Ross that find Wayne working his charm just as Dylan did in ’65 — brilliant or insolent, as that charm may be.
For background, Lil Wayne has raised charges against Quincy Jones III, Quincy Jones‘s son, alleging that he used a number of unauthorized tracks in his documentary about Wayne The Carter. Given that this is Wayne’s case to win, you might assume that Wayne would be on his best behavior or at least cooperative; but these videos suggest, well, something else. Acting a wise guy, Wayne ducks and dodges the lawyer’s “stupid ass” questions, questioning the questions and pulling his hoodie over his head while refusing to give much more than “I don’t recall.” At one point, Wayne gets chastised for pre-empting a question — and a nice one, too, about whether or not he won a Grammy in 2008 — with an “I don’t know,” and he just rolls his eyes: “I’m sorry, that’s my psychic.”
At the beginning of our Bracket Madness for the greatest male artist it seemed like an impossible task to choose just one of the eight contenders. Round after round you voted, and its come down to Michael Jackson vs. Lil Wayne. An unlikely pairing, but an intriguing match-up nonetheless. The King of Pop going toe-to-toe for a crown with the self-proclaimed “best rapper alive since the best rapper retired” is certainly a modern day spin on music. Read more…
How does one even begin to recap a concert that lasted five and a half hours and featured 10 of the biggest names in music today? The second annual iHeartRadio Music Festival kicked off it’s two-day extravaganza yesterday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and fans weren’t disappointed. Usher, Rihanna, Green Day, No Doubt, and P!NK were just a few of the artist who brought hits, both old and new, to the stage.
The first major surprise of the night belonged to No Doubt.
When we heard from a few insiders that No Doubt would open the show with a little help from our friend and Storytellers subject P!NK, we had no idea how our wildest dream would actually come true. Would P!NK fly through the arena on her magic scarves and join Gwen and the crew for a revamped version of “Don’t Speak” or would she simple walk out on stage during the chorus of “Spiderwebs?” Neither one of those things happened. P!NK actually didn’t join No Doubt until midway through their set.
This next Bracket Madness face-off finds Lil Wayne going up against Justin Timberlake; Wayne’s ever expanding catalog against Justin’s carefully tailored hits. Mostly we would love to hear a collaboration from these two, Justin’s smooth croon playing foil to Wayne’s infamous croaky flow, together in male artist greatness. But we are here to crown just one, so which of the two deserves the title? As we mentioned, polls for this round of Bracket Madness will be open until MONDAY at 4PM, meaning you now have a few extra days to mull over who you think deserves the Greatest Male Artist crown. If there can only be one, who should it be? Read more…
Last night Tuner had a dream. A dream where Rihanna, P!NK, Usher, and Green Day shared a stage. There were flashing lights, thousands of people and … Ryan Seacrest? Wait, this can’t be a dream, it must be time for the second annual iHeartRadio Music Festival!
The aforementioned artists, as well as Mary J. Blige, No Doubt, Calvin Harris, Bon Jovi, Lil Wayne and VH1Behind The Music subject Ne-Yo are among the 20 superstars set to hit the stage over two nights at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. And luckily for you, dear readers, VH1 will have insider access to the entire event. If Taylor Swift makes a surprise appearance during Green Day’s set (hey, crazier things have happened), we’ll be there with a first-hand report. Trust us, it’ll almost be as good as being there! Read more…
If there is one thing that the four male artists in Round 2 in our latest edition of Bracket Madness have in common, it is that they each swept the floor with their opponent in Round 1. Justin Timberlake said “Bye Bye Bye” to Justin Bieber, getting 81% of the vote to Biebs’s 18%. Kanye West posed a bit more of a challenge for Lil Wayne, but Weezy still won his round with more than half the vote! Daughtry didn’t stand a fighting chance against Adam Lambert, who won with a whopping 77% of the votes. And Oprah’s latest Usher interview did nothing to convince voters, as he lost to Michael Jackson who got 83% of the vote.
Here’s where things get tough … Timberlake is facing Weezy in Round 2 and Lambert is taking on the King of Pop himself. So how do you decide? Aside from following your heart, here are a few facts about each of the artists that may help sway your vote …
This round of Bracket Madness calls forth the music’s men for a battle to the Greatest. Of all who have done it and are doing it, who do you think deserves the The Greatest Male Artist crown? The decision won’t be easy, but like with Greatest Artist of the 90s and Greatest Artist of 00s brackets before, with your votes and rallying we hope to whittle down a strong field of eight to but one. Who should it be?
Which of these fellas does it for you? It’s no easy choice, but with your votes it can be done. Voting for this first round closes Wednesday, September 19th at 11 a.m. Polls will then open for the second round at that time, and then close Friday, September 21 at 4 PM. The third and final round of voting opens Friday, September 21 at 4 PM and closes Monday, September 24th at 4 PM, at which point we will crown the Greatest Male Artist! Vote often and check back daily to see who’s in the lead!