May 13th, 2011
06:01 PM ET
Thursday night, Lil Wayne rocked the mic for 650 lucky fans at a re-boot of "MTV Unplugged," the network's signature series from the 1990s. Hours later, we're still trying to figure out what was "unplugged" about it.
For most of the concert, the hip-hop superstar was backed by an energetic seven-piece band that included a pair of electric guitars and an electric bass. Only two or three songs featured acoustic instruments - including "Nightmares at the Bottom," a song off his upcoming album, "Tha Carter IV."
The taping took place at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California - home of "Wheel of Fortune" and "Jeopardy." Weezy took the stage in a black sweatshirt with the word "WOW" emblazoned on the front. By the end of the set, he had peeled away not only his sweatshirt, but also a white t-shirt and tank. There was a funny bit when he discovered his jeans were unzipped.
March 29th, 2011
10:58 AM ET
It turns out rapper Lil Wayne and hotel heiress Paris Hilton have more in common than one might think.
In fact, during the course of their Q&A in the April issue of Interview magazine, the duo bonded over having served jail time.
"For me it was OK, because it just meant that I was alone with my thoughts," said Wayne, who served eight months at New York's Rikers Island for a gun possession charge, on spending time in solitary confinement. "There were times when it was pretty tough to be by yourself, and to have no television, no sort of nothing. That was kind of tough. But I didn't have to be in there long. It was just a month. I was OK. I did fine."
March 3rd, 2011
11:06 AM ET
Out of the mouths of babes.
A group of 9- and 10-year-old girls have released a song they're calling an open letter to rapper Lil' Wayne, denouncing his lyrics as being misogynistic.
The group, Watoto From The Nile, take the rapper to task for "calling women out of their name" and offer lyrics aimed at producing more positive music.
February 4th, 2011
07:48 PM ET
Raptress Nicki Minaj is proud of the new man her boss Lil Wayne has become since leaving prison.
Speaking with British disc jockey Tim Westwood, Minaj said Lil Wayne is "clearer than ever" now that he is sober.
"He's like a new person," she said. "He's nicer, he's like more calm. I guess when you are not getting high you have to deal with reality and I think he likes his reality now."
December 17th, 2010
01:45 PM ET
How’s this for spreading holiday cheer: Lil Wayne, now a free man himself after his release from prison in early November, has helped someone else get out of confinement.
The 28-year-old rapper, who served eight months in New York's Riker’s Island on a weapons charge, has bestowed the mother of fan Ronda Austin with a wheelchair.
He writes on his website, WeezyThanxYou.com, that he came to know Ronda through a series of letters she sent him while he was serving his sentence.
November 4th, 2010
06:49 PM ET
Early Thursday morning, Lil Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Carter, was released from an eight month stint at Riker’s Island, tweeting "#WelcomeHomeWeezy" and "aaaaaaahhhhhhmmmmm baaaaakkkkkkkkkk" within hours of his release. Back in March, Wayne was sentenced to a year in prison on gun charges, with news of his projected November 4 release date arriving in July.
The anticipation for the 28-year-old artist to be "free at last" extended far past what his loved ones must have felt. Between the #freeweezy t-shirts and hashtags, and even MTV’s Weezy Watch, an around-the-clock catalog of everything to do with Wayne’s release, it’s clear that the fans have been ready.
So ready, in fact, the makers of life-size celebrity wall posters claim the frenzied demands of “millions” of Weezy lovers caused them to have to release a Lil Wayne Fathead earlier than expected. “We just kept getting bombarded by Weezy fans demanding that we release his Fathead immediately, so we caved and his Fathead is officially free”, said a Fathead spokesman. “We even sent his Fathead along with a special code to say no hard feelings”. Okay then.
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