October 30th, 2012 by faye
Rapper Lil Wayne was scolded on Monday by the judge handling his case after he failed to appear for a court hearing related to his copyright infringement lawsuit against Quincy Jones III.
According to reports, 30-year-old music mogul Lil Wayne was not in court on Monday after suffering from a medical emergency on Thursday on board a private jet. The pilot radioed that the rapper had seizures and he was subsequently taken to a hospital.
Lil Wayne was hospitalized twice within the past five days for a migraine and hydration, the reason he was not well enough to appear in person during the court hearing.
Wayne is currently in the middle of a bitter legal battle with Quincy Jones III over allegations he used the rapper’s music in an unauthorized 2009 documentary — a documentary about the rapper that he calls a “scandalous portrayal.”
The lawyer of Lil Wayne told the judge he will play the rapper’s deposition tapes for the jury — a depo filmed back in June which the judge said shows he acted like an irresponsible little child, giving glib one liners and refusing to answer questions. Wayne can also be heard laughing and swearing in the said video.
The judge was less than impressed upon viewing the tape on Monday, and rapper Lil Wayne was chastised for displaying “unreasonable conduct in the deposition” and “irresponsible behavior.”
At the age of nine, Wayne joined Cash Money Records as the youngest member of the label, and half of the duo, The B.G.’z, with B.G.. In 1997, he joined the group Hot Boys, which also included rappers Juvenile, B.G., and Young Turk. Hot Boys debuted with “Get It How U Live!” that year. Wayne gained most of his fame and success with the group’s major selling album “Guerrilla Warfare,” released in 1999. Also in 1999, he released his Platinum debut album “Tha Block Is Hot,” selling over one million copies in the U.S.
October 29th, 2012 by faye
Rapper Lil Wayne is now resting at his mother’s house in Louisiana after making two trips to the hospital last week following a health scare due to “severe migraine and dehydration.”
According to reports, 30-year-old Lil Wayne took to his Twitter account on Saturday and wrote, “Thanx for all the prayers! I am good.”
Although he no longer needs to be hospitalized, the doctors of Lil Wayne are still insisting that he should not fly. For the time being, the rapper is planning to stay with family and friends at his mother’s house.
Previous reports have stated that Lil Wayne suffered from a health scare Friday while he was en route to Los Angeles from Texas, where he had been rushed to the hospital just a day before.
The rapper’s private jet was forced to take an emergency landing when it became apparent that Wayne was not well. Just a day prior to that, the rapper had landed himself in a Texas hospital after he suffered from a collapse on the private jet.
“Lil Wayne was successfully released from the hospital after being treated for a severe migraine and dehydration,” a rep for the rapper told the News following the Texas incident.
The rep added, “He is at home on doctor-mandated rest and will return to work soon. He appreciates all of his fans for their support and love.”
Because of his two health emergencies, Lil Wayne missed his scheduled court date Friday in his case against Quincy Jones III.
According to Weezy, Jones’ documentary about the rapper’s life is a “scandalous portrayal” and producers for the film shouldn’t have had the rights to use his music.
Because the delayed trial will likely disrupt the jurors’ lives, his legal team may be forced to present the case without him or have it be declared a mistrial.
The multi-platinum performer is working on a follow-up to his last album, last year’s “Tha Carter IV.”
August 24th, 2012 by faye
New York State Senator Malcolm A. Smith of Queens is “angry,” “taken aback” and “shocked” at rapper Lil Wayne after he said, “I don’t like New York.”
According to reports, 29-year-old Lil Wayne was asked about a concert in New York City and responded by saying, “Flat out: I don’t like New York.”
Such statement from the rapper clearly angered NYC Senator Smith.
“I take strong exception to the words ‘I don’t like New York,’ ” said Senator Smith, a Democrat. On Wednesday, he called a news conference in Father Duffy Square, the island between West 46th and West 47th Streets, to demand an apology from Lil Wayne.
The rapper — whose real name is Dwayne M. Carter Jr. — made the comment to MTV News in Las Vegas on Monday night. Lil Wayne made it clear that New York City, which is known as the city that never sleeps, is not high on his “to-do list.” Previous reports have stated that Wayne was arrested in New York after his first show in Manhattan back in 2007. He entered a guilty plea to a weapons charge and spent eight months on the Rikers Island.
Senator Malcolm A. Smith — whose 19-year-old daughter, Amanda, is a fan of Lil Wayne — said that it was wrong to be disrespectful of New York. Smith said he believes the remarks made by the rapper resulted from “a lapse in mental judgment” on Wayne’s part.
“If you don’t like New York, you don’t have to come to New York. You don’t have to sell your products here. And perhaps we won’t come to your concerts,” Malcolm A. Smith said.
“He’s insulting people like Jay-Z … Frank Sinatra.”
The New York Senator went on, saying, “Quite frankly. we’re not gonna let someone come here and make a living off all the New Yorkers and tourists here and then basically say ‘I don’t like New York.’”
Malcolm A. Smith said that he took on Lil Wayne because his legislative district was “a little small place in New York City called Hollis, Queens, which is essentially the home and the origin of hip-hop.” Smith even offered to meet Wayne “anyplace, anytime,” adding that he hopes the agenda would be expanded to include the discussion of “how to stop gun violence in our cities.”
The comments made by Lil Wayne came two days after more than 500 guns were turned in under a police gun-buyback program in Queens, New York. Malcolm A. Smith was one of the officials who sponsored the exchange, which promised $200 back cards in exchange for illegal guns.
“New Yorkers are forgiving people,” Smith said. “We’re prepared to forgive Lil Wayne if in fact he makes a sincere apology.”
A spokeswoman for Lil Wayne had no comment on the issue.
The rapper is said to be writing a book about his experience at Rikers Island.
June 22nd, 2012 by edsel
Lil Wayne wanted his boy Drake to end his beef with Chris Brown so that everyone can go back to what was important: Making money.
According to The Hollywood Gossip, Weezy and his Young Money label -of which Drake is a member of-, have been quietly urging the ‘Take Care’ rapper to put the feud with Brown to bed. Lil Wayne reportedly sensed that the publicity from Drake’s brawl with Chris Brown was bad even in the notoriously violent rap music business.
Sources claimed that Drake received calls from Lil Wayne, Weezy’s mentor Birdman, Mack Maine, and other members of Young Money. They all urged Drake to extend an olive branch to Brown.
The Hollywood Gossip noted that several Young Money members -including Lil Wayne- had previously cooperated with Chris Brown to make songs. Apparently, those members felt that profitable peace was best. After all, Brown got the worst of the exchange while Drake got away unscathed.
However, Drake reportedly refused to contact Chris Brown until he was sure the hotheaded Brown didn’t blame him for the melee.
The Hollywood Gossip reported that Brown’s lawyer accused Drake of being an aggressor in a melee that caused significant damage and several injuries. Drake denied that claim, which was corroborated by Meek Mill, the other rapper involved in the fracas with Chris Brown.
Young Money boss man Lil Wayne assured Drake that he got his back. However, “making money matters most” to Weezy, and he would like to get back to making profits instead of throwing bottles and accusations.
Lil Wayne himself had been involved in several altercations, including one back in May where one of his posse hit a fan in the back of the head with a skateboard. His stance as the voice of reason in the beef between Drake and Chris Brown underlined the importance of the matter.
June 21st, 2012 by edsel
Lil Wayne declared that “females deserve the ultimate respect” after his Young Money protege Nicki Minaj got dissed by a radio station DJ.
E! News reported that Weezy made the surprisingly eloquent statement in an interview with MTV News. Lil Wayne explained why he canceled Minaj’s headlining gig at New York City’s annual Hot 97 Summer Jam two weeks ago. The reason, he said, was that the radio station’s DJ Peter Rosenberg lacked respect for women like Minaj.
“That’s a female,” Lil Wayne told MTV News during Hot 107.9 Birthday Bash in Atlanta last Saturday. ”First and foremost, Nicki Minaj is a female. I don’t know what anyone else believes,” Weezy continued, “But I believe females deserve the ultimate respect at all times, no matter when or where or how,” he insisted.
According to E! News, Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg courted the beef with Lil Wane and Nicki Minaj when he dissed the ‘Starships’ rapper in front of an audience of 2,000.
“I know there are some chicks in here waiting to sing along with ‘Starships’ later,” Rosenberg announced. “I’m not talking to y’all now,” he told them. “F–k that bulls–t.”
Days later, the insulted Nicki Minaj called Hot 97 DJ Funkmaster Flex during his program. Minaj denounced the station for its lack of respect.
E! News reported that Lil Wayne agreed with his Young Money talent. “As soon as she called me and told me she felt disrespected,” Wayne said, “I just declined everything… No person that works with me,” Weezy promised, “Will be disrespected in my presence as long as I’m on this planet.”
In addition, Lil Wayne expressed his expectation that Hot 97 and its employees should have given Nicki Minaj the royal treatment. “I expect the red carpet, in her manner,” he said. “The pink carpet should be laid out for her It’s just an executive move,” he elaborated, “No salt, no bad feelings, no hard feelings.”
E! News reported that Lauryn Hill and Nas subsequently subbed for Minaj on the Hot 97 bill. Ex-Fugees member Hill was slated to be a guest of Minaj during her set.
Lauryn Hill released a statement that supported Nicki Minaj. ”I don’t have details on exactly what transpired between the station and the artists,” Hill said, “But I do support artists standing by their beliefs and walking with integrity.”
Lil Wayne told MTV News that he hoped Hot 97 would learn from its mistake. He also had no regrets about his decision.
“I feel like a woman should be respected at all times,” Lil Wayne declared about yanking Nicki Minaj from the Hot 97 bill. “Therefore, I made the right decision.”
May 30th, 2012 by edsel
Rappers Lil Wayne and Drake teamed up to fight a judgement that ordered them to pay $400,000 to a company that sued them for allegedly bailing on a club appearance that they claim they were never told about.
According to TMZ, the two rappers have formed an alliance to fight a default judgment entered against them. The judge ordered Wayne and Drake to pay $432,337.50 to Imperial Entertainment Group. IEG alleged that Lil Wayne and Drake. had broken their word and contract to perform at a 2011 event, and the judge had ruled in the favor of the company.
In legal documents filed by the embattled rappers, Lil Wayne and Drake asserted that IEG did not inform them about the alleged gig, that they did not signed any contracts with IEG to perform at said event, and that they were never even served with papers that ordered them to show up in court for the judgement.
In addition, Drake and Wayne alleged that Melanzh Enterprises -the third party group that supposedly arranged their booking for Imperial Entertainment Group- did not have any authority to book them.
Lil Wayne and Drake requested the court to drop all charges and the $400k as soon as possible.
May 29th, 2012 by edsel
“Fuk pusha t,” angrily tweeted Lil Wayne after his rival rapper dissed Young Money member Drake for his convoluted contract with Wayne.
According to Hip Hop DX, Pusha T (real name Terrence Thornton) mocked Drake in Pusha’s new song ‘Exodus 23:1.’ ”Contract all fucked up,” Pusha taunted an unnamed person. “I guess that means you all f–ked up. You signed to one n—-,” he rapped, “That’s signed to another n—-, that’s signed to three n—-s.”
Pusha named no names, but some interpreted those lines to refer to Drake’s recording contract. Drake is signed to Lil Wayne, who in turn is signed to his father figure Birdman (rapper Bryan Williams). Birdman’s label, Cash Money Records, is housed under Universal Music.
Pusha T himself is signed up with the GOOD Music label owned by Kanye West. The Hollywood Gossip reported that Lil Wayne tweeted “Fuk pusha t and anybody that love em” in response to the taunts reportedly aimed at Drake.
May 22nd, 2012 by edsel
It’s deja vu all over again as Lil Wayne and his entourage allegedly assaulted a person for daring to snap a pic of Weezy.
According to an exclusive report by TMZ, Alfredo Marino said that he spotted Lil Wayne and his posse skateboarding on May. Being a huge fan of Wayne, Marino approached Wayne’s group to ask for a photo.
Predictably, Wayne refused. Marino retreated to his car, where he thought he could take a picture safely.
Alfredo Marino told TMZ that Lil Wayne spotted him and walked over with his crew. Wayne let loose a barrage of threats at Marino. “Don’t you know all it takes is a word,” Wayne reportedly snarled, “And these motherf**kers are going to f**k you up?”
Around that time, Marino claimed someone hit him from behind with a hard object that he suspects was a skateboard owned by one of the rapper’s entourage.
The assault left Alfredo Marino bleeding on the ground. He claimed to have suffered a concussion and vertigo.
TMZ was informed by Marino’s lawyer, Craig Chisvin, that, “My client will enforce all of his rights under the law and all individuals responsible for this outrageous incident will be blamed for the damages that my client has suffered and continues to suffer.”
These latest allegations echo the April incident where a Miami photographer filed a police report alleging that Lil Wayne and his crew assaulted him for the same reason.
The police are currently investigating the alleged assault on Alfredo Marino. The representative of Lil Wayne did not return phone calls.
May 15th, 2012 by edsel
It seems ‘Tha Carter III’ -the 2008 album by Lil Wayne- is a magnet for lawsuits and a drain on finances.
According to Perez Hilton, the rapper recently paid producer David Kirkwood an undisclosed amount of money for owed royalties on the song ‘Love Me Or Hate Me.’
Lil Wayne initially attempted to to get the judge to dismiss Kirkwood’s case. When that didn’t work, Wayne, Cash Money Records, and Young Money Entertainment decided to resolve the matter outside of court.
Neither camp disclosed the amount paid.
This is not the first time a song from ‘Tha Carter III’ has drawn legal troubles. More than a month ago, Lil Wayne settled a $20-million lawsuit with producer Darius ‘Deezle’ Harrison. The case also concerned royalties owed on a certain track, this one being ‘Lollipop.’
April 11th, 2012 by faye
The crew of world famous rapper Lil Wayne is reportedly accused of assaulting a photographer in Miami after the victim took photos of the rapper and his entourage.
According to police report filed by the photographer, Wayne’s crew spat in the his face, pushed him to the ground amidst the rain, then vandalized his bicycle. The photog said that he spotted Lil Wayne and his entourage playing skateboard outside a church, where a “No skateboarding” sign can be seen. The photographer then decided to take pictures of the group.
The photographer claims Lil Wayne and his boys wrapped it up after it started to rain, following the group to their car, still snapping photos.
The report also stated that Lil Wayne didn’t seem to like the attention, so he ordered his eight-member crew to take the photographer’s camera. The group of men surrounded the photographer and ordered him to delete several of the photos he took. However, the assault apparently didn’t end there. The photographer added that one of Lil Wayne’s men spat on him, while another pushed him to the ground. Moreover, the alleged victim says the group also beat his bicycle with a skateboard.
The photographer then filed the report in Miami Beach police station shortly after the incident.
Watch the video of Lil Wayne’s entourage attacking the photographer here.