Lil' Wayne

  • Voice Choices

    September 24, 2014


    Pitrique becomes our newest pop pairing

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    August 20, 2014

    Drake Vs. Lil Wayne - Forest Hills Stadium - 8/19/14

    Better than: Watching a bro-comedy film. Is Step-Brothers now to hip-hop what Scarface or kung-fu movies used to be? With Kanye quoting the film in interviews and Eminem doing the same in concerts, it's difficult to not compare the loving push-and-shove between Drake and his mentor Lil Wayne to tha ... More >>

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    August 18, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 8/18/14

    For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

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    July 17, 2014

    The Five Sexiest Ugly Guys in Music

    The music industry has a long history of allowing people who should never be getting laid getting laid. It's part of the deal when you become a superstar. James Blunt is still getting laid, the dude from Keane is still getting laid, somewhere around Ole Miss, Bubba Sparxxx is getting laid. It's a v ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    August 14, 2013


    MoMA PS1 turns up the bass

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    March 28, 2013

    Lil Wayne: Human After All

    Friends. Romans. Martians. I stand before you not to bury Lil Wayne and I Am Not A Human Being II, nor do I intend to praise it. Instead, I implore you to marvel at this album's sheer existence, because yet again, Lil Wayne has managed to accomplish something only great artists can: he's made someth ... More >>

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    February 27, 2013
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    February 20, 2013

    Lil Wayne, Future, and the Ouroboros of Defensive Trendhumpery

    If you pay attention to the Rap Internet, you are probably up to your elbows in people slinging the term "Appropriation" around, mostly in the context of the Harlem Shake meme. Even more loosely, people have been talking about what the idea of "ownership" in hip-hop actually, like, means these days. ... More >>

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    September 27, 2012

    Lil Wayne Tops Elvis Presley's Billboard Record

    Previously, Elvis Presley held the record for the male with the most entries on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, with no fewer than 108 hits. But Lil Wayne now has 109. Game's "Celebration," featuring Wayne as a guest, was the record breaker. Unfortunately for Wayne (or should I call him Lil?), a coupl ... More >>

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    August 23, 2012

    Hot 100 Roundup: Brandy Comes Back, Lil Wayne Gets Gross, And More

    Editors' note: Each week in this space, chart-watcher Robert Myers will offer his reactions to all the new entries on the Hot 100, Billboard's big board for popular songs. The late-summer doldrums continue in the world of Hot 100 debuts with two less-than-stunning rap records that won't be on the c ... More >>

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    August 9, 2012

    Lil Wayne Hits The Decks With The Deweezy Videos

    Last night at recently reopened Greenhouse, Lil Wayne the rapper welcomed Lil Wayne the skater to the world via the premiere of DeWeezy. Maybe it's because he started rapping professionally at an age when most kids where still learning their multiplication tables, but Wayne has always seemed to have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2012

    Radio Hits One: Birdman Is Rap's Richest Second Banana

    A few weeks ago, Forbes published The Forbes Five, which estimated the net worth of hip hop's wealthiest moguls, and put Cash Money Records boss Bryan "Birdman" Williams in fourth place with $125 million. Just two weeks later, Williams announced that his label's most successful artist, Lil Wayne, ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    Radio Hits One: Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj, And Young Money Bring Crew Love Back To Rap Radio

    If you've listened to much urban radio lately, or even a little, you may have noticed that Lil Wayne and his Young Money Entertainment labelmates, particularly Drake and Nicki MInaj, are quite popular. You may have also noticed the same thing in 2011. And in 2010. And 2009. But perhaps nothing under ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Lil Wayne, Skrillex, And Others Fire Up Austin On Day Two Of SXSW

    If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in this planet's many happenings, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. To break down the chaos, a few of Village ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    November 23, 2011


    Robin Thicke premieres his newest record

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    The American Music Awards Nominations: Hey, Did You Know Adele Sold A Lot Of Albums This Year?

    Have you bought your copy yet? (Give it time.) ​You can have your Grammys and your Mercury Prizes and your Polaris Prizes and whatever other musical prizes honor things like "talent" and "artistry"—the most honest awards show in pop music, though, is undoubtedly the American Music Awards ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2011

    Live: Lil Wayne Is The Master Of Ceremonies In New Jersey

    Lil Wayne w/Rick Ross, Keri Hilson, Far East Movement, Lloyd PNC Bank Arts Center Tuesday, July 26 Better than: Sorry For The Wait. Before Lil Wayne took the stage last night at the PNC Bank Arts Center, the PA was playing cuts from Sorry For The Wait, the stopgap mixtape released as an apologia ... More >>

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    July 13, 2011

    Sorry For The Weight: Lil Wayne's New Mixtape Full Of Empty Posturing

    ​Lil Wayne's mixtapes used to be events in rap. His incredible work on the Dedication and Drought series gave birth to the Mixtape Weezy that could credibly claim to be the best rapper alive in 2006-07, a rapper so good that Jay-Z admitted on his otherwise rapper-loathing "D.O.A." that he "mig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    Who Will Be The Next Pop Star To Draw Inspiration From t.A.T.u.?

    It probably shouldn't have come as too much of a surprise that the attention-seeking girl-kisser Katy Perry drew inspiration from the Russian pop duo t.A.T.u.; her recent creepy chart-topper "E.T." sounds as good as it does in large part because it's heavily inspired by the pair's still-dizzying 20 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2011

    Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV Pushed Back Yet Again

    There's still time to change the cover, you know. ​After originally being slated to come out the day last November when he got out of jail, Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV has been pushed back from June 21 to August 29. Of course, delays are nothing new to today's scared-of-its-own-shadow record ind ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    Hot 97 Announces The Seemingly Young Money-Sponsored Summer Jam '11 Lineup

    ​ Hot 97 has announced the lineup for Summer Jam '11, and it's (perhaps unsurprisingly) filled with Young Money acts: superstars Lil Wayne and Drake act as the de facto headliners, while a non-specific set by Young Money, the label, is on tap. Could that possibly mean an eventual cameo by Nic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    The Curious 21st-Century Decline Of Hype Williams

    On Friday, a link to three-minute making-of video for a scrapped, Hype Williams-helmed clip of "XXXO" appeared on M.I.A.'s twitter. The footage shows M.I.A and a small group of dancers (including Beyoncé choreographer Jonté) painted head-to-toe and gyrating to the song's hissing, whirling beat. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2011

    Live: Bamboozle Stimulates Every Sense (And Then Some)

    So much to see, everywhere. ​The Bamboozle Meadowlands April 29-May 1, 2011 Better than: Watching scene reports scroll by on Twitter. In a lot of ways, the Bamboozle is a festival tailor-made for the current moment of constant distraction. The festival's running time over three days totals ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    So, This Is Really The Cover Of Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter IV"

    ​Not going to lie: When someone sent me the LOL-filled BuzzFeed page riffing on the cover to Lil Wayne's next LP (which is now coming out in June) I figured that the image being virtually tittered at was a joke perpetuated by one of the many Internet types with a copy of Photoshop, memories of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    The 10 Best Post-Prison Lil Wayne Songs (Plus the Other 16!)

    ​It's been almost 5 months, or 141 days, or 3384 hours, or 203,040 minutes since Lil Wayne got out of jail. And in that time, by our count, he's made 26 new musical appearances. A few of these might have been recorded before he went to jail (pre-probation-Wayne's maniacally hoarse voice genera ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    January 5, 2011
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    December 14, 2010

    Lil Wayne's Show In NYC Thursday Is Back On

    ​Verily, Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj will be taping a Carson Daly NYE spot on Thursday evening -- the same show Wayne announced and then immediately retracted yesterday. In a radio interview, Wayne explained the confusion: Some since-admonished third party hijacked his personal Twitter account t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2010

    Lil Wayne's Twitter Confirms, Then Quickly Denies, His Apparently-Not-Happening Show Here Thursday Night

    Well, folks, there was a solid 20 minutes there when Lil Wayne had us all convinced he was doing a show here with Nicki Minaj on Thursday, but he's apparently fallen victim to some sort of Twitter hack -- a lot of that going around today.

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    December 3, 2010

    The 20 Worst Songs of 2010, #16: Lil Wayne, "Paradice"

    F2K10 is a countdown of the 20 worst songs of 2010. Track our progress here. ​Lil Wayne's rock album was as "eagerly anticipated" as tax season, a divorce court hearing, or the icy embrace of death itself. Watching the gifted rhymer aimlessly dick around with a guitar was like watching Picass ... More >>

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    November 8, 2010

    Lil Wayne's Wild Weekend: Courtside in New Orleans, On Stage in Las Vegas, Red Carpet in Miami

    Lil Wayne was released from prison last week, as you might have heard. He spent some time alone before rejoining his friends, first on Friday night in New Orleans, where he sat courtside to watch LeBron James and Dwayne Wade's Miami Heat take on his hometown Hornets. Saturday he took the stage in L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2010

    The Weird Sad Loneliness of a Post Prison Lil Wayne

    So Lil Wayne finally made it out of Rikers yesterday, walking away from solitary confinement, the Rikers guard who called him a "jackass," and what TMZ pegs as one solitary fan in the parking lot (not the way we heard it). Either way, he's free. And though we know now that he's spoken on the phone ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    Lil Wayne Is Officially A Free Man

    And like that, the rapper most loved by former and current United States presidents is finally out of jail, eight months after he went into Rikers on felony gun charges. "You guys waiting for that jackass?" a Rikers guard asked the Rolling Stone reporter that had staked out the jail this morning. ... More >>

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    October 7, 2010

    Lil Wayne Bids the Internet a Temporary Farewell

    Yesterday, Lil Wayne asked his fans to stop sending him the hundreds of pieces of mail he gets per day, since he can no longer write back. (A violation of jail rules back in May landed him in solitary, where he'll remain until his release from Rikers in November.) And now, today, he's posted his f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2010

    Lil Wayne Will Serve Out the Remainder of His Time at Rikers in Solitary Confinement

    ​Back in May, we reported that Lil Wayne had been caught hiding an iPod charger and pair of headphones in his cell (specifically, and somewhat tragically, in a discarded snack bag in his trashcan; the iPod itself was found being held by a neighboring inmate). Early reports suggested that Wayne ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    September 22, 2010
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    September 15, 2010

    Lil Wayne Tipped Off by Rikers Jail Staff, Brought Better Food, Allowed Long Visits

    Lil Wayne even has a special visitors entrance Looks like hip-hop star Lil Wayne is even more of a VIP at the Riker's Island jail complex than we previously knew. Department of Corrections officials appear to be bending backwards for him, sources tell the Voice. We're told that when guests visit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    Drake Is Not Exactly Answering Lil Wayne's Prison Phone Calls

    ​"I call Drake at least once a week," Lil Wayne told Hot 97's Funkmaster Flex last night, phoning in from Rikers. "I actually call three or four times a week, but he only picks up for me once a week." He was laughing when he said it: Wayne, of all people, knows what it is to be one of the most ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    So Just How Homophobic Is Rap In 2010?

    ​The familiar conceit of this past Sunday's New York Times Magazine article "Sissy Bounce: New Orleans's Gender-Bending Rap," goes something like this: There are some gay rappers in New Orleans. Rap's usually really homophobic. That's crazy, huh? Contrasting the apparently enlightened attitude ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2010

    Lil Wayne: The Rikers Island Prison Rap

    The heartbreaking genesis of this song? Lil Wayne heard his protégé Drake's collaboration with Jay-Z, "Light Up," over the radio in his cell in Rikers, where he's serving a year and day on weapons charges. Once the center of the rap universe, Wayne was left a spectator. But not for long--a day l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    Lil Wayne Facing Potentially Serious Consequences Over Jail Contraband

    ​As we reported on Tuesday, Lil Wayne was caught this week at Rikers in possession of various illegal electronics--in this case, headphones, a charger, and, eventually, the MP3 player to which they belonged. Our source pegged the crime as an infraction--possession of contraband--but had no wor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    Is Lil Wayne Making Self-Aggrandizing Prank Calls From Prison?

    ​A friend of a friend shares with SOTC an interesting story he originally posted on his Facebook page: It's 9:50 a.m., Thursday morning, when his work cell phone--a number pretty much reserved for co-workers and family--rings. On the other end? A mysterious yet familiar voice. The question? "H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2010

    Gucci Mane Is A Free Man

    ​Even as fellow famous incarcerated rapper Lil Wayne faces disciplinary action today at Rikers for violating prison rules regarding possession of unauthorized electronics, Atlanta's Gucci Mane strolled out the front door of Georgia's Fulton County Jail this morning, a free man. Outside the jai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2010

    Breaking: Lil Wayne Caught With Unauthorized Electronics in His Jail Cell [Updated]

    ​Corrections sources are telling the Voice that rapper Lil Wayne was caught today at Rikers in possession of "unauthorized earphones and a charger" during a search. An investigation is underway to find the missing device (almost certainly an iPod or other kind of MP3 player) that goes with the ... More >>

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    March 23, 2010

    Luther Campbell Weighs In On Lil Wayne, T.I., And Other Gun-Toting Hip-Hop Stars: "People Have To Understand The Rappers' Workplace"

    ​Did you know the 2 Live Crew boss is now a columnist for our compatriots at New Times down in Miami? It's true, and after a few warm-up pieces ("Fire Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra"), Luther Campbell today addresses why Lil Wayne and T.I. risked their careers over firearms. Short version: Try goin ... More >>

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    March 12, 2010

    You Will Have to Wait Until Lil Wayne Gets Out of Jail to Get His Autograph

    ​Though it may have been a decent way to for Wayne to while away the days in prison, and though the mind boggles at the prison economy that could've sprung up around Lil Wayne signatures (that's worth like a box of cigarettes at least, right?), alas, it is not to be. TMZ reports that Wayne has ... More >>

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    March 10, 2010

    Robert Christgau On Lil Wayne: "If I've Ever Been This High, Which I Doubt, It Was 40 Years Ago"

    ​Here's Bob on Weezy, at length, of course, and absolutely worth the read, also of course. Two Rap Radar commenter quotes in the first paragraph! Extremely involved lyrical analysis! Stuff like this! Based on a stripper-ready DJ Unk track (I Googled that), it ends each of the 22 lines of its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2010

    Lil Wayne Goes to Jail Today, But At Least We Have This Young Money "Roger That" Video to Remember Him By

    Here is the first of a reported nine videos Lil Wayne shot in front of various green screens before reporting to Rikers today. This time, they opted for a comic strip treatment--fitting for not just Wayne but Nicki Minaj, who is basically a walking comic book character anyway. A Rikers guard fille ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2010

    Rikers Island Superstar Lil' Wayne's Pre-Slammer Scrapbook

    ​ The New York Department of Correction's most exciting inmate since crooked cop boss Bernie Kerik is on his way to jail. Again. Most of us can take a wild guess as to what that's like for all the Regular Inmates of the world: shitty. Want to know what that's like if you're an uberfamous super ... More >>

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    February 19, 2010

    The Blessing and the Curse of Lil Wayne's Candy Addiction: Jail Postponement, Eight Root Canals

    ​Let no one say that the judge who postponed Lil Wayne's prison stay in order for the rapper to get dental work was going easy on the man--TMZ reports Wayne endured an eight-hour procedure on Tuesday that involved eight root canals, significant tooth implant repair, and some much needed grill ... More >>

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    February 11, 2010

    So Was Lil Wayne's Rebirth a Modest Success Or a Total Commercial Failure? Maura Johnston Reads the Charts

    "Billboard's 'Tastemakers' chart is the one we should all paying attention to, don't you think?"​This week's Billboard 200 is headed once again by Lady Antebellum, the milquetoast country trio whose second album Need You Now moved 481,000 copies in its debut week, and 209,000 copies in the sal ... More >>

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