MIAMI BEACH, FL – According to reports Miami Police are responding to Lil Wayne’s Miami Beach mansion after someone contacted police to report a shooting with at least four people injured.
Officers converged on the home of the famed rapper located on the ritzy La Gorce Island. They have setup a perimeter and are assessing the situation.
UPDATE: This appears to be a case of swatting. Police have given the all-clear. No shooter, or victims found.
Officer Ernest Rodriguez told the Miami Herald that a call came in just before 1 p.m. from a man who claimed to have shot four people at the waterfront La Gorce Circle home.
Wayne’s record label, Young Money, tweeted a short time ago that Lil Wayne is okay and he was not home at the time of today’s incident.
According to TMZ 11 days ago someone contacted police regarding a strange man lurking outside the home. Cops arrived and talked to the man, but released him since he was on public property.
Police believe this may be a case of “swatting,” where someone reports a bogus emergency to see how much of a response they can get from authorities.
Dwyane Michael Carter, better known as Little Wayne, lives in an eight-bedroom, 10-bath home and was recently assessed at over $9 million.
SACRAMENTO, CA – Lil Wayne’s ‘America’s Most Wanted Tour’ hit Sacramento as Wayne and his posse descended upon Sleep Train Arena (aka Arco Arena).
Now when we say hit Sacramento, any Lil Wayne fan knows what we mean by that, and if you were there, you definitely know what we mean by that – just saying.
On the evenings menu was Lil Wayne’s hand-picked group of rappers T.I., 2 Chainz, Hit Boy, Adrien Broner and G-Eazy.
Oakland’s own Gerald Earl Gillum, better known to fans as G-Eazy kicked it off with his obscenity laced rap as he worked the few fans that had arrived for the 7 p.m. start time. G-Eazy did a decent job of getting the crowd on their feet, but many fans were streaming in and searching for their seats.
Boxer turned rapper, Adrien Broner, took the stage with Band Camp, leaving little doubt that Broner has his eyes set on moving up in the ranks of rap music and possibly leaving his boxing career on the mat.
Rapper Chauncey Hollis better known as Hit-Boy followed Broner. Their positions in the line-up should have been reversed, or better yet he should have opened the show, as he was more miss than hit. The crowd just didn’t seem to get into it with Hit-Boy, but that could have been that fans were anticipating the meat of the show with T.I., 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne.
As things started heating up, Sleep Train Arena started filling up, but never quite reached capacity, with the upper deck pretty empty.
Tauheed Epps also known as 2 Chainz lit up the stage with a huge replica of the front of a yacht with the words B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time making a play on his new album of the same name due out in September.
The controversial rapper has found himself on both sides of the law over the last couple of months. In San Francisco he was robbed while outside of a pot dispensary and a couple of days later found himself getting hauled off a plane after checking baggage that contained marijuana and promethazine.
Promethazine is the key ingredient used for making ‘sizzurp’ a dangerously potent drug popularized in the southern rap scene. Several months ago Lil Wayne was rumored to be on his deathbed after bingeing on sizzurp, but those rumors were never proven to be true.
After years spent recording as a part of hip-hop duo Playaz Circle, 2 Chainz has gained notoriety and has seen major success in the last year. “It’s surprising when people ask to take my picture at the airport,” 2 Chainz told the Huffington Post. We think he may be confused with getting his mug shot.
2 Chainz brought his A-game and, here again, we believe there was a mistake in the line-up. 2 Chainz should have been second to Lil Wayne rather than T.I. While the both did a fantastic job, 2 Chainz’s performance was more polished and the set more dramatic than T.I.’s.\
T.I. turned in a lack-luster performance even though he performed some of his hits such as “Top Back,” “Rubber Band Man” and “U Don’t Know Me.” His choice of songs was questionable as he went from past hits to more recent material, leaving his better material on the cutting room floor.
By the time Lil Wayne took the stage, fans were well into the munchies after enduring a twenty minute set-change in between acts.
When Weezy took the stage he was flanked by skate ramps, complete with skaters and a pair of catwalks jutting out to the front of the crowd. Pyrotechnics ruled the night along with huge video screens flashing a hybrid butterfly in the likeness of Wayne, which was Lil Wayne’s own play on his new album I Am Not a Human Being 2.
With Wayne shooting lyrics in rapid-fire fashion, the crowd couldn’t help but get into the moment as he hit fans with hits such as “No Worries.” Wayne also ran into trouble as he condensed some of his bigger hits in favor of full versions of his more recent work like “Love Me” and Karate Chop.”
While fans really appreciated and totally rocked out to Lil Wayne’s set I believe the currently controversial 2 Chainz may have been better off head-lining the show. Not to take away from Lil Wayne’s star power and fan attraction, but at the end of the day 2 Chainz had a bit more energy and a bit more polish.
According to an affidavit filed on Monday, an Oklahoma City police officer pulled over 2 Chainz’s tour bus on Thursday after noticing the passenger side taillights were not functioning on Interstate 40.
When the driver of the bus, Sedric A. Brooks opened the door to the bus the officer, “smelled an overwhelming odor of marijuana,” and he could see smoke circulating inside the bus around the door.
Brooks was told to get back on the bus and as he boarded he quickly closed the door and told officers he was not authorized to let them in.
Passenger Abdullah Mujahid, shook his head “no” after he was ordered off the bus and actually pointed to a small copy of the U.S. Constitution.
All the passengers refused to get off the bus, so police towed it to a training facility that was close by. After nine hours officers were able to obtain a search warrant, at which time everyone vacated the bus.
Tauheed Epps, better known as 2 Chainz, along with ten others were arrested for obstructing a police officer. All were released after paying $2,000 bail. Officers found narcotics on the bus and may be filing more charges against the occupants.
The 35-year-old rapper had performed with Lil Wayne and T.I. in Oklahoma City the night before.
But wait! It doesn’t stop there.
According to TMZ there was even more drama on one of the tour buses in Lil Wayne’s posse.
A female fan said she was invited on board one of the buses after their show in OKC, when a member of the entourage punched her in the face, breaking her jaw.
The victim says her jaw was broken in two places, requiring surgery. Her jaw is wired shut and she’s now on a liquid diet for six weeks to give it time to heal.
According to the woman, an unidentified entourage member who had been hitting on her during the concert invited her onto one of Lil Wayne’s tour buses. That’s when he reached under her shirt and grabbed her breast. She slapped his hand away and that’s when he went Mike Tyson on her, punching her in the face.
In San Francisco, 2 Chainz was mugged in front of a marijuana dispensary store and then a couple of days later was pulled off a plane and arrested at LAX after officials discovered marijuana and promethazine in his luggage.
Promethazine is the key ingredient used for making ‘sizzurp’ a dangerously potent drug popularized in the southern rap scene.
Lil Wayne and his crew, including 2 Chainz, will be performing tonight at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento.
Let’s see what kind of trouble they can get into in Sacramento.
TMZ is reporting that Lil Wayne checked himself into Cedars-Sinai in L.A. this morning after a suffering yet another seizure.
Wayne later sent a message on Twitter, “I’m fine. Thank u,” in an attempt to stop the out-of-control speculation that occurred in March, when he was admitted to the hospital after suffering seizures.
In March the 30-year-old rapper spent a week in the hospital after suffering several seizures. It was reported that the cause for his seizures was due to his bingeing on Sizzurp – an addictive combination of prescription-strength cough syrup with codeine, sodas like Mountain Dew or Coca-Cola, and hard candies for added flavor.
It turns out that Wheezy, as his fans refer to him, is an epileptic.
On March 28, after being released from the hospital, Wayne told radio’s Power 106 DJ Felli Fel, “The bad news is I’m an epileptic. I’m prone to seizures,” he explained, “This isn’t my first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh seizure. I’ve had a bunch of seizures, ya’ll just never hear about them. But this time it got real bad ’cause I had three of them in a row and on the third one, my heart rate went down to like 30 percent. Basically, I could’ve died, so that is why it was so serious.”
Wayne kicks off his “America’s Most Wanted Music Festival” with special guests T.I. and Future in July.
In an Interview Friday with radio’s Power 106 Lil Wayne says he is epileptic and blames his health issues on stress – not Sizzurp.
“The bad news is I’m an epileptic. I’m prone to seizures,” he tells radio’s Power 106 DJ Felli Fel, “This isn’t my first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh seizure. I’ve had a bunch of seizures, ya’ll just never hear about them. But this time it got real bad ’cause I had three of them in a row and on the third one, my heart rate went down to like 30 percent. Basically, I could’ve died, so that is why it was so serious.”
It was reported that the cause for his seizures was due to his bingeing on Sizzurp – an addictive combination of prescription-strength cough syrup with codeine, sodas like Mountain Dew or Coca-Cola, and hard candies for added flavor.
The 30-year-old rapper insists that the reason for his seizures was “just plain stress, no rest, overworking myself. That’s just typical me though,” he said in the interview.
Wayne was sure to remind fans that his 10th studio album, “I Am Not a Human Being II,” is available now. He also wanted everyone to know his upcoming tour ‘America’s Most Wanted’ remains on-track and is set to begin on July 5.
Lil Wayne is on the mend after spending last week in the hospital and today he posted a video thanking his fans.
The 30-year-old platinum selling rapper landed in the hospital for the second time last week after experiencing seizures. Those seizures are being blamed on Sizzurp – an addictive combination of prescription-strength cough syrup with codeine, sodas like Mountain Dew or Coca-Cola, and hard candies for added flavor.
In a video posted on TMZ the 30-year-old platinum selling rapper, laying back in chair dressed in a red hoodie, starts out by saying, “What’s poppin y’all,” waving a sucker around he continued to thank his fans, “Thank y’all for y’all prayers and y’all concerns and all that. I swear to God I felt that love when I was laid up in that mother f##kin hospital bed, but I want all of you to know that I’m good, nigger more than good.”
Wayne went on to remind fans that his latest album, “I Am Not a Human Being II,” is due out next Tuesday. He also assured fans that his upcoming tour ‘America’s Most Wanted’ remains on-track and is set to begin on July 5.
Concluding the rapper joked, “Kiss my fist! I’m more than good, but thank you for real. Thanks for all your prayers and all that, I’m more than good. I swear.”
The Associated Press is reporting that Lil Wayne was hospitalized Friday after having a seizure and is reportedly in stable condition.
The 30-year-old platinum selling rapper was in a Los Angeles hospital where his reps are saying he is recovering after an apparent seizure.
Someone Tweeted from Wayne’s Twitter account today, “I’m good everybody. Thx for the prayers and love.” However, there have been numerous reports that have run the gambit from ‘Lil Wayne is dead,’ to he’s fine and “watching the Syracuse game,” referring to the Syracuse University Orange against Georgetown in the Big East men’s basketball tournament.
According to TMZ, Wayne was taken to Cedars-Sinai Hospital in L.A. on Tuesday night due to multiple seizures. After being released the following day he was found unconscious in his room.
When Wayne was rushed to the hospital today he did not stabilize and was transferred to the ICU. According to TMZ he was placed in restraints because he was shaking uncontrollably and then placed in an induced coma and is breathing through tubes.
Sources close to the super-star say his mother is currently on a plane to Los Angeles and any major decisions regarding Wayne will be made when she arrives, including to discontinue life support.
Droves of fellow rappers have descending on the hospital along with friends and family.
In contrast to the dire news, rapper and president of Wayne’s Young Money record label tweeted, “Dont believe the nonsense about comas and tubes to breathe … that’s false!!”
There are also several reports that his seizures may have been caused by a sizzurp binge, which is an addictive combination of prescription-strength cough syrup, sodas like Mountain Dew or Coca-Cola, and hard candies for added flavor. Users typically use Styrofoam cups to drink it.
At this point it’s difficult to determine who or what to believe.
UPDATE (Saturday a.m.): According to sources close to Wayne, he is slowly stabilizing, but is being watch closely by doctors.
In honor of Black History Month here is a look back at the history of African-American music and how it has influenced musicians today, including some photos of today’s top musicians.
African-American music is a term covering a diverse range of music and musical genres largely developed by black Americans. Jazz, blues, gospel, soul, and more recently rap constitute the principal genres of African-American music.
Their origins arose out of slavery characterizing the lives of black Americans prior to the American Civil War. The earliest forms of African-American music originated from those experiences with field hollers, work songs, improvisation, and blues notes.
Following the Civil War, black musicians began playing European music in military bands, developing new musical styles such as ragtime, which later transformed into jazz. Jazz has been one of the most influential styles in music to date, with a wide-ranging and profound influence over the development of music around the world. The earliest jazz greats included Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, and Duke Ellington.
The ‘50s saw a harder blues sound and the introduction of doo-wop. Berry Gordy founded Motown records in 1959 which catapulted black music to the forefront of the American music scene. In the ‘60s Motown introduced acts such as The Miracles, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, and The Supremes.
The ‘70s saw an explosion of black artists in the music world with The Jackson 5, Roberta Flack, Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, The O’Jays, and Gladys Knight & the Pip, all tearing up the music charts. As music evolved in the ‘70s hip-hop was born and made popular through artists like Kurtis Blow and Run-DMC, while George Clinton and Sly and the Family Stone introduced the world to some funky music.
Throughout the ‘80s, ‘90s, and today the African-American community of musicians grew with big names such as Michael Jackson, Prince, and Lionel Richie. During the ‘80s there was a wave of black female artists with Tina Turner, Mariah Carey, and Whitney Houston leading the way for future artists like Beyonce.
African-American music has had a profound influence on all genres of music through the years and will continue to evolve and influence generations of musicians for years to come.
Smokey Robinson was instrumental in the founding of Motown with Berry Gordy in 1959 and one of the most influential artists of his time. Smokey Robinson and The Miracles was the first act to sign on with Motown Records.
Robinson has over 4,000 songs to his credit and has been performing for over 50 years. He’s responsible for such hits as “Second that Emotion,” “You Really Got a Hold on Me,” “Ooh Baby Baby,” “Tears of a Clown” and “Tracks of My Tears.”
George Clinton is considered to be one of the most sampled musicians ever, and is one of the artists responsible for bringing the funky to funky music with his band the Parliament-Funkadelics. Dominating in the ‘70s with over 40 R&B hit singles, including three number ones and three platinum albums.
Clinton is also a notable music producer working on almost all of the albums he performs on, as well as producing albums for Bootsy Collins and Red Hot Chili Peppers, among others.
The Sounds of Success band, better known as SOS is fronted by Mary Davis. They were initially famous for the hit “Take Your Time (Do It Right)” in 1980. They had a string of R&B hits including “Just Be Good to Me,” “Tell Me If You Still Care,” “Borrowed Love,” “No One’s Gonna Love You,” “Just the Way You Like It” and “The Finest.”
SOS still tours today with founding members Mary Davis and Abdul Ra’oof. They are scheduled to perform on the BET Honor’s show scheduled for February 11, 2013. You can get a sneak preview of their performance here.
Kool & the Gang
Kool & the Gang started out as a jazz band, but through the years transformed themselves into one of the leaders in R&B and funk. Arguably their greatest albums were “Light of Worlds” and “Spirit of the Boogie” released in 1974 and 1975 respectively.
Kool & the Gang is responsible for such hits as “Joanna,” “Get Down on It,” “Ladies Night” and probably their most memorable and often played hit “Celebration.”
Leading the way for the rappers of today Kurtis Blow was the first rapper to ever be signed by a major label and is responsible for a number of hits by The Fat Boys and Run DMC. A few of his hits include “If I Ruled the World,” “Christmas Rappin’” and “The Breaks.”
Kurtis is a fully ordained minister and was an active participant in the Artists Against Apartheid record “Sun City”. He’s worked with Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Operation Push and the Rainbow Coalition in Chicago.
Morris Day started out in a band with classmate Prince, who, as everyone knows, left the band to pursue his own style of music. The Time, as the band was known didn’t do much in their early years. It wasn’t until the ‘80s when Day worked with Prince on the movie “Purple Rain.” Eventually The Time was billed as Morris Day and The Time.
Day played the antagonist to Prince in his feature films “Purple Rain” and “Graffiti Bridge,” helping establish Day’s playboy stage presence. He was typically escorted by his valet, “Jerome” (Jerome Benton), winning fans with his exaggerated vanity as he would yell “Jerome bring me my mirror!” This persona was exploited for comic effect on The Time’s records, on songs such as “Chili Sauce” and “If the Kid Can’t Make You Come” from the album Ice Cream Castle.
His greatest and most memorable hit was “Jungle Love.”
The multi-talented Brian McKnight is a singer-songwriter, arranger, producer, and R&B musician. He is also a multi-instrumentalist and can play eight instruments including piano, guitar, bass guitar, percussion, trombone, tuba, flugelhorn and trumpet.
McKnight signed on to Mercury Records and in 1992 released his self-titled debut album which peaked at 58 in the Billboard 200 chart. The album featured the ballad “One Last Cry”. He followed up with two more albums for Mercury with “I Remember You” and “Anytime”. “Anytime” sold over two million copies and was nominated for a Grammy.
When McKnight signed on to the Motown label he released his best-selling and most memorable album “Back at One.”
McKnight has the dubious distinction for a record 16 Grammy nominations without one win.
Gym Class Heroes
Gym Class Heroes formed in 1997 when Travie McCoy met drummer Matt McGinley during their high school gym class. The band’s style includes hip hop, rock, funk, and reggae infused with rap. Their debut album “The Papercut Chronicles” gained the band a strong fan base as they toured promoting the album at festivals such as The Bamboozle and Warped Tour.
Their album “As Cruel as School Children” spawned their hit singles “Cupid’s Chokehold,” reaching No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, and “Clothes Off!!” peaking at No. 5 in the United Kingdom.
Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. better known as Lil Wayne is a hip-hop artist and in 1991, at the age of nine, joined Cash Money Records as the youngest member of the label, and half of the duo, The B.G.’z, with fellow New Orleans-based rapper B.G.
Wayne’s debut studio album, “Tha Block Is Hot” was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). His next albums, “Lights Out” and “500 Degreez”, were certified Gold.
In 2004 Wayne released the album “Tha Carter” which included the single “Go D.J.” which saw a surge in Wayne’s popularity. Continuing the success of “Tha Carter,” he released “Tha Carter II” in 2005.
“Tha Carter III” which was released in 2008 saw over one million copies sold in the first week, becoming Wayne’s most successful album to date. It included the number-one single “Lollipop”, as well as “A Milli” and “Got Money”, and won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album.
William Leonard Roberts II, better known as Rick Ross, and sometimes referred to as Ricky Rozay, is one of the more controversial rappers of our time. He founded the record label Maybach Music Group (MMG), on which he released his studio albums “Deeper Than Rap,” “Teflon Don” and “God Forgives, I Don’t.”
In recent news Ross canceled the last leg of his tour (Dec. 2012), citing several reasons as to the cause of the cancelation, including lack of organization on the part of the promoter, and death threats. Gangster Disciples, a street gang that originated from the Chicago area, has been battling with Ross for some time and they’ve posted YouTube videos threatening the rapper.
In January of 2013 Ross crashed his Rolls Royce into a store after several shots were fired at his vehicle. No arrests have been made and no one was hurt in the drive-by.
Produced by RedOne and featuring Justin Bieber, Far East Movement’s (aka FM) “Live My Life” exploded on the radio today and will be available on iTunes and digital retailers this Tuesday, February 28. The monumental track, which has an additional Party Rock remix version with Redfoo of LMFAO, will follow the Dirty Bass appetizer “Jello” that FM performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live SuperBowl Concert series earlier this month. A “Live My Life” music video will be filmed in the coming weeks and both songs will be released on their highly anticipated sophomore album Dirty Bass via Cherrytree/Interscope Records this spring.
“We’re thrilled to have Justin be a part of Dirty Bass,” exclaims Kev Nish. “FM has always focused on unexpected collaborations and mashing up musical genres which keeps making music exciting. ‘Live My Life,’ is a song we think both FM and Bieber fans will enjoy together.”
FM is currently touring the world while working hard to finish up Dirty Bass. They started to develop the album’s sound while on the I Am Music tour with Lil Wayne last summer. They are finishing the album on the Canadian and European Cherrytree Pop Alternative tour with LMFAO while radio airwaves continue to play their worldwide smash singles “Like A G6″ and “Rocketeer.”
“We’ve been performing the ‘Live My Life’ Party Rock remix with Redfoo on the Cherrytree Pop Alternative tour and the reaction has been met with hands in the air and hype energy,” declares Prohgress. “We’re looking forward to the song on the radio and everybody partying wherever they’re listening.”
Dirty Bass has a dynamic universal party sound that brings elements of booming trunk bass to the dancefloor. Far East Movement shaped and co-produced the sound with The Stereotypes and assistance from the above-mentioned RedOne along with other chart-topping producers Bangladesh, Dallas Austin and Cherry Cherry Boom Boom.
If you’re one of those starving artists making a living by having a day job, you may not want to continue reading this. These are some pretty obscene amounts of money for walking out on stage and doing what you do best, but it’s what the market will bear.
Not to worry though. Several years ago Justin Bieber was posting covers through YouTube and now he’s in the top 25 grossing concerts for 2011. It’s all about networking, marketing, social media, and everything else non-music related. I know it sucks, but that’s the reality of making it in any business, especially in the arts.
Keep in mind these numbers are their gross earnings. The bigger their set, the larger the venue, the more their profit dwindles.
Leading the pack was U2, grossing a whopping $293,281,487 for only 44 shows!! That comes out to $6,665,488 per concert. Take That was close behind U2 for the per show gross coming in at $6,385,357.
I was pleasantly surprised to see an old school rock band beating out the likes of Britney Spears! Journey’s Eclipse tour with new frontman, Arnel Pineda, came in at $39m and Britney’s Femme Fatale tour was at $37m. However, the per show take for Spears was $951,000 compared to Journey’s $535,000 per show. Taking into account, sets, stagehands, and supporting personnel, I’d say Journey kicked some serious butt. Their set consisted of the standard fare with a large number of monitors in the background, where Spears set was extremely lavish and expensive with set changes throughout the show. I wouldn’t be surprised if she lost money on her tour.
So here they are:
- U2, $293,281,487 (44 shows) $6,665,488 per show
- Bon Jovi, $192,947,951 (68 shows) $2,837,469 per show
- Take That, $185,175,360 (29 shows) $6,385,357 per show
- Roger Waters, $149,904,965 (92 shows)$1,629,401 per show
- Taylor Swift, $97,368,416 (89 shows) $1,094,027 per show
- Kenny Chesney, $84,576,917 (55 shows) $1,537,762 per show
- Usher, $74,954,681 (73 shows) $1,026,776 per show
- Lady Gaga, $71,900,434 (45 shows) $1,597,787 per show
- Andre Rieu, $67,104,756 (102 shows) $657,889 per show
- Sade, $53,178,550 (59 shows) $901,331 per show
- Michael Buble, $49,856,921 (57 shows) $874,682 per show
- The Eagles, $49,759,190 (24 shows) $2,073,299 per show
- Katy Perry, $48,851,454 (98 shows) $498,484 per show
- Lil Wayne, $46,300,000 (69 shows) $671,014 per show
- Justin Bieber, $44,124,922 (35 shows) $1,103,123 per show
- Glee Live!In Concert! $40,854,811 (40 shows)$ 1,021,370 per show
- NKOTBSB (New Kids on the Brokeback and the Backseat Boys), $40,415,307 (51 shows) $792,457 per show
- Journey, $39,069,939 (73 shows) $535,204 per show
- Britney Spears, $37,100,000 (39 shows) $951,282 per show
- Iron Maiden, $33,085,671 (33 shows) $1,002,596 per show
- Kylie Minogue, $32,559,439 (41 shows) $794,132 per show
- Neil Diamond, $31,303,070 (20 shows) $1,565,153 per show
- Enrique Iglesias, $30,811,001 (38 shows) $810,815 per show
- Jason Aldean, $27,768,963 (58 shows) $478,775 per show
- Toby Keith, $27,313,132 (52 shows) $525,252 per show