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.
The 25-year-old rapper stirs up some controversy with his buddy 26-year-old rapper Kendrick Lamar. The epic song, lasting over seven minutes, never made it to his upcoming album ‘Hall of Fame,’ due to mixing issues.
Some of the more potent lyrics has Kendrick rapping:
“I’m usually homeboys with the same n—-s I’m rhymin with but this is hip-hop and them n—-s should know what time it is, and that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale, Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake, Big Sean, Jay Electron‘, Tyler, Mac Miller. I got love for you all but I’m try ta murder you n—-s. Try ta make sure your core fans never heard of you n—-s.”
Big Sean informed fans that his ‘Hall of Fame’ album is expected to drop on August 27 and explained to his Twitter followers:
“Since my new album #HallOfFame is avail for preorder in a couple hours Can I drop something that didn’t make the album?! straight rap sh**… This one that didn’t make the album cuz of the sample BUT IT IS NOT no radio sh–.. Straight rap… I’m talking 7min sh** … Grimey sh**”
Big Sean is somebody to be reckoned with as he recently released a new video for “Fire” featuring Miley Cyrus. He is currently working with girlfriend Naya Rivera from the hit TV show ‘Glee’ on a new song.
So far, no rappers have responded to the lyrics, but you can be sure some of them will respond in kind.
WINNFIELD, LA – Rising rapper and Meek Mill Protege Lil Snupe was shot and killed early Thursday morning. CBS affiliate KNOE was the first to break the story.
Snupe suffered two fatal gunshot wounds to the chest early Thursday morning at the Maplewood Apartment Complex in Winnfield. Paramedics were on scene and were unable to revive him.
Lil Snupe, born Addarren Ross, recently inked a deal with Mentor and Dream Chasers. Meek Mill, the CEO for Mentor and Dream Chasers, was performing at a concert when Snupe was able to pass a demo of his work to the rapper.
Snupe released his first mix-tape, ‘R.N.I.C.’, earlier this year and featured DJ Khaled, Curren$y, Trae the Truth, Meek Mill and Yo Gotti.
Meek Mill tweeted, “The streets killed my Lil nigga Snupe…I always told him don’t try 2 keep it real wit the streets…. Bcuz they won’t keep it real wit you”
Officials say they have a person of interest, but have yet to determine a motive in the killing.
According to multiple sources, including Rolling Stone magazine, the 35-year-old rapper was taken off of a flight he boarded, after TSA discovered marijuana and promethazine in his checked baggage.
Promethazine is the key ingredient used for making ‘sizzurp’ a dangerously potent drug popularized in the southern rap scene.
Just a couple of days ago, Epps was on the other side of the law when him and his posse were robbed at gunpoint in San Francisco.
The location of the robbery just happened to be in front of a marijuana dispensary.
Last February Epps was busted when police found marijuana on his tour bus, but was found not guilty of those charges.
We believe the Atlanta based rapper will be glad to put the sunshine state behind him.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Atlanta-based rapper Tauheed Epps, better known as 2 Chainz, and formerly as Tity Boi, was robbed at gunpoint outside a medical marijuana dispensary in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood on Sunday afternoon.
The 35-year-old rapper was walking down Howard Street near the Green Door dispensary with five members of his entourage at approximately 4:30 p.m., when three men approached the group demanding their belongings.
According to San Francisco police spokesman Sgt. Dennis Toomer, one of the men with a handgun fired a shot, but no one was injured. The trio made off with Epps’ wallet and cell phone and drove away in a gold or grey sedan.
Epps was visiting San Francisco prior to his show in Oakland that same evening at Oracle Arena for a hip-hop festival hosted by local radio station KMEL.
No arrests have been made in connection with the robbery.
Rick Ross is still working damage control after the release of rapper Rocko’s track “U.O.E.N.O.(You Ain’t Even Know It)” three weeks ago.
Today Reebok announced they were dropping Ross as a sponsor due to the lyrics in the song.
In the song Ross raps, “Put molly (slang for pure MDMA, better known as ecstasy) all in her champagne – She ain’t even know it – I took her home and I enjoyed that – She ain’t even know it,” bringing the full brunt of UltraViolet down on the rapper and his sponsors. Ultraviolet is a women’s rights group.
Soon after the song was released Ross said in an interview, “The term rape wasn’t used. I would never use the term rape in my records. Hip-Hop don’t condone that, the streets don’t condone that. Nobody condones that. I just want to reach out to all the queens on my timeline, the beautiful ladies that were reaching out to me… we don’t condone rape and I’m not with that.”
Obviously the rapper has a complete disconnect with the English language.
UltraViolet was instrumental in convincing Reebok to drop Ross after launching a campaign against Reebok resulting in over 100,000 people joining the cause.
On Thursday of last week, UltraViolet supporters flocked to Reeboks flagship store in New York in protest.
Moments before the group hit the store the clueless Ross Tweeted, “I dont condone rape.Apologies for the #lyric interpreted as rape. #BOSS,” still sounding like he doesn’t believe his lyrics depicted rape.
He followed up the tweet with, “Apologies to my many business partners,who would never promote violence against women. @ReebokClassics @ultraviolet”
The result was Reebok dropping Ross as a sponsor, sending Billboard a statement that said:
“Reebok holds our partners to a high standard, and we expect them to live up to the values of our brand. Unfortunately, Rick Ross has failed to do so. While we do not believe that Rick Ross condones sexual assault, we are very disappointed he has yet to display an understanding of the seriousness of this issue or an appropriate level of remorse. At this time, it is in everyone’s best interest for Reebok to end its partnership with Mr. Ross,”
In a statement Ultraviolet responded to Reebok’s decision:
“We are thrilled to hear that Reebok is joining the fight against rape culture and dropping Rick Ross. This is a huge victory for women, for the 526 survivors of rape who were brave enough to publicly confront rape culture, and for the nearly 100,000 UltraViolet members who have poured their hearts and time into this campaign. This sends a strong message that rapping about drugging and raping an unconscious woman is not only morally wrong, but has real consequences. After Steubenville, Americans expect and demand better. Thank you Reebok for taking a stand.”
The offending lyrics are, “Put molly (slang for pure MDMA, better known as ecstasy) all in her champagne – She ain’t even know it – I took her home and I enjoyed that – She ain’t even know it.” The lyrics continue to stir controversy even after Ross attempted to explain them away in an interview with Q93.
In his interview the 37-year-old rapper said, “There are certain things you can’t Tweet and certain things you want people to hear and I want to make sure this is clear… woman is the most precious gift known to man. You understand.”
Ross goes on to explain, “The term rape wasn’t used. I would never use the term rape in my records. Hip-Hop don’t condone that, the streets don’t condone that. Nobody condones that. I just want to reach out to all the queens on my timeline, the beautiful ladies that were reaching out to me… we don’t condone rape and I’m not with that.”
Many Twitter users echoed the sediment of #DirtyGames who tweeted, “Put Molly in her drink she ain’t even know it, took her home and enjoyed it, ain’t even know it” @rickrozay that’s rape bro”
Women’s rights activists are up in arms and one woman in particular, Lolia Etomi, has posted a petition on Change.org, urging anyone who takes issue with his lyrics to help force the 37-year-old rapper to make a public apology.
Etomi writes, “The dominant rape culture today has come from people ignoring and even glorifying statements like this because the song sounds good in the club. You don’t have to be a feminist to support this, but roofy-ing and rape are very serious and shockingly common problems.”
In another online petition at Ultra Violet it states, “His lyrics aren’t vague, he’s not hinting that he raped a woman–he’s clearly and proudly saying that he drugged and raped a woman who was not capable of consent.”
While some may say music is art, others will argue that this song sends a clear message.
Will he apologize? Should he?
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.”
According to TMZ rapper Too Short was arrested early this morning after police pulled him over for a traffic violation in Los Angeles.
Apparently after pulling over Short, whose real name is Todd Anthony Shaw, officers suspected he was under the influence and attempted to administer a breathalyzer test, that’s when Shaw ran for the hills. Only problem is, he tripped and fell before reaching them there hills.
Blowing a .09, which is .01 over the legal limit, Shaw was placed into the back of the cruiser and transported to the station. On the way to the station he tried to dump his narcotics in the back seat of the cruiser.
He was booked for a DUI and felony possession, so far stupidity is perfectly legal.
Short is best known for his hit songs “The Ghetto” and “Blow the Whistle,” along with being one of the pioneer rappers of West Coast hip hop.
In 2010 the platinum rapper was arrested for battery after allegedly trying to beat up three bouncers in Boise, Idaho. The altercation started when guards attempted to stop him from bringing several underage females backstage at a concert.
In 2011 it was widely reported that Short had died from a heart attack, after somebody updated his Wiki page. Frustrated he tweeted, “Stop calling my phone. I’m not dead. Been in the lab working on my 19th album.”
Currently Short is quite alive, albeit not happy, as he wakes to find himself hung over and behind bars.
The Des Moines Register is reporting that Tone Loc collapsed onstage last night during his performance in Des Moines. Apparently suffering a seizure after ending a song the ‘80s rapper went down.
As stagehands were assisting the 47-year-old it quickly became apparent that the show was not going to go on, as security announced that the show was shutting down and everybody needed to leave.
It’s unclear if the rapper was sent to the hospital, or what his current condition is.
Tone Loc is best known for his wildly popular hits “Wild Thing” and “Funky Cold Medina.”
This is becoming old hat for Loc and is the third time the singer has collapsed while performing. In 1995 Loc collapsed at a Los Angeles Lakers game. In 2009 while performing “Funky Cold Medina” at a show in Pensacola he collapsed and was rushed to the hospital. Then in 2011 in Atlanta he collapsed and was treated for exhaustion.