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Lil Wayne's Open Letter From Jail
It's been less than a month since Lil Wayne officially checked in to begin serving a one year jail sentence at New York's Rikers Island facility.
The Southern emcee has checked in from behind the bars with an open letter to fans, friends, and supporters. In the letter, posted at the rapper's new website WeezyThanxYou.com, Weezy thanked fans for the countless letters of support. Read below.
Lil Wayne's open letter - titled "Gone 'Til November"
During my prison stint, I want my fans to know I love you. I want all of you to know that I appreciate all the mail I get, and this is my way of saying thank you. The F is for Family, Friends, and Fans.
Love. Live. Life. Proceed. Progress. That's who I am and who I'll always be. You see, we're all living on borrowed time, so I'm not worried about this situation. Life happens quick. The more time you spend contemplating what you should have done…you lose valuable time planning what you can and will do. Trying to tear down the past prohibits you from building up your future. So for my time here, my physical will be confined to the yard. My love and my spirit, however, know no boundaries.
I'm in good spirits man, for real. My kids race through my mind all day. They know they were created with love, so love is how their life will be defined. I just hope my love and adoration for them provides a temporary bandage on a wound I unknowingly inflicted on them.
Real soon, you can catch me blogging for ESPN again thank you espn for not letting my passion for sports perish. I work out a lot because it helps pass the time. I read the Bible everyday. Jail didn't make me find God, He's always been there. They can lock me up, but my spirit and my love can never be confined to prison walls.
But this isn't all about me, you are the reason for this letter. It's because of you Rebirth went gold when critics aborted it. It's because of you Young Money is and will always be a movement. If the weight of the world is on your shoulders, I beg of you, place it on mine. That's the least I could do for you, after all you have sacrificed for me. If I could, I'd write each one of you back. Because of this, my team and I have created a website where you can view my letters. Each week I'll answer as many questions as I possibly can.
Mia Edwards (Southern California) – I wish you nothing but the best for you. Earning your Masters in Library and Information Science is beautiful. I'll keep you in mind whenever I decide to do an autobiography on my life.
Kelly Holloman (Brooklyn) – I still remember your letter. You have a great spirit. Thank you for the words and being a real fan. I love you.
Nurris Terrero (New York) – Your letter was so thoughtful and sincere. The way you worded everything left me in awe. Please send suggestions on books I should read. I look forward to checking them out.
For real, this will be the best way we can communicate for the coming months. The same way yall miss me, I miss yall, only 100 times more. To those who hate. Hate is only a form love that hasn't found a way to express itself logically. Keep sending the letters and I promise keep responding. Thank YOU, thank YOU, thank YOU. No matter what they do to erase me, my love for you will always be permanent. Remember that. Take care. God bless.
Give me the patience that I need
To keep my piece of mind,
And with life's cares, I hope, Dear God,
Some happiness to find.
Give me the courage to face life`s trials
and not to from troubles run.
let me keep this thought in mind.
"Thy Will," not "Mine," be done.
Lil Wayne Blogs on Lakers and new track!
"Kobe Bryant" by Lil Wayne -
Lil Wayne's Blog: "I'll be rooting for the Lakers, and LeBron already knows that"
“Some day, I will move to Los Angeles and live out my destiny to become a true loyal Lakers fan at every home game like Jack Nicholson. I will live next to Hugh Hefner and I will be at the Staples Center nightly, because that is my destiny.” - Lil Wayne's (ESPN blog)
Cover: Rolling Stone Has Lil Wayne Rocked Out
via Rolling Stone
How does arguably the greatest rapper on Earth follow up a blockbuster like 2008’s Tha Carter III, an album that moved more than 1 million copies its début week and solidified Lil Wayne’s place in hip-hop history? By shifting gears and attempting to conquer rock & roll. Rap’s alien genius opens up to Mark Binelli about his upcoming rock album Rebirth in a series of revealing interviews for the cover of the new issue of Rolling Stone, on newsstands this week.
“The rock shit just comes from what my life is now,” Wayne, 26, says. “I’ve grown into this person.” He released his first album, 1999’s Tha Block Is Hot, when he was only 17, and built his name on being the busiest rapper in the game, dropping a relentless stream of mixtapes and cameos. (Revisit Weezy’s journey from kid MC to superstar, in photos.) But aside from plucking at electric guitars onstage and in videos, Weezy never let on that his rap career could take such a significant detour. Describing a wild night when he woke up in bed with three or four women he couldn’t name, Wayne reveals he had an epiphany. “I just got — I’m not going to say ’so good’ at what I was doing, but it became such a regularity for me that I got tired of it. And then I said, ‘You know what? I’m not going to rap on this one.’ “
Continue reading ‘The New Issue of Rolling Stone: Lil Wayne Goes Rock’
Audio: Joints of the Week
Method Man & Redman feat. U.G.K. - "City Lights"
Kurupt - "Dream"
Ludacris & Shawnna - "Everybody Drunk"
Wale feat. Lady Gaga - "Chillin'"
Juelz Santana - "Shake That Ass For Daddy"
Pimp C feat. Lil Wayne - "Let's Talk Money"
Live Performances at the 51st Grammys
At the 51st Grammy Awards last night, Lil Wayne entered the L.A. venue with eight nominations! Tha Carter III took home the Rap Album of the Year award, presented by vocoder-boy T-Pain and will.i.am, beating out Jay-Z's American Gangster, Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool, T.I.’s Paper Trail and Nas’ 'Nigger' untitled project.
His single “Lollipop” and "A Milli" earned him Rap Song of the Year and Rap Solo Performance of the Year respectively. His part in the posse-cut “Swagger Like Us” handed him another gramophone award for Best Rap Collaboration.
Jay-Z, Kayne West, T.I. (all of whom had their own performances on the bill) join a ready-to-pop pregnant MIA with her classic 2009 anthem "No-one on the corner has a swagger like us!" Hip-hop held its own at the Grammys!
The hottest rapper in the industry came and proved. Now I'm catching vapors! - Rip [ed]
Check the evening's hip-hop performances below.
"Tie My Hand" by Lil Wayne & Robin Thicke
Lil Wayne Wins a Grammy For Best Rap Album. SPEECH!
"Dead And Gone" by T.I. & Justin Timberlake
"Lost" by Coldplay & Jay-Z
"American Boy" Estelle & Kanye West
Live at the Grammy Awards: "Swagga Like Us" by MIA with Lil Wayne, TI, Jay-Z & Kanye West
Video: Lil Wayne's Pre Grammy Interview
Lil Wayne interviewed by Katie Couric on the night of the Grammy Awards at Manhattan's popular Bowlmor Lanes bowling alley.
Lil Wayne & T.I. Top Billin' Mastertone Sales In '08
In the new computer age, the greatest vehicle for music consumption is done through ringtone sales. It has become a more accurate way of counting an artist or groups popularity status by downloaded ringtone units. Neilsen's RingScan (used for calculating ringtone sales) reports, Hip-hop is accountable for thirteen percent of the top 100 mastertones sold in 2008. The top three belong to hip-hop aswell.
Top honours go to Lil Wayne as the most purchased ringtone of '08. His "Lollipop" track was downloaded 2.36 million times, with a margin of one million plus over runner-up, T.I. whose "Whatever You Like" took 1.62 million purchased downloads.
Flo-Rida followed behind in third with "Low" which came a fraction under T.I. by .02 million units.
The 100 top mastertones of 2008 sold a collective 43.8 million copies, estimated at 26% of all ringtones sold that year.
Video: Lil Wayne Makes Man Of The Year
Cover: Lil Wayne in Outer Space for XXL
XXL October front sees N'Orleans native, Lil Wayne playing the first man in hip-hop to portray the astronaut.