Lil’ Wayne

Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr., better known to the world as Lil Wayne, became a hip hop martyr in 2008 after releasing what rock and rap critics have called his magnum opus, “Tha Carter III” to rave critical reviews. Sweeping three Grammys, he was crowned the go-to rapper, making cameos with various artists like Amerie, Drake, Cassie, Keri Hilson, Shakira and Chris Brown, and it wasn’t long until fans started to speculate when the next record would drop. Well, wait no more: His highly anticipated follow-up, “Rebirth,” hit stores February 2nd.

No doubt, Lil Wayne is on top of the hip hop apex. With a hectic schedule ahead in 2010, he looks to drop the heavily-awaited sequel to his 2008 magnum opus with Tha Carter IV later this year, but he may be promoting his work behind bars.

On October 22, 2009, CNN reported that the auto-tune hip-hopper plead guilty on gun charges and is expected to go to trial later this month. The incident stems from a 2007 traffic stop of his tour bus. If the court decides against him, he is looking to receive a one-year jail sentence in February. That still didn’t keep Carter, 27, who has admitted several times in interviews that he smokes marijuana recreationally, to behave. The “Lollipop” rapper, who has been arrested several times for drug possession, was detained at a Texas Border Patrol checkpoint in Falfurrias, after federal agents found marijuana inside two of his tour buses

In a seppuku career move, the rapper launched “The Farewell Tour” at the Desoto Civic Center this past Sunday, January 10, alongside Birdman, Young Money and special guests.

Don’t get yourself down in the dumps. Lil’ Wayne is indeed a busy man and looks to release “I Can’t Feel My Face,” an eagerly-awaited collaboration effort with hip-hop upstart Juelz Santana. Recently, The Dipset rapper stated there are over 25 songs sitting on a computer and they will release the record as a mix tape, if it can’t be released on their label.

That’s not all folks! Louisiana rapper Turk, who was sentenced to 12 years in prison after entering an Alford plea for his part in the attempted murder involving a Swat team deputy, confirmed behind bars that there will be a Cash Money Hot Boys group reunion. Nineties’ Dirty South bad boy Juvenile also confirmed, even stating why the group was held up. In a recent interview, the “Back That Thang Up” rapper stated that a riff had to be settled between him and Birdman before they went to work. The album is expected soon.
To keep us on the edge of our seats, Carter’s latest album Rebirth, is due for release Feb. 2, a week before the rapper is due in a New York City court for the sentencing on attempted criminal possession of a weapon.

His latest rap/rock Cool & Dre produced single “On Fire,” is quickly heating up the charts and with the sexy, bubblegum-goth Chris Robinson-directed music video hitting the airwaves only days ago, we’re sure to hear a lot from the hip-hop monster that is Lil Wayne. Also a strong contender for music accolades in 2011, the charming synth-techno electro-hop club blaster “Drop The World” featuring Eminem, is also working wonders.

This is not farewell, just a long goodbye.

Written by Marcus Scott

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