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President Barack Obama says he listens to the Rolling Stones, Miles Davis, and... Lil Wayne in Rolling Stone interview

Obama-musicImage Credit: Janet Mayer/PR Photos; Everett Collection; Jerry Livingston/PR PhotosWith the recession officially declared over, President Barack Obama can slide one thing off of his plate and focus on the other 99 he must accomplish. Obviously, he’s a busy guy. But even he finds time to sit back and soak in some tunes. In a new interview with Rolling Stone Obama was asked, for the hundredth time, what is on his iPod. He started of with his regular list of music’s icons.

“I am probably still more heavily weighted toward the music of my childhood than I am the new stuff,” he said. “There’s still a lot of Stevie Wonder, a lot of Bob Dylan, a lot of Rolling Stones, a lot of R&B, a lot of Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Those are the old standards.” He did, however, manage to sprinkle in some unexpected names in addition.

“A lot of classical music. I’m not a big opera buff in terms of going to opera, but there are days where Maria Callas is exactly what I need,” he noted. “Thanks to Reggie [Love, the president's personal aide], my rap palate has greatly improved. Jay-Z used to be sort of what predominated, but now I’ve got a little Nas and a little Lil Wayne and some other stuff.”

So by my tally, this is reason No. 249 why Barack Obama is the coolest president ever. Do you think Bush had an iPod with the kind of variety Obama’s boasts? Actually, do you even think Bush knew how to operate an iPod? What do you think of Barack’s selection? Let us know.

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Diddy, Lil Wayne, Justin Timberlake collab 'Shades' hits the Web

ShadesImage Credit: Joseph Roberts/PR Photos; Bob Charlotte/PR Photos (2)Diddy sure knows how to assemble a dream team. For “Shades,” a newly leaked track that may or may not appear on his long-delayed Last Train to Paris LP with his group Dirty Money, the impresario scored guest vocals from both Lil Wayne and Justin Timberlake. Getting these guys together for his album is quite a coup on Diddy’s part. But does the quality of the song live up to all that star wattage?

Not quite. I won’t pass final judgment on “Shades” while it’s just an unofficial leak — but right now, this song could really use a brisk edit. It opens with some dazed mumbles from Weezy, who rambles on for a minute (“She must be the one/I look in her eyes and see the sun/Even on rainy days”) over a beatless ambient background. Then a highly processed male voice, which I’m assuming is Diddy’s, starts singing. He meanders on for a while before getting to the song’s first hook: “Girl, if you want, I’ll pour a gallon of gasoline on my heart just to light your cigarette/Girl, if you want, I’ll do anything for you/I’ll even take off my shades.” There’s a nice sequence after this layering bright vocal harmonies to heaven, then some more tuneless wandering from Diddy, then more harmonizing.

Finally, well after the four-minute mark, Timberlake finally shows up. Sounds like he’s been listening to a lot of Young Money. His half-spoken verse includes a number of the elided end-of-line similes that Wayne’s crew has popularized on hits like “BedRock”: “I can read your mind, read your mind — Professor X/We could press rewind, press rewind — VHS,” “I’ma bend your body, bend your body — Magneto/Let me have my way, I’ma have my way — Carlito,” and so on. Hearing Timberlake’s voice on a new song is rare these days, so I hate to complain, but I can’t help wishing he’d sing more and rap less.

Diddy’s camp has not confirmed whether or not “Shades” will appear on Last Train to Paris. Have you heard the all-star collab? How do you like it?

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Lil Wayne releases 'I'm Not a Human' video, shows off black light tattoos: Watch here

lil-wayne-tatsMost recently appearing in label mate Drake’s “Miss Me” video, we knew the incarcerated Lil Wayne shot several clips before entering his Rikers Island cell last spring. So when he phoned into a radio station last month to announce that he’ll be releasing his I Am Not a Human Being EP on his September 27 birthday–before he’s released from jail, I assumed Wayne had at least one video in the can to promote it. And yesterday he proved me right, dropping the video to its rock-hop single “I’m Not Human.”

In the dim video, Wayne shows off a few black light tattoos he got just before the shoot, some puckered lips and stars. “I want everybody to know beforehand, when you see the black light and you see the kiss and the stars, don’t think that I got some s— painted on me. That is a tattoo, he says in some brief behind-the-scenes footage that surfaced online this morning. “These are black light tattoos. The s— hurt… The best thing about the black light tattoo is that when you cut the light on, you can’t see them.”

Are you anxious for Wayne to get out this winter? Looking forward to new music from him? Check out the video after the jump and let us know if you think the added pain Wayne endured was worth it. READ FULL STORY

Lil Wayne planning to release 'Tha Carter IV' album on the day he's released from jail: Good idea?

Lil-WayneImage Credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.comWe’ve already reported that Lil Wayne is set to release his I Am Not a Human Being EP on September 27, his birthday. Its lead, Drake-assisted single, “Right Above It,” debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart yesterday. But Jermaine “Mack Maine” Preyan, the incarcerated rhymer’s Young Money label head, revealed to MTV today that the highly anticipated followup to 2008′s Tha Carter III could come just weeks after that.

Since Wayne had recorded so much music before being locked down last spring, Maine said that they plan to release Tha Carter IV on November 5, the day Wayne is released from Rikers Island.

Tha Carter IV plans we had and still have are to put Tha Carter IV out the day he comes out,” Mack told MTV. “He had so many songs for Tha Carter IV, we said let’s just put these 10 songs out [for I Am Not a Human Being] and double back for Tha Carter IV. He has more songs for Tha Carter IV that are still strong.”

Maine also said that Wayne is heavily involved in the song selection process and has picked six records already. A first single “could be as early as October. Or we might just drop the album that day, just surprise [the fans]. Just hope it don’t leak out and drop it that day. I think it would crazy, the anticipation.”

This just sounds like they’d like to capitalize on buzz and make the most money rather than make the best product. You’re telling me I’d have to wait until Tha Carter V (by the way, when will this Carter series end?) to hear a new batch of music from a post-jail Wayne? That’s nuts. For someone whose love for recording music is so robust, I’d expect Wayne to want to jump in the studio as soon as he leaves prison and give his fans some raps fresh from the oven. If there are big records on it, the album will sell either way. Just ask Eminem. I’m looking forward to the album just as much as the next rap head is. But I’m also hoping for a classic one.

Maine also confirmed that Wayne will have a concert the night he gets out, but wasn’t sure where it would be held just yet.

What do you think of Wayne’s release day plans? Is his team trying to take your money or give you the best album possible? Will you try to make it to his first concert post jail? Let us know.

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Drake and Lil Wayne start fires in their 'Miss Me' video: Watch it here

Lil Wayne has a few months left on Rikers Island, but plans are already in the works for a concert to celebrate when he gets out this fall. That’s per his Young Money pal Drake, who told viewers of his webcast last night to look forward to a “Welcome Home Weezy” show on Nov. 5, the day after Wayne’s expected release. Drake also just debuted a video for his song “Miss Me,” and through the magic of video editing, the incarcerated Wayne was able to co-star.

The Anthony Mandler-directed “Miss Me” clip opens with a disorienting collage of imagery over a moody ambient soundtrack. Most of those images recur once the proper song begins. Fireworks explode and a lady in lingerie gyrates as Drake raps, flashing goofy grins and grouchy scowls all the while. At one point, Drake hurls a Molotov cocktail at a brick wall. When it explodes, Lil Wayne is released in the form of a spectral hologram. This eerie Wayne genie then kicks a guest verse, with Drake mouthing along to his lyrics.

Check out the clip after the jump (some NSFW language). Like it? Do you miss Wayne terribly, or are clips like this tiding you over? READ FULL STORY

Lil Wayne debuts new single 'Right Above It,' calls radio station from jail

lil-wayneImage Credit: Jonathan MannionLast night incarcerated rapper Lil Wayne did his first interview since he entered New York’s Rikers Island last March. Phoning New York’s Hot 97 radio DJ Funkmaster Flex from jail, Wayne ran through his daily routine (“I call my my mother, my kids. You know I’ve got a lot of kids to call”) and promoted his upcoming I Am Not a Human Being EP. “It’s going to drop before Tha Carter IV, only on the internet,” Wayne said. “This is stuff that I recorded right before I came here.” The EP hits e-waves on his birthday, September 27.

Shortly after, rival station Power 105.1 debuted the EP’s lead single, “Right Above It.” The triumphant cut features hip-hop prince Drake. It’s not new territory for Wayne lyrically: He raps about women, cash, and loyalty. For avid fans, it will likely just tide them over until he’s released from jail this October to create a fresh batch of music. You can give it a listen here. The radio rip is all that’s available for now. So pardon DJ Clue’s obnoxious drops.

What do you think of Wayne’s new song? Are you anxious for his EP’s pending release?

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Lil Wayne reveals his daily jail regime in new letter to fans, plans to release new EP in September

lil-wayneImage Credit: Jonathan Mannion“Amazing” and “perfect” don’t do justice describing the lyrics Lil Wayne is writing in jail. That’s what the hip-hop star who’s serving time in New York’s Rikers Island prison said yesterday of his new material in his newest letter to fans. In addition to touching on his music, Wayne also took some time out to answer a question he’s often asked. What does he do all day?

“I wake up around 11AM,” he starts in his note. “Have some coffee. Call my kids, and my wonderful mother. I then shower up. Read fan mail. Have lunch. Back on the phone. Read a book or write some thoughts down. Have dinner. Phone. Push-ups. Then I listen to ESPN on the radio. Read the Bible, then sleep. That’s my day.” He has roughly 100 more days of that regime. He’s expected to be released this November.

In other Weezy-related news, his manager Cortez Bryant recently told Vibe Magazine that he plans on releasing I’m Not A Human Being, an EP and prelude to Wayne’s Tha Carter IV, in September. 

“I’ll probably drop it on his birthday, September 27,” said Bryant. It won’t be released for commercial purposes, though. At least not initially, he said. “We’re not about to roll out no three month set up. I’m not even putting it out in stores. We’re just gonna put it out virally and maybe package it up for Christmas. Give ‘em a hard copy later for fan appreciation.” The EP likely will feature songs Wayne recorded before he was imprisoned in March.

Are you going to send Wayne a letter? Looking forward to new material from him? Let us know.

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Lil Wayne gets probation on Arizona drugs and weapons charges

lil-wayneImage Credit: Jonathan MannionWeezy can breathe a little easier today. The Grammy-winning 27-year-old rapper, currently serving one year at New York’s Rikers on a previous gun charge, has received probation after pleading guilty to a reduced drugs charge on June 18 in Yuma County, Arizona.

The case stems from a January 22, 2008, incident in which officers at a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint some 80 miles east of Yuma found an ounce of cocaine, nearly four ounces of marijuana, 41 grams of Ecstasy, and a .40-caliber handgun registered to Wayne on his tour bus (which at the time contained 11 other people), leading to charges felony possession of a narcotic drug for sale, possession of dangerous drugs, misconduct involving weapons and possession of drug paraphernalia—for which Wayne may have faced a 36-month prison term, if convicted.

According to a Reuters report, all other charges were dismissed today in exchange for Wayne, born Dwayne Carter, pleading guilty to one count of possession of a dangerous drug. Wayne himself did not make the trip, appearing instead via video hookup from Rikers.

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Lil Wayne pleads guilty to Arizona drugs and gun charge

lil-wayneImage Credit: Ray Tamarra/Getty ImagesCurrently serving a one-year prison sentence on a gun charge in New York’s Rikers Island, Lil Wayne appeared in a Yuma County, Arizona, courtroom on Friday (June 18) morning through live video feed to change his plea in a 2008 drugs and gun case there to guilty. The Yuma Sun reports that by doing so, his chances of more jail time lessen.

On January 22, 2008 authorities stopped Wayne’s tour bus at a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint almost 80 miles east of Yuma. They found cocaine, marijuana, Ecstasy, drug paraphernalia and a .40-caliber handgun registered to Wayne. He was charged with felony possession of a narcotic drug for sale, possession of dangerous drugs, misconduct involving weapons and possession of drug paraphernalia. At the time Wayne pleaded not guilty to all the felony charges.

The acclaimed rapper could get up to 36 months of probation on the Yuma charges. They’d start after his New York sentence ends. Superior Court Judge Mark Wayne Reeves sentences Wayne on June 30.

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Lil Wayne phones in a verse from jail on Drake's 'Light Up'

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“I’m in my cell, reading fan mail/Wish I was Amsterdam sipping Amstel,” Wayne raps. “Behind bars, but the bars don’t stop/Recording over the phones/I hope the call don’t drop. Drizzy got the ball/I know the ball won’t drop/And I pray none of my kids ever want to be cops.”

The barely audible verse is lyrically a solid offering from Wayne. But without the polishing and mastering only a studio can provide, I doubt I’ll listen to this track ever again. Have you heard it yet? Let us know what you think of it.

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