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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'

drake-lil-wayneImage Credit: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images; Jonathan MannionBeing cooped in a Rikers Island cell won’t stop Lil Wayne from getting some work done. On the eve of his Young Money label mate Drake releasing his highly anticipated debut Thank Me Later (out now), Wayne decided that he wanted to add a verse to “Light Up.” The track already features Jay-Z schooling Drizzy on what it’s like to live in the spotlight. The obvious problem for Weezy was how he would record his verse without being able lay his vocals down in a studio. The answer was simple: Wayne took a day to gather his thoughts and rhymes, then called his crew back to have his verse recorded over the phone. Last week Wayne’s verse leaked online without the beat or appearances from Drake and Jay. This morning Drake’s engineer, 40, posted the finished product on their blog.

“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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Eminem's 'No Love' leaks, features Lil Wayne, and samples Haddaway's 'What is Love'

lil-wayne-eminemImage Credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty ImagesLast night (June 7) “No Love,” a song from Eminem‘s forthcoming Recovery set, leaked online. It features incarcerated rhymer Lil Wayne. Both spit venomous rhymes. I’ll get to those in a bit. More surprising is the beat their vocals are tracked to. Somehow producer Just Blaze transformed Haddaway’s 1993 pop dance track “What is Love” into a menacing cut with kicking bass. The obvious sample doesn’t seem like it required too much effort from Blaze and isn’t one of his best offerings. In his defense, Eminem isn’t the type to select beats like T.I.’s “Live Your Life” or Jay-Z’s “Show Me What You Got,” some of Blaze’s biggest records to date. He seems to prefer simpler, more open records to make sure his words are highlighted. Em’s no stranger to sampling. Back in 2000 producer Mark the 45 King gave him one of his biggest hits yet, “Stan.”  The Dido-sampling track about an overzealous fan was a quaint record that allowed Eminem to tell his eerie story.

On “No Love,” Wayne and Em choose to go the aggressive route. Each takes a turn letting out their anger with intricate lyrics, making up for the lackluster beat. Referring to his jail sentence in the first verse, Wayne asks “Okay, you want me up in a cage? Then I’ll come out in beast mode.” Eminem comes in after rapping about how all his so-called peers need to be yanked off the stage. “Where the f— is Kanye when you need him,” he quips. “Snatch the mic from them. I’m gonna let you finish in a minute. Yeah, that verse was tight. But I’m trying to spit the greatest verse of all time.”

Have you heard “No Love” yet? What do you think of it? Does the beat serve its purpose? Or is it just boring? Let us know.

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Lil Wayne's 'Single' video: Watch here

lil-wayneImage Credit: Jonathan MannionSo what if Lil Wayne is in jail? He banked enough videos before hitting his cell at Rikers Island to last him til he’s released this winter.

The latest is his “Single.” It’s the standout cut from his 2009 No Ceilings mixtape.  Directed by DJ Skoob Doo, who documented Wayne’s last days as a free man, this clip mixes in shots from when Wayne first played the track for friends with two women who play Wayne’s love interests. One’s jealous. And the other validates the first’s jealousy. Check the video out after the jump.

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Lil Wayne writes first letter to fans from jail

lil-wayneImage Credit: Jonathan MannionLil Wayne will be a free man in approximately 215 days and 10 hours, according to the countdown ticker on the new site WeezyThanxYou. Wayne plans to check in once a week from his Rikers Island cell block via the site to tell fans how he’s holding up. Today he posted his first entry, aptly titled “Gone ’til November…

“I’m in good spirits man,” Wayne writes. “For real.” He stresses that even though he’s stuck in prison, “My love and my spirit, however, know no boundaries.”

The message is surprisingly well written. In comparison to his poetic, but poorly spelled Twitter notes from his liltunechi account, Wayne appears clearheaded. Guess we can attribute that to the lack of weed to smoke or alcohol to sip in the bing?

Wayne says he lifts weights and reads the Bible during his spare time.  “Jail didn’t make me find God,” he writes. “He’s always been there.”

He also replies to three letters he received during his first month at Rikers, even asking for one fan’s book recommendations.

“The same way yall miss me, I miss yall, only 100 times more,” he writes in conclusion. “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.”

Miss Lil Wayne yet? Do you think he’ll come back a better man? Let us know below.

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Lil Wayne goes to prison: Why his career will survive

lil-wayneImage Credit: Carlo Allergri/Reuters/LandovLil Wayne will sleep in a cell tonight, now that a judge has formally handed down the one-year sentence the rapper agreed to when pleading guilty last fall to a July 2007 weapons crime. (His original sentencing date last month, pictured, was postponed so he could undergo dental surgery; it was delayed a second time last week due to a courthouse fire.) If he’s lucky, Wayne could get out after eight months for good behavior; if not, fans won’t be seeing him again ’til March 2011. Either way, that’s a long time in today’s 24/7 pop culture news cycle. How will his career weather the time-out?

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Lady Antebellum tops the albums chart again, outselling Lil Wayne

Lady Antebellum are enjoying another week at the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart after selling 209,000 more copies of Need You Now, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Give the country trio a hand: That’s less than half what they sold the previous week, and it’s still more than most artists manage in week 1.

Lady A outsold Lil Wayne, for instance, by a comfortable margin. His rock-ish Rebirth debuts at No. 2 on the chart with 176,000 copies sold. That isn’t a bad number, all things considered, but it’s a tad embarrassing for a guy whose last album shifted a million in a week. Without a hit single on the order of “Lollipop” — and with reviews that ranged from tepid to scathing — it was probably inevitable that Weezy’s Tha Carter III follow-up would be a comparative commercial disappointment. He’ll have a chance to redeem himself on the charts, sooner or (more likely) later, with the long-promised Tha Carter IV, which may or may not come out around the time Wayne finishes the prison sentence he’s expected to start next month.

No. 3 goes to Nick Jonas & the Administration, whose debut Who I Am enters with 82,000 copies sold. There’s no getting around the fact that this represents a dramatic drop from the 247,000 the last proper Jonas Brothers album sold — which, in turn, was a big dip from the 525,000 their previous one managed. Considering that Who I Am is a side project, that 82,000 could be worse. Still, as far as album sales go, it seems Nick Jonas is now substantially less popular than, say, Vampire Weekend.

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Lil Wayne's 'On Fire' video: Evil Victoria's Secret angel, questionable 9-11 reference

Acclaimed rapper Lil Wayne has premiered the video for “On Fire,” the second single from his upcoming, long-delayed (it was originally supposed to come out last April) album Rebirth, which finds Mr. Carter dabbling in the kitschy world of ’80s rock.

“On Fire” is heavily sampled (lifting both the synth and guitar riff) from an Amy Holland song (any one remember her? Bueller? Bueller?) from 1983 called “She’s on Fire.” Hip-hop fans may recall the use of that charmingly dated synth-pop tune in Brian De Palma’s Scarface, or if you played Grand Theft Auto III and tuned in to Flashback 95.6, this was one of the songs playing while you mowed down pedestrians.

Lil Wayne does his best to make the tune his own, playing lead guitar and throwing in a credible hip-hop beat, and while he hardly reinvents the song, he does update it for the modern club scene. The video involves Weezy rocking out in an old-fashioned mansion while a woman seduces him clad in black feathery angel wings, looking like a Victoria’s Secret model from the Dark Lord.

Appropriately enough for a song called “On Fire,” the winged-model writhes around in front of explosions and gives off sparks when petted. Lil Wayne informs us this dark angel is, “Hot as hell, let’s call her Helen/Fireman to her rescue like Nine Eleven,” which would probably be offensive if it made more sense.

What do you think? Should Tha Carter stick to the rap game lest he get burned, or does this retro-styled jam make him the prom queen of the synth-hop ball?

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Boyle isn’t the only belter in town this week, though. Mary J. Blige secured the No. 2 position with 330,000 copies sold of her new Stronger With Each Tear — a solid number, though it’s quite a drop from the 629,000 and 727,000 that Blige’s previous two albums respectively bowed with. Alicia Keys, meanwhile, took No. 4 by moving 280,000 copies of The Element of Freedom in its second week.

Down at No. 9, Lil Wayne’s Young Money crew debuted with 142,000 units moved of their group album We Are Young Money. Those aren’t exactly Carter III numbers, shall we say, but they’re not too bad for a spin-off project like this.

And that was it for top 20 debuts this week. Any surprises in there? Who, if anyone, do you think will eventually topple Susan Boyle’s chart reign? Sound off in the comments.

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Lil Wayne and Eminem drop new single 'Drop the World': What do you think?

“Drop the World,” a new single from Lil Wayne and Eminem, is available for free downloading on the ‘nets this morning. As the Music Mix told you last week, Lil Wayne’s album Rebirth has yet again been pushed back, this time from Dec. 21 to an undetermined date in 2010, possibly as his label tries to find a hit that’ll help the record sell, sell, sell. Could “Drop the World” be that song?

From a couple of listens, I’m going to say no, unfortunately. Not a resounding no, by any means—there’s some life in this single—but it’s no radio-ready jam that’ll take the masses by storm. Why? “Drop the World” has a mesmerizing sort of intro, where Lil’ Wayne seems like he’s being contemplative: “I’ve got ice in my veins/Blood in my eyes/Hate in my heart/Love in my mind” the rapper intones. And that feels nice, actually. But it’s not long before the song devolves into a slurring mess. Lil Wayne quickly blows out the song, begins a string of f-bombs and n-words, and tells us that he’s gonna “pick the world up and drop it on your f—ing head.” Um, alright then. No thanks. Eminem’s entrance—about 2:15 into the song—is a highlight, although it’s nearly as enraged.

But, what do you think, Music Mix readers? Are you a fan of this new collab? Would it make you buy Lil Wayne’s whole album?

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