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By Rob Markman
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By Sowmya Krishnamurthy
Young Money is keeping it all in the family, quite literally. The label’s newest signee is none other than Lil Wayne’s daughter Reginae Carter.
In an interview with Rap-Up TV, YMCMB honcho Mack Maine explained, “Wayne’s daughter, Reginae, is actually signed to Young Money now.” He further added about the new generation of Young Money “youngins”, “You can expect big things from Young Money’s youngest signee. “Just expect greatness. She’s Toya [Wright's] daughter and Wayne’s daughter, so that’s a great combination. She’s a megastar.”
Young Money is also the home to Drake and Nicki Minaj as well as rapper Tyga.
The label is gearing up for a big 2013 with the release of Lil Wayne’s I Am Not A Human Being II and Drake’s Nothing Was The Same. In the same interview, Mack Maine talked up the new albums. “Wayne being Wayne. Greatness. It’s lyrically insane,” he said. “When he does the I Am Not a Human Being, he actually taps into a different part of his brain where he just talks out of his mind and out of this world. So just expect him being Wayne, but more edgy, saying what he wants, a lot of fun, you know, a lot of high energy.”
Though Drizzy‘s album has no set release date, Maine assures us that we’ll get another classic. “He’s on the same pace as he always is to drop a classic. He’s like 10 songs in,” shared Mack. “Knowing him, that’s only like 4 songs, he probably won’t keep 6 of them. He’s a perfectionist though.”
By Maurice Bobb
When Young Money president Mack Maine talks, people listen. Good thing, too, because when Rap-Up TV caught up with him on the red carpet for the Cash Money pre-Grammy party, he had plenty of information to share about YMCMB’s most anticipated projects of 2013.
“You can expect some more greatness in 2013,” Maine told Rap-Up TV. “Wayne’s album, Drake’s album, Rich Gang album. Trying to work on the Young Money compilation. You can’t forget about the CMB part of YMCMB. Cash is working, Bow Wow’s working, Busta Rhymes’ working, we just trying to drop a million albums this year (laughs).”
After Tyga drops Hotel California, Lil Wayne will drop I Am Not a Human Being II on March 26. Maine, of course, has heard some of Weezy’s tracks and is excited. “Wayne being Wayne, it’s lyrically insane,” Maine said. “When he does I Am Not a Human Being, he actually taps into a different part of his brain where he just talks out of his mind and out of this world. Just expect him being Wayne, but more edgy, saying what he wants, a lot of fun, a lot of high energy.”
Tunechi’s cover art for the LP got mixed reviews, but Maine likes what Kanye West’s creative team DONDA was able to create.
“Kanye’s actually established himself as a designer,” Maine said. “Wayne wanted to work with him, you know, we don’t have a Kanye track on there, so we improvised and we got a cover from him. He did 2 Chainz’ cover (Based on a T.R.U. Story), and we liked 2 Chainz’ cover… Kanye’s great, he’s brilliant.”
As for the yet-unnamed Young Money compilation album, there’s still a long way to go. “I have no date yet,” Maine said. “We only have one song. I’m trying to get some dates where we can all lock in. At least get half of the album done in the studio instead of emailing all the songs.”
Fabolous speaks on his Lil Wayne comment on “So NY,” says he was hoping to uplift the city with the record.
Noted Brooklyn rapper Fabolous may have alluded to Lil Wayne and his comments about New York on his record “So NY,” but during an interview with MTV News Fab revealed that he never had any hard feelings towards Lil Wayne after the Young Money rapper expressed his dislike for the city of New York.
While speaking with MTV, Fabolous explained that the city hasn’t been in the best of places musically and shared that he was hoping to raise a few spirits with the release of “So NY.”
“It’s his opinion,” Fabolous revealed. “So if he doesn’t like New York it’s not a bad thing. I do feel he spoke it out because it was how he felt. New York isn’t at its strongest point musically or something like that. It’s also hard to say that about any place. I don’t care if you do an interview and say ‘Yo, I don’t like Kentucky.’ The people of Kentucky are gonna have a little gripe about that…I took what he was saying and tried to empower some pride back into New York. You know what I mean, ‘I’m so New York, Weezy probably don’t like me.’ That’s what it was more about. Just making a statement and taking what he said and motivating people with it.”
Fabolous even had the opportunity to clear the air with Lil Wayne when the two rappers both appeared at Club LIV in Miami.
“I seen him at Club LIV and when I saw him I was like, ‘I’mma go over there and holler at him.’ Just to check the temperature and make sure everything’s okay because you know people hearing things and I don’t know which way they took [it],” said Fabolous. “And he actually came over to me and came and said ‘what’s up’…That was the end of it there. It was no reason to dwell on it. I even actually took a picture for my Instagram just to show the people that it wasn’t no big deal.”
Pusha T motivated by 2 Chainz’s success, says he hasn’t been impressed by any of Lil Wayne‘s new music.
Virginia rapper Pusha T may currently be in the middle of an on-again, off-again lyrical feud with fellow spitter Lil Wayne, but that doesn’t mean The Clipse emcee isn’t a fan of Weezy’s music.
During a recent interview with DJ Drama on Atlanta’s HOT 107.9, Pusha T revealed that while he’s not a fan of Lil Wayne’s new material he has several of the Young Money founder’s past mixtapes. Pusha T even went on to give kudos to Drake during the interview which was posted on NahRight.com.
“Nah, I don’t like Wayne music,” Pusha T revealed.” Right now, it’s not good. And you’re talking about somebody who got Carter II, III. I got mixtapes…I’m not into the new stuff. Drake be rhyming. He busting. He be getting busy.”
Later in the interview, Pusha T spoke on G.O.O.D. Music collaborator 2 Chainz and how he found himself motivated by the rapper’s tremendous success in 2012.
“To be totally honest, I gotta really say that 2 Chainz was a big motivation for me,” said Pusha T. “Straight up. To even watch what he was doing and to watch how he just took a hold of the game. A lot of his music it was just about hustle. He had records; he had three to four records in the club at any given point in time in 2012. And just to watch that blossom…I took that spirit, I took that motivation, and I really appreciate him for that.”
Pusha T talks diss records with DJ Whoo Kid, says he’d be willing to work with Trinidad James.
The beef between both Pusha T and Lil Wayne was again brought up during a recent interview between Pusha and DJ Whoo Kid, as the Virginia rapper touched on the origins of the two’s indifferences.
While speaking on his on-again, off-again feud with the Young Money rapper and also the Ludacris-led diss record “What They Mad At” , Pusha clarified that his diss records at Weezy weren’t released to create any kind of hype. Instead, he explained that the songs he put out were more so a result of him being reactive.
“You gotta remember the position that I’m in,” said Pusha T. “These guys have way more fans than I got. They got tons of fans and so when you make a blanket statement like, ‘Fuck Pusha T,’ – I can’t let things like that just go. And I can’t just let those type of things slide. I’m not gonna be petty. I don’t wanna get in a talking match with these people. If it’s about rap then let’s rap. That’s why I just rap about it. It ain’t nothing to me…I’m petty and I’m spiteful. There’s nothing worse than a person who is petty and spiteful. I’m both! I can admit that to myself.”
Atlanta rap sensation Trinidad James was also brought up during Pusha T’s talk with DJ Whoo Kid and the G.O.O.D. Music emcee shared that he wouldn’t be opposed to working with the rapper in some way.
“I mean listen man; he got a hot record right now. At the end of the day I love that record man. I be in the club and I see the reaction on it and it’s awesome. He definitely knows how to put together a hit record. I’m not opposed to that at all,” Pusha T revealed.
Tyga may represent Rack City in his music, but the Young Money hit-maker insists that his true home is Compton, California.
Back in December, T-Raww came under some scrutiny after unreleased footage of a shelved MTV game-show called “Bustas” hit the Internet. In it, the California rapper came up in the plush Valley and not the rough and tumble streets of Compton as many of his fans believed. “Grew up not too tough, parents had a Range Rover,” Tyga said in the unearthed footage. “Doin’ it big, not too much hard, but I’m still street.”
Now the rapper is saying it was all scripted. “It wasn’t called ‘Bustas’ at the time, it was a pilot. It was supposed to be who was the next rapper to get signed at the time,” Tyga said of the show during an interview with Power 106′s Big Boy’s Neighborhood, which hit the Web today. “The intro beginning was scripted. I never grew up in the Valley. I lived in Compton/Gardena my whole life.”
Tyga says that he was only 15 years old when he taped the pilot, and his eagerness to make it as an MC overrode his need for street credibility, so he just went with the flow. “I’m young, I’m ambitious. I don’t care. I’m getting a check for this, I’m about to be on T.V.,” he explained of his teenaged mindset. “At this point in my career, I’m at a point where I worked so hard and for people to try and throw negative stuff, it’s just retarded.”
The new father also touched on life as a dad thus far, calling it “special” and talked about he and Chris Brown‘s upcoming Fan of a Fan II mixtape. “I’m dropping my album in March and I think he’s working on something new so, whenever we stop driving Lambos and posting pictures on Instagram, maybe we can finish it,” he said.
Do you believe Tyga’s claim that his Valley claims was scripted? Let us know in the comments!
Lil Wayne is usually animated on the mic, and while having the Young Money boss lend his vocal talents to a Disney/Pixar animation may sound like a good idea, Weezy’s management team has told MTV News that the recent reports are just rumors.
The word was that Weezy would be starring in “The Good Dinosaur,” an upcoming alt-history Pixar film in which an asteroid never hits Earth and dinosaurs are never wiped off the face of the planet. The film will be directed by Bob Peterson (co-director of 2009′s “Up” and writer of 2003′s “Finding Nemo”) and is set for release on May 30, 2014.
Not that an animated Wayne would be foreign to the Young Money camp — both Drake and Nicki Minaj were featured in last year’s “Ice Age: Continental Drift.”
Whatever his plans, Weezy has already been making plans to transition out of music after he drops his Tha Carter V album. If the rap star has his way, he’d fully transition into the world of sports. “I’d be a skater/sports analyst,” Wayne told MTV News correspondent Sway Calloway in November of his ideal future profession. “My day job will probably be sports analyst and I’ll skate all night instead of being in the studio all night.”
Weezy has already appeared on ESPN’s “First Take” alongside sports analyst Skip Bayless and recently appeared on Jim Rome‘s sports talk show, so he’s headed in the right direction.
Though he is currently putting the finishing touches on his upcoming I Am Not a Human Being II LP, the “A Milli” lyricist is rarely without a skateboard as he has now immersed himself in the skate world. Not only has he built skate parks in his native New Orleans and in Miami, he also owns Trukfit, a skate-inspired clothing line. On Wednesday, a picture of Wayne with a new face tattoo surfaced online. The tat read “Baked” in block letters that look strikingly similar to the logo used by Baker, a manufacturer of popular skate decks.
Would you like to see Lil Wayne do animated film work eventually? Let us know in the comments!
Drake secures the Number 19 spot on the “Top 50 Worldwide Tours” list thanks to his Club Paradise Tour.
On top of boasting quite the roster of artists, Drake’s Club Paradise Tour has just earned itself a coveted spot on PollStarPro.com’s “Top 50 Worldwide Tours” of 2012 list. Drake clenched the Number 19 spot on the list and subsequently became the only Hip Hop artist featured on the tour roundup.
According to SOHH.com, the Young Money artist earned a cool $40 million thanks to the Club Paradise Tour which featured special appearances from the likes of J. Cole, 2 Chainz, A$AP Rocky, and Kendrick Lamar.
While the $40 million made during the Club Paradise Tour was enough to put Drake comfortably among the top 20 tour moneymakers, the rapper was still a ways off from Madonna, the top earner on the list, who made a hefty $296 million thanks to her tour.
Other artists featured on the “Top 50 Worldwide Tours” list include Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber, and The Black Keys.
Tyga has to pay up after missing his court date.
A judge has entered a default judgment against Tyga after the rapper failed to show in court.
TMZ reports that accountant Robert Seltzer claims that he and Tyga had an oral agreement in 2011 in which the Young Money rapper could use Seltzer’s credit card to charge various expenses monthly while touring, and pay him back at the end of the month.
Apparently, Tyga never paid a sum of up to $13,396, plus interest.
Tyga reportedly paid some of the cash back.