-Lil Wayne’s New Bling: Lil Wayne is the latest rapper to be honored with the keys to Lafayette. He was ambushed by Louisiana mayor Joel Robideaux just before he hit the stage to perform before University of Louisiana students and conferred the honor, suspended on a neck chain. Weezy appeared genuinely awestruck at the recognition of his contributions to the city. Before him we saw Foxy Brown handed the key to Brooklyn in March, Drake bestowed the key to Toronto and Kendrick Lamar the key to Compton.
-iLoveMakonnen Announces OVO Split: The inevitable has finally happened. In a letter to Pitchfork the ‘Tuesday’ star has announced plans to part ways with Drake’s OVO Sound outfit. He was at pains to make the split appear amicable despite it being common knowledge that his debut album on the imprint has been subjected to many delays. “I cannot thank OVO….enough for all they have done for my career. No words can express how much I appreciate Drake…Sorry, there’s no beef to report,” read iLoveMakonnen’s official quit statement.
-Rick Ross White House gaffe Boasting experience with both sides of America’s prison system, it was only right that President Obama reach out to Rick Ross for some insights on criminal justice reform. In fact Rozay still had on a government-issued ankle bracelet for his latest offence when he joined Common, Nicki Minaj, Ludacris and other hip hop artists at the White House. It was in the silence after the president’s speech that the device went off, surprising everyone in the room, including the MMG rapper himself.
-College takes action against Action: “You’re not welcome here, sir.” That’s the message Trinity College delivered to the New York rapper after dropping him from a concert lineup. The institution took issue with Action Bronson’s lyrics which they said promote misogyny and homophobia. This is not the first time the Vice Records rapper has been barred from performing because of what have been taken to be his views on violence against women. He was struck off the George Washington University’s Spring Fling concert a few weeks earlier.
-Breakfast Club’s Shortest Interview: Cash Money co-founder Birdman found himself in the center of a social media whirlwind after his less-than-two-minute-long interview at the popular Breakfast Club show on Power 105.1. The 47 year-old walked into the studio moody as a rattle snake flanked by a three-man entourage. Even before he sat down he issued a warning to Charlamagne Tha God, DJ Envy and Angela Yee: “Stop playing with my name.”
“Quickest Breakfast Club interview ever,” was all a stunned Charlamagne could manage after Baby and his crew had walked out. Things were however a lot less heated and a lot more relaxed in Birdman’s Angie Martinez interview, filmed the day after. Word is though that Birdman has since apologized to the Breakfast Club crew.
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