We already told you about the upcoming Valentine’s Day weekend tour Trey Songz will be putting on, and earlier today tweeted that Lloyd was added as the opening act. Here is the official tour poster. Tickets are on sale now for the DC, Detroit & Chicago shows now Here. Will you spend your Valentine’s Day with Trey and Lloyd?
The day after Gucci got his ice cream tattoo, the man behind the ink, Shane Willoughby spoke with VIBE to discuss the procedure. According to Shane, the rapper was completely sober. Don’t know if that’s a good sign or a bad one.
“I was [hesitant] like ‘Are you sure you want to put that much [ink] in that area? He came straight to the counter and that’s where he pointed. I won’t tattoo anybody if their [drunk] or high because I can’t stand the smell of weed… [Gucci] seemed completely sober. He knew what he was doing. When [Gucci] said he wanted to do the ice cream thing I said ‘Well why don’t we do it somewhere else?’ But he was like I don’t have anywhere else. He said ‘I want something rock ‘n roll.’ There’s nothing more rock ‘n roll then lightening bolts.. I don’t think I’ll ever do [that] again… no matter how successful [the celebrity]. He was stoked. Had no regrets… was jumping up and down. That’s the way he rolls.”
Rapper Gucci Mane, 30, revealed his latest tattoo today (January 13)—an ice cream cone located on his right cheek—causing many fans to question the reasoning behind the artwork.
Kali Bowyer, Gucci’s spokesperson, spoke to Rolling Stone about the meaning of the image. “It’s a reminder to fans of how he chooses to live his life,” she said. “Cool as ice. As in ‘I’m so icy, I’ll make ya say Brr.’” Bowyer also said the design was inspired by a medallion that Gucci has worn for years.
This is the first image of Gucci to surface since he was released from a mental institution. The “Wasted” spitter was ordered to the facility for a probation violation. In regards to the charges, he entered a “Special Plea of Mental Incompetency” to a judge and insisting he was unfit to “intelligently participate in the probation revocation hearing.”
His next court date is January 24.
Lil Wayne is getting back to one of the things he does best: tricking out collabos with his trademark lyricism.
On Thursday (January 13), DJ Khaled's latest star-studded posse cut and first Cash Money offering, "Welcome to My Hood" hit the Net, featuring bars from Weezy, fellow Florida rappers Rick Ross and Plies and rumored Young Money signee T-Pain.
The track, crafted by the Renegades (Fear Factor Music Group/We The Best Music), Khaled and the Nasty Beatmakers, features the victorious, speaker-shattering, hometown-pumping energy typical of the DJ's all-star collabos, with Pain belting lines like, "Everybody know everybody/ And if I got it, everybody got it," over the steely, bass-heavy beat.
Ross leads things off, balancing glossy images of Audemars Piguet-laced wrists and mortgage-payment-sized bar tabs with grimy street operations, wrapping up with, "The Ferrari just a front/ Got the Lambo in the back/ Told you we the best forever/ DJ Khaled handle that."
Plies follows with a souped-up, eardrum-busting flow, detailing the exploits of his city's hardened thugs. "I know some n---as from my 'hood that would've rocked Noriega/ I'm taking Noriega, n---a, the real Noriega," the Fort Myers rapper spits about hometown hooligans capable of ripping apart the infamous Panamanian politician and drug kingpin — not the Queens rapper Noreaga.
Wayne closes the track with lyrics that reference his return to the game — and Khaled-helmed collabos — after his 2010 prison stay. "Back from hell, cell 23/ Tell the warden kiss my ass, pockets are Mo'Nique," Weezy rhymes, shrugging off the drama of the jail bid. He also briefly touches on the 2007 weapons arrest that landed him in the pen, spitting, "Sh-- happens, and since I'm the sh--, I'm who it happened to." The I Am Not a Human Being rapper finishes with lines about his single-minded focus on re-conquering the game, rhyming, "All that bullsh-- is for the birds/ Throw some bread out/ Got it sewed up/ Check the thread count."
Khaled hinted to MTV News last year that the first single for the forthcoming We The Best Forever would get the Wayne treatment.
"When I work with Wayne, I always get the most classic verses, like 'We Taking Over,' " Khaled said. "And this verse with my new one, it's ... I'm not even gonna lie: It's amazing.
"It's one of them anthems that I do," he added. "The streets are gonna embrace it on another level. When you hear it you're gonna be like, 'This is what I'm talking about.' It's that anthem, I got them."
What do you think of DJ Khaled's "Welcome to My Hood" record? Let us know in the comments!
The South got somethin’ to say, and a new book is hoping to be an added voice.
Dirty South: Outkast, Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy, and the Southern Rappers Who Reinvented Hip-Hop tells the tales of some of Southern rap’s biggest acts while simultaneously trying to unpack the stereotype that the music is simple or stupid. Author Ben Westhoff sat down with Luke Campbell, Big Boi, 8Ball & MJG and Scarface to try to create a comprehensive history of the area’s contributions to hip-hop. He dissects the histories and influences of artists and producers from Atlanta, Miami, Houston, New Orleans and St. Louis while also tracking the career trajectories of Nelly, Timbaland, the Neptunes, Geto Boys, UGK, T-Pain, the Hot Boys, T.I., and more.
Dirty South tells of some of the most important Southern movements and moments, from the creation of 2 Live Crew, to the rise of labels like Rap-a-Lot, No Limit, and Cash Money to Lil Jon’s crunk takeover and plenty more.
The book will be available in May of this year through Chicago Review Press.