As he gears up for his "CUTTHROAT" release on Nov 16 featuring Three 6 Mafia, Slim Thug, Project Pat, Twista, Lil Wyte & more... we catch Juicy J in the lab with Diamond & Lil Scrappy and on the road with Wiz Khalifa
During Drake’s tour stop in L.A. last night, Drizy shared his first phone convo he had with Weezy since his release with the Gibson Amphitheatre crowd. Under the cut, Mr. Graham brings out Nicki and Tyga. Drake’s tour wraps up tomorrow in Vegas.
In the newest pic, which DJ Scoob Doo tweeted on Thursday (November 4), the megastar spitter checks out the video for his "Steady Mobbin' " collabo with Gucci Mane. The duo's respective legal entanglements forced the MCs to film each part of the video separately, and the picture shows Wayne viewing the clip, which premiered over the summer during Wayne's eight-month bid, for the first time; he also got a first glimpse at his "I'm Single" video
In the photo, Wayne views the video on a laptop resting on a grand piano and appears to be focusing intently on the clip, his plate of fresh fruit untouched and covered in plastic wrap. However, Weezy does appear to indulge in a smoke, clutching what appears to be a cigar, with a plateful of ashes lying by the computer.
The photo is a snapshot of what is shaping up to be a busy 72 hours for the newly freed superstar. Young Money President Mack Maine informed MTV News during his "RapFix Live" interview that over the next few days, Wayne will hang out with family, fly to Arizona on Friday for a court date and celebrate his release with a blowout bash in Miami on Sunday.
"There's a lot of smiles, I'm pretty sure some people are gonna be crying. ... It's just going to be mixed emotions and a lot of just rejoicing," Maine said of the expected vibe among Weezy's inner circle as they welcome him back. "Everybody is going to be happy to see him, and of course, we have parties coming up."
Just as Lil Wayne was celebrating his release from prison this week, T.I. was issuing his first major statements from behind bars. The King of the South, who re-entered a low-security federal penitentiary in Arkansas on Monday to serve an 11-month stint for probation violations, posted messages on his website on Wednesday and Thursday. They gave a peek into how he's feeling about being back in prison for the second time this year and what he thinks about fan reaction to his video with Chris Brown for "Get Back Up."
"To all of you who say, 'He should practice what he preaches,' and 'How could he do something so stupid ... AGAIN?' You're absolutely right, and I couldn't agree with you more," wrote Tip (born Clifford Harris) about fans who've flamed the rapper for landing behind bars again after his arrest on September 1 in Los Angeles for drug possession.
"But you know what? As history has shown us before, I find my greatest inspiration during my darkest hours," he continued. "So all fans of music, T.I. or not, should be able to agree that No Mercy will surely be my best work yet. After all, isn't that what it's all about? If I never went to prison, never did drugs, never f'ed up again, did everything right and never made great music ... would you even care enough to comment on T.I.? Doubt it, so bear that in mind while you jump to your conclusions, guys. Martin Luther King once said, 'Notice not the comments of your enemies but the silence of your friends.' So although I'm still in touch ... watching, reading and listening, I'm not concerned with what negative people say more than I am with what positive people don't."
T.I. revealed this week that No Mercy (formerly called King Uncaged) will hit stores on December 7. The rapper's seventh album and first release since 2008's double-platinum Paper Trail features guest spots from Kanye West, Eminem, Chris Brown, The-Dream and Christina Aguilera. The disc also includes production from such superstar knob twiddlers as Dr. Luke ("Magic," "Right Round"), Danja ("My Love," "Knock You Down") and Jim Jonsin ("Whatever You Like," "Lollipop").
"This album represents some of my best work inspired by my most recent best and worst life experiences," Tip said in an earlier message on his site. "They say adversity brings forth inspiration so y'all can imagine how inspired I've been during the recording process for this album. I've been taking stock of myself and digesting everyone's comments and criticisms. Now it's my turn to express myself and take you into my mind. The real won't hate and the truth won't wait! If God is with me who can be against me."
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Imagine going instantly from eight months in pitch-black darkness into the blazing sunlight. Or starving yourself and then sitting down at an endless buffet with every kind of rich food you can imagine.
That may be what rapper Lil Wayne felt like Thursday (November 4) as he celebrated his release from prison after eight months behind bars, including a final stretch in solitary, according to psychotherapist Allison Bobick, director of student advancement at New York's Touro College Graduate School of Social Work.
"The danger is when you have been deprived of something and then get it in excess, you swallow it and take it up in excess and it becomes a rush, it becomes an extreme version," said Bobick, who specializes in anxiety and bereavement and who works with an internship program at Touro that gives ex-cons help in getting their masters in social work. "They're both extremes, and whenever you have those extremes, it prohibits you from living a healthy lifestyle."
Bobick said rather than the normal balance of being alone sometimes and spending some time with family and friends, Wayne faces going from complete solitude to suddenly being thrust in front of dozens of people and, if he shows up, as rumored, at Drake's show Saturday in Las Vegas, thousands of people.
"You get lost in there somewhere," she cautioned. "You're nobody's or you're everybody's, and that's an extreme way of living." Though many prisoners face self-esteem issues after their release because of the shame they feel for spending time behind bars, or anxiety when someone asks about their incarceration, it's possible Wayne may not have those same issues. As a world-famous rapper with an eff-the-world attitude and a career that stayed afloat while he was at Rikers thanks to his Young Money cohorts and a hit album, I Am Not a Human Being, Weezy should be able to step right back into the limelight without worries about how his fans are perceiving him.
But the more dangerous pitfall for Wayne — who has never shied away from rapping about his love of illegal substances — is the potential of using those drugs as a crutch to deal with his intense emotions, Bobick said. "If he is already someone who has a difficult time coping with his emotions and he has to numb them, now you go from the emotion of complete isolation to a massive embrace," she said. "Those are strong emotions, and you won't necessarily be able to cope any better than in the past, and it may be even more intense."
Because a prison sentence — especially one that involves time in solitary, as well as the kind of segregated protective custody famous people like Wayne are subject to for their own safety — is such an isolating experience, Bobick said Wayne may also find that those around him are unable to fully grasp his emotions upon release.
"For people to cope in the world and to be emotionally and mentally healthy, you need intimacy in your life, and that's somebody knowing you," she said. "When you're onstage, you may be loved, but it's not like you're known. It's like Michael Jackson: loved by millions, known by none. Nobody knows what you experienced, and even if they give you a welcome party, there's a piece missing. Is someone asking, 'How was it for you?' Is anyone asking how he tolerated those eight months? I wonder if he will suffer from that because of the extremes. Will it really hit home and will he feel loneliness or isolation?"