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Wednesday
Nov032010

Fantasia “I’m Doin Me”

Here is the official video for Fantasia’s new single “I’m Doin Me”. 

Wednesday
Nov032010

Chrisette Michele Recruits Rick Ross on “Let Freedom Reign”

Here is the track listing for Chrisette Michele’s new album Let Freedom Reign, which will be hitting stores November 30th. Check it out and stay tuned!

Tracklist:

01. Fairy Tales and Castles (Part 1)
02. I’m a Star
03. Number One
04. Fairy Tales and Castles (Part 2)
05. I Don’t Know Why, But I Do
06. Let Freedom Reign feat. Talib Kweli & Black Thought
07. Goodbye Game
08. So Cool
09. So in Love feat. Rick Ross
10. So in Love (Skit)
11. I’m Your Life
12. I’m from NY (Skit)
13. Unsaid
14. If Nobody Sang Along
15. I Know Nothing

Wednesday
Nov032010

Lil Wayne's Crew To Talk Prison Release On 'RapFix Live'

On Thursday, following an eight-month sentence, Lil Wayne is scheduled to leave New York's Rikers Island. MTV News will continue our breaking-news coverage during WeezyWatch with a special edition of "RapFix Live," which will stream on RapFix.MTV.com and MTV.com at 4 p.m. ET on Thursday. 

Several guests from inside the Cash Money and Young Money families will stop by to discuss Wayne's release, what the MC has planned and just how soon fans can expect new music. Sway will be taking questions from fans during "RapFix Live," so tweet us at @ or upload your video queries to Your.MTV.com, now and throughout Thursday's WeezyWatch broadcast, for your chance to ask a question.

Recently, MTV News spoke to a source at Rikers Island about the rapper's release process. "They have to check his docket number to see that he doesn't have any open cases or open warrants," the source told MTV News. " ... He has to be fingerprinted and dressed. It's another process again before he leaves."

According to the source, Lil Wayne will begin the exit process around the inmates' breakfast time, at 4 a.m. The process could take more than two hours, depending on the work- and caseload on Thursday at Rikers Island. As inmates are processed for admittance and exit, the dockets clear and each prisoner is also cleared, allowing groups to be sent on their way.

Wednesday
Nov032010

Lil Wayne's Rocky Road From Tour-Bus Arrest To Rikers Release

Lil Wayne is set to be released from prison on Thursday (November 4), after serving eight months of his year-long sentence. It's the end of a chapter in his life that began back in July 2007, when Wayne's tour bus was pulled in New York City. Here, MTV News revisits the sequence of events that have brought us to this fateful day, when Weezy once again finds himself a free man.

July 27, 2007: Lil Wayne performs his first major headlining show at New York City's Beacon Theatre. Juelz Santana, Ja Rule and Kanye West join him onstage. But the night ends disappointingly around 11:30 p.m., when police pull over his tour bus and arrest him for possession of a .40 caliber pistol. He's released a day later on $70,000 bond.

January 22, 2008: Weezy's tour bus is stopped by border patrol on Interstate 8 in Yuma, Arizona. A search of the bus turns up $22,000 in cash and three legally registered firearms (one registered to Wayne himself in Florida). But the search also turns up 105 grams of marijuana, 29 grams of cocaine and 41 grams of Ecstasy. Wayne is charged with one count each of felony possession of a narcotic drug for sale, possession of dangerous drugs, misconduct involving weapons and possession of drug paraphernalia.

October 22, 2009: Accompanied by Cash Money CEOs Bryan "Baby" Williams and Ronald "Slim" Williams, Wayne appears in a Manhattan courtroom and pleads guilty to attempted gun possession. Sentencing is scheduled for February 2010, and he's expected to serve 8-10 months. Almost on cue, the very same day, two new Weezy songs leak online. Baby and Slim throw their support behind Wayne.

February 6-8, 2010: Video director David Rousseau shoots nine videos with Lil Wayne over the weekend leading up Wayne's sentencing. The marathon production schedule includes videos for "Da Da Da," "Knockout" and "Get a Life" from Wayne's Rebirth LP, as well as others from the upcoming Carter IV album and the We Are Young Money compilation.

March 2, 2010: After Wayne's February sentencing is delayed due to his need to have multiple root canals performed on his teeth, a courthouse fire delays his sentencing even longer.

March 8, 2010: Wayne turns himself in to the authorities and is officially sentenced to a year in jail at Rikers Island. Wayne nods in agreement with the charges relayed to him by judge Charles H. Solomon, and he's then handcuffed. He gives a final nod to Baby and Slim, and is taken out of the courtroom. It's thought at the time of the sentencing that he may be released as early as October, as months before, in November 2008, he plead to a lesser deal.

April 2, 2010: Wayne launches Weezythanxyou.com, a site for him to post updates, blog and respond to fan mail.

April 20, 2010: Wayne's protégé Drake keeps his name alive at a BMI showcase in Atlanta. He leads the crowd in a "Free Weezy" chant. A month earlier, he tells MTV News he'll do everything in his power to keep Young Money afloat during Wayne's absence.

June 30, 2010: An Arizona judge sentences Wayne to three years probation in the 2008 Yuma, Arizona case involving drugs, drug paraphernalia and firearms on his tour bus. The probation is set to begin when Weezy is released from his prison stay at Rikers Island. Wayne appears before the judge via video monitor and pleads guilty in the case in order to receive leniency in the sentencing.

October 4, 2010: Wayne is ordered into solitary confinement for an incident in May, when he was reportedly found with a pair of headphones and a charger for an MP3 player.

October 12, 2010: While the digital release that preceded it debuts at #2 on the Billboard charts, Wayne's eighth studio album, I Am Not a Human Being, reigns supreme at #1 on the Top 200 when it's released as a physical CD. It sells 125,000 copies its first week in stores. The project, originally intended to be only an EP, is buoyed by the Drake-assisted single "Right Above It," which hits #1 on the Billboard rap charts and #6 on the Hot 100.

November 4, 2010: Lil Wayne is released from prison.

Wednesday
Nov032010

Lil Wayne's Prison Release: Round-The-Clock Coverage

It's "Welcome Home Weezy" week here at MTV News, and every day we're going to be on WeezyWatch, updating you on everything Lil Wayne is doing, from his prison release in New York on Thursday to the Cash Money superstar's scheduled travels across the country in the days immediately afterward.

We're deploying crews across the country, from Miami to Las Vegas and everywhere in between. Check back here, around the clock, for constantly updated coverage on Lil Wayne across our multimedia platforms, including articles, blog posts and TV segments on MTVNews.com, RapFix.MTV.com and MTV.

Wednesday
· 7:25 p.m. Lil Wayne To Be Released From Prison Early Thursday, Drake Says
'Between the hours of 1 - 2am ...WEEZY IS COMING HOME,' Drizzy tweets.

· 6:02 p.m. Lil Wayne's Crew To Talk Prison Release On 'RapFix Live'
On the next "RapFix Live," Sway will focus on Lil Wayne's prison release, even chatting with members of the Cash Money/ Young Money family, Thursday at 4 p.m. ET.

· 2:47 p.m. Lil Wayne's Daughter Wants Homecoming Party With Siblings
Weezy's ex-wife, Antonia "Toya" Carter, talks about the family's post-prison plans, including a party with all of Wayne's kids and their mothers.

· 11:23 a.m.: Bill Clinton Comments On Lil Wayne's Prison Release 'This guy's smart. And he's got a new chance now,' former president says.

· 9:00 a.m.: Lil Wayne's Final Day In Prison: What Will It Be Like? Our Rikers Island source walks MTV News through Weezy's release process.

Tuesday
· 3:18 p.m.: Lil Wayne Has Another Legal Issue To Address Post-Prison Wayne will be a free man, but he still has one last legal matter to attend to in Arizona.

· 3:08 p.m.: Lil Wayne's Bloggers Say Fan Site Kept Him Positive WeezyThanxYou.com webmasters Karen Civil and Karla Moy helped Lil Wayne stay in touch with his fans while he was away.

· 11:01 a.m.: Lil Wayne Posts Last Letter To Fans Before Prison Release Before leaving Rikers Island, a grateful Wayne pens a final salute to his fans, expressing his thanks and extending his prayers to them.

Monday
· 12:25 p.m.: Eminem Looks Forward To Lil Wayne's Prison Release The Detroit lyricist is among the Wayne admirers wondering what Weezy's next move will be.

· 8:31 a.m.: Drake Teases Lil Wayne Concert Appearance Where in the world will Lil Wayne show up first after his release? Young Money soldier Drake has an idea ...

Wednesday
Nov032010

P. Dukes – Closer

Wednesday
Nov032010

Big K.R.I.T. – Pyramid West Interview

Big K.R.I.T. talks about his upcoming mixtape with Yelawolf, getting a co-sign from Bun B, and more. There’s also some footage of K.R.I.T.’s show in Kansas.

Wednesday
Nov032010

Waka Flocka – This Is Hip-Hop

ThisIs50 and director Court Dunn present the eighth installment of the This Is Hip Hop video series featuring Waka Flocka.

Wednesday
Nov032010

T-Pain Addresses MJ Remake Criticism

Seems as if the critics have riled up Faheem. After remaking the King of Pop’s “PYT” for Quincy’s Q: Soul Bossa Nostra, Pain’s been the subject of much criticism. The Autotuner turned to his Twitter account and addressed the “haters”.

For all the ppl that hate mr for ruining pyt just stop listening to my shit. But if Quincy jones tell you he want you to do something, no matter how much shot you know ur gonna get from the dumb asses in the world, you god damn do it. The fucked up thing is everybody being so kind to mj after he’s gone, but how can you wish a man to rest in peace when you never gave him peace in a life time? I had the pleasure of meeting MJ and when I left his house I got a call from his lawyer telling me that MJ wanted me to remake that song. So everybody that’s being overly disrespectful, you don’t have to like me at all, but you also can keep that bullshit to yourself. Like I said I’m making it my job to stay positive on twitter but this is why the image of my ppl is so fucked up cuz we all are to envious and jealous of each other to get passed anything. In conclusion, if you don’t like what I do then stop listening to it, if somebody tells you that my shit is wak, why would you go and try to find it? Just stay off my timeline and my dick and get YO shit together, obviously I’m str8 yasimelike

Wednesday
Nov032010

Bun B ft Drake - "Put It Down" Trailer