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It’s no secret, New York isn’t one of Lil Wayne’s favorite places to visit. Tunechi has expressed his feelings about performing in the city before, but when Weezy told MTV News earlier this week that he doesn’t like the Big Apple his comments caused quite a stir. Why now? Why didn’t Lil Wayne’s detractors come to light when he first told New Yorkers how he felt about doing shows in their town?

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It was July 22, 2007, when the YMCMB juggernaut took the stage at the Beacon Theatre for his first headlining show in New York City. MTV News was on hand to shoot the show, and watched as Wayne got searched by police upon entering the venue. Once Tune finally took the stage, he expressed his frustrations to the crowd.

Lil Wayne’s feelings toward New York are nothing new. Yet, when Tunechi told MTV News this week that he doesn’t like the Big Apple, it sparked a public outcry. But in fact, the very first time Wayne made his distaste for NYC known — there was no outrage at all.

It was July 22, 2007, when the YMCMB juggernaut took the stage at the Beacon Theatre for his first headlining show in New York City. MTV News was on hand to shoot the show, and watched as Wayne got searched by police upon entering the venue. Once Tune finally took the stage, he expressed his frustrations to the crowd.

“Let me tell y’all somethin’: I just went through the worst f—in’ feelin’ ever backstage with y’all security and y’all police,” an aggravated Weezy said as the crowd cheered him. “So, I’m here to tell y’all this will be one of the only times you’ll see me on a New York stage, the way they’re treating me right now.”

The sold-out Beacon showered their rap hero with applause as he tore through his set rocking a vintage Run-DMC T-shirt. Outside of the venue, however, rappers feuded with police. Juelz Santana, Jim Jones, DJ Khaled and Kanye West were all on hand to rock with Weezy that night. “Going into the show, I felt like I was going to prison,” Khaled revealed to MTV News later that year.

But for Wayne, leaving the show was the worst part. After the concert, his bus was searched by police, who arrested him on charges of gun possession. Wayne eventually pleaded guilty and was given a yearlong sentence. In 2010, the rap star served an eight-month bid in New York’s Riker’s Island. It seems obvious that the Big Apple holds a ton of bad memories for the MC.

So when MTV News caught up with Wayne on Monday in Las Vegas, and he told us, “You know, flat out, I don’t like New York,” it was clear to us that he wasn’t referring to the city’s citizens or the rap community.

In fact, Wayne went on to say how he had an “awesome” time performing in the city with his YMCMB protégé é Nicki Minaj during her August 14 show at the Roseland Ballroom. Still, DJs at NY’s Hot 97 radio station — who have been carrying on a feud with Weezy and Nicki Minaj — charged that the multiplatinum spitter had disrespected New Yorkers and fielded a number of calls from riled-up listeners.

New York State Sen. Malcolm Smith took things a step further and held a Times Square press conference on Wednesday demanding that Tunechi apologize to the city. But we’ll probably see Tha Carter X before we see Lil Wayne say “I’m sorry.”

Will the Celtics hop on Rajon Rondo’s back again this season?

For the final installment of this year’s Summer Forecast series, we wanted to close with a focus on the key element of the Celtics’ 2012-13 season, the one topic that will be in the spotlight more than any other, and the one that would ultimately dictate the success of this year’s team.


We’re breaking up the summer doldrums by trying to predict exactly how the 2012-13 season will play out for the Boston Celtics.

We had to close with Rajon Rondo.

During our 15-part series, we’ve touched on a variety of key topics, including who will emerge as the team’s starting shooting guard, whether a rookie like Jared Sullinger is ready to make an immediate impact, and if this is the year that Boston finally gets a much-needed boost from its bench.

Along the way we also debated who would emerge as the team MVP and it was a landslide victory for Rondo. It’s not hard to see why: The 26-year-old point guard is vital to the success of the team and will be the focal point on a star-studded roster.

It also seemed appropriate to end with Rondo given the way the Celtics offseason played out. Sure, the team put its core back together and added some supplementary pieces, but the biggest story line was the departure of Ray Allen — officially ending the Big Three era. In the aftermath, Celtics coach Doc Rivers came out and again hammered home the notion that this Rondo’s team.

Our panel, which did a spectacular job carrying this series all summer long, nails it again with this one. We’ll let them do most of the talking. But one theme jumped out and it’s something we’ll spotlight here before passing the microphone.

The most intriguing aspect about Rondo is his continued growth and development. We’ve seen him morph from a deep-on-a-bad-depth-chart rookie to the spunky young point guard that defenses ignored on a championship team to now the focal point of a title-caliber team littered with Hall of Famers. And we’re all left wondering the same thing: What’s next?

Each year, Rondo has taken a step in his progression. Each year, he wows us with something new in his arsenal or an improvement in another area of his game. He’s come far in six seasons, but there’s this excitement about what still lies ahead.

And it’s with that growth that the Celtics jump on Rondo’s back a little bit more.

Read on as our panel explores the importance of Rondo.

T.I “Go Get it”

Two years after releasing “Teflon Don”, Rick Ross was back full pledge with his fifth studio album “God Forgives, I Don’t”. The rapper returned to No. 1 on Billboard Hot 200 after falling short of ruling the chart with his previous record in 2010.

It became Rozay’s fourth chart topper, joining his first three No. 1 albums; 2006’s “Port of Miami”, 2008’s “Trilla” and 2009’s “Deeper Than Rap”. It also marked his best sales week, surpassing the 198,000 sales number posted by “Trilla”.

His latest album boasted his collaboration works with the likes of Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, Meek Mill, Usher and Drake. “[It] is a very dark story. It’s extremely lyrical, the music is next level. I’m expecting nothing but the biggest results,” he once said.

Among those collaborations, Rozay called his track with Dre and Hov a “masterpiece.” He gushed of the appropriately-titled song “3 Kings”, “I feel it’s the biggest collaboration in hip-hop. Not just this year, maybe previous years.”

Jason Terry’s mouth is ready to back up the guarantee that his latest tattoo suggests.

Jason Terry becomes a dedicated Boston Celtic


Last week, we noted that the new Celtics guard modified his tattoo of the Larry O’Brien trophy to include Boston’s leprechaun logo. Terry, of course, got the original NBA championship trophy tattoo prior to the Dallas Mavericks’ run to the 2011 title.

Was the tattoo addition his way of guaranteeing a 2013 title for the Celtics? Duh. Of course it was. reports that the always brash and confident Terry has officially guaranteed that the Celtics will be the 2012-13 NBA champions.

“There’s the lucky leprechaun,” he told WBZ-TV’s Steve Burton during an interview Thursday at Canton’s Reebok Headquarters that will air Sunday night on Sports Final, “and he’s spinning the Larry O’Brien trophy, which we will win this year.”

“If I looked at our team and what they accomplished last year, they’re one game away. They’re one game away from going back to the NBA Finals, and I think they win it. This year, put a little ‘Jet Fuel’ into the mix, and I think we have the team.”

He furthered that sentiment in speaking with the Boston Herald.

“Where I’m at right now in my career — I can’t speak for the other guys — but where I’m at in my career, it’s about winning championships, and I got the taste. They let me taste it. They should’ve never let me taste it. And I got one, but as you know, the Celtics, they’re going for No. 18. And so I’m a big basketball fanatic. I’m a historian. I love the game, a student of the game. So I know what it means to put that uniform on. So I think we’ve got a good opportunity this year to win again.”

Terry’s swagger, surely, is music to the ears of Celtics fans. Maxing out confidence and expectations is the only way things can be done for a franchise with Boston’s history and with a roster that’s fully committed to winning now rather than building for the future. It’s a smart way for Terry, who signed with Boston back in July, to make a good first impression.

His assessment isn’t totally off-base either. Thanks to an eletric few months from LeBron James, a time that has seen him win his first NBA title and his second Olympics gold medal while capturing regular season and Finals MVP awards, it’s easy to forget that his back was against the wall in TD Garden, the Heat down 3-2 in the Eastern Conference finals. Indeed, it took a legendary performance from James in Game 6 to push the series back to Miami, where the Heat were essentially held even by the Celtics for three quarters before they finally pulled away in stunning fashion the fourth.

Had Chris Bosh not returned from an abdominal injury just in the nick of time, had James not put on that legendary performance, had one or two Celtics entered that series in slightly better health… the what if’s are seemingly endless for a Boston team that has been one of the league’s most successful playoff teams over the last five years. They’re always there, lurking, even after being written off multiple times.

Next year’s Celtics will be a new-look group thanks to the departure of Ray Allen and the addition of Terry, Courtney Lee and rookies Jared Sullinger and Fab Melo. Jeff Green is also expected back after missing the entire 2011-12 following heart surgery. That, plus the evergreen trio of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo and the return of promising young guard Avery Bradley, puts the Celtics back into the mix once again.

On paper, Miami is still the clear favorite in the Eastern Conference. The Indiana Pacers (everybody important is back), Brooklyn Nets (a totally re-tooled roster), Chicago Bulls (assuming Derrick Rose returns sooner rather than later) and the Philadelphia 76ers (with the addition of Andrew Bynum) all loom as teams that could compete for homecourt advantage. But none of those teams, at least right now, would seem to give Miami as many problems as Boston.

Don’t be surprised if the Heat’s path to the Larry O’Brien trophy runs through Terry and the Celtics, just as he’s predicting, and don’t overlook how close the 2011 East finals really were. The Celtics might not be one of the three consensus title favorites — the Heat plus the two obvious Western Conference powers, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Oklahoma City Thunder — but they will need to be accounted for, once again.

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