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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.”

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.”

50 Cents Solo for Dolo?

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50 Cent is moving forward with plans to release his fifth album—with or without his label. The hip-hop mogul unveiled the artwork for 5: Murder by Numbers, which will be available through iTunes on July 3.

“It’s just gonna hit the streets,” said Fif, who has dropped two mixtapes, The Big 10 and The Lost Tape, in the past six months.

ATLANTA — No matter the drama, Cash Money CEO Bryan “Birdman” Williams is riding with his artists. Never one to indulge in rap beef, on Friday (June 15) during an interview with MTV News, Stunna made it clear that he is in full support of Drake in the aftermath of Wednesday night’s brawl in a New York City nightclub that involved Chris Brown and members of their respective crews.
“Well, to me, I think n—as got Drake twisted. A lot of n—as be playin’, pitty-pattin’ with Drake. I don’t like that sh–, period,” Birdman said to us in an exclusive interview. “Drake is one of us, so if you f—in’ with Drake, you f—in’ with us, period!”

Birdman Has Drake’s Back

Birdman wasn’t in attendance when the fight broke out at W.I.P. in NYC, but firmly believes the Take Care MC did nothing wrong. Drake alleges he wasn’t involved in the melee, which left a number of people injured including one of Brown’s bodyguards and NBA player Tony Parker. “To me, Drizzy ain’t did nothin’ wrong, he ain’t done nothin’ wrong to nobody. He just doin’ great music,” Bird said in defense of his artist. “He’s not a reckless guy out there just wildin’ out; he’s a humble kid makin’ great music.”

Drake Vows To Outdo Summer Jam At New York Show

It’s no secret that the #1 Stunna is about his money, and to him, beef is bad for business. “We never been a brand to carry ourselves in any foul manner. None of us, none of the acts,” he said of his Cash Money roster. “We’ve been doin’ this, we want to do this for another 20 years.”

Still, the CM CEO understands how quickly things can get out of hand. He recalls a time where shootings weren’t uncommon between warring factions but now sees those types of altercations as a thing of the past. “It’s a different era, and we don’t promote that, we’re not about that, but I think sometimes sh– get outta hand, and you just gotta be ready for it,” he said. “We did enough of that, so these n—as ain’t got to do it.”

On Saturday (June 16), rumors of an imminent Drake arrest were circulating on the Net but an NYPD official confirmed to MTV News that were “no arrests” looming, adding that an “investigation is ongoing.”

Nasty Nas New Album

Is anything you’re doing brand new? Good, cause 2012′s a year of self-realization and self-activation. Maturing perspectives are making crappy old things look shiny and redeemable. Case & point: Nas’ rebirth. There’s a softer and more huggable side Mr. Jones is showcasing nowadays that has little to do with weighty politics and revolutionary warfare, just a simple request, “This is my life retrospection —feel me for a second.” And needless to say, I do.

In celebration of the new album “Life Is Good” dropping July 17th, 2012, I took the time to pry further into the heart on Nas’ sleeve nowadays and picked a few love lessons we could all toast to. (No I didn’t pirate the bootleg, just sharing my observations as of late. Ha!)

1. Reflecting Vocally On His Failed Relationship

There’s only but so many things a man can say after his public marriage dismantles into a debris offinancial f-ckery. If he’s not spewing out a tirade of 4-letter damnations, he’s emotionally hyperventilating and mums the word. In any event, for the broken hearted man vulnerability hour is far from public viewing. But Nas, comfortably situated in his own skin welcomes the intrusion. On thecover art for his upcoming album “Life Is Good”, he’s sitting on a black sofa with his ex-wife’s green wedding dress draped across his knee (bossy Kelis abandoned it when moving out). Why Nas? “You can see my life on that album cover… love, joy, anger, celebration.” Oh yeah! Almost forgot, reflection and acceptance are default options after love’s made a fool of you! It’s a bit on the high road but certainly in the horizon if you step on your tip toes and grow up. Yup, it’s there– peaking with the sunrise of a new day. Thanks for the light Nas.

2. Recognizing That Girls Gone Wild Are Birthed By Fathers Gone Missing

Overheard: “Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous” which makes the reality of womanizers’ eventually nutting out daughters damn funny! (Bwhahahaha!) It’s a silly, ironic, circle of life, soothsayer forewarned realization  that some men tend to miss but I’m glad that Nasir took the time to grafitti the writing on the wall in his latest single Daughters: “They say the coolest playas and foulest heart breakers in the world. God gets us back and makes us have precious little girls.” It’s like one of those Snapple under the cover fun facts that you knew, but forget you knew: Every woman in the world is someone’s daughter… marination moment. Before her evolution to f-ckme pumps (in wayward cases, clear platforms) there were the doiley trimmed socks that one man found to be darlingly delicate (or should have). Nas playing connect dots between the roles of Pops + babygirl vs. hubby + wifey nudges everyone to fix their posture and remember that everything is everything. Yup, Hooters wings are delicious until you have a daughter…

3. He’s Still In The Running For The “Bag Your Chick” Award (Ha!)

Okay honesty hour, Guerdley wasn’t a happy camper when she first saw the Nicki Minaj “Right By My Side” video featuring Nas! Eeek! Not my finest hour, I know. But really, 1.)  I’m totally one of those chicks in an imaginary relationship with Nas (can you tell?) 2. Seeing him slob down a shoe in for the “Black Girl Lost” album art cover had me looking at my man type hypocritical (sorry Barbz!). But after reciting some scriptures I learned from my anger management classes (kidding but kinda not!) I found a silver lining to anchor my rage –reality. Yes, in reality that vid was such a good look for Nas’ humble sex appeal. Nicki was so happy! Like giddy school-girl, sophomore who’s bra strap was just signed by her teen bop crush happy! For all we know, that vid was an excuse to recreate an intimate moment she had with her wall poster 15 years ago, so you kinda have to be happy for her! Mean time Nas was just laxing around with his signature chill. Dude might as well have yawned, nothing to be overly excited about, just comfortably situated in the obvious facts of the matter, “Yes, I bag those…. If and when I want to.” And every now and then, a little stuntin’ is in order –especially after marital hiatus. Exit swag. Enter swoon.

4. Carrying On Tradition

That’s really the gist of his whole feel nowadays: Love comes and goes, but wisdom doesn’t as long as you exercise it. Love, like life, doesn’t get any easier, you just get better at it. It’s an option that’s almost always eclipsed by other show-boat emotions — rage, denial, fear. If we always look at love like a crash course realization to a secret aspect of life, we’ll always live to love another day, unscathed. Yup, sounds like a good life if you ask me…

How you guys feeling about the softer die of Nas? Are feeling the new messages? Do you think they’re long overdue? Say what you need to say @wwmdtv

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Following the public wake the previous day, family and friends said their farewells yesterday during Nate Dogg’s funeral service at the Long Beach Cruise Terminal. Nate’s manager, Rod McGrew spoke during the service and had this to say:

“He fought a hard fight. The last three years were unbelievable. He didn’t give up. He just had a talk with God and gave up. Two hours before that he was fine. He wanted to go to heaven and hang with his boys. He loved Tupac. He recorded with him. He wanted to hang with Biggie. But the most important thing is that he can walk around heaven with his favorite artist of all time, Michael Jackson.”

After the jump are photos courtesy of MTV and a tribute video, “Nobody Does It Better” created by Snoop and Warren G.





Nate Dogg Mourned At Funeral Service
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Lupe Fiasco’s Lasers might not have been strong enough to secure his position at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top 200 album charts, but he easily remains in the lead as the top rap act this week.

In its second week on shelves Lasers was able to move 46,700 units, giving Lu a seat at No. 3 on the charts, and making his total stand at 251,000, according to the Nielsen SoundScan report.

Six slots down, Travis Barker’s new hip-hop compilation, Give The Drummer Some, debuted at No. 9.  Barker sold 28,400 units of the album featuring artists including; Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Game, Clipse and Lupe Fiasco, among others.

In its 17th week on the charts, Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday continues to move units. This go-round the album sold 25,100 discs, making her overall numbers stand at 1,239,000. She also was able to climb from No 16 to No. 13. Meanwhile, in its 39th week, Em’s Recovery maintained its position at No. 19 while moving another 20,100 units to make his tally stand at 3,736,900.

Kanye and Weezy F both maintained their presence in the Top 40.  My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy checked in at No. 35 with 10,900 for 1,085,200 units overall.  I Am Not A Human Being climbed a few spots to No. 37, as he picked up an additional 10,300 in sales to make his complete figures equal 817,200.

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