Lil Wayne continued his hot streak this week, selling almost a million copies of his latest album Tha Carter IV. Rock the Bells 2011 breezed through New York City, New York, where Ms. Lauryn Hill reunited with Pras and Mos Def revealed his pending name change. T.I. ended up getting hauled back to prison for reasons different than first implied, and former Death Row inmate Jewell speaks on the label’s history, her new book and Dr. Dre’s sexuality.
Lil Wayne Nears A Milli With Tha Carter IV, Makes Peace With Uncle Sam
Lil Wayne made a triumphant comeback this week with the first-week sales of Tha Carter IV. The Young Money leader neared the platinum threshold, selling 964,000 straight out the gate – a number that Birdman claimed was legitimate. He even landed 11 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 simultaneously, and made right with Uncle Sam, who released him from a $5.6 million tax lien. Weezy was also honored with a record-breaking 18 nominations for the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards, including Hustler of the Year and MVP of the Year.
Rock The Bells 2011 Touches Down In New York City, New York
Rock the Bells 2011 took New York City by storm last weekend, with acts like Black Star, Erykah Badu, Cypress Hill and more gracing the stage. During the concert, Ms. Lauryn Hill reunited with Pras for renditions of “Ready or Not” and “Killing Me Softly,” while Nas, Large Professor, Akinyele and Fatal reteamed for “Live at the BBQ.” Backstage, Mos Def dropped a bomb that he will be changing his name to Yasiin at the end of the year, while Badu explained her connection with Hip Hop.
T.I. Brought Back To Prison For Conducting Business
After T.I. was hauled back to prison last week, details have emerged in his recent liberation and subsequent re-incarceration. According to documents, Tip was not supposed to be conducting business during his trip from prison to his halfway house, and was accused of doing just that after police learned that two VH1 personnel and his manager were also on his luxury bus to discuss his VH1 reality show. His wife, Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, also explained that prison officials had no issue with the rapper’s tour bus. Tip is due for release from jail on September 29th.
Jewell, Former First Lady Of Death Row, Speaks On Dr. Dre’s Sexuality, The Label & More
Former Death Row inmate Jewell spoke with HipHopDX this past week, breaking down the inner operations of the label. The ex-first lady explained that she was originally supposed to release an album after Tha Dogg Pound’s Dogg Food, her upcoming book My Blood, My Sweat and My Tears, Dr. Dre’s sexuality and more. Read the in-depth interview here.
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