Lil Wayne has refused to let an ankle injury halt his current tour and he performed through the pain at a gig in Connecticut on Wednesday night (31Jul13). The rapper took to the stage at the Comcast Theatre in Hartford as part of his America's Most Wanted Music Festival just days after injuring himself in a skateboarding accident in New York.
Lil Wayne was seen wearing what appeared to be an ankle support on stage, and he also reportedly apologised to fans for his lacklustre movements and explained about his injury.
In a post on his Twitter.com page after the show, he wrote, "Connecticut was amazing tonight and I appreciate how they rok'd (rocked) with me on this bad ankle. I love y'all."
Rapper Lil Wayne injured his ankle in a late night skateboarding session this week (beg29Jul13). The hip-hop star enjoyed an evening out at the Xtreme Wheels Indoor Skatepark in Buffalo, New York on Tuesday (30Jul13), but he left the venue in pain after hurting himself in an accident.
In a post on his Twitter.com page, he writes, "Shout out to Xtreme Wheels skatepark in Buffalo for lettin (sic) us rip this late!!! That's luv (sic)! I rolled my damn ankle tonight! Ain't dat (that) a b**ch".
Lil Wayne previously separated his shoulder in a skateboarding accident last year (12), and the injury troubled him for some time as he refused to seek medical treatment for the problem. He also needed stitches for a gash on his forehead after falling off his board in 2011.
Rappers Lil Wayne and T.I.'s joint tour stop in Charlotte, North Carolina ended in tragedy on Friday (26Jul13), after a man was stabbed to death outside the concert venue. Police have launched an investigation into the murder of 24-year-old James Warren Price, who was killed after allegedly becoming embroiled in an argument with a group of men in the parking lot of the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre following the show.
Witnesses claim the suspects drove off after the knife attack, during which an unidentified woman also received minor injuries.
Cops are now looking at surveillance footage in a bid to find clues to help them track down the men and the getaway car.
Rapper Tyga is facing a demand for $20 million (£13.4 million) from two models over topless shots which appeared in his video for the song Make It Nasty. The hip-hop star, who is signed to Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment, was initially slapped with a lawsuit from Alissa Rae Ross, Azia Davies and Elizabeth Velasquez last December (12) after they filmed semi-naked scenes for his promo.
They claim video producers insisted the film would be "tastefully shot" and that their nipples would be "covered" or "edited out" of the final cut - but when an unedited version of Make It Nasty was released online, they sued for breach of contract, invasion of privacy and fraud.
Now two of the plaintiffs, Davies and Velasquez, have stepped up their legal battle by demanding $10 million (£6.7 million) each in punitive damages over the unwanted exposure, reports TMZ.com.
Rap icons Birdman and RONALD 'SLIM' WILLIAMS will be honoured with the Icon Award at the Broadcast Music, Inc. R&B/Hip-Hop Awards next month (Aug13) in New York City. The Cash Money Records founders will be saluted for their "unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers".
A statement from Birdman, real name Bryan Williams, reads, "It's absolutely incredible to be honoured in this fashion. Cash Money Records is a family first and foremost, and we share this achievement with our entire team and roster. It's because of the immensely talented artists we're blessed to work with that we're in this position, and I want to thank them.
"They deserve this as much as we do. We also want to thank BMI and everybody who's ever believed in this dream that my brother and I first had over 20 years ago. We're going to keep everything going even stronger for the next 20."
Cash Money Records was founded as an independent music label in 1991 and has grown to become one of the biggest in the industry with artists including Lil Wayne on the roster. Williams also recently added Paris Hilton, who is working on her sophomore album.
Previous recipients of the R&B/Hip-Hop Icon Award include Mariah Carey, the Jacksons and Snoop Dogg.
Rapper Lil Wayne has edited out footage of himself trampling on the American flag from his new music video after causing uproar with his antics during the shoot last month (Jun13). The hip-hop star came under fire for appearing to intentionally dance on the Star-Spangled Banner - America's symbol of independence - while filming the clip for God Bless Amerika in his native New Orleans, Louisiana.
Critics were quick to point out that he had also broken the law under the United States Flag Code, which declares the nation's flag should never touch the ground or be stepped upon - although the rules are not widely enforced by authorities.
Wayne defended his actions in a post on Twitter.com shortly after the controversy emerged, writing, "I didn't step on the flag on purpose! It's a scene in a video where the flag drops behind me and after it drop (sic) it's just there as I perform."
However, the rapper has decided not to risk further criticism and has since cut that scene from the final version of the promo, which was released online on Monday (15Jul13).
Lil Wayne publicly apologised to the family of murder victim Emmett Till at a gig in Tennessee after previously upsetting them by rapping about the tragic teen. The Lollipop hitmaker caused controversy earlier this year (13) when it emerged he had made a crude reference to Till, a black teenager who was murdered in 1955, in a remix of Karate Chop, his collaboration with Future.
The lyric, which featured in a leaked version of the song, infuriated Till's family, who claimed the tune was disrespectful to their loved one's memory, but their demand for an apology from Lil Wayne was not met.
The rapper performed a cleaned-up version of the track during a show in Nashville, Tennessee last week (ends14Jul13), and he made sure Till's family knew he was sorry, telling the audience, "I apologise to the family of Emmett Till."
Lil Wayne previously addressed the controversy in a public statement and insisted he would not mention the Tills in his music ever again, but fell short of delivering an apology.
Till was just 14 years old when he was brutally pistol-whipped and murdered in 1955 for flirting with a white girl in America's Deep South.
Pound the alarm: Nicki Minaj is on the cover of August's issue of Marie Claire and she's eager to discuss her new acting career.
After leaving her hosting gig on American Idol because it was "time to focus on the music", Minaj, who studied acting at the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts, is finally getting her chance to put her education to use in way that has nothing to do with one of her fifteen alter egos (Roman Zolanski, Harajuku Barbie, Tyrone, Rosa, etc). The rapper, who is currently filming her role as the larger-than-life assistant to Cameron Diaz in The Other Woman, says that when director Nick Cassavetes offered her the role, "I was like, 'Why does this guy believe in me?' He goes, 'I've been watching you on Idol, and you're great.'" She says that Idol "made me seem more relatable to the everyday person. It's cracked that shell for my image. I've become something bigger than Nicki Minaj."
Starships were meant to fly, and so was Minaj. Her first album, Pink Friday, went platinum and her second, last year's Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, sold more than a million copies worldwide. Now, the former Idol judge will drop her third album, tentatively titled The Pink Print, next year. But even with a successful music career and fifteen personalities to back her up, Minaj is still human: about acting alongside big-named actresses Diaz and Leslie Mann, she admits "I would be lying if I said I was not nervous. I can't blow this."
And although the talented rapper "at least want(s) to do three more albums," she also says that "one day, when I start getting a couple gray hairs, maybe it will all be only acting. I just never know. I've kind of become the poster child for doing the things that no one expects." She just wants to live in this moment 4 life, okay? The August issue of Marie Claire will hit newsstands on July 16 but her interview has already been released. So in the words of Minaj and will.i.am: check it out.
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Lil Wayne is facing legal action from a teenage singer he signed to his Young Money Entertainment label amid allegations the youngster has been abandoned by the hip-hop star. Torion Sellers claims the Lollipop hitmaker reneged on a promise to release his debut album by spring, 2012 after signing him when he was 13, and the now 15-year-old artist is eager to be released from his contract so he can pursue other opportunities.
He has filed papers in a U.S. court asking a judge to declare his deal invalid because the business arrangement he agreed to with Wayne and his label partners was not submitted for court approval - which is a legal requirement for all contracts with minors, reports TMZ.com.
Wayne has yet to respond to the court action.
Miley Cyrus and Chris Brown have been named and shamed as the worst celebrity role models for kids, according to a new survey. Former Hannah Montana star Cyrus, who got engaged at 19, topped the female version of the CouponCodes4u.com poll, earning 68 per cent of parents' votes after moving away from her squeaky-clean image, narrowly edging out embattled Lindsay Lohan, who is currently in court-ordered rehab, by three per cent.
Reality TV star and new mum Kim Kardashian came in third place, while Amanda Bynes and former Teen Mom star Farrah Abraham rounded out the top five.
Meanwhile, Brown was unveiled as mum and dads' most unpopular male pick, taking 71 per cent of the vote following his infamous 2009 assault of then-girlfriend Rihanna.
Kardashian's boyfriend, rapper Kanye West, was second with 67 per cent and teen superstar Justin Bieber took third place, thanks to his recent hard partying and allegations of reckless driving. Lil Wayne and Charlie Sheen complete the men's countdown at four and five, respectively.