Rapper Lil Wayne has broken his silence about his recent health scares and assured fans he's taking his doctor's advice after suffering a series of seizures this spring (Apr13). The Lollipop hitmaker returned to hospital on 30 April (13) after suffering his latest seizure, shortly after confirming reports he's epileptic.
It was his latest medical scare, and, he hopes, his last - because he's now taking his health a lot more seriously.
In a new interview on MTV's RapFix Live, he joined music mentor Birdman to discuss the state of hip-hop, and talk quickly turned to his seizures.
Wayne told host Sway, "I'm good; I'm 100 per cent."
Recalling his most recent health scare at the end of last month, the rapper said, "I went to sleep and woke up in hospital. I felt nothing. I just hope it stops happening."
He explained he is taking time to get enough sleep and a nutritionist has overhauled his diet.
Rapper Lil Wayne put his health and business woes to one side to perform at pal Floyd Mayweather, Jr.'s return to the boxing ring on Saturday night (04May13). The hip-hop star accompanied the fighter as he made his way to the ring from his dressing room and then performed new track No Worries before the welterweight championship bout.
The fight night appearance in Las Vegas came at the end of a tough week for Lil Wayne, who suffered another seizure and lost his endorsement deal with Pepsi due to backlash over his controversial lyrics on Future's Karate Chop track.
The bosses of Mountain Dew dropped him as their brand representative after he upset the family of slain Emmett Till by using the tragic teenager's name in an ill-advised rap.
His pre-fight performance gave pal Mayweather, Jr. the edge he needed - the boxer beat contender Robert Guerrero in a unanimous decision.
The undefeated champ has declared he'll fight five more times before retiring.
Lil Wayne has become the latest rapper to lose a lucrative deal over a poor choice of words - the hip-hop star has been canned by PepsiCo bosses after upsetting the family of civil rights icon Emmett Till by referencing the tragic teen in a sexual rhyme. Wayne made a crude link to the teenager, who was killed in a race attack in 1955, in an ill-advised rap on Future's track Karate Chop, upsetting activists, who called on PepsiCo bosses to drop him as a brand spokesman for their Mountain Dew soda.
Officials at the drinks firm have bowed to the pressure, announcing on Friday (03May13) that they had parted ways with Lil Wayne, stating that his "offensive reference to a revered civil rights icon" does not "reflect the values of our brand".
Lil Wayne's publicist, Sarah Cunningham, has confirmed the rapper no longer has business ties to Mountain Dew, but insisted the two parties had split amicably over "creative differences".
The hip-hop star sent the Till family a letter assuring them he would not reference the dead teen or the family in his music again.
Last month (Apr13), Rick Ross lost his deal with Reebok after officials took offence to his rap about using a date-rape drug to have sex with a woman.
Mountain Dew bosses also pulled a new ad created by hip-hop star Tyler, The Creator earlier this week (beg29Apr13), insisting it portrayed racial stereotypes and made light of violence towards women.
In the ad, a battered white woman attempts to identify a suspect in a police line-up made up of black men and a talking goat, called Felicia, who makes threatening remarks to the victim, such as, "Ya better not snitch on a player".
Following a series of complaints, PepsiCo bosses apologised for airing the ad online.
With A&E's Duck Dynasty clocking in nearly 10 million viewers, everyone on cable is trying to get into the "unscripted reality" game. The funny thing is, it's not working for most people. I think the same is true for former Jersey Shore star Vinny Guadagnino on his new family-based MTV talk show The Show with Vinny, which premiered last night (and you can watch down below).
The hook for Vinny's talk show, and the most amusing aspect of it, is that it takes place at his parents' house in Staten Island and he gets the big stars to take the ferry out, eat his mom's Italian food, and be harassed by his often shirtless Uncle Nino (whose naked belly viewers of the Shore could never forget). It's the same formula that A&E uses, putting a camera in with an outrageous clan and watching them bring the funny. And it is pretty funny, watching Vinny's mom serve Lil Wayne sausage and peppers and then force him to take a doggie bag. But if that's the only joke this show has, I'm scared that it will wear very thin very quickly.
The biggest problem with the talk show is that Vinny doesn't quite have the talk show chops to really interview the guests. There are some funny moments when he goes skating with Lil Wayne or plays dress up with YouTube sensation Jenna Marbles, but there is nothing really revelatory about what either guest has to say. After years of playing to the camera in Seaside Heights, Vinny is a natural on screen but he could learn a thing or two about how to build a rapport with his guests without pandering to them or flirting with them (though the later is a bit amusing).
Still, this is a one-joke premise that seems more like a one-season show than something that will carry on for a long time. We'll have to see how it does in the ratings but after the mediocre success of The Paulie D Project, Snooki and JWOWW, and this, there might be an official Jersey Shore spin-off curse.
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You can get away with a lot of stuff when your mom is around. Just ask Vinny Guadagnino, erstwhile Jersey Shore star and the host of MTV's new talk show, The Show With Vinny. Each week on the show he'll invite big-name celebrities inside the small Staten Island apartment he shares with his Italian mother, Paola, and the rest of his loud but loving family.
SallyAnn Salsano, who created the Jersey Shore phenomenon (you're welcome) and now produces Vinny's new show, says that motherly charm made her guests a lot more open than they'd normally be. "[Paola] doesn’t know who anybody is, which is fun," Salsano tells Hollywood.com. "Lil Wayne comes in and she’s asking him questions like do you sing, dance, or act? What do you do, honey? The minute a mom is asking a celebrity a question, you immediately become disarmed. Think about when you meet someone’s parents, how you are. When they ask you a question, you’ll answer it no matter what it is."
Paola might be Vinny's secret weapon, but he's got a leg up on other talk shows for another reason, too: his house. "Very few celebrities you read about are the Tori Spellings of the world whose father was Aaron Spelling," Salsano says. "Most celebrities are people that were a kid with a dream and their parents rallied behind them, or these kids moved out here on their own and were dirt poor and did whatever it took to make it. So in this sense, it was kind of nice because a lot of people came into Vinny’s house and were like, 'This is my house.' ... For a lot of these celebrities, they’re more comfortable in Vinny’s Staten Island apartment with his mother than they are in a giant studio being interviewed."
The show isn't run like a traditional talk show. "We don’t the pre-interviews," Salsano says. "We essentially would say to the celebrity, What’s off limits? If it wasn’t on that list, that means it was ready to go."
But the most important element of The Show's (hopeful) success is Vinny himself. "The thing about being a talk show host is being a good listener, as well as not needing to make it all about yourself," Salsano says. "With Vinny, if you think about his role on the Jersey Shore, everyone always talked to Vinny when they had a problem. You know how you have your group of friends and there’s that one person who, when you’re down in the dumps or you’re excited about something, you go to them? Vinny’s that person. ... He’s so opening and so disarming that whenever a celebrity came into that house, it did not feel like a regular celebrity interview."
In fact, plenty of stars — including Scott Disick, Whitney Cummings, and Ke$ha — were so comfortable they stayed long after their segments were done. "Most celebrities were there between 40 minutes and two hours, and the one that stayed two hours, they probably stayed that long on their own accord," Salsano says. "Some people, after we wrapped the segment, they would come in to say thank you or goodbye or whatever and they’d wind up staying another hour just hanging out."
The Show With Vinny premieres Thursday, May 2 at 10 PM ET/PT on MTV.
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Rapper Lil Wayne has confirmed ongoing rumours he's engaged to his longtime girlfriend after referring to her as his fiancee during an appearance on U.S. reality star Vinny Guadagnino's new TV show. The Lollipop hitmaker has been dating Dhea Sodano since late 2010, and over the past few months reports emerged suggesting the two had taken their relationship to the next level after the beauty was spotted wearing a giant diamond ring on her wedding finger.
Lil Wayne, real name Dwayne Carter, Jr., has yet to publicly acknowledge the speculation, but in a promotional clip for The Show With Vinny, which premieres on Thursday (02May13), the 30 year old is featured enjoying a meal with Guadagnino and gushing about his love of Italian food, saying, "My fiancee is Italian." The rap star has been engaged a total of 10 times, but he has only made it down the aisle once - he divorced his childhood sweetheart Antonia 'Toya' Johnson in 2006 after two years of marriage.
Rapper Lil Wayne spent Tuesday night (30Apr13) in hospital after suffering another seizure, according to a U.S. report. The Lollipop hitmaker, who recently revealed he suffers from epilepsy, was allegedly taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles by his bodyguards following a fit. According to TMZ.com, he was treated by doctors and was discharged early on Wednesday (01May13).
The hip-hop star, real name Dwayne Carter, Jr., has been in and out of hospital in recent months - he collapsed on the set of Nicki Minaj's video shoot for her single High School in March (13) and was admitted to the intensive care unit at Cedars-Sinai the next day after suffering three seizures back-to-back. It was only then, after being released from medical care, that Wayne, 30, opened up about his health troubles and told fans he has been struggling with epilepsy since he was a child.
Rapper Lil Wayne has issued an apology to Emmett Till's family after he rapped about the murdered African-American teenager in Future's track Karate Chop. In an unauthorized remix of the song, the hip-hop star makes reference to Till, who was brutally pistol-whipped and murdered in 1955 for flirting with a white girl in America's Deep South, rapping, "Beat the p**sy up like Emmett Till." The lyric infuriated Till's family, who claimed the tune was insensitive and disrespectful to the tragic 14 year old's memory, prompting activists to petition bosses at Mountain Dew to drop Lil Wayne as a spokesman due to his behaviour.
And now the Lollipop hitmaker, real name Dwayne Carter, Jr., has personally offered up an apology to Till's relatives after the song was pulled from the Internet by bosses at Epic Records. In an open letter addressed to the Till family, he writes, "As a recording artist, I have always been interested in word play. My lyrics often reference people, places and events in my music, as well as the music that I create for or alongside other artists. "It has come to my attention that lyrics from my contribution to a fellow artist's song has deeply offended your family. As a father myself, I cannot imagine the pain that your family has had to endure. I would like to take a moment to acknowledge your hurt, as well as the letter you sent to me via your attorneys. "Moving forward, I will not use or reference Emmett Till or the Till family in my music, especially in an inappropriate manner. I fully support Epic Record's decision to take down the unauthorized version of the song and to not include the reference in the version that went to retail. I will not be performing the lyrics that contain that reference live and have removed them from my catalogue."
The family of Emmett Till, the black 14 year old killed for flirting with a white girl in 1955, have been left unimpressed with Lil Wayne's response to their upset over his decision to rap about the tragic teen. The Lollipop hitmaker has apologised in an open letter for his insensitive rap on Future's track Karate Chop, but Till's relatives still feel it "falls short of an apology".
Lil Wayne made a crude reference to Till, who was brutally pistol-whipped and murdered by white supremacists in America's Deep South, on the Future tune, and he has now assured all those upset by his ill-advised rhyme he will not be repeating it.
In an open letter on Wednesday (01May13), Lil Wayne, real name Dwayne Carter, Jr., wrote, "I will not use or reference Emmett Till or the Till family in my music, especially in an inappropriate manner. I fully support Epic Record's decision to take down the unauthorized version of the song and to not include the reference in the version that went to retail. I will not be performing the lyrics that contain that reference live and have removed them from my catalogue."
The Till family has applauded the star for his decision not to reference the teenager again, but they are still far from happy with him.
Family representative Airickca Gordon-Taylor tells TMZ.com, "While it's commendable that he has vowed to respect the legacy of Emmett Till and his memory to 'not use or reference Emmett Till or the Till family in his music', this statement falls short of an apology, as none is mentioned."
"I'm fine. Thank u". Rapper Lil Wayne reaches out to assure fans he's on the mend after he was briefly hospitalsed in Los Angeles on Tuesday night (30Apr13) following another seizure. The Lollipop hitmaker, who is epileptic, was released on Wednesday (01May13).