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|Sat, November 06, 2010 at 6:15 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
HOLLYGROVE, New Orleans — Lil Wayne is a free man but before the otherwordly MC returns to the studio to get back to recording, he's traveling across the country to attend to legal obligations and family reunions.
Wayne arrived in Yuma, Arizona, on Friday afternoon (November 5) to finalize his probation stemming from another case, and he's expected to show up at Drake's Las Vegas tour finale on Saturday before his official homecoming party in Miami on Sunday.
But before he returns to the limelight, Wayne was heading back to his hometown: Hollygrove, New Orleans. According to Young Money's Mack Maine, he and Wayne, along with others, had plans to attend Friday's New Orleans Hornets hoops game against the Miami Heat.
"We about to go to the Heat game, they playing the Hornets," Mack told MTV News on Friday. "[Hornets Guard Chris Paul] provided us courtside tickets. We just celebrating life, just trying to pick up where we left off from. We'll hit the studio soon, we got the party Sunday, [but] right now, this is where it all started.
"The past 12 hours since he's been home, it's been a lot of family time, everybody just catching up with him," Maine continued. "We're talking, smiling and laughing. He got to see his kids; that was a great feeling for him. He just left court in Arizona, and he's heading here now. So basically, it's just been a little work and a lot of fun."
The rapper was later photographed at the game, seated next to Maine, manager Cortez Bryant and label head Bryan "Baby" Williams. He sported dark sunglasses, a white T-shirt and a red fitted cap. The tightly contested game went down to the wire and The Times-Picayune snapped Wayne eagerly holding his hair wrapped beneath his chin as he watched his hometown Hornets defeat LeBron James and company, 96-93.
The superstar lyricist does not have any formal plans while he's in town. He's expected to reconnect with hometown friends and family, according to Mack Maine.
"I'm pretty sure the city has been waiting to see him," he said, flanked by Kangol Slim and Mista Meana of New Orleans act Partners-N-Crime.
"We out here," he added. "We're energetic."
Source: Jayson Rodriguez/MTV
|Sat, November 06, 2010 at 6:07 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
West Coast Hip-Hop veteran/TV star Ice-T is expanding his business portfolio with a strategic partnership with Aiko Importers and Pay Up Management to promote and distribute a new line of liquor named Original Gangster XO Brandy.
OG XO Brandy is produced in France and handcrafted in small batches, created with a blend from "exceptional vineyards" to ensure a distinctive flavor.
Representatives for Aiko Importers reached out to Ice-T's manager Mickey Bentson a year ago, who happened to be looking for an alcohol brand Ice-T could really get behind.
"Ice-T sat down with me and I told him, 'you have to see the presentation.' He loved the taste and the bottle. At the direction of Ice-T, I also told them we didn't want money, we wanted a partnership," Ice-T's manager Mickey Bentson told AllHipHop.com.
"Ice decided it would be best to have partnership in the business so we can build other brands. The bottles are great and the liquor is fantastic," added Bentson, who also owns Pay Up Records, a label that recently inked a major deal with Empire Distribution and signed artist Mr L.O.C. (Bay Area), Devon-P & TJ (UK) and Half Lip (PA).
"Coco will end up with her drink as well, and I will end up with mine. We think long term. We are building other brands within this company," Mickey Bentson told AllHipHop.com.
OG XO Brandy, which was founded in 2004 near Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, is currently available in select markets in the United States, including Boston, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Chicago.
By 2011, OG XO will be will be available in every market in the U.S., with a retail price of $22.99-$42.99.
In related Ice-T news, the superstar actor/rapper has been added to the lineup of performers during a concert celebrating the Zulu Nation's 37th anniversary in Harlem, New York at the Center for Hip-Hop Culture Center at Magic Johnson's Theater.
In addition to rappers like Ice, Sadat X, DJ Tony Touch and the Soul Sonic Force, Bentson is planning to introduce Half Lip, a new rock band on his Pay Up Records imprint.
"If you wait long enough, something big will come along and Ice-T waited," Mickey Bentson said.
For more information on OG XO Brandy visit http://www.aikoimporters.com or http://www.payuptheblog.com.
|Wed, November 03, 2010 at 10:56 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
George Bush has admitted when Kanye West said, "George Bush doesn't care about Black people," it was one of the worst moments of his presidency.
The revelation was made in Bush's new book, Decision Points, and discussed in an interview with Matt Lauer of NBC.
"He called me a racist, and I didn't appreciate it then. I don't appreciate it now," Bush tells Lauer in a show that airs on November 8. "It's one thing to say, 'I don't appreciate the way he's handled his business.' It's another thing to say, 'This man's a racist.' I resent it, it's not true."
Bush continued, "Yes. My record was strong I felt when it came to race relations and giving people a chance. And it was a disgusting moment."
Kanye West dissed Bush during a telethon for victims of the flooding after Hurricane Katrina. West was supposed to read a script from a teleprompter, but he broke protocol and blurted out, "George Bush doesn't care about Black people," among other statements. Bush and other governmental agencies were criticized for slow response, acts of brutality and disorganization during the ordeal.
There were other moments that raised the ire of Bush, he says in the book.
In the book, he wrote, "Five years later I can barely write those words without feeling disgust. I faced a lot of criticism as President. I didn't like hearing people claim that I lied about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction or cut taxes to benefit the rich. But the suggestion that I was racist because of the response to Katrina represented an all-time low."