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A Few Updates On Lil Wayne From This Past Week!

Wed, Jul 6, 2011 by

Lil Wayne, Mack Maine & DJ Stevie J At Club LIV On July 3

Its been a very quiet week on Lil Wayne, which is why there has not been any updates on this website. I’m guessing he has been spending much more of his time in the studio finishing up Tha Carter IV and his Sorry For The Wait mixtape. Anyways, I’ve decided to make one post with some of the little news we received this past week on Weezy. In the pic above (one more after the jump), you can see Tunechi, Mack Maine and DJ Stevie J partying at club LIV on July 3rd for Jessica White’s birthday.

After the jump, you can watch a video of Curren$y and Lil Wayne reuniting at one Spitta‘s shows on his The Jet Life tour, a video of B.o.B. announcing that his next single will feature Wayne and be called “Strange Clouds“, and read a recent Birdman interview with XXL Magazine.

Lil Wayne, Mack Maine & DJ Stevie J At Club LIV On July 3

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Curren$y and Lil Wayne reunite in Miami on The Jet Life Tour.

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B.o.B. speaks about his new single featuring Lil Wayne that he played in a Vegas club.

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XXL Magazine June 2011 Cover Story With Birdman

Below, you read XXL Magazine’s June 2011 full cover story with Birdman:

When you look around at the industry and see the lack of moguls doing it like they used to, what does that make you think?

When I look around, through my years and my time, you know, the game, it was a lot in the field, a lot of people doing it. And I look around, and it’s like, Where the fuck did everybody go? I ain’t never understood that, but the game like that sometimes. That muthafucka’s gon’ keep ya or it’s gon’ leave ya. It’s all on you.

So you look around and feel like everyone’s gone… What does that feel like? How does that work?

Just how heavy it was, how many different brands you had, how many different artists. Now it’s a new era, really. A lot of the old acts ain’t around no more, of the era when we come in the game. The labels, the corporations, they not supporting the brands. I think one of my biggest things was I been an independent brand. I always owned my own brand. I never been funded by them. It’s P&D deal. I was always able to use my money to do everything we wanted to do, too. So when you bagged up by them and they money, and you ain’t working out… You might have one bad year, and they’ll give up. Things might not balance out. It could be any little thing. Times change, like 9/11, depression. People didn’t wanna fuck with money like they used to. In my situation, I never had them do that for me. I always floated my own money. We made our own moves.

You and your label have been through a lot of ups and downs. You had major success coming in the game in 1998, but by 2001, the Hot Boys had broken up; Juve, B.G. and Turk left the label with beef; and Lil Wayne wasn’t nearly as big as he is now. A lot of people had written you off. What were you thinking?

You know, the way I grew up was, I lost my mama at two. My daddy died when I was, like, seven. My brother died when I was, like, nine. So I been losing lives all my life. So for the acts to leave me, it really made me stronger, ’cause personal life made me this way, and growing up taught us that we have to take a loss and try to make it into a gain. And it’s all I really had in life to do was music. So they losses, really, when they left, it opened me up to have to go harder, you understand me? At that time, Wayne was young, so I had to get it in. We had to go hard as a team. So then when he came to the plate like, “Let’s do it,” that was a wrap.

It seems like an interesting role that you took at that point in the label. You named Wayne president of the company in 2005. You were stepping back in a sense.

Honestly, I gave him the floor. He wanted it. I been with him since he was seven years old, eight years old. I been in his life all of his life. And he was like, “Let me handle it.” At that time, me as an artist, losing my sister and everything I was going through personally, I was just like, “Go ahead, I’ma just support what you gon’ do. You can handle it.” And I took a step back. Probably was the smartest move I ever made in my life was to let him go ’head. And I saw his…he had a vision, and we stuck with it. I believed in him. I believed in everything he wanted to do, and I supported it. I still do that today.

What did it mean to take a step back?

Back then, I was looking at the flow, too. Observing the game. We had a lot of niggas in my position don’t wanna take the step back, and I didn’t wanna be one of them niggas, you know. I understood he can do it longer than me. He had the talent. And it’s my son, so I’m gon’ support whatever he wanna do. And I ain’t have a problem stepping back. Go ahead, you do it. I’m gonna rock with you. It’s yo’ world, our world. Do ya thing.

At that time, before Wayne blew up so big, was there ever a thought of, Maybe we don’t do this anymore? Did you ever think of quitting?

Never was, No, don’t do it. I always knew that he was gon’ do it. I was gon’ let him do it, ’cause he was young. So for me it was that or back on the block.

You had come so far. Could you have really gone back to the streets?

I mean, honestly, we never left there, you know. I just didn’t wanna have to be one of those ones who was a story like, He did it this year and ain’t do it the next year. I couldn’t. It was a fear factor for me to have it and don’t have it, be on top then don’t be on top. ’Cause I always studied the game. I watched the Suge Knights, the Master P’s, the Sean P. Diddys, Tony Draper, James Smith. I watched Eaz. I studied them, and I wanted to be better than all of them together.

Okay, so YMCMB is a little confusing. Is Young Money on Cash Money and Universal? If you’re signed to Young Money, are you signed to Cash Money? Is it the same label? Sister labels both on Universal? Can you explain?

Me and my son is partners. We partners. Everything we do, we do together. We 50/50 with it, and we one. I don’t look at us as separate. We one. We’re a unit. We a team. It’s our family. We work together, and we grind together, and we a team. Just point-blank, we’re a team.

So it doesn’t matter if Nicki and Drake are signed to Young Money or Cash Money officially?

They signed to Young Money.

But affiliated with…

Cash Money.

So it’s different on the paperwork, but you get in the studio, stay involved with everybody the same?

Yeah, I still do that. I love doing that. That’s what keeps me young, being in the studio. I worked with them all. We all got personal relationships. They my son acts. They the new talent, and they very talented. I think Drake gonna be the next best to ever do it, after Wayne. He gon’ hold the world down, and I feel like Nicki there. It’s just a matter of time. She will be…you never had a female artist that you would put in the realm with the males to be the best. That’s the picture we paint to the world. This is family, me and my son, Wayne. You know where we come from and how hard. Ain’t nothing never came easy to us. It’s a together-forever thing, and we wanna grow and let the artists grow. Let them be as big as they could be and just keep growing as a brand.

Do you think that you get the respect that you deserve for the role that you played over the past 10-plus years in hip-hop?

Nah, not at all. But it do give me another motivation. It make me wanna work harder. Maybe I didn’t work hard enough. I’ma just keep going hard and keep tryna let my muscle, my money, my creativity, just keep us getting bigger and bigger. I think we have a lot to do, and I have a lot to do. But I definitely think people ain’t got it yet, and that’s good, too. I respect that.

Why haven’t you?

I don’t know. They gotta answer that for me.

Has it not come from the industry? Has it not come from your peers? Has it not come from fans?

The industry know what it do. ’Cause it do what it do, and when it comes down to it, they know what they gotta do, where it gotta go. We bigger than life, for real, though. I don’t think nobody is doing it as much as us. No brand is out there like us. I really don’t weigh it like that. I like to get the numbers and, like what y’all doing. I think that’s respect, and I feel we deserve that respect. ’Cause we going hard, and when you look around, there’s no other peers. It’s like it is the last man standing.

Most people who have lasted as long in hip-hop as you have have grown into a different look over time. A more “grown,” CEO look. You’ve gone the other way, tattoos on the face, the head. When did you decide, Doesn’t matter, I’m tattooing myself everywhere?

This my life. I knew this since I was 15 years old: either the streets, death, jail. My life didn’t come from books and education. I come from the projects. So I had already put it in my heart, This is gon’ be for me. I did this young, 14, 15, with tats. Then I just went crazy. I think that’s our lifestyle. We rock stars. So that’s how that go.

Do you and Wayne compete for who has more?

Nah, I can’t. He got way more than me. I can’t fuck with Wayne. He go hard. I went hard, but I ain’t go that hard.

You have a large red star on the top of your head. You went hard.

Five of ’em. Yeah, if you look at it that way.

Besides running the business, you still release your own albums. Where does that come from, and what do you like to rap about anymore?

Wow, that’s just my grind. I feel like I’m just hustling. I like to talk about my life and my lifestyle. When I started this shit, I didn’t understand a lot of shit about life, because I was young. I didn’t understand why we had to live in these lil’-bitty-ass houses; you lucky if you got just one car. I ain’t understand this shit. When I was young with money, I didn’t get it, so I did it different. I wanted a lot of cars, a lot of houses. I just didn’t get that shit. So I think, today, I just paint that life that I hope the whole world get. Live it, you know. Try your best to get it, ’cause it’s there.

Over the years, everyone has asked you about the Hot Boys, and Juvenile and B.G., and a reunion and them coming back to Cash Money. Is that something you regret? Are you at peace with them? Do you wish they were here now?

I just think, you know, I love ’em. I talk to B.G. all the time. I talk to Turk sometimes. But I think we just in separate directions. But I’ll help them in any way possible, if they ever ask me. If they ever need me for anything, I’ll be there for ’em. It’s no love lost—we grown. The things we went through then, you know, we can’t change that, but we got nothing but love and respect for ’em. I brought ’em in this game. I brought ’em into this shit. You never know. Maybe one day, but right now, we in different directions. But if they ever call me, I’ll be there for ’em.

You and Wayne have been together for so long. How hard was it for you when Wayne went to jail?

Wow. That was some other shit. That shit was crazy. But once we realized he had to go, we had to buckle up and G up and go for what we know. We had to set a strategy. He had to go, so we just had to G up. Everybody wanted to make sure to please him—it was all about him. Everybody, the fam, the team, it was all about him. We helped him do that time by just supporting him, being there all the time.

Did you visit a lot?

Once every two weeks.

So when he got out, it must’ve been a relief. What was that like?

One of the happiest times of my life. I mean, we been feeling that way ever since he been home. Every day. We’ve been doing it every day like the same day he got out. Every fuckin’ day been like that. We been poppin’ bottles, making money. Every day feel like that day he got out. I’d like to relive the rest of my life like that. It feel good.

In April, Forbes magazine ranked you No. 5, tied with 50 Cent, on their annual “Hip-Hop’s Wealthiest Artists” list. They said you had a total wealth of $100 million. You went on the radio in New Orleans and said their estimate was low.

They wildin’. I think I should be worth more to them, if they look at the brand and the years. I mean, if they predict me as a hundred, I’ve been doing this 22 years and you averaging me with, what, $4 million a year, $5 million a year?… I ain’t trippin’. I don’t care about being on Forbes. That don’t make or break me at all.

Yeah, but it’s still kind of a cool thing, come on…

Ain’t no diss to it. I respect it, but let’s just get that shit right.

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  • first. not that i care.

  • TeeeeMacccc

    FIRIRRSSSTTTTT

  • tuuunchi

    FIRST !

  • MR_YMCMB

    Hey Mr. Carter Tell Me Where Have You Been!?!?!???!??????!

    @MR_YMCMB follow me I follow back 🙂

  • tune777

    Not first

  • Eddie

    yaheard

  • d-boy

    Hell Yeaaahhhhhhh

  • prime

    5th follow me @tunechi_quotes on twitter C4 bitches

  • Look At Me Now

    Why Macknupid Pullin Stupid Faces SMH

  • hunter

    Sweet thanks Danny u that man!

  • Birdmans interview is pretty good. And u kno we r all weezy fans so rep for weezy all day everday!

  • MR_YMCMB

    They been asking, They been searching, They been wondering where!?!?!?

    @MR_YMCMB if you have a twitter you know what to do.

  • thbt

    birdman is so cocky baahbahaa

  • THANKYOUBASEDGOD

    SWAG SWAG BASEDGOD NIGGUH

  • yassine

    Mack Maine and DJ Stevie lil wayne

  • Ecko

    Yeah Da lilwaynehq.com Drought is over!

  • Real_G

    Curren$y COME BACK HOME!!!!!!!!!

  • damn its 10.5 stars lmao but birdman gangsta as fuck lmao

  • DJBASSCAL

    alright thank you danny but what about the c4 single ?

  • i’m_gonna_kill_weezy_for_this

    OThat nigga birdman is worth more than 300 milli…only that most of his money aint clean money…ya digg? Meanwhile, still waiting for wayne’s mixtape! This aint fair oo

  • StarENiX

    Finally! You know any update is better than no update, and the inter row was actually interesting. TY Danny!

  • StarENiX

    Interview* fucking auto correct

  • Dg713

    Bird Man is a true stunner in the game. Where can I find these Schism Apparel shirts that these guys have been wearing?

  • yeaa nigga

  • Pnut

    follow me plz!!! ha @pnutisgreat

  • Pnut

    follow me! ha @pnutisgreat ill follow back

  • It’s CeeJ

    worth reading the birdman article?

  • mr__tunechi

    its about time but will wayne be on tygas well done 2 mixtape

  • It’s CeeJ

    …worth reading the birdman article?

  • T-Wayne09

    “At that time, Wayne was young. So I had to get it in.”

    o.O

  • Hector

    Lil Wayne x Curren$y!
    now we want a collab!
    YMCMB x J.E.T.S.!

  • It’s CeeJ

    Money outweighing problems on a triple beam
    I’m sticking to the script, you niggas skipping scenes
    Be good or be good at it

  • It’s CeeJ

    where the fuck is kanye when u need him?

  • john

    when is the “how to love ” video being released ? has it even been shot ??

  • YMCMBIRMDAN

    birdman is the shit

  • y m cm b

    stop holdin out weezy
    itunes is down 4 hundo points. drop something if u really got it…

  • Neezy

    Weezy and Curren$y
    EPIC!

  • juan

    why doesnt interviewers ever ask birdman about being so fucking illuminati

  • travis26

    @juan go kill yourself..5 star means” 5 * general ” and 5 star is a blood thing. u dumb ass

  • AYOOO

    MAAAANNN THAT’S WUSSUP I BEEN WAITING FOR SPITTA AND WEEZY TO DEAD THE BULLSHIT! NOW IF WE CAN GET THEM TO DO A MIXTAPE AFTER C4 THAT’LL BE THE SHIT.

  • MR_YMCMB

    @Travis26 haha thanks for teaching that Nigga real quick YMCMB no illuminati !

    Birdman road Lil Wayne to the top. He still a G tho!

  • wayneo7897

    that b.o.b. wayne joint gon’ be so hot i can tell that shit goin straight to tha top

  • Fuck B.o.B!!!! OFWGKTA

  • Follow me on twitter @nicefswagg much love YMCMB !

  • REAL-TALK

    sorry 4 the wait

  • Birdman jr.

    Follow me on twitter @liltunechi.
    p.s. I won’t follw you back or even acknowledge your existence.
    YA DIGG!?

  • first

    frist

  • weezy

    first

  • Joey

    curren$y and wayne should make a mixtape. and b.o.b was drunk as hell

  • OFWGKTA!!!!!!!

  • 3peat

    THANKYOU!

  • man that nigga rocks ymcmb allday everyday

  • The wait is over! expect the mixtape by wayne by the of end of this week. He rapped over monster and all that shit this is exclusive info from rapradar.com dont forget to credit us. Thankyou

  • Also on the tape it will feature one “orginal song” that holds its own unqiueness the tracks name will be revealed later at a spokes conference i have been told Look out for the C4 single up up and away coming imediately prod by timb its a duet between wayne and timb i presume

  • Danny M

    Waynes “Sorry For The Wait” Mixtape droppin tomorrow 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • YMCMB

    Diving in deep shit the money keep CLIMBING

  • YMCMB

    Birdman is a G, maybe he talks big but he rlly looks like a funny uncle where you can chill with @MoneyTalksBullshitWalks

  • WeezyBleezy

    Theres a picture of Ashanti and Wayne in the studio……..wtf!!

  • argeni

    eminem is better

  • hardwork22

    @ Dj@ Clueless
    How do you know all this????

  • MR_YMCMB

    Is that “Danny M” or someone that is lying! Don’t play is it really dropping 2mrw?

  • GoWeezyGoWeezyGo

    Eminem is not better.

  • fuck lil wayne he a bitch ass niggaa.. he culd suck my dick . or birdmans bitch nigga

  • Aishwarya Singh Thakur

    THA BEST RAPPER ALIVE

  • tony

    Even though I don’t care for Birdman’s rapping that much, I have a lot of respect for him.

  • @Danny M is the tape really dropping tomorrow?!?!?!?!?!?1

  • Luiseezy F. Crazy

    WOW BIRDMAN DID PRETTY DAMN GOOD ON THAT INTERVIEW!! NOW I KNOW WHY ALL HE RAPS ABOUT IS MONEY AND CARS AND I RESPECT THAT SHIT. YMCMB!!!!

  • when is it dropping?

    when is it dropping tomorrow?
    ymcmb

  • MJ

    hope the original track is the CDQ of that snippet from last week, shit went hard

  • YMCMB No Matter What

    @MJ what snippet from last week?

  • MJ
  • YMCMB No Matter What

    @MJ damn, I could see that being his original track!
    @Dj@_Clueless I hope you’re right! ‘Cause 1.) That Monster track would be fuckin’ sick! 2.) I want that mixtape soon.. and 3.) Your comments made my night if you are right!

  • GoWeezyGoWeezyGo

    @Rafael
    Obviously you the bitch ass nigga who let’s niggas suck his dick. Wayne is far from a bitch ass nigga. Don’t hate the man cause he bankin. He goes hard in any song I’ve ever heard him in. If you really think that your fucking nuts dude.

  • GoWeezyGoWeezyGo

    WAYNE IS THE FUCKING MAN. Sorry butt that comment really pisses me off lol. If he sucks get the fuck off this site. I bet you’ll still buy the Carter 4 too!

  • I dont see how haters come all the way to a Nigga’s website to hate do that on your own time

  • that is the shit est update where the fk is “sorry for the wait”

  • Alex

    Yo Danny, why did you twitted that you’re wondering if you are getting the lil wayne single and the drake single tomorrow???? where are them singles at???

  • marley g in da 2nd pic

  • danny, why cant i access the forums?

  • MR_YMCMB

    Danny!!! The forums are gone 🙁

  • kiidcrzy
  • yung_money

    @DANNY M no word on the sorry for the wait mixtape yet ??? the wait almost over the mixtape this month the album next month im feeling like CASEY ANTHONY RITE NOW LMFAO IT’S ON NIGGAZ YMCMB

  • MOB all day

    how has it been a slow week when weezy announced his plans to retire?

  • AYOOO

    WEEZY SAY IN A INTERVIEW WITH XXL HE’S NOT FEELING THE BEATS THAT’S BEING SUBMITTED FOR C4! I HOPE THIS DOESNT MEAN ANOTHER PUSH BACK! :-/

  • #504

    mannnnn weezy and spitta need to drop a mixtape together !! do it for the city yall…that’ll be dope

  • dress like YMCMB – http://www.Whadafunk.net

    When is this Lil wayne mixtape gonna drop??????? WHAT THE HELL CMON ALREADY

  • hardwork22

    When is the mixtape comin? Is it really gonna come out by the end of this week??

  • uuumm ok first off rafael if u really didnt lik wayne u wouldnt be wastin yo time here watchin and readin his shyt u would be sum were else listening to who u
    ”THINK” is better den lil wayne and second i dnt even lik birdman lik dat but imma stand up for any and everybody in da YMCMB fam ya heard so dont fuq wit niggas who do respect wayne cuz we”ll joan ya ass out ya dig???!!!!!!

    posted at 9:25

  • LMAO @ goweezygoweezygo u iz funny ass hell!!!!!!!! i bet all dese hatin ass bitches on dis sight dat secretly LOVE wayne will buy da carter 4 hahaha bitches dese dayz!!!!

  • Tune4ever

    Ive have notice that young money hq or lil wayne hq never has updates of birdman unless if it involves some 1 from young money or lil wayne so i think yal should update on birdman also cuz he also part of YMCMB

  • wayne be smokin jdat thick junk go head weezy!!!!!!!!! i kno he be gettin it in

  • Jesus

    anyone notice on the first picture his fingers are fucked up lmao

  • hahahah lmfao hahaha wtf is rong wit his finger haha omg i mean its not fnny but lik wtf hahaha lol…..maybe its computerized juz tew be fnny and tew see if we would notice hahahaa omg lmao!!!!!!!!!!!