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Shanell Talks All About Lil Wayne’s “Rebirth” Album & How It Influenced The New Generation Rappers

Shanell Talks All About Lil Wayne Rebirth Album & How It Influenced The New Generation Rappers

The latest episode of Ben Barzilai‘s “The Skip Button” podcast, which is all about the music we love to hate, features Lil Wayne‘s Rebirth album.

During the episode, Ben chopped it up with Eddie Montilla (who worked on the songs “Da Da Da“, “Paradice“, “On Fire” and “I’ll Die For You“) about what it was like to work on Rebirth, if he was disappointed with the reviews and sales, and more.

Around the 28:00 mark of the podcast, which you can listen to below, new mother Shanell called in to share what it was like behind the scenes making Rebirth as she worked heavily on the project and share a story of what happened at the end of Weezy and Birdman‘s “Leather So Soft” music video.

SnL also spoke on the Bad Ass Grasshoppers group, hearing the Rebirth influence in these new rappers like Young Thug and Lil Uzi Vert etc, Tunechi not knowing who metal band Korn were before they appeared in his “Prom Queen” video, all of Tune‘s court cases and going to jail was a big part in him putting the guitar down and stepping away from it, and much more!

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Lil Wayne Raps All About Big Sean On Their “Deep” Collaboration Off “Dark Sky Paradise”

Lil Wayne Raps About Big Sean On Their Deep Collaboration Off Dark Sky Paradise

Kazeem Famuyide from STASHED got the chance to listen to Big Sean‘s upcoming Dark Sky Paradise album, which will be released in stores later this month on February 24th.

During the listening session, Kazeem mentioned that he wasn’t feeling Sean‘s “Deep” song featuring Lil Wayne until “a memorable Lil Wayne verse saved all of that at the very end”.

He also revealed that Weezy was rapping all about Big Sean in his verse and going into detail about why Sean does not get enough credit for his lyrics like he should do.

You can read the review for “Deep” after the jump below. Does this get you more hyped for the Key Wane-produced collaboration?

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Celebs View “The Carter” Doc + Preview Of Shakira’s “Give It Up To Me” Video

Above is a preview of Shakira‘s “Give It Up To Me” music video. The full video will premiere on Monday, and I wonder if Lil Wayne will make an appearance in it ❓ I hope so…

Also last week, Quincy Jones invited some of his celebrity pals over to his crib in L.A. to view “The Carter” documentary:

Via RR, and hit the jump to see RollingStone‘s interesting review of the documentary:

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Video & Review Of Lil Wayne Performing In London

In the video above, Lil Wayne performs “Let The Beat Build“, “Comfortable“, and “Mrs. Officer” with Shanell at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, UK. You can view some high quality pictures here, and also check out the review MTV did for this tour:

The initial signs weren’t good for Lil Wayne’s London gigs. The rapper has a reputation as much his for drug use, court appearances and unpredictable behaviour as his music.

Then his European tour dates- including three shows at the Hammersmith Apollo- were postponed from July because of an unspecified ‘illness’.

But watching last night MTV forgot the scandals, rumours and arrests as soon as Weezy ran out (wearing Union Jack trainers) to his bass heavy hit A Milli.

It was clear straight away that the dreadlocked MC was on fairly sober form- interacting with the young crowd, laughing, play-acting and constantly running from one side of the stage to the other.

Pretending to play a guitar for a couple of tracks Wayne proved he’s no Jimi Hendrix. But backed by drummer, DJ, guitar, bass and keys the rock tracks from his forthcoming album The Rebirth (including single Prom Queen) sound promising.

Ultimately though it’s Tha Carter III that sets Lil Wayne apart from the pack- and was deservedly the best selling album of 2008 in the US.

Highlights at this show include Tie My Hands- a lament to his home town New Orleans post-hurricane, and flirting anthem Mrs Officer (“My face on a wanted poster/ I’m wanted by every lady cop all over”).

Kanye produced Let The Beat Build is all too brief and though it’s not his smartest lyric the crowd unsurprisingly love Lollipop.

On Mr Carter Wayne lays claim to be one of the greatest – up there with Biggie, 2Pac and Jay-Z – and on stage tonight with his odd couplets, twisting flow and smile that glistens across the venue it’s hard to argue.

Talking to the audience near the end of the gig he says: “I’m just me and I love you for loving me London.”

Before of course adding “Young Moolah baby!”

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Lil Wayne Wows ‘Em In The Rain At New York [Review + Pictures]

Lil Wayne Wows Em In The Rain At New York Pictures

A lot of rain actually.

It didn’t dampen attendance (or enthusiasm) one bit, as 17,000 demonstrative fans came out and were on their feet and dancing the entire night. Though the music reflected black culture, there were scant few African-Americans in the audience; it was mainly screaming, young, white girls.

New Orleans rapper Lil Wayne has been making waves with his melodic rock- infused rap, and though he’s not blazing any new ground, he is putting an unmistakable stamp on it.

From his long dreadlocks to his tattooed tears, Wayne is not your cliché rapper. At SPAC, in red cap, camouflage pants and toothy grin, Wayne walked out to adoring high-pitched screams unlike you’ve ever heard here. A slick set used a high-tech screen and pyro like a big rock band.

A Milli” was rap with a reggae lilt in the vocal delivery, albeit nasally and quite processed by electronic effects — there’s a fine line between coloring the tone, and helping prop up a vocal. “Go DJ” just roared, making the floor rattle and the hairs on your arm stand up and vibrate.

Even though Lil Wayne could do no wrong for this enamored crowd, the show wasn’t perfect. The giant video screen planted center stage was supposed to go up after the first few numbers, but remained stuck in place, obscuring the band, and limiting Wayne‘s movement.

The guitar-riff-driven “Prom Queen” was a slow grind whine about a heartbreaker, and the crowd went crazy. Soon rapper Birdman came out for some intense give and take; young Tyga got in his face as well.

For “Every Girl“, all the openers and guests were on stage for a wicked finale; by then even the video screen complied and rose up to its proper position.

Shouts to TimesUnion and if you would like to see more pictures from the concert, click the more tag below:

Also, in case you missed it, we had the chance to release the Gudda GuddaGuddaville” mixtape cover earlier, so you can check that out here and major shout outs to @Gudda1, @DeeJayIllWill and @RealDJRockstar!

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