June 2nd, 2011
Although Weezy gave his adoring public a new single “How to Love” last week, Lil Wayne fans will have to wait just a bit longer than expected for the Young Money head honcho’s ninth studio album, Tha Carter IV. One of the New Orleans native’s publicists confirmed to MTV News on Thursday (June 2) that the album is now due out on August 29.
This is certainly not the first time the highly anticipated album has been pushed back. With some reports stating that Wayne had been working on the fourth installment of his Carter series back in 2008, Young Money president Mack Maine once said that Wayne wanted to release his opus upon the day of his release from prison last year. Then, in March, on the first night of his I Am Still Music Tour, he announced that it would drop on May 16.
“It can come out tomorrow ’cause I’m so finished,” Wayne told MTV News at the time. But in April, the date was again pushed back until June 21.
“He’s still perfecting a few things, he’s a perfectionist … changing a few lines,” Young Money president Mack Maine told us, hinting that they were waiting on some huge features to complete the album. “If you calculate all of that, by the time we would’ve finished mixing, we wouldn’t have met the [original] due date to turn in the album.”
Lil Wayne isn’t alone in the pushback department either. DJ Khaled’s fifth album and major label debut We The Best Forever (a collaborative effort between his We The Best Music Group imprint and Cash Money) was slated for a June 28 release but will instead see the light of day on July 19.
This is going to be the best video of the year.
In what may be the most shocking Hip Hop news of the year, singer/rapper T-Pain announced earlier this week that he will never again use the highly popular, vocal manipulator auto-tune.
Instead T-Pain explained that he will now use a new vocal technique called “The T-Pain Effect.”
“I vow right here, right now, to never use Auto-Tune again,” T-Pain explained to AllHipHop.com. “I’m onto something that I think is bigger and better called ‘The T-Pain Effect.’”
Although auto-tune has been around for quite some time T-Pain played a vital role in bringing the technique into mainstream Hip Hop.
T-Pain is expected to go into more depth on what exactly “The T-Pain Effect” is on June 7th at the Electronic Entertainment Expo. He will be working directly with audio technology company Izotope to develop the sound.
Game has revealed the guest features for his oft-delayed R.E.D. Album, dropping August 23rd. Speaking with VIBE.com, the Compton, California native revealed that guests on the album will be Dr. Dre, Pharrell Williams, Snoop Dogg, Tyler, The Creator, Wiz Khalifa, Trey Songz, Drake and Chris Brown.
“I think the people will appreciate the collaborations. Dr. Dre is actually rapping on this album,” he said. “This is the first album that I’ve ever dropped where I have Dr. Dre’s voice actually on the album. Features range from Snoop Dogg to Pharrell to Wiz to Trey Songz to Chris Brown, and Drake’s on the album. I got a good cast of all-stars.”
He also has a duet with Odd Future front man Tyler, The Creator on a track called “Martians vs. Goblins.” “Oh yeah, Tyler [The Creator] is on the album. I forgot about him. He ain’t really doing features for nobody. He feels like fuck everything and I don’t blame him either,” he explained. “It’s a California thing, and I got respect for him and his hustle and what they’re doing and just being kids and being rebels for the cause. And he respects me for doing what I did for California and the West Coast, I guess. I met him at a Diddy concert and we chopped it up and we got a song called ‘Martians vs Goblins.’ It’s dope.”
The former G-Unit affiliate spoke on a tune where he puts his father on blast over a Dr. Dre beat. “There’s a song where I kill my dad on a Dre beat. You won’t be able to understand it until you hear it. It’s sort of like a dream, but I wish it would’ve came true when I was a kid, so I kind of lived it out. It’s over this eerie Dr. Dre and it’s hard as shit. When you hear it you’ll be like ‘Damn this is crazy.’”
Kanye West paid his respects to the late “Godfather of Rap” Gil Scott-Heron by performing at his memorial service. Yeezy gave a rendition of his track “Lost in the World,” which samples Scott-Heron’s fiery vocals from his track “Who Will Survive in America?”
According to NYDN, the Chicago, Illinois rapper dressed in black and wore sunglasses during the memorial, which took place at Riverside Church in Harlem, New York. After the ceremony, we was spotted hugging Scott-Heron’s family members.
Additionally, Scott-Heron’s daughter Gia performed Bette Midler’s “The Rose” and read an original poem. His first wife Brenda Sykes spoke during the service, and the Gil Scott-Heron Band played his track “Better Days Ahead.”
Eminem’s Eight Mile Style LLC, the publisher that handles Eminem’s copyrights, has filed a lawsuit against Audi AG in Germany’s Hamburg Regional Court for making an unauthorized use of his smash “Lose Yourself” in its new 2012 Audi A6 Avant commercial and using elements similar to his Chrysler 200 advertisement.
Seeking a cease-and-desist order against the company, Eight Mile Style additionally sued for damages against Audi, which has only aired the commercial in Europe. “We believe Audi not only used ‘Lose Yourself’ to sell their product without permission, but their spot actually feels inspired by elements of Chrysler’s commercial campaign,” said Joel Martin, spokesperson for Eight Mile Style.
Eminem’s Chrysler 200 commercial, part of the “Imported From Detroit” campaign, originally aired during the Super Bowl. He was credited with helping Chrysler Group LLC post its first profitable quarter since it filed for bankruptcy two years ago, helping the corporation increase its net revenues by 35 percent.
Rihanna has more than said her piece about how her 2009 assault at the hands of ex-boyfriend Chris Brown has affected her. But in the new video for her single, “Man Down,” the singer is depicted shooting an unarmed man in the head in cold blood at a train station in what viewers later learn is retaliation for a previous sexual assault.
“Mama, I just shot a man dead,” Rihanna sings in the video, which debuted on BET on Tuesday.
The Parents Television Council, the Enough Is Enough campaign and the entertainment think tank Industry Ears released a statement on Wednesday condemning the video for what the group said was an apparent enticement to young women to turn to violence.
” ‘Man Down’ is an inexcusable, shock-only, shoot-and-kill theme song,” said Industry Ears co-founder Paul Porter, a former programming director at BET.
The lyrics to the song match the narrative of the video, including such lines as, “I didn’t mean to end his life/ I know it wasn’t right … I took his heart when/ I pulled out that gun … Oh mama, mama, mama/ I just shot a man down/ In central station/ In front of a big ol’ crowd.”
The PTC lamented that Rihanna had a “golden opportunity” to use her celebrity status to send an important message to young girls and victims of rape and domestic violence with the clip, but had missed the mark. “Instead of telling victims they should seek help, Rihanna released a music video that gives retaliation in the form of premeditated murder the imprimatur of acceptability,” said the PTC’s Melissa Henson.
Though a spokesperson for Rihanna could not be reached for comment, the singer took to Twitter on Monday to give her fans a preview of the clip’s message. She wrote that it had a “very strong underlying message 4 girls like me.”
MTV News spoke with director Anthony Mandler last month, when he revealed that Rihanna let him take the visual to the extreme. “We shot the video last month in Jamaica, and it’s my favorite song she’s ever recorded, so I was really excited to get involved,” he said. “And it’s just one of those songs that demands a strong narrative and visual, and let’s just say, she let me go all the way. So I think you can expect something that’s dramatic and shocking and intense and emotional and uplifting and enlightening.”
The organizations have called for BET to stop airing the video immediately. A spokesperson for BET could not be reached at press time.
For her part, Rihanna has continued to tout the empowerment message of the clip, tweeting on Wednesday, “Young girls/women all over the world … we are a lot of things! We’re strong innocent fun flirtatious vulnerable, and sometimes our innocence can cause us to be naive! We always think it could NEVER be us, but in reality, it can happen to ANY of us! So ladies be careful and #listentoyomama! I love you and I care!”
It’s not the first time Rihanna has been embroiled in a video controversy. Her sexually-suggestive “S&M” clip was banned in a number of countries earlier this year, and some questioned whether she was glorifying domestic violence around the release of the video for her hit Eminem collaboration, “Love the Way You Lie.”
The Cosby Show has lost one of its matriarchs.
Actress Clarice Taylor, who played Grandmother Huxtable (mom to Bill Cosby’s Cliff Huxtable) died Monday in Englewood, NJ, at the age of 93, Variety confirms.
Taylor appeared frequently on the NBC smash during its 1984 – 1992 run. In 1986, she received an Emmy nomination (alongside actor Earle Hyman, who played her Cosby Show husband) for her performance.
Taylor also appeared for over a decade as Harriet on Sesame Street. Born in Virginia but raised in NYC’s Harlem, she began as a theater actress in New York’s Negro Ensemble Company in the late 60s. She appeared in the original Broadway and touring production of The Wiz; film credits include Clint Eastwood’s Play Misty for Me and Five on the Black Hand Side.
Taylor is survived by two sons and five grandkids.
Taking a cue from the Harry Potter and Twilight franchises, Lionsgate announced Wednesday that The Hunger Games trilogy will be extended into a four-film series.
No word yet on where the split will happen in the storyline, but CEO Jon Feltheimer is anxious to see how fans react to the highly-anticipated first film. “The property is generating tremendous buzz and excitement, and it all points to a major Lionsgate franchise in the making,” he said during a conference call on Wednesday (via E! News).
“We have distributors who consider this as their big brand next year, the movie that can change their company,” added motion picture group president Joe Drake.
The all-star cast includes Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence, 20, The Last Song’s Liam Hemsworth, 21, The Kids Are All Right’s Josh Hutcherson, 18, new mom Elizabeth Banks, 37, Oscar nominee Woody Harrelson, 49, Golden Globe winner Stanley Tucci, 50, rocker Lenny Kravitz, 47, and acting legend Donald Sutherland, 75.
Jane Lynch nabbed an Emmy in 2010 for her role on Glee, and this year, she’ll be hosting the whole show.
The actress — who appears on Glee as Cheerios cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester — will bring her comedic talents to the annual awards fest, set to air Sept. 18 live from the NOKIA Theatre in Los Angeles.
“I am tickled pink to be hosting the Primetime Emmys on Fox,” Lynch, 50, tells Us Weekly in a statement. “I’m looking forward to singing, dancing and sporting my finest tracksuit.”
The show’s executive producer, reality TV vet Mark Burnett, says Lynch was top of mind when it came to selecting this year’s emcee.
“Jane was my first — and only — choice as the host for this year’s Primetime Emmys, and I am glad she said ‘yes,’” Burnett tells Us. “She has incredible comedic timing, and is a charismatic, talented actress whose energy leaps off the screen and stage. I am thrilled and excited to have her as our host.”
Lynch’s appointment as host makes her only the third woman to helm the ceremony solo, after Angela Lansbury (1993) and Ellen DeGeneres (2005).
Nominations for the 63rd annual Emmy Awards will be announced July 14.