celebrity health issues
Teach Me How to Startup
Lil Wayne (Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.), the hip-hop artist whose album I Am Not a Human Being II dropped on Tuesday, has had a pretty terrible month. Two (or possibly three) seizures in row left him in critical condition in the ICU at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in a medically-induced coma on March 13. He was released five days later, but the episode left many wondering if Mr. Carter would actually be able to go on tour for his new album.
But according to Mr. Carter, this isn’t the first time he’s suffered an epileptic seizure. And it has nothing to do with drugs. So he says.
Arts and Politics
Visitors who search for Harlem rapper Azealia Banks’s breakout hit “212,” on Rap Genius, an online platform that crowdsources explanations of hip-hop lyrics, will find nearly every verse annotated by the site’s users, who clocked more than 2 million monthly uniques in August, according to comScore. Click on the line “Now she wanna lick my plum in the evening/ And fit that ton-tongue d-deep in,” and a pop-up immediately appears explaining that Ms. Banks is employing a metaphor for cunnilingus and that “She stutters the words tongue and deep to mimic the stuttering that occurs when one receives such a gift.” That exegesis received 11 upvotes, earning the contributor jamima-j, a female “slam poetry writer,” a healthy bump in “Rap IQ” points on the site.
Readers might find her analysis either amusing or unnecessary. But the reigning kings of Sand Hill Road, venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, view Rap Genius as “one of the most important things we’ve ever funded,” co-founder Ben Horowitz told Betabeat last week. The prominent VC firm, which clawed its way into the Silicon Valley firmament in just three years by aggressively plowing millions into fast-growth tech startups like Facebook, Pinterest, foursquare and Airbnb, often at towering valuations, were the sole investors behind the site’s $15 million Series A.
The Wee Hours
Say what? Fans of Nicki Minaj might have thought they were beyond being shocked by the rap star’s dirty lyrics and insanity garb. But that was before the Pink Friday singer came out on Lil Wayne’s new mixtape … as a Republican who plans on voting for Mitt Romney.
A few minutes before Lil Wayne and his entourage walked into El Privado, a low-lit basement space beneath Chelsea’s Hotel Americano, a fellow attendee turned to The Observer and said what the rest of us were thinking.
“You know what would make this party even better?” she said. “If they were playing Aaliyah … and I had some weed.”
Rapper Lil Wayne’s prison memoir, Gone Till November, will be published by Grand Central Publishing, reports the New York Times.
Rap fans were treated to a bizzare series of messages over the weekend after the Twitter accounts of Lil Wayne was hacked.
It started with a diss that could possibly have come from Wayne, directed at rival Soulja Boy. “I sent a donations to your Paypal, check it, I heard you got 13,000 Read More
With the world’s tennis greats ready to step onto the courts at Flushing, Weezy won’t let a stint in Rikers stop him from moonlighting for Sports Illustrated on the U.S. Open. Lil’ Wayne is no stranger to sports journalism, having maintained a blog for ESPN the Magazine. But given his Read More
How much worse can things get for journalists?
Newspapers and magazines are closing; the ones that remain grow thinner by the week as if somehow cursed; freelance budgets are being slashed and staffers accustomed to taking it easy are being forced to write like their livelihoods depend on it. (Hint: They do.) The Read More
As this blog encompasses culture, I suppose we’re contractually obligated to mention this year’s Grammy nominations. So here goes… The lucky nominees were announced last night at LA’s Nokia Theatre during a live televised event that CBS humbly called “The Grammy Nominations Concert Live! — Countdown to Music’s Biggest Night.” (Guess they needed to remind Read More
MTV is reporting that Def Jam VP Shakir Stewart committed suicide on Saturday in his Atlanta home. Reports say he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, though no further details were available.
Stewart was best known as the guy who succeeded Jay-Z after the rapper resigned his post at Def Jam last Read More