celebrity health issues
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
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.
The Wee Hours
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 sales 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 situation, this 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 only 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 December. Read More
Volkswagen has provided the Jolie-Pitts with 20 vehicles for their stay in Berlin. That’s 2.5 cars for every member of their family. [NYDN]
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen may be fighting about the possibility of getting matching breast implants. It seems that Ashley wants to "look more voluptuous" and told Mary-Kate "that she wanted Read More