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Is Lil Wayne a member of Roc Nation?
He alluded to that fact at a concert earlier this month, but didn’t provide much in the way of details. The 34-year old rap superstar, born Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., sat down recently with Skip Bayless on Fox Sports 1’s “Undisputed” show and clarified his comments.
“[Jay Z’s] just a good guy, man,” Wayne said. “It was nothing but a simple thing. Just friend to friend, ‘I just wanna help you.’ Simply, that’s all it was. ‘I just wanna help you, man in any way I can.’ And right now he’s just gonna help me, in any way he can and that’s just what it is.”
When asked if he was completely free from Cash Money Records, Weezy indicated that he wasn’t.
“No, we haven’t done that yet,” he replied. “We’re still working on that. That’s a situation, but like I said Jay’s just a good guy. He just wanna help me … And so he’s gonna be helping me.”
Wayne currently has a $51 million breach-of-contract lawsuit against Birdman and Cash Money Records on the table.
Check out Wayne’s comments about Roc Nation in the video below starting at the 13:30 mark.
Rapper Rick Ross avoided jail time in court today (April 4), in relation to his kidnapping and assault trial.
Rick Ross and his bodyguard were accused of pistol whipping his groundskeeper, when they allegedly walked in on the man what was labeled as a cocaine fueled party.
Rick Ross was accused waving a gun at Jonathan Zamudio, before striking him in the face, and breaking his jaw.
The rapper struck a deal with prosecutors, which allowed him to plead guilty to one felony count of aggravated assault.
Rick Ross avoided jail time thanks to the plea deal, which also sentenced him to time served, in addition to having to fork over $10,000 in fines.
However, the rapper pleaded guilty to a bunch of misdemeanors, which will have him in the clutches of the long arm of the law for the next 60 months, while he servs probation for the crimes.
According to reports, the rap star’s travel will not be restricted
Jay Z applauded New York mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement Friday that the city plans on shuttering its Rikers Island prison facility.
The rapper’s recent six-part documentary Time: The Kalief Browder Story focused on a 16-year-old Bronx kid who spent over 1,000 days in Rikers – many of them in solitary confinement – while awaiting trial for allegedly stealing a backpack.
Although the case was eventually dismissed, Browder committed suicide at the age of 22, with the severe PTSD he suffered while imprisoned at Rikers cited as the reason he took his own life. Browder’s story led to an upheaval of the criminal justice system and served as a catalyst for de Blasio’s announcement Friday.
“Kalief is a prophet. His story will save lives,” Jay Z tweeted Friday alongside a Barack Obama quote. “You guys watching and your compassion made this happen. Thank you.”
At a March panel prior to the broadcast premiere of Time: The Kalief Browder Story, the rapper was optimistic that the documentary would instill some major changes.
“We put people in office; we make the laws,” Jay Z said. “These government officials? They work for us. They speak to us like we work for them, but we are the power. Three million people watched this the first week; we need it to be 20. We need everyone to be talking about this. That’s how this stops.”
When the documentary debuted at Sundance, Jay Z promised that Time “will save a lot of lives.”
On Friday, de Blasio said in a statement, “New York City will close the Rikers Island jail facility. It will take many years. It will take many tough decisions. But it will happen. The goal is to get our overall jail population down to 5,000 people. We believe that can be achieved in the next 10 years. The mass incarceration era did not begin in New York City but it’s going to end here.”