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12348817086?profile=originalAlicia Keys the Director?

Swizz Beatz's better half is set to go behind the lens for the first time to direct a new film about breast cancer, for the Lifetime Network.

Alicia is directing 'Project Five', one of four segments in the movie.

The other parts will are directed by Jennifer Aniston, Demi Moore and 'Monster' director Patty Jenkins.

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12348826094?profile=originalTop down and on the move

What security?

50 Cent was photographed recently driving down Sunset Blvd in his new New Blue Lamborghini Murcielago.

What's $300,000 on a new whip when you're worth hundreds of millions.



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RESPECT. Wale Story

12348826691?profile=originalImage: Clarke ToltonHere’s the third piece from the latest issue of RESPECT. Magazine. Take note: This interview was conducted before the ink was even dry on Wale’s Maybach Music Group deal and before Mr. Folarin made amends with his old friend Kid Cudi. Glad these dudes resolved their differences. I fuck with them both muscially. Ha!Go to respect-mag for more ‘Le flicks. And subscribe, dammit!Hustle HardYes, it’s true. Like LeBron James, Wale decided to join a Miami-based team. Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group has a new recruit. Haters revolt—or prepare for the hits.Words: ELLIOTT WILSONWale is chillin’. From his Westin hotel room in Florida, Mr. Folarin lounges in his bed and seems relaxed for the first time in months. After much deliberation, he’s finally decided to join forces with Rick Ross and his new imprint. He knows that the free-agent move will be heavily criticized by some, but he’s finally made his peace with it.Adversity isn’t new to the Washington, D.C.–bred MC who overcame the public crucifixion when his Attention Deficit debut’s sales numbers fell way short of the fiery freshman’s great expectations. While some would’ve been embarrassed and taken their ball and gone home, ’Le regrouped with an effective grassroots campaign that was capped of by the release of the critically-acclaimed mixtape More About Nothing.Everything you want, you gotta work hard for it. And now with a business cosign from one of hip-hop’s top artists, Mr. No Days Off is out to prove that his sophomore album will be met with the sweet taste of success.RESPECT: Thanks for agreeing to talk. You don’t do every interview that’s offered to you anymore.WALE: I’m still new, but when you’re brand-new, you’re kind of encouraged to do every interview. I’m not knocking anybody’s publication, but I needed that break to observe and understand.So in many ways Attention Deficit ended one chapter of your career, right?Absolutely. It was a weird time. The game’s changed. My album dropped in November of last year. Or was it 2009? The increase of viral marketing has shot up substantially. Niggas wasn’t dropping videos every week. So I learned a lot. The viral marketing from artists that aren’t independent—acting as independent. Like Ross doing a video for “Devil in a New Dress,” that wasn’t heard of back then. With my next album, the marketing that’s gonna come on top of the marketing dollars they give me, it’s going to be incredible. I know the game now.I learned a lot, and certain things humbled me. We could take the Cudi situation, you could say it humbled me a little bit, but it showed me the nature of this beast. It showed me certain things can change in people. People’s feelings can change like that, and you can’t necessarily keep the same guidelines that you live in your real world. You can’t apply those in the music industry. It’s a different monster. For better or worse.Why do you think Cudi’s criticism of you in Complex was such a big deal?People wanted something to get behind at that point. People wanted an interesting competition, an interesting argument, a fight, I guess. It came out of nowhere, but I’m not in that dude’s shoes. I don’t know. From the outside looking in I can assume, but the nature of human beings is crazy.Did you have a true friendship? Were you really close outside the music?Absolutely. I can tell you this: The last three times we’ve seen each other, I felt something.That’s before you did the “Number Won” song?This is a thing I never talked about. “Number Won” ain’t a diss record. “Number Won” is me scratching my head, like, this is my man that used to hit me when I was living with my girl in SoHo, like “I’m downstairs, what you doing? Let’s go to Bape, let’s go to the studio.” I’d always be like, “All right, bet.” I remember we had a show—I don’t know the chronological order of these situations, but I believe this was the first time that I felt something. We had a show at [NYC’s] Governors Island, I think his album just came out, and I was with my dudes from back home. So I’m just like, “Oh, yeah, that’s my man Cudi.” He had a rack of his people around him. I’m on this one little shuttle thing, he’s on the next one. I’m knocking on the window, like, What’s up? He wasn’t waving. Knock-knock-knock. Wasn’t waving. Knock-knock-knock. Wasn’t waving. Okay, maybe he don’t hear me. And then he looked over, and he texts me: Sup, bro. That was kinda weird. And then somebody was like, “Young’n don’t really mess with you like that.” It was between me and him to do the MCing for MTV’s Music Video Awards in ’09. Cudi had a bigger record, Cudi’s notoriety was bigger than mine, [so he must have thought,] Why the fuck did they choose Wale? Everything kinda changed after that.But if you look at it from outside at something like GQ—there’s you, there’s Cudi, there’s Drake. They’ve achieved bigger success than you. If anyone’s gonna be catching feelings about something, shouldn’t it be you?Drake is one of the most talented artists out right now. They could say that Degrassi shit, whatever. He can rap, he can sing, he can compose, he can arrange. He’s not a pure, Brian McKnight type singer, but at this point, he could make a song that connects with Brian McKnight’s demo more than Brian McKnight could. That’s amazing to me. If the muthafucka was born in the ’70s, he’d be legendary. That’s what I think about Drake. Cudi as well. My shit is more traditional. I knew from jump it was going to take a while. Being next to Lil Wayne accelerates the process. Being next to Kanye accelerates the process. Being next to Mark Ronson doesn’t necessarily accelerate anything. It’s cool, it looks cool, but it didn’t accelerate nothing. I’m just the muthafuckin’ dark-skinned nigga with dreads from D.C. I knew it was gonna take a little bit longer.How did dealing with the failure of Attention Deficit lead into doing the More About Nothing mixtape?I wasn’t panicking. The shows never stopped. I was getting 60K to do colleges a week after selling 28,000. Money wasn’t stopping at all. I went and bought two cars. I got myself a house. I’m not mad financially. The competitor in me is like, What the fuck. That’s when we started the “No Days Off” series. I started touching the people more, I went to all the neighborhoods, I went to the mall, I did whatever I could do. And as far as the music went, the only frustrating thing I can say is that some of them songs I feel could’ve affected our culture a little more. I ain’t saying I wrote the next “Dear Mama,” but “Diary,” “90210” and “Shades”—those are records that I wish could’ve had more attention.You still love those songs, and you still perform and push those songs.It’s so many things that happen that are poetic justice. Certain things gave me a little bit of peace of mind. Niggas are starting to get introduced to my shit, which is cool. I wasn’t giving up. I said, “Look, I’m-a get this shit to, like, ’bout 140,000 sold.” That’s going to be my goal this time. Did what I had to do. And then that hunger, that desire to be on top, that desire for people to fall in love with my music was back like day one. So I said, “Let me do a sequel to the More About Nothing mixtape,” because that’s when my hunger was at an all-time high. The hunger that I had on this one was way more than the first time. Because it was almost like a fear of losing. My back was against the wall. I did crazy numbers the first day.When you approach a mixtape like that, is it almost like making an album?You gotta have a moment where everything clicks. I got 40 songs right now, but it ain’t clicked yet as far as the body of work that I’m trying to create this time. I got good songs that I’ll probably sell to some movies, or I’ll put on somebody else’s mixtape. But to have that moment when it clicks—and I’m so close now, because my inspiration is going faster and faster, the quality of music is going faster and faster—but I have to have that moment.What’s the connection to Ross? How did that come about?Me, Ross and Waka were like the homecoming kings for black colleges. We beat up the black college scene, man. Basically, he talked to me and was like, “Man, I think you’re so close, I think you’re real close.” So we met a couple times, talked. I’ve met with a lot of people, and I wish I was bold enough to say their names right now. I’ve been around genius muthafuckas, but Ross, that dude is a special nigga. I mean, to know what he’s overcome. You talk about back against the wall.Character assassination.Character assassination to the maximum. What’d he come back with? Hit record after hit record, and arguably the best record of 2010. I know the Ross that niggas don’t know. He took it to a whole other level as far as overcoming shit and just being focused. Sometimes he just be like, “Fuck those donkeys. ’Cause when you start making hit records, watch how everybody switch up.” And my affiliation with Ross, it’s almost like a joint venture; it’s not like I’m here to be a sidekick boy by any means. I’m my own brand. He respects that and he understands that.By the time we read this, on March 1, your deal with his Maybach Music Group label might be official.I’m signing tomorrow morning. Def Jam, J Records and Jive was like, “We’ll sign you without it.” But there’s no way I could put my faith in people that don’t understand black culture. I’m gonna give ’em a record talking about black people’s story, and they’re gonna tell me if it’s good enough or not? Nah. If I have a conversation with Ross and say, “I believe in this right here,” he’ll make them believe it, and we can put it out. He absolutely knows what he’s doing, man. Every city he go in, he’s touching the streets—like, “Who are the niggas that’s poppin’? I’m gonna show them love. These niggas are gonna pick me up from the airport, we’re gonna break bread together”—who does that?Another artist who you work with and catches a lot of heat is Waka Flocka.Fuck hating on Waka Flocka. He has three big, monster radio records. You’re trying to tell me that’s not hip-hop? You’re connecting with all of these people over hard beats—you’re tryin’ to tell me that’s not hip-hop? So—not to say that they’re the same artists at all—but that means Ol’ Dirty Bastard wasn’t hip-hop, right? You’re telling me Onyx wasn’t hip-hop? Onyx in, what, ’95—very similar to Waka in 2010.Waka obviously ended up being a great connection for you.That’s a good dude, dawg. And yeah, I’m the same Wale who did “Dig Dug (Shake It).” That’s me too. So I can’t say, “Look, Ma, no hands”? That hit was the big bang theory. That song had three niggas with three separate fan bases, all together with a giant hook. You couldn’t deny it.Back to Ross. When you first started recording together, was the music chemistry there quicker than you thought?Oh, man, I wrote my verse to “Pandemonium” extremely fast. It’s a vibe, man, when I’m with Meek and Ross. It’s something in the air. Like people call me the deep-thinking, poetry guy or whatever, but I truly believe that when artists are together—like, you see Cudi and Kanye—the music evolves. It’s something that happens when people are in the room with each other. I haven’t had that feeling since I was rapping with my friends in college at Virginia State.I think what most people are concerned with is how the association with Ross now changes the sound of Wale’s music. Am I just gonna hear Wale over these Southern beats?Versatility. Like, I just did a song with Rare Essence. I got some shit from Statik Selektah that’s crazy. I’m influenced by a lot of different shit. I’m influenced by Southern hip-hop—I’m from D.C.! We grew up on that fuckin’ UGK, Scarface, Cash Money. I had those songs right next to my Reasonable Doubt CD. So that’s always been my influence. All genres. I did the Justice Euro shit. I just like music. People need to stop trying to put shit in a box. Not every rapper can be put in a box.Put it this way: Ross is gonna help me accentuate what I was doing already. He’s gonna make those calls to producers that tried to give me the B-folder beats. Now I’m-a get the real A-folder beats. That’s what we’re here for. Everything’s gonna be big.


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12348833470?profile=originalPusha T is finally getting his time to shine. Not that people didn't know how good he was before, it just seemed that Pusha's group, Clipse with his brother, Malice never got the major look he's getting now.

Signing with Kanye West's G.O.O.D Music imprint gives Pusha an all star cast in Yeezy, John Legend, Common, Kid Cudi and Mos Def to work with.  Along with up and comers Cyhi Da Prince and Big Sean

Pusha's getting to work right away.  After dropping his 'Fear Of God' mixtape recently Pusha told AllHipHop that he and Kanye have put in some time in the studio on his solo.

"Me and Kanye have been in [the studio] and we’ve done a good five or six records, and we’ve left them alone," Pusha said. "Then we’re gonna revisit it. We’re about to go to Chile, actually this week sometime, and we’ll probably do a show and just revisit some of the records."


No timetable on the album's release date.

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Some stories are almost unbelievable, this is one of them.

A morbidly obese Ohio man had to be cut from a chair by rescue officials who were called to the house by the man's girlfriend and another roommate.

The girlfriend had been feeding the man for two years since he couldn't get up, but she didn't bother cleaning up the filth for her man.

One officer said it was the worst thing he had ever responded to, adding the smell was unbearable.


12348832472?profile=originalHouse Of Horror

Maybe we have seen it all now because it's just hard to fathom the girlfriend continuing to feed this man while he's was stuck to a chair in his own mess.


The man later died at the hospital.


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DJ Khalil, the man behind the boards on hit records like Dr Dre's "Kush", Eminem's "Won't Back Down" and 50 Cent's "I'll Still Kill", and his partner Chace Infinite are back on the scene with a new video.

"Peaceful" features Freddie "Gangsta" Gibbs and Krondon from Strong Arm Steady.

It's been six years since SS dropped their last album "Change", let's hope this joint leads to a new disc.


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12348830879?profile=originalDipset Capo, Jim Jones was busted today by New York's finest.

According to the New York Post, Jimmy was stopped for driving his 2011 Bentley with a suspended license at around noon today.

He was cuffed and shipped off to First Precinct



No word on whether or not he's been given bail.


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Lil B Inks Live Nation Tour Deal

12348831054?profile=originalWest Coast rapper Lil B has secured a touring deal through Live Nation.

The deal is only for four concerts and two festivals according to the San Francisco Chronicle, but it sheds light on Lil B's perceived star appeal. Live Nation deals are generally reserved for the Jay-Z's of the world.

B is part of a new breed of artists who owe almost off of their success to social media.

Sebastian Demian, Lil B's manager said this all bart of expanding Lil B's audience.

"It's for sure the first [Bay Area] show of this new era of people being aware of Lil B," Deian said

B's buzz has landed him a deal with indie Amalgam Digital. A release should be forthcoming soon

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Paris Hilton who is known for starring in cheesy sex tapes and for being a racist, interviewed Lil Wayne for Interview magazine. In the interview Lil Wayne offers a helping hand to Paris Hilton’s next musical project and explains how Weezy and Her met. They also discuss some other things — such as googling, inspiration, etc. For the full interview, as-well as video from the photo shoot and hi-res images, continue reading.

I think that most people who come out of [prison] just want to make the most of life afterwards. Honestly it was just one big humbling experience.—Lil Wayne

First, a few facts: Born Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., the 28-year-old rapper now known as Lil Wayne-or sometimes Weezy-grew up a straight-A student in a neighborhood called
Hollygrove in New Orleans’s 17th Ward, which was among the hardest hit areas of the city during the flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Young Dwayne, soon to be Wayne, began his career as a near-novelty act, parlaying his love of late-’80s and early-’90s hip-hop and rap-tinged R&B into a career as a kiddie gangsta rapper, signing with the cult-legendary local hip-hop label Cash Money Records as one half of a duo known as The B.G.’z (the other half was a kid named B.G.) when he was 12-the same age he accidentally shot himself in the chest with a handgun, reportedly missing his heart by just a centimeter. But even that didn’t slow him down. He soon joined another Cash Money act, The Hot Boys-which featured Juvenile, a local rapper who was already making a name for himself as a solo artist-and enjoyed his first taste of pop stardom when the quartet’s 1999 album, Guerrilla Warfare, debuted at number five on the Billboard charts.

Having flooded the market with an almost nonstop flow of releases-some official, some on mixtapes, some as a guest rapper on other people’s tracks (he now commands a reported $150,000 an appearance)-Wayne finally established himself as a solo megaforce in 2004 with the release of the Tha Carter, which unveiled to the world the Wayne we all know today: a spastically flowed force of hip-hop nature whose subject matter ranges from the blingtastic to the bizarrely psychedelic, and whose asymmetrical rhymes, delivered in a raspy, Auto-Tuned croak, have since appeared on dozens of hit singles and earned him four Grammy Awards and millions of dollars. Wayne’s 2008 album, Tha Carter III, sold more than a million copies in its first week, and while he hasn’t replicated that level of success since, he hasn’t stopped trying. His own label, Young Money Entertainment, prodigiously counts new heavies such as Drake and Nicki Minaj among its recent discoveries, and, this spring, the label will release Wayne’s highly anticipated ninth album, Tha Carter IV.

Though Wayne stands just five-foot-six in sneakers, he is a towering force in pop music right now-and, like Sinatra, he likes to do things his way. While he has often called himself “the best rapper alive,” a claim many might dispute on purely technical grounds, Wayne is without a doubt one of the most prolific, weirdest, and hardest-working rappers in the game right now. A father of four, he managed to have two children in 2009 by two different women (singer Nivea Hamilton and actress Lauren London) within a 12-week period. He says he has given up the Styrofoam cup of cough syrup he could be seen constantly sipping from in the 2009 documentary Tha Carter. In any event, it would seem he had no choice but to give up such pastimes cold turkey, at least temporarily, when last year he served an eight-month prison term at Rikers Island in New York for attempted criminal possession of a weapon. (If anyone ever doubted his relentless creative restlessness, just before heading to jail he released Rebirth, a rock album.)

By outward appearances, Lil Wayne might not seem to embody the life of a typical religious person, but he is, in many ways, a walking miracle. He has the word fear tattooed on one eyelid and god on the other, but if you blink, you might miss that, since he doesn’t seem to close his eyes often, much less sleep. Keeping it real? That’s so last year. Wayne’s doing something better by keeping the world of pop music unpredictable with his intergalactic alien oddness, and, if nothing else, he has made it a far more interesting and strange place.

Appropriately, when it came time to interview Wayne, we turned to another iconoclast of sorts, Paris Hilton-who, like Wayne, loves music and clubs and has done hard time (in 2007, for violating her probation in connection with an earlier no-contest plea on a reckless driving charge)-to do the honors. Hilton took a break from filming her new reality show, The World According to Paris, in Los Angeles to connect over the phone with Wayne, who was at home in Miami, with a little help from Interview contributing music editor Dimitri Ehrlich.

Titles are titles, and names are names. As long as people remember me forever, that will be enough for me.—Lil Wayne

DIMITRI EHRLICH: How are you guys doing? This is Dimitri. You can just let the interview roll if you want, Paris, but I have one question for both of you to start. Paris, you first: When did you first meet Wayne or what was your first thought about him?

PARIS HILTON: I actually met him when he had a Grammy party in L.A. They called me to host it, and I met him there. But I always thought he was such an incredible artist and so talented. He really has this charisma. When he walks into a room, he just has this power that’s exciting to be around.

EHRLICH: And what about you, Wayne? What was your first memory of meeting Paris?

LIL WAYNE: That was the first time-at that same party. I remember meeting her, and then I think it was, like, 10 minutes later, I looked up and she was deejaying. She was at the dance, she had the mic. It was really nice. She has fun, and I like that. I like people that enjoy life, ’cause I do the same.

HILTON: So what do you like to be called, Wayne or Lil Wayne?

WAYNE: Actually, Wayne is better.

HILTON: I know that you grew up in New Orleans. Did you always know you were going to be a rapper?

WAYNE: I starting rapping when I was 8 years old, so I think when you’re into something at such a young age like that . . . I mean, nobody in the world could have told me I wasn’t gonna be a rapper. So, yeah, I always knew I was gonna be one.

EHRLICH: Who did you look up to when you were 8 years old? Who inspired you to want to be a rapper?

WAYNE: The guys I’m with right now, Cash Money Records. They were pretty big locally in New Orleans and so I always just looked up to them. I mean, they were Cash Money Records way before everybody knew their name, and what I mean by that is that the power they have now, they had then, but just locally in the city. So they were always big. I listened to all their music. That’s probably why I wanted to be with them.

HILTON: And now you’re being called the new king of hip-hop. What do you think of that? Is it something that’s hard to live up to? Or is it exciting to have people say that?

WAYNE: It’s very exciting. I love pressure, so I guess if that brings forth pressure, then I’m up for it. But, you know, titles are titles, and names are names. As long as people remember me forever, that will be enough for me.

HILTON: Do you ever read your own press, or google yourself?

WAYNE: Um, never. I don’t think I’ve ever googled myself. [laughs] But I do read some things that . . . I mean, if I know that I was with an interviewer and I kind of figure that he or she got something bad or something good from the interview, then I’ll read the piece when it comes out. But other than that, I’d have to have a reason to read it-and, usually, I don’t have a reason. So, no, I don’t really read too much, because I know you know that they word things the way they want to word them when they put it on paper.

HILTON: What’s the most bizarre thing that you’ve ever read about yourself?

WAYNE: The most bizarre thing I’ve ever read about myself is that I was dead. That was kind of weird to read that I’m dead-mostly because I was reading it. [both laugh]

HILTON: I read that about myself once, too. It’s pretty bizarre. So what about paparazzi? Have they ever tried to get aggressive with you? Has there ever been an incident where one of them just set you off?

WAYNE: Because I don’t live in L.A., there’s not a lot of that. But when I’ve gone to L.A. and been in the hotel or wherever, I’ve seen how serious the paparazzi is out there-like, they park across the street from the hotel and as soon as you walk out the front door, they jump out and start snapping. I live in Miami, so I really don’t have to deal with that on the same level. The only time I ever really witnessed some crazy paparazzi was during my court experiences. Every time I rode up to court, as soon as I jumped out of the truck, they were there to snap, and all in our way to where we couldn’t walk. It’s nowhere near like that around here. But maybe I’m just not that caliber of person that they want to take pictures of me like that. [laughs]

EHRLICH: So you’re saying that you don’t get that hassled by paparazzi in Miami?

WAYNE: Well, obviously sometimes, because I go out. There’s this thing out here that publishes pictures of people out and about. So when I go out, I do see pictures of myself. I don’t know where those pictures come from-I mean, I don’t see the cameras. But I guess I’m just not looking for them.

HILTON: What’s your favorite club in Miami?

WAYNE: My favorite club in Miami is a club called LIV. It’s in the Fontainebleau Hotel.

HILTON: Oh, I love that club.

WAYNE: Mm-hmm.

HILTON: What else do you like to do for fun?

WAYNE: My main thing is to chill with my kids. My daughter loves to work, as well-she loves to record and stuff-so I like to work with her.

HILTON: How old is she?

WAYNE: My oldest daughter is 12.

HILTON: Oh, fun! How many kids do you have?

WAYNE: Four beautiful kids. Three boys and one beautiful angel.

EHRLICH: Do they live in Miami with you?

WAYNE: Nah. They live with their moms, but they’re always with me.

HILTON: So you said you’ve been rapping since you were 8 or 9. Do you remember your earliest rhyme?

WAYNE: I honestly don’t. I remember some parts of it. I remember the content of what I was rapping about, but I definitely don’t remember the first rap. But I remember where my head was at and what I was thinking about and things like that. I just wanted to be like Cash Money. That’s all it was. At the time, though, I think I was more fixated on groups like Another Bad Creation and Kris Kross and stuff like that.

HILTON: I know that you helped discover Drake, and now he has become one of hip-hop’s biggest names. What potential did you see in him and what have you been able to impart to him from your own experiences?

WAYNE: When I first heard Drake, I already knew that he had potential beyond my imagination, because the kid was singing and rapping-and he was rapping real well. So that’s kind of an odd mixture-like, you don’t get somebody very often who is real good at this and real good at that. So that’s when I already knew that he was gonna blow up, right there. He would’ve done it-with me or not-I just wanted to make sure it was with me. And the main thing I’ve told him, or taught him, for lack of better words, is just to stay humble and remember who you are throughout it all, because there’s gonna be moments in every single day when you’ll have to go back to that person and reflect on that person. You have to self-reflect. If you forget who you actually are, then what’s the use of even looking in the mirror.

HILTON: When you’re writing lyrics, do you ever worry about being offensive, or that you’ll kind of have to, like, edit them?

WAYNE: No. That’s one thing about me, and I think that’s what most of my fans enjoy about me, that I don’t hold nothing back. I do exactly what I want to do, and say exactly what I want to say. Sometimes I consider the fact that I have a daughter, but I also think about the realities of the world, and just let her know that this is the reality and this world is crazy and there are people out there that are a certain kind of way. I mean, once I get through that hump, then, like I said, I just say what’s on my mind.

EHRLICH: What are some of the things that you do to bring yourself back to Earth and remember who you are? I’m assuming that your kids are part of that.

WAYNE: It’s my family and my friends, plain and simple. My family and my friends-they keep me grounded. Especially my mom, because she would kick my ass if I was to change. So, flat out, that’s what it is.

HILTON: I think it’s good when your family keeps you humble. I’ve seen so many people gain a certain level of celebrity and just turn into different people.

WAYNE: Yeah, I have as well.

HILTON: It was kind of a controversial move when you released the album Rebirth last year, because it was sort of a rock album. How did you feel about the response to the album?

WAYNE: Oh, I was actually overwhelmed by it because I was surprised that record sold so well. It still went gold. So I was actually overwhelmed that people even got it because, if you’d asked me before, I thought it wasn’t gonna do shit. I thought it was gonna sell about 200,000 copies at the most. I really didn’t get to promote it well because I had to take my little eight-month vacation, but other than that, I think if I would have had more time to promote it, then it would have done better than it did.

HILTON: Well, I bought it and I loved it.

WAYNE: Thank you.

I’m not the same as other people. I don’t think the same. I don’t do the same things. I just feel out of this world sometimes.—Lil Wayne

HILTON: So you’re branching out into different genres of music. Are you trying to integrate your audiences more?

WAYNE: Exactly. That’s exactly what it is, because when you go to my shows, there are a variety of people out there in the audience at my shows, and I like to please everybody.

HILTON: Who do you make music for?

WAYNE: I make it for my fans, honestly. I make it for my fans.

HILTON: One thing I’ve noticed is that a lot of rappers, if you say to them, “Why are your lyrics about money, sex, and violence?” they’ll say, “Well, we’re telling it like it is. We’re being realistic.” But if you want to do something different and fresh, how do you do that?

WAYNE: You have to be an overall different type of person. Music is a reflection of who you are, and if those things that you mentioned are what your music is all about, then I guess that’s who you are. I mean, I think it’s just that simple. You have to be someone who is able to speak about different things. I speak about what I speak about, and I guess that’s because I’m a crazy-ass nigga. [Hilton laughs] Kanye [West] speaks about a lot of different things, but that’s because of who he is. You have Jay-Z, and he speaks about more corporate things, and I’m quite sure he’s a pretty corporate guy. But I guess it’s all who you are.

EHRLICH: Who do you like to listen to?

WAYNE: Honestly, I don’t listen to nobody else’s music but my own. It’s kind of like sports to me. You don’t see Kobe Bryant at a LeBron James game-he just works on his own game. And that’s what I do. I only listen to me, so I can criticize and analyze and all those things.

HILTON: While you were in prison you released another album, called I Am Not A Human Being. What does that title mean?

WAYNE: It’s just saying that I’m not the same as other people. I don’t think the same. I don’t do the same things. I just feel out of this world sometimes.

EHRLICH: I was reading that during your last month in prison, they put you in solitary confinement for having an iPod or something like that. I’ve heard that being in solitary is the most torturous thing in the world. What was that like for you?

WAYNE: For me it was okay, because it just meant that I was alone with my thoughts. There were times when it was pretty tough to be by yourself, and to have no television, no sort of nothing. That was kind of tough. But I didn’t have to be in there long. It was just a month. I was okay. I did fine.

EHRLICH: So literally a month without talking to any human beings except the guards. You’re totally isolated?

WAYNE: Nah. There were guys next to me and things like that. You could speak through the walls and stuff. It wasn’t totally silent like you would think it is.

EHRLICH: Can you still work out when you’re in solitary? Do you get time in the yard?

WAYNE: Yeah, yeah. I got an hour in the yard every day, so I was able to do all those things.

HILTON: I had to do 24 nights in solitary. [Hilton was held in a separate cell as a safety precaution.]

WAYNE: Oh, so you know how it is.

HILTON: Yeah, I know how it is.

EHRLICH: Wayne, did anybody try to fight with you at all in prison? Or did everyone just kind of respect you?

WAYNE: You know, we are men and we argue about things. That’s the aggression in us. So, yeah, I got into arguments. But there wasn’t ever anything too bad.

HILTON: How happy are you to have your freedom now?

WAYNE: Words cannot explain.

HILTON: Yeah, I know how you feel. [laughs] It’s the best feeling in the world when you come out.

EHRLICH: Does it make you feel almost like you appreciate every little thing in a different way now-like you have a new lease on life?

WAYNE: Exactly. You’re definitely more in tune to what you’re doing. You’re definitely more humble. I think that most people who come out of that situation just want to make the most of life afterwards. Honestly it was just one big humbling experience.

HILTON: I agree. So you’ve been all around the world. What is your favorite place in the world to go?

WAYNE: I’ve been to the Dominican Republic a few times and I like that. But Amsterdam would be my favorite place.

HILTON: I love Amsterdam! It’s so dope there. You can just ride a bike around. Do you ever dream? What are your dreams about?

WAYNE: I don’t dream a lot. But whenever I dream, I just dream about the day I just had or something like that. Mostly that’s what I dream about. I dream about that current day. Other than that, I don’t dream a lot.

EHRLICH: Do you think that your ambitions have changed at all now because you’ve achieved so much? Or do you still feel hungry in the same way that you did when you were a kid?

WAYNE: Honestly, it makes me want more because I’m nowhere near satisfied and I’m always hungry for more. I’m a very creative person, and the best part about creation is creating. So I always love to come up with new things, new ideas, new thoughts. I cherish things like that. So I’m always wanting more.

HILTON: What sign are you, Wayne?

WAYNE: I’m a Libra.

HILTON: Do you believe in horoscopes?

WAYNE: I’ve read horoscopes before and what they say about Libras. But I would actually love to not be what somebody writes down-I don’t want to be described. I don’t want you to be able to read something and say, “This is how Wayne is.” I’d rather you meet me and decide. I’d rather be different, basically. So, yes, I’ve read the horoscopes, and I see what they say. But I’d rather be something else.

HILTON: Do you have any pets?

WAYNE: I like animals, but I only have a few pets. I have a bunch of fish, and I have two sharks. Those are my dudes.

HILTON: Wow. Sharks? Nice.

EHRLICH: How big are the sharks?

WAYNE: One is a little baby, so he’s about a foot or two, or something like that. Then the other one is a good two, two and a half feet, or almost three feet.

EHRLICH: So do you have a huge pool for them? Or do they stay in a tank?

WAYNE: They live in a crib. I have this little water thing. It’s like a little pond under the stairwell in my house. So they swim under there.

HILTON: That’s dope . . . Do you go on Twitter?

WAYNE: I just shut my Twitter account down because it got hacked. Once it got hacked I had Twitter fix it. They changed it. And then it got hacked again so I just shut it down. As of right now, I’m on Twitter strike.

EHRLICH: Here’s a question for both of you: Do either of you have any goals that you’d like to accomplish in the near future? What would you like to have done by the end of this year?

WAYNE: Ladies first.

HILTON: Me? I’d really love to finish my album, because I’ve been working on it for so long, but I’ve had so many other projects that it’s hard to focus on one thing. I’d also love to just continue doing my businesses, and be more confrontational with people, because I let a lot of people get away with stuff because I don’t say anything. So, personally, I wish that I would be stronger with people.

EHRLICH: Wayne, what about you?

WAYNE: I want to bank a cool $50 million at least. At the end of this year, I want to be able to say that I banked $50 million. Not generated $50 million, but actually banked $50 million.

EHRLICH: After taxes you mean?

WAYNE: [laughs] Exactly.

HILTON: That’s a good goal to have.

This is an excerpt of the cover story. To read the full Lil Wayne interview pick up a copy of the April issue of Interview.

Paris Hilton is a Los Angeles–based entrepreneur, actress, and singer who can be seen in her upcoming tv show The World According to Paris.








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Nicki Minaj Goes Green to Save the Planet


Nicki Minaj helped saved the planet and met a fashion icon all in one night. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour reached out to the hip-hop heroine to appear at the Green Auction: Bid to Save the Earth at Christie’s in New York City last night. The Young Money fashionista dressed for the occasion, rocking a green and blonde monster ‘do while performing with her Barbie dancers to preserve the Earth’s natural resources.

“Dear Barbz, who knew wen I gave anna wintour a s/o in ‘muny’ she’d b calling me 2 perform @ a vogue charity event. Lmao. Headed there now,” tweeted Nicki, who dreams of gracing the cover of the fashion bible.

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Despite some protests to his appearance on the show, Chris Brown did his thing last night (March 29) On Dancing With The Stars.

Breezy performed "Yeah 3x", "Forever" and "Beautiful People" from his new 'F.A.M.E' cd.


With the cd making it's debut at # 1 on the Billboard 200, Brown's comeback seems complete.


Chris Brown - Forever/Beautiful People (Dancing With The Stars Live)


Chris Brown - Yeah 3x (Dancing With The Stars Live)

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A once Ivy League bound Fort Myers, Florida teen is now headed to jail instead.

Rachel Anne Hachero, 17 was so intent on getting a a new car, a 2004 black Nissan 305Z, police say she hit her mom in the head with a 9 mm Sig Sauer handgun. Hachero then forced her mom to drive to the dealership, where she signed for the vehicle.

The mother in the incident has not been named due to the nature of the event. She didn't come forward to the police until the next day, because her daughter had threatened to kill her.

The assault would seem to go against Hachero's nature. The high school senior was an honor roll student who had been accepted to several Ive League schools already.

After reporting the event, the mom didn't want to press charges fearing it would ruin her daughter's college chances. Police took her into custody anyway after finding the gun she had used and discovering it was stolen.


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No need to tell Nick Cannon about how some in the hip hop community view him. He's decided to take the "Nick Cannon is wack" sentiment and flip it to his advantage.

"I'm So Wack" pokes fun at all the negative things people say about Cannon, and his comebacks for them.

The song is the lead track off Cannon's first mixtape "Child Of The Corn."


Nick Cannon "I'm So Wack"


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12348829863?profile=originalAs if Shyne's comeback wasn't bombing badly enough already.

The rapper's recent attempt at a concert in his native Belize went so badly he immediately got on a plane back his adopted homeland of Israel the next morning.

Fans were expecting international superstars like Jay-Z and Wyclef Jean, Saturday (March 26), but when the crowd found out only Shyne and several local artists would be involved they started demanding their $50.00 back.


Before the show Shyne had promised top notch talent. "At the end of the day, only God can guarantee anything, but we're looking forward to having an extraordinary night with extraordinary guests."


That talent never showed up, leaving Shyne and the promotor, DJ Richie blaming each other.

"My responsibilities were done," DJ Richie said via BoomBox "I got everything together. I'm not pointing fingers and blaming Shyne, but it's just that his part never came through."

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Lil Wayne wastes no time in getting his newest signee up and out of the gate with a new video.

Less than two weeks after signing rocker Porcelain Black, Wayne collabs with her on the first single "This Is What Rock N Roll Looks Like."

No word yet on an album date.


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12348823099?profile=originalChris Brown's tantrum backstage on ABC's Good Morning America may lead to a big ratings event for the network.

There are reports that ABC wants to televise a meeting between Rihanna and Chris Brown.

The pair have been the focus of blogs and tv stations ever since Brown assaulted Rihanna two years ago. According to the National Post, ABC wants to “milk this event for everything it’s worth.”

Brown's career is back on track, his new album 'F.A.M.E.' will debut at number one on Billboard, so it's unclear if something like this would make sense for him. He's already paying his debt back to society and Rihanna via probation. Making this tv reunion seem unlikely

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DC's lyrical champ performs his new single "TIME OUT"


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