TMZ vs. YMCMB: Lil Wayne Suffers Seizures

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On March 15, 2013, one of hip-hop’s biggest artist, Lil Wayne, was hospitalized after having a seizure. Now here’s when it gets interesting. TMZ broke the news on their website stating that Wayne was rushed to the ICU (intensive care unit) at a Los Angeles hospital. TMZ said that Wayne was “unstable”, “placed in a coma,” “breathing through tubes,” and “shaking violently.” The gossip website was updating throughout the night reporting that Wayne was critical condition and final prayers were taking place. TMZ was basically stating that Wayne was going to die.

This was a lot of news coming from TMZ and it was all really serious. Wayne dying would make huge impact in the music industry. He has major endorsements such as Pepsi’s Mountain Dew, his own clothing line, Trukfit, and he has his own record label, Young Money Entertainment (signed Drake and Nicki Minaj). Whether you hate him or love him, Wayne is a big deal.

During that same night that TMZ was reporting their news, Young Money Entertainment’s manager Mack Maine was on Twitter tweeting to fans that Wayne was doing ok and he was watching a basketball game. Maine also said that TMZ was releasing falsified information about Wayne breathing through tubes and being on his deathbed. There were also credible bloggers like Karan Civil who tweeted out saying Wayne was not dying. Cash Money Entertainment’s president and mentor, Birdman, told reporters not to listen to TMZ and that Wayne didn’t suffer multiple seizures. The rapper’s spokeswoman Sarah Cunningham also released a statement in an email to CNN saying that Wayne did have a seizure but is recovering and is doing good.

Wayne was released from the hospital on March 18, 2013 and he is back to his usual self. I just hope that near death experience will make him a better person and artist.

But overall, who can you really trust in this situation? TMZ is known for their credible sources, but that night they could have been getting false information from a nurse or a staff member at the hospital. As I was watching this whole thing unfold on Twitter, I knew that Mack Maine, Birdman, and Karan Civil were close friends of Wayne so their tweets were credible. At the same time though, Mack Maine could be saying that Wayne was doing “fine” because of how much Wayne is worth. Putting business first.

Let me know your thoughts on this situation!

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Lights Out for Lupe Fiasco at the Inaugural Event for Obama

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Ok, first off Lupe Fiasco is one of the best lyricist of our times. When he releases a song, you can clearly hear his message. I love the hip-hop culture and I’ve listened to Fiasco’s music for years. I know that his content is sometimes controversial, so it wasn’t a surprise to me when I heard that Fiasco’s set got shut down at an Inauguration party for President Obama.

Fiasco was performing his song “Words I Never Say” from his album Lasers. In the song he raps “Limbaugh is a racist, Glenn Beck is a racist, Gaza strip was getting bombed, Obama didn’t say shit, That’s why I ain’t vote for him, next one either, I’m a part of the problem, my problem is I’m peaceful.” After that line, it was lights out.

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Cruel Summer, Cruel Leakers

Last week, Kanye West’s highly anticipated album Cruel Summer got released in stores and online. This is West’s first album where he got everyone from his G.O.O.D. Music label together on one album. Being a huge West fan, I was really excited to hear this piece of art, but of course, leave it to the internet to ruin it for me.

A week before it’s release, Cruel Summer got leaked. Now in this day and age, it is very common that albums get leaked online but it really ruins the experience. Not only that, but the listener doesn’t know how authentic the songs are. To avoid album leaks, artists usually release their albums a week early on iTunes and that’s what West should have done!

So, are album leaks all part of the artist’s plan? Well look at it this way, when album leaks do happen it creates a buzz for the artist and the album. Everyone gets an early listen and consumers can decided whether to buy the full album or individual tracks on iTunes. But it also takes away the quality of the music. When it came to Cruel Summer, the leaked version was not mastered and sounded unfinished.

Overall, I think that music labels leak some albums so that they can get people talking about it. It can also go two ways, leaks can help increase CD sales and damage sales. Though leakers do spoil the musical experience when you first buy the album and hear it in its true form.

If you love the artist and/or the album, please go and buy the album!