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by Jordan Bartel | jordan@bthesite.com and b free daily | February 24, 2010
While you frantically found chairs to reserve your parking spot, we kept up with what was happening in the world of celebs not slammed with snow. Here's your pop culture week in review: SEXY DINOS: Discovery's “Tyrannosaurus Sex.” From the press release: "It shows dinosaur sex in all its glory. How did a ferocious T-Rex woo his lady? How did a female Titanosaur support the weight of a male who was as long as a four-story building is high?" Uh, maybe Jurassic yoga helped?
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By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2014
Roughly midway through his headlining set at Washington's Howard Theatre on Friday night, Ja Rule reflected on a missed opportunity from 2007.  That summer, Ja Rule was a veteran MC in search of a spark to a stalling career, and Lil Wayne was the best rapper alive. So the two collaborated on "Uh-Ohhh!," a vibrant piece of evidence Ja Rule's career might not yet finished. Even today, it sounds like a hit song. But it was not meant to be, as Ja Rule and Lil Wayne were arrested, separately, on gun charges following the duo's concert at Manhattan's Beacon Theater that July.
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By DAVID ZURAWIK | February 4, 2009
Having a network anchorwoman serve as host of a prime-time entertainment program intended to promote a coming awards show on the same network is a formula that guarantees controversy. Is this not the blurring of entertainment and news? Doesn't this diminish the credibility of the anchorwoman - et cetera, et cetera, et cetera? Whatever the answer to those questions, CBS is featuring its anchorwoman, Katie Couric, tonight in Couric's All Access Grammy Special. Before you prejudge, you should know two things: First, Couric is very good in this type of entertainment-interview format.
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By Tionah Lee | May 1, 2013
Night 2 of the Knockout Rounds brought more entertainment and heartbreak for the contestants. It was time for Team Blake and Team Usher to make it through the Knockout Rounds, and move on to next week's live playoffs. With Adam's angels and Shakira's all-star team already assembled, it was time for them to watch as coaches Blake and Usher's teams battled it out. Team Blake: Savannah Berry, “As Long as You Love Me” by Justin Bieber vs. Justin Rivers, “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus Country-pop was the sound for this competition as Savannah and Justin opened the competition with two major pop hits.
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By Wesley Case | April 20, 2011
"You f---in' with a n---- who don't give a f---," raps Lil Wayne on "John. " If that wasn't clear already, check out the cover to Tha Carter IV , a slightly altered kindergarten graduation photo of Dwayne Michael Carter, age 7 (at least I don't think he had the tattoos and piercings then). "John," that album's street single, got the ultra-dark, even-danker video treatment and wonderfully features Rick Ross rapping from a wheelchair. Much has been made of Wayne's sobriety, and he's mentioned that he doesn't need sunglasses to block his bloodshot eyes now. Maybe that's why his icy stares in "John" are so ... scary?
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By Wesley Case | July 11, 2011
Need help getting up to speed with Lil Wayne? Here are the important tidbits: •••• His new mixtape, a stopgag release and a literal apology for making his fans wait for his new album, is titled Sorry For the Wait . It drops Wednesday. •••• Last Friday, Weezy's team liberated the opening track to the mixtape, "Tunechi's Back," a short but furious take on Rick Ross and Meek Mill's extra-hard street anthem "Tupac Back. " Wayne hasn't forgotten the portion of his fanbase that might not like "How to Love," and he uses "Tunechi's Back" to tap into his street resources.
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By Wesley Case | July 14, 2011
How do you know when an album is done? When to stop? You don't. When they tell you. When 'Tez call me and tell me and say, "You got such and such date is your deadline to stop," I be like, "Aight. " 'Cause I never stop recording, obviously. So it's just on him to say, "Okay, stop. We're gonna pick these songs, and that's the album. " That's how we do it. Lil Wayne entrusts his long-time best friend and manager Cortez Bryant with the less exciting details of being a recording artist.
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By Wesley Case | March 17, 2011
Lil Wayne kicked off his “I’m Still Music” tour last night in Providence, Rhode Island, four days before he performs at 1st Mariner Arena. (I’ll be in the nosebleeds with my crew. Say hi.) MTV News’ Jayson Rodriguez covered the show , and this observation — obvious in a way, but telling still — stood out: “His dreadlocks appeared longer, and the rapper was lucid. As a result of an Arizona case, Wayne is forbidden from drinking alcohol or partaking in any activities involving drugs.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2013
UPDATE (March 28): Meaghan McCracken, 1st Mariner Arena's public relations manager, confirmed today that Lil Wayne's "America's Most Wanted" tour will take stop at the arena on July 17. The presale for CITI Card members begins Wednesday at 10 a.m. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday at 10 a.m. --------------- Posted March 25: Lil Wayne will bring his "America's Most Wanted" tour to Baltimore's 1st Mariner Arena...
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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | January 24, 2011
Superstar rapper Lil Wayne and his protégé Nicki Minaj headline a star-studded lineup for the "I Am Music II" tour, which will come to Baltimore's 1st Mariner Arena March 20, according to concert promoter Live Nation. The pair will be joined by Miami-based rapper Rick Ross and Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker. The tour, which will be Wayne's first tour since his prison release nearly three months ago, kicks off March 18 in Buffalo, N.Y., and ends May 1 in East Rutherford, N.J. The "I Am Music II" tour is also scheduled to stop at the Verizon Center in Washington on April 3. Wayne, a New Orleans native, has become a fan- and critic-favorite with his unique voice, witty lyrics and catchy beats.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2013
UPDATE (March 28): Meaghan McCracken, 1st Mariner Arena's public relations manager, confirmed today that Lil Wayne's "America's Most Wanted" tour will take stop at the arena on July 17. The presale for CITI Card members begins Wednesday at 10 a.m. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday at 10 a.m. --------------- Posted March 25: Lil Wayne will bring his "America's Most Wanted" tour to Baltimore's 1st Mariner Arena...
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2012
In the past two years, Mac Miller, a 20-year-old rapper from Pittsburgh, could have signed a number of deals from major labels. Instead, Miller stayed loyal to his hometown independent label, Rostrum Records. The payoff came in November, when Miller's first album, "Blue Slide Park," debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the first independent album to do so in more than 15 years. In Miller's world, a major label simply isn't necessary, not when he can continue to release free mixtapes (such as last month's "Macadelic")
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By Wesley Case | September 14, 2011
Lately, Baltimore has been booking more hip-hop shows (The Throne will be watched Oct. Nov. 1, while J. Cole, Yelawolf and Young Money's Tyga will all be here in the fall, too), a welcome trend for a city so close to bigger markets Philadelphia and Washington. This weekend is particularly stacked: Lupe Fiasco's "Generation Laser" Tour (with D.C.'s Wale) hits Merriweather Post Pavilion Friday and the legendary Mobb Deep plays the new Baltimore Soundstage Sunday. All three acts are stopping by at interesting points in their careers.
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By Wesley Case, b | August 1, 2011
What was the highlight of Drake's weekend? Ask him, and he'd likely answer hosting the second OVOFest, the one night of the year Toronto becomes hip-hop's Mecca. Or maybe he'd get more specific and say having Nas come out to perform "Made You Look" was the best part. He wouldn't be off-base to say Stevie Wonder's mini-set in the middle of the concert was an achievement few rappers could pull off, let alone any rapper under 25. These are all worthy answers but the true highlight came quietly at 1:30 a.m. Sunday, when Drake dropped "Headlines," the first single from his forthcoming album, Take Care (due on his birthday, Oct. 24.)
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By Wesley Case | July 14, 2011
How do you know when an album is done? When to stop? You don't. When they tell you. When 'Tez call me and tell me and say, "You got such and such date is your deadline to stop," I be like, "Aight. " 'Cause I never stop recording, obviously. So it's just on him to say, "Okay, stop. We're gonna pick these songs, and that's the album. " That's how we do it. Lil Wayne entrusts his long-time best friend and manager Cortez Bryant with the less exciting details of being a recording artist.
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By Jordan Bartel, b | July 13, 2011
1. Sum up Artscape? That’s one of the best things about it — you can’t. Especially since this is the free arts festival blowout’s 30th year (celebrating everything 1980s, which we assume you love). And, of course, there’s the usual greatness: street performers, the cooler-than-cool alt-Midway, the unique vendors. Oh, and Matisyahu and Fantasia. We haven’t even scratched the surface. Noon-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon-8 p.m. Sunday; centered on Mount Royal Avenue and North Charles Street.
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By Wesley Case | March 21, 2011
First, a note: I didn't go to this concert as a reviewer. I bought my ticket with a group of friends, all big-time Wayne heads. We drank beers and spent most of our night JAMMING. But work was never too far away: I took mental notes, so here's my attempt at remembering them.    Most notably, one of the coolest moments of Lil Wayne's gig at 1st Mariner Arena last night was watching the crowd erupt — no, seriously — when Wayne's DJ, DJ Four Five, cued up the deeper-cut fan favorites ( Da Drought 3's "Ride 4 My N-----", Tha Carter III's "Phone Home")
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By Wesley Case | June 8, 2011
“Five Great Songs” is a new Louder Now feature I hope to do with some frequency. You may have heard these songs before or you might have missed them, but it’s my hope to offer something new as to why they matter. Again, I’m not looking to call “First” (seriously, cornballs, stop doing that) or score some cool points with obscurity – these are the tracks I keep coming back to and I’m trying to wrestle with why. I hope you like them, too. 1. Beyonce, “1+1” ( 4 , Columbia)
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By Wesley Case | July 11, 2011
Need help getting up to speed with Lil Wayne? Here are the important tidbits: •••• His new mixtape, a stopgag release and a literal apology for making his fans wait for his new album, is titled Sorry For the Wait . It drops Wednesday. •••• Last Friday, Weezy's team liberated the opening track to the mixtape, "Tunechi's Back," a short but furious take on Rick Ross and Meek Mill's extra-hard street anthem "Tupac Back. " Wayne hasn't forgotten the portion of his fanbase that might not like "How to Love," and he uses "Tunechi's Back" to tap into his street resources.
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By Wesley Case | June 14, 2011
Here’s an understatement: the rap blogs were busy yesterday. It seemed like every hour, there was another leak from a big-name artist. Kanye West, Nas, Big Sean and Lil Wayne were all victims of Hulkshare liberation. But now for the important part: are the songs any good? Let’s grade them. Kanye West, “Mama’s Boyfriend” This comes from the My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy cutting room floor, where it probably belongs. “Mama’s Boyfriend” would sound out-of-place on the final tracklisting, as the album sticks to a very specific emotional arc (defiance slowly builds to arrogance and then dissolves into lonely melancholia)
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