As rumored, Lil Wayne was packing heat at the Grammys. That heat was an unreleased makeup of the Jeremy Scott x adidas JS Teddy Bear sneaker. Continue reading
When rappers aren’t giving each other watches, its cars. YMCMB is reaping the benefits from a great 2011 it looks like as Cash Money CEO’s Birdman and Slim had a couple of special gifts for Lil’ Wayne and Mack Maine. Baby treated himself and Weezy with brand-new 2012 Bentleys, while Mack received a spanking new Rolls Royce Phantom.
Mack’s reaction throughout the video is best, as for me? No words.
Celebrities on both coasts were sitting courtside for the kickoff off the basketball season Sunday. See pics of Kanye, Lil’ Wayne, Arsenio Hall and Chris Rock hitting up the Lakers and Knicks games.
The last 12 months were filled with more mixtapes than we can remember. There have literally been hundreds of MP3 collections mixed together and uploaded to the ‘Net. Did we listen to every single release? Um… well, we tried our best to give everyone a fair shot. In doing so, VIBE stumbled across a number of mixtapes worthy to be kept in steady rotation.
Standout projects from Jadakiss, Currensy, 2 Chainz and Waka Flocka were hard to forget about but there were 11 mixtapes that we had to name as the best tapes of 2011. It was a crazy and overwhelming year for hip-hop music. Who can forget the countless number of tapes released in October (we challenge you to name 10 right now!)? Or Wale crashing Hulkshare with his Eleven One Eleven release. As the year comes to end, we found it necessary to spotlight the 11 mixtapes that got the most play in the VIBE offices this year. Continue reading
Lil Wayne has shuffled through many different looks throughout his career as one of rap’s biggest superstars. From his early days of tall tees and baggy jeans to today’s assortment of skin-tight tees, knee-high socks, and–on occasion–leopard jeggings, Weezy’s look has influenced the style of his younger following immensely. When Tunechi drops his new clothing line, Trukfit Continue reading
The Young Money/Cash Money Empire continues to blossom. In his latest “Public Service Announcement,” Lil’ Wayne introduces 14-year-old Torion Sellers. The singer and dancer is the newest signee to Young Money Continue reading
Drake’s music isn’t complex, but it is complicated. Steeped in warm, deep, dense beds, it’s closer in spirit to R&B than almost any hip-hop ever recorded. Wet, slapping drums; hazy synth tones; delicate, enveloping chords—it’s a sound that’s added a gravitas to the Canadian MC’s music. Drake feels important because his music sounds important. The primary architect of that sound, Noah “40″ Shebib, has worked closely with Drake, creating an unusual partnership. 40 is credited with production on only eight of the 17 songs on Take Care, Drake’s second full-length album, but as an engineer and sounding board, his fingerprints are everywhere—the expansive palette, the patience, and the dramatic flourishes at song’s end. They craft albums together.
The 28-year-old Shebib, a Toronto native with a background as a child performer, like Drake, has been beside him during the biggest moments of his career. I talked with 40 on the eve of the highly anticipated Take Care about their history and the stories behind some of their best songs. Continue reading