Lil Wayne is now planning to put on something special for New Orleans. Today, he announced that he will be holding the first ever Lil Weezyana Fest. The show is being billed as Lil Wayne & Friends and will feature a Hot Boys reunion. Lil Weezyana Fest will take place on August 28th at Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square in New Orleans. Pre-sale tickets go on-sale this Wednesday.
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It’s July 4th, but Lil Wayne hasn’t taken the day off, so here we are. The beleaguered Young Money spitter can’t really afford to take holidays off. Thanks to shine-blocking from Birdman and a feeling of insecurity towards Young Thug, he’s out here fighting for relevance. He’s a veteran with an album that he can’t even release. All of which brings us to the Free Weezy Album, recorded and released irrespective of Cash Money. Is it even free if it’s on Tidal? Never mind, I have a subscription anyway. It seems like something of a defining moment for Wayne. I’m going to take a listen before I get too gone at the BBQ and see how Weezy fares with my first impression. Fingers crossed.
1. “Glory” — Wayne is spitting but like wow, this beat gets seven Zs for putting me to sleep. It works a little better here as an intro than it did when it dropped dolo, though.
2. “He’s Dead” — My first thought: “Oh God, is this some Rebirth shit???” But wow, I’m into it. “Rest in peace to the Cash Money Weezy, he’s dead.” Wayne is really going there off the rip. This Birdman split really has him fucked up on an emo level. What I’m feeling most about this is it doesn’t sound like the same Weezy song I’ve heard 18 times across his last seven projects.
3. “I Feel Good” — Lmao…is this a breakup album??
4. “My Heart Races On” — “Reality bit me, and continues to bite me.” Wayne is going through it. This is a lightweight memorial to the good ol YMCMB days. It’s getting dusty in here.
5. “London Roads” — This album is so mellow so far. I thought we were feeling good? (Also, London on da Track is bipartisan in this Wayne-Thug schism, I take it?)
6. “I’m That Nigga” — Be careful what you wish for, Frazier. Wtf is this Lil Chuckee ass beat, bruh? What the hell is a HoodyBaby? My uncle just very un-subtly dumped headphones in my lap, I’d better put them on before I get kicked out of the family BBQ.
7. “Psycho” — “I fell asleep in it like Whitney”…
8. “Murda” — Cory Gunz is alive? Junior Reid’s hook is basic, but I’m feeling this otherwise. Wayne and company didn’t quite murder this, but good effort.
9. “Thinking Bout You” — “Bow wow wow yippie yo yippie yay/Can’t trust these hoes to-day.” sjdflsdfjlksdjfklsd Pardon me just had a Sorry 4 the Wait PTSD flashback and passed out on the keyboard.
10. “Without You” — Bibi Bourelly kills this. She wrote Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money.” I don’t know if this feature is a step forward or backward, but good for her. Simp Wayne is one of my favorite versions of Weezy.
11. “Post Bail Ballin” — Guess the bail was high because this track sounds like a cheap ass time, cuz.
At this point, the gif-review is:
12. “Pull Up” — This album is boring me, fast. I need an Independence Day wine cooler to wake me up. Euro had dope bars on that last Young Money tax-write-off group album. It’d be real cool if Wayne could put his technical skills to use for like, a better song.
13. “Living Right” — My cousin just collected $50 from me. I bet against Brick Khalifa and what do you know? He lowkey housed Weezy on this. Wtf is happening?
14. “White Girl” — This song is Modern Wayne in a microcosm. A song in 2015 about cocaine titled “White Girl,” over a plodding beat that Wayne nevertheless attacks (“It’s Lil Wayne, nigga/I been the shit since Lil Zane, nigga”). One step forward, two steps back. Also, Beyoncé and Solange are, like, not white, my guy. At least stay on theme with the metaphor. Do you even know your Tidal co-owners? Jeezy does work, as the Snowman should on a track dedicated to coke. Overall though, I’d advise listening to their first “White Girl” collab, you know the one that almost made CTE a thing and on which Wayne raps “Got that Lindsay Lohan, and you can just ask Lindsay Lohan.” >>>>>>>
15. “Pick Up Your Heart” — And now we’re back in Breakup Album mode. This is the best beat on the entire album. Do Cool & Dre even answer the phone for anyone except Wayne these days? This song is great. It might be the only song I will willingly replay after this.
SPIN CYCLE. Look, during tracks 2-5, I was excited by the chance to go against the grain from what I glimpsed on Rap Twitter last night and declare this album as Not That Bad. Unfortunately, it quickly falls into the same traps that have plagued every Wayne project since Carter III, save No Ceilings. It’s boring. I need the fireworks to pop off right now just to wake me up. After one listen I was left with the desire to replay maybe two or three tracks, tops. I really don’t want to count Wayne out. I defended him against Young Thug. But this is not the way forward, b.
A couple of tactics could’ve prevented this album from being so damp. More of the super personal subject matter found in the first few tracks and the outro that would’ve molded this into the Breakup Album that I joked it was (and which it actually is, in parts). And a foray into more exciting production. “He’s Dead” shouldn’t be the only track that made me sit up. Stunna stiffed you, but you still have money and connections, fam. Why not call Mannie up? Hang with 40 at the Yolo Estate and cook up another “I’m Single”? This isn’t an Instant Recycle Bin classic like Sorry 4 the Wait 2, but that’s the best I can say. July 4 release notwithstanding, this is one boring-ass Declaration of Independence.
Album Grade: W for Wet Firework.
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The NBA has fined Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $25,000 for publicly confirming the team’s upcoming free-agent deals with DeAndre Jordan and Wesley Matthews, league spokesman Tim Frank said Tuesday, confirming an ESPN.com report.
Sources said the Mavericks were informed of the fine Tuesday.
Teams and players are allowed to strike verbal agreements on new contracts during the league’s annual moratorium period in early July while the league’s salary cap and luxury tax figures are being calculated for the coming season, but team officials are not allowed to openly discuss those deals.
Cuban addressed both signings via his Cyber Dust app and did multiple interviews last Friday after Jordan verbally agreed to join the Mavericks on a four-year max deal worth in excess of $80 million.
It’s the first known fine Cuban has incurred from new NBA commissioner Adam Silver. Sources, however, say Cuban previously was fined $25,000 for a tweet about the lack of calls for Monta Ellis in March. The tweet later was deleted.
The Mavericks’ owner racked up nearly $2 million in fines in clashes with former NBA commissioner David Stern over a 14-year period that began with Cuban’s arrival in the league in January 2000.
Kevin Garnett agreed to return to the Timberwolves on Tuesday, the same day that Minnesota signed No. 1 draft pick Karl-Anthony Towns.
Garnett and the Timberwolves agreed in principle to a two-year deal, sources confirmed to ESPN’s Marc Stein. Garnett will sign the deal when the NBA’s moratorium on new contracts is lifted later this week.
“I’m incredibly excited and rejuvenated to be part of this talented, committed team,” Garnett told KSTP Sports, which reported the deal earlier Tuesday.
Minnesota is expecting the 39-year-old Garnett to play in the 20-minute range next season, sources told Stein. The 2004 league MVP would play past his 40th birthday if he sees out both years of the contract.
The Timberwolves also announced the signing of Towns, the top overall draft pick, and fellow rookie Tyus Jones, the No. 24 pick.
Towns’ three-year contract is worth just over $14.9 million, according to RealGM.com, and it includes a fourth-year option.
Garnett was reunited with the Timberwolves last season in a trade with the Brooklyn Nets. Garnett spent his first 12 seasons in Minnesota before being traded to the Boston Celtics prior to the 2007-08 season.
The rebuilding Timberwolves hope that Towns and last year’s No. 1 pick, Andrew Wiggins, can be a formidable duo for years to come. Minnesota acquired Wiggins in the blockbuster trade that sent Kevin Love to Cleveland last summer.