Is Lil Wayne Washed? Ask Complex,First Impressions of the ‘Free Weezy Album’

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.

Explore Kenny Hamilton (@KennyHamilton) Personal Relationship with Hennessy Black

Self-proclaimed influencer and brand ambassador, Kenny Hamilton is a consultant for nightlife powerhouse the H.Wood Group — a Los Angeles-based lifestyle agency that owns some of LA’s premier venues, including Bootsy Bellows, Henry’s and The Nice Guy. A former Atlanta radio personality and road manager for Justin Bieber, Hamilton is somewhat of a nightlife connoisseur for celebrities and high-profile people alike. He’s the go-to-guy for a packed club with good music, good people and good drinks.

NBA fines Mark Cuban $25,000

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

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.

THE FIRST INDIE ARTIST AND INDIE LABEL AT #1 ON THE URBAN CHARTS SINCE 11/11/06

THINK IT’S A GAME RECORDS’ RECORDING ARTIST
RICH HOMIE QUAN’S “FLEX (OOH, OOH, OOH)” HITS #1
AS THE MOST PLAYED SONG AT URBAN RADIO
AND CELEBRATES INDEPENDENCE
AS THE FIRST INDIE ARTIST AND INDIE LABEL AT #1
ON THE URBAN CHARTS SINCE 11/11/06
SONG OF THE SUMMER CONTINUES SIZZLING AT MULTIPLE FORMATS;
AS ATLANTA RAPPER CONCLUDES COAST-TO-COAST MULTI-MEDIA PROMOTIONS

Think It’s A Game Records’ Rich Homie Quan’s irresistible smash “Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh)” distributed by Empire Distribution, claims its independence in the number 1 slot over the July 4th holiday weekend as the MOST PLAYED SONG AT URBAN RADIO and solidly becoming the indisputable Song of the Summer! Think It’s A Game Records and Rich Homie Quan are the 1st independent artist and independent record label to achieve the #1 urban radio slot since DJ Unk’s “Walk It Out” on Big Oomp/Koch on November 11, 2006 according to Mediabase, a music industry service that monitors radio station airplay in 180 US and Canadian markets since 1985. “Flex” is currently #9 on the US digital single sales chart according to Nielsen
SoundScan an information and sales tracking system of music and music video products throughout the United States and Canada.

Video, social and streaming sites have shown major support for Rich Homie Quan scoring #5 at Vevo; over 1.2M followers on Instagram; streaming more than 600,000 daily streams of “Flex” at Pandora, Top 15 on Shazam, and holding court on Spotify’s “Most Necessary” playlist where Quan released his Summer sampler on May 19th and also garnered a feature on Jay Z’s Tidal Summer playlist.

The Atlanta based rapper concluded a round of west coast interviews last week in Los Angeles when he dropped by the BET Awards radio room, KKRL and completed extensive on-camera filming with Music Choice, a media partner for Quan’s upcoming fall release. He then headed to Silicon Valley and was welcomed by Pandora, YouTube, Facebook, InstaGram, Twitter/Vine, Soundcloud and KMEL for an on-air interview before returning home. “I’ve got nothing but love for all the fans, media outlets and supporters who helped take “Flex” to the top”.

In June, Quan was featured in Billboard magazine, on Rickey Smiley’s national syndicated morning show and performed for Hot 107.5’s 20th Birthday Bash shortly after his NYC promo run to promote “Flex” at Vevo, Music Choice, Fuse, Clear Channel, Sirius XM, BET, Fuse, Complex, XXL and The Fader.

With a well-planned combination of marketing strategies, appearances, impressions, sales and radio growth helped Rich Homie Quan to claim the #1 slot in just two months while simultaneously climbing the rhythmic radio chart. Other successes include his Spotify exclusive summer sampler, ESPN’s Highly Questionable guest appearance, Pandora’s SXSW live stream, Revolt’s Takeover for the Fast and Furious live performance and the feature on the soundtrack’s single “Ride Out” with Wale, Kid Ink and YG. “Think It’s A Game Records congratulates Rich Homie Quan on a well-deserved #1” says the label’s CEO Girvan “Fly” Henry.

“Flex” has been picked up by the Washington Post, GQ Magazine and also as a 2015 NFL draft pick walk up song by Cameron Irving of the Cleveland Browns resulting in the rapid break out of “Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh)” back in April. Prepping for a European debut, Quan recently completed his first BBC Radio One1 interview.

Referred by Complex Magazine as “2015 the Year of Rich Homie Quan”, in June XXL.com said that “Rich Homie Quan’s “Flex” Dance Is Taking Over Vine” as fans continue to upload their dances. Rich Homie Quan is now in full gear for his debut album release and tour slated for fall 2015.

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/flex-ooh-ooh-ooh-single/id965916276 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWMw4vE3J8s

FBI agents search Subway spokesman Jared Fogle’s home

The FBI and state police searched the Indiana home of Subway restaurant spokesman Jared Fogle early Tuesday.

The Indianapolis Star reports that electronics were removed from Fogle’s house in Zionsville, Ind., and loaded into a mobile forensics van parked in his driveway.

Fogle was seen entering and exiting the van during the search.

According to Fox’s Indianapolis affiliate, state and federal agents served warrants at Fogle’s home in connection with a child pornography investigation. An FBI spokeswoman confirmed the agency was conducting an investigation in the area, but would not specify its nature.

“We are shocked about the news and believe it is related to a prior investigation of a former Jared Foundation employee,” Subway said in a statement to CNBC. “We are very concerned and will be monitoring the situation closely. We don’t have any more details at this point.”

In April, Russell Taylor, the executive director of the Fogle’s Jared Foundation, was arrested on child pornography charges. Authorities said a search of Taylor’s home turned up more than 400 videos with images of child pornography.

Fogle quickly distanced himself and his foundation from Taylor.

“I was shocked to learn of the disturbing allegations against Mr. Taylor,” Fogle said in a statement. “Effective immediately, the Jared Foundation is severing all ties with Mr. Taylor.”

Taylor, 43, attempted suicide in jail a week after his arrest.

Fogle, 37, gained national fame as the restaurant’s pitchman after losing more than 240 pounds — weight loss he attributed to eating Subway sandwiches.

According to the New York Daily News, Fogle has an estimated net worth of $15 million.

He started the Jared Foundation in 2004 to eliminate childhood obesity “by raising awareness and developing programs that educate and inspire kids to live healthier, happier lives.”

“I am starting The Jared Foundation to help kids who are in the same situation I was in growing up,” Fogle told Food Processing magazine at the time. “I was an overweight kid who turned into an even heavier teenager who turned into an obese young adult and this negatively affected every aspect of my life. Now I am in a position where I can have some influence with kids and hopefully, can help them learn to make better choices.”

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