BREAKING: Lil Wayne's Tampa New Year's party a 'scam,' he'll be in Chicago instead
When you're Lil Wayne, life moves pretty fast.
Late Monday afternoon, the superstar rapper — or someone claiming to be him — said in a phone interview that his New Year's Eve party at Club Empire in Ybor City was a done deal. "I will be in Tampa, bringing in the new year at Empire nightclub," he said. "We're just gonna show up, do our thing, hang out for a minute."
But within 24 hours, Empire co-owner and general manager Ken Grossman pulled the plug on the party. "I promise you that Lil Wayne will not be in Tampa," a frustrated Grossman said, adding that it would be "club suicide" if they promised an appearance by the hip-hop icon, and he bailed.
Probably a good call, considering Lil Wayne reportedly already had a $250,000 contract to host a New Year's Eve party at a club near Chicago instead.
So what happened?
"Wayne is not scheduled to perform in Tampa," said a spokeswoman for Bryant Management, which handles Lil Wayne's appearances. "Bryant Management has confirmed that he is performing and booked to appear in Chicago. ... It's all part of some elaborate scam."
And just wait til you hear who that was on the phone with us Monday afternoon.