Weezy Week: Lil Wayne's wild 2013, from Chris Bosh to Emmett Till to Al Sharpton
(All week, Soundcheck is paying tribute to the unusual life and career of Lil Wayne with a series of features we’re calling Weezy Week.)
Even by Lil Wayne’s standards, 2013 has been an eventful year. Here’s a rundown:
Feb. 10: Lil Wayne tweets that he was tossed out of Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena during a Heat-Lakers game. The Heat say he chose to leave, but the following week, during an NBA All-Star Weekend concert in Houston, Weezy repeats his claim, saying the NBA has banned him from all events, and then goes off on the Heat, yelling: “F--- LeBron, F--- She-Wade, F--- Chris Bosh.” He added: “I f---ed Chris Bosh’s wife.” Later, Weezy recants on Jimmy Kimmel Live, saying, “I didn’t get banned ... I was too turnt up that night.”
Feb. 14: Author and hip-hop “video vixen” Karrine Steffans publishes an e-book titled How to Make Love to a Martian, a tell-all about her six-year relationship with Lil Wayne.
March 12: Lil Wayne is hospitalized for the first of several seizures in Los Angeles. When he is readmitted later in the week, TMZ reports he’s in critical condition and in a medically induced coma following an overdose of “sizzurp” — a cough syrup-based cocktail including prescription-strength codeine. Weezy’s associates quickly refute the reports, but shortly thereafter, he admits he suffers from epilepsy. “I could’ve died,” he said in a radio interview.
March 23: In his first public appearance since his release from Cedars-Sinai, Weezy pops unannounced into the Skatepark of Tampa’s Tampa Pro event for the second straight year, hanging with fans and posing for photos.
March 26: Lil Wayne releases I Am Not a Human Being II. It debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard chart, and has since sold more than 500,000 copies, but reviews were mixed at best. “He sounds terminally bored,” says Pitchfork.
May 3: PepsiCo. cuts ties with Lil Wayne as a spokesman for Mountain Dew after a new song leaks featuring a crude lyric about civil rights figure Emmett Till, who was violently murdered in 1955. Lil Wayne pens a letter to Till’s outraged family, saying, “I would like to take a minute to acknowledge your hurt.” Till’s family is unsatisfied, saying his statement “falls short of an apology.”
May 14: Gone Till November, Lil Wayne’s diary of his 2010 incarceration at Rikers Island prison, is scheduled to be published, but is delayed at the last minute. The memoir is now has no release date.
June 14: Lil Wayne’s 14-year-old daughter, Reginae Carter — she was born when Weezy was just 15 — releases a pop single called Daddy’s Little Girl. “Daddy brought me in this world, told me I could pursue it / Walk me through the steps, show me that I could do it / Life’s a brick wall, but you can run through it / Because every obstacle, Daddy already moved it.”
June 18: Lil Wayne draws fire after he’s seen stomping on an American flag during a video shoot for his single God Bless Amerika, which includes the lyrics: “My country ’tis of thee / sweet land of kill ’em all and let ’em die.” He defended himself on Twitter: “I didn’t step on the flag on purpose! It’s a scene in a video where the flag drops behind me and after it drops, it’s just there as I perform.”
June 27: It was announced that Cash Money Records will publish the Rev. Al Sharpton’s new memoir, The Rejected Stone — this, despite the fact that Lil Wayne once rapped “F--- Al Sharpton and anyone like him” (Misunderstood). “Just because we disagree doesn’t mean we have to be disagreeable,” Sharpton told the Associated Press.
July 1: Two years after Lil Wayne rapped about kidnapping Beyonce on his song It’s Good — a retaliation for Jay-Z taking shots at his mentor Birdman on H.A.M. — Jay-Z releases the lyrics to new song La Familia, which includes an apparent shot at Lil Wayne: “Wanna kidnap wifey / good luck with that bruh / you must gonna hide your whole family / what you think we wearing black for.”
Sources: New York Daily News, TMZ, Pitchfork, Newsday, Vibe.