Lil Wayne is speaking out for the first time since firing off that $51 million lawsuit against his “daddy” Birdman and record label Cash Money. Meanwhile, “Empire” star Ta’Rhona Jones dishes on how she landed the role of “Porsha” on the hottest new television series. Deets inside…
By now, you’ve heard Lil Wayne is frustrated with Cash Money and he wants out! But, he’s not walking away quietly. Wayne filed a $51 million lawsuit against the man he once referred to as his “daddy,” Birdman and his longtime record label Cash Money Records. He’s pissed he was never paid the $10 million he was owed after completing his much-delayed Tha Carter V album and other discrepancies with contracts.
For the first time since filing the legal documents (you can check out the 21-page lawsuit documents here), Lil Wayne is speaking out on all of the drama. And it appears he’s remaining somewhat optimistic about it all. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Wayne was asked about his looming legal troubles, where at first he didn’t say much. He simply replied,
“That’s a legal matter, homeboy.”
Then he followed up with,
“I’m human. But it’s nothing that a good blunt can’t cure.”
Although Tha Carter V has been completed for quite some time, Wayne says that album is a dead subject right now. He spilled,
“I would have released it yesterday if I could. But it’s a dead subject right now. It’s a jewel in the safe. It’s that stash-house money.”
The Young Money honcho is now concentrating on a new album he plans to release this March for FREE titled, The Free Weezy Album.
“I’m working on it every day, man,” he says. “I guarantee it’s going to be something dope. If you don’t want a musician being creative, don’t get The Free Weezy Album.”
We’re sure Weezy fans are excited to be getting some new music from the Young Money rapper. Wayne also talked about retiring from the music industry and what he plans to do for 2015. He said,
I’ve thought about it, but for a person like me that bleeds, eats, sleeps and shits music, it’s hard to do.” He hopes to spend much of 2015 on tour, and he’d like to do some recording overseas while he’s at it. “When I go home, I want my actual house to be a vacation,” he says. “And I might give y’all three new kids from four different women. You know how I do it.”
Let’s hope he was joking about making more babies.
You can check out his full interview here.
In another new interview….
FOX’s hip-hop series brought a lot of familiar faces (Terrence Howard, Tarji P. Henson, Gabourey Sidibe) but it is also bringing a few fresh faces, including budding actress Ta’Rhonda Jones who plays Cookie Lyon’s personal assistant. This marks Ta’Rhonda’s very first acting gig. How cool is that?!
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the new starlet reveals how she landed the role as Porsha and how she had no clue how big of a deal the show was when she first auditioned for the role. She also talks about how her own personality is incorporated as she portrays Porsha and how director Lee Daniels had her wear her own clothes and do her own hair and makeup for the part.
Below are the highlights:
The Empire pilot had already been shot and picked up before Porsha came about. How much was the show on your radar when you initially went in for it?
I got a call from my brother in the middle of the night, and he said this guy from a studio we go to, his name is Joe, Joe called my brother Tim and said, “Hey, Terrence Howard is looking for female rappers in their 20s; you need to call your sister and let her know this is a great opportunity.” So my brother called me and told me to call a number. I did, and I spoke to Claire Simon, who is the director of casting, and she said, “Well, can you come in tomorrow?” I said, “Sure!” I still didn’t really know what was going on [though]; I thought I was going into rap. So she emailed me a few lines, and it still never registered. … The role that they originally sent me was Tiana, and when I recited the lines to her, she stared at me for a really long time, and in the back of my mind, I was just like, “OK, I messed up. I messed up big time.” But she said, “That was pretty good, but I think I might have something else in mind for you.” I thought that was just her way of sending me on [but] that very same day she emailed me the Porsha role. I went in the following day, and she had me do it different ways; she had me recite the lines a million times. And at this point it still never registered! She said, “That was good; can you come in Monday?” And I was like, “I work. I can’t keep leaving work!” But I was kind of tired of my job, so I said I’d do it. Lee Daniels was there this time, and I didn’t know who he was. I mean, I was very familiar with his name, but I just never saw his face or knew how he looked because I hadn’t researched him [in that way]. I went in, and as soon as I stepped in the room, I felt his energy and we just vibed instantly.
At what point did you realize just how big this show was going to be?
After I auditioned I said, “Let me do my research,” so I YouTubed it when I went back to work — in front of my boss. I let her know, “Hey, I might be getting something huge, so I’m just letting you know I might not be here too long.” And she was just like, “You’re not going …read more