Toronto artist Paul Leli commissioned to paint Lil Wayne portrait

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Toronto based celebrity artist Paul Leli was commissioned to paint a portrait for Lil Wayne to commemorate his 4 Grammy wins in ‘08.
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ICE-T Joins LG Mobile Phones In Support of the VH1 SAVE THE MUSIC FOUNDATION AT NYC PUBLIC SCHOOL

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SAN DIEGO March 9, 2009 /PRNewswire/ — LG Electronics MobileComm U.S.A, Inc. (LG Mobile Phones) officially kicked-off their year-long partnership with the VH1 Save The Music Foundation by presenting a check for $150,000 yesterday at a public school in New York City. Grammy Award winning rapper and star of Law and Order: SVU Ice-T spoke with students about the role music has played in his life. Grammy Award winning artist Chrisette Michele performed two songs, “Epiphany (I’m Leaving)” co-written by Ne-Yo and “Love Is You” co-written by John Legend. Executives from all organizations were present at the event, including Executive Director of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation Paul Cothran, and Senior Director of Marketing Communications for LG Mobile Phones Tim O’Brien.

LG Mobile Phones joined forces with the VH1 Save The Music Foundation for a one-year, multi-faceted partnership to promote the importance of music education. The partnership will include check presentations at public schools around the county and a national year-long advertising campaign – ‘Come Together’ – that was funded by LG Mobile Phones to raise awareness about music education and the positive impact it has on children’s lives.

“We are very excited to continue our partnership with the VH1 Save The Music Foundation because LG is passionate about the importance of music education,” said Tim O’Brien, senior director of marketing communications for LG Mobile Phones. “Together, we hope to continue to improve and restore music education in our public schools.” Continue reading

M.I.A. Gives Birth to Baby Boy

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M.I.A. has given birth to a baby boy, a move ceremoniously announced by way of her MySpace blog.

M.I.A.’s baby missed his due date on Sunday, which allowed the eccentric entertainer to perform “Swagger Like Us” at the Sunday Grammys with Kanye West, Jay-Z, T.I. and Lil Wayne. He eventually arrived on Wednesday.

The child’s father is fiance Benjamin Bronfman.

The boy, whose name wasn’t revealed, didn’t miss the mark by far. The singer/rapper went into labor about 2 am on Monday morning.

On her blog, M.I.A. humorously detailed her joy by writing:

“MY BABY WAS BORN WEDNESDAY , HE IS HEALTHY , FINE , BEAUTIFUL AND THE MOST AMZING THING EVER ON THIS PLANET, OF COURSE IM HIS MUM!!!

ME AND BABY ARE PUTTING OUR TOUR DATES FOR 2010 TOGETHER AND MAKING MIX TAPES AND FIGURING OUT A WAY TO BREAK OUT OF THE HOSPITAL !

HOPEFULLY THE WORLD IS BEEN TICKING ALONG AND I AINT MISSED MUCH!

Will recession dull hip-hop’s bling?

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(CNN) — Gold teeth, luxury cars and diamond chains heavy enough to slump a bodybuilder’s shoulders have been ubiquitous symbols in hip-hop music for years, if not decades.jeezygrammygi

But — as you may have noticed at the Grammys on Sunday — there are signs that the genre’s high-dollar bling may not survive the economic recession.

Many rappers came to the annual music awards show wearing sleek suits; their famous jewels were conspicuously absent. Artist Lil Wayne, who accepted two of rap’s biggest awards — Grammys for best solo rap performance and best rap album — performed wearing a T-shirt. Only a modest necklace dangled from his neck.

Like everyone these days, rappers are feeling the effects of the country’s economic meltdown. But industry commentators are split on whether they think financial woes will cause rappers to give up their hefty jewels.

Some experts contacted by CNN said the bling era soon will come crashing down.

We just came out of the ‘bling era,’ where everything was about wealth and what you could attain, and I’m starting to see artists being more socially conscious,” said Amy Andrieux, a senior editor at The Source magazine, which covers hip-hop.

President Obama’s election has inspired some of the change, Andrieux said, but rappers also “just can’t afford what they used to” because of the recession.

Top artists such as Lil Jon, who once made about $80,000 per track, now are grappling with the fact that they may get half that sum if they’re lucky, said Bryan Leach, senior vice president of urban music for RCA Music Group.

And while most Americans may not weep over the fact that famous rappers may make only $35,000 per song, the price cuts — and layoffs — are sending shocks through the recording industry, Leach said.

“Every major label has been laying people off,” he said. Continue reading

[video] Lil Wayne & Robin Thicke Perform “Tie My Hand” At The 51st Annual Grammy Awards (Dedicated To Hurricane Katrino / New Orleans) [HD Quality]

Proppers to Lil Weezy for repping for his hometown New Orleans. This was a moving tribute to a forgotten American tragedy. Wayne did the unexpected with this one and merged the Marti Gras flavor in it as well. Even Robin Thicke got it all the way in, he was groovin’ wasn’t he? Still think he got jerked on the Album of the Year but hey, that’s life for ya!

REMEMBER MS. KATIE, I’M A GANGSTA!!