Top Headlines of the Week: 3/24 – 3/31
In this week’s news, Lil Wayne speaks about his recent hospitalization for the first time, Rick Ross is criticized for rapping about the date rape drug, and Joie Manda resigns as Def Jam president for a new opportunity in Los Angeles. We also get an update on Justin Timberlake’s monumental first-week sales of The 20/20 Experience and ScHoolboy Q hints at supergroup in the making. Below, check out the top headlines of the week.
1. Lil Wayne Reveals He Is An Epileptic
Wayne spoke with DJ Felli Fel on Power 106 in L.A. to open up about his health scare. Weezy explained that he is an epileptic. He continued to say he’s prone to seizures, and his recent hospitalization was due to him being too overworked. He also commented on TMZ’s inconsistent reporting.
2. Waka Flocka Flame Wants to Work With Miley Cyrus
Flocka isn’t shy to admit he will work with anyone. Earlier this week, he talked about his “real slick crush” on the former Disney star, and even pitched the song he wanted to get her on. We’re not sure when it will happen, but a Flocka and Miley cut could be kind of hot.
3. Rick Ross Denies “U.O.E.N.O.” Lyric Was in Connection to Rape
Ross was under some heat over a lyric that suggests date rape. When talking to New Orleans radio station Q93, he denied the line’s actual meaning. He said listeners misinterpreted the lyric and stated he doesn’t condone rape. Despite Rozay's claims, there is currently a petition circulating by Change.org for Rozay to apologize. For more thoughts on this serious issue, read Erika Ramirez's opinion piece at Billboard.
4. Joie Manda Resigns From Def Jam and Named President of Urban Music at Interscope
Manda is moving back to Los Angeles for a new position at Interscope starting on Monday. He will still work under the Universal Music Group umbrella alongside president and CEO of UMG’s East Coast Labels Barry Weiss and president and COO of Interscope and Geffen A&M John Janick.
5. ScHoolboy Q Says a Supergroup With Danny Brown, A$AP Rocky and Ab-Soul Is In The Works
The Freshman alum dropped by the XXL offices to discuss his Interscope/Aftermath debut, Oxymoron. During our chat, Q dropped some big news about a supergroup that may involve Brown, Rocky and Soul. These four MCs coming together could be a problem.
6. Gucci Mane Arrested in Club Assault
Nearly two weeks after Gucci was accused of assaulting a soldier at an Atlanta nightclub, he was arrested in connection of the case. He was taken into custody at Fulton County Jail. He appeared in court on Wednesday, but was denied bond in his first hearing, and will have another trial scheduled in April.
7. Justin Timberlake Nearly Sells One Million Copies of The 20/20 Experience
JT’s comeback to music has been a huge success. Reports came in that he debuted with strong numbers, moving 980,000 units in the first week. He was just 20,000 away from platinum status. The last male artist to sell over a million copies was in 2008 by Lil Wayne for Tha Carter III.
8. XXL Freshman Class 2013 Cover Revealed
The moment you’ve all been waiting for. We officially unveiled this year’s Freshman class. As it happens every year, the most controversial list in hip-hop had everyone talking about our selections. The cover trended worldwide on Twitter, and sparked quite a debate between fans, industry insiders, and journalists. Stay tuned for more next week as we begin to rollout our exclusive Freshman content.