Lil Wayne's mixtape looks ahead to "Tha Carter IV"
Lil Wayne performs at the BET Awards last month in Los Angeles.
July 13th, 2011
01:17 PM ET

Lil Wayne's mixtape looks ahead to "Tha Carter IV"

Rapper Lil Wayne released his first mixtape since 2009 today, having hyped it for about a month and announced its impending release Tuesday night.

A mixtape is a less elaborate version than a full studio album that often includes samples from previously existing music.

The title, "Sorry 4 the Wait," is a reference to the upcoming release of his studio album, "Tha Carter IV." Pretty much since the release of 2008 success "Tha Carter III," which featured the singles "Lollipop" and "A Milli," "Weezy" has been discussing the possibility of a followup. The latest Carter installment is slated to come out in August.

Lil Wayne (born  Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.) spent the latter half of 2010 serving a prison sentence  in New York for possession of a weapon. Tha Carter IV will be his first studio album since being released from prison.

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Gotta Watch: Grammys 53.0
Lady Gaga emerges from her egg to perform at Sunday's 53rd Annual Grammy Awards.
February 14th, 2011
11:40 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Grammys 53.0

Paging Dr. Dre - If book club kept you from catching the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards last night, fret not. We've condensed the entire ceremony into two minutes. Just add water and get ready to Google Arcade Fire.

The Grammys is an opportunity for musicians who are known for dressing strange to take it up a notch, or twelve. This year's red carpet did not disappoint. Rihanna showed up as a pipe cleaner, Lady Gaga hatched with horns, Katy Perry flashed plumage and Black Eyed Peas rapper Taboo accessorized with a tasteful placement of his new self-help book. Did anyone tell these people they would have to sit for three hours?

The future of Bieber - So, chances are you spent a good portion of the evening and this morning cursing the gods of music for robbing Justin Bieber of music's greatest honor. Don't worry. Some of pop's biggest stars think he'll be just fine. Music elite weigh in on where Bieber fever might be in a decade.

Bieber beater - Before you send that email to the editor of Tiger Beat complaining about Bieber's highway robbery, take a look at the woman who did win "Best New Artist." Here name is Esperanza Spalding, and she might just have you singing a different tune.

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March 8th, 2010
03:25 PM ET

Rapper Lil Wayne sentenced to 1 year

Lil Wayne arrives in court for weapons charges.

Lil Wayne was sentenced Monday to a year in prison.

The rapper, whose legal name is Dwayne Carter, had pleaded guilty in October to felony gun charges as part of a deal with prosecutors. The charges stemmed from his arrest in 2007 outside New York City's Beacon Theater.

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According to police, Carter had a .40-caliber pistol on his tour bus. His attorney said it belonged to someone else. His sentencing was delayed twice - first so he could get dental work done, including removal of his diamond-studded braces, then because of a fire at a Manhattan courthouse.


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