Last week, Lil Wayne reacted to a long-dormant beef, 50 Cent failed horribly at a ceremonial first pitch and Lil Durk's cousin, a fellow rapper, lost his life in Chicago.
Lil Wayne Lashes Out at Justin Bieber's Manager
Better late than never? Nearly a year after Lil' Twist blasted Justin Bieber's manager Scooter Braun for using him as a scapegoat for Bieber's scandals, Lil Wayne has responded with an expletive-filled minute-long rant on video. Defending Twist, the rap impresario encouraged Braun to say whatever he wanted to his face and warned him that if he did, he would "put them b----es on your tombstone."
The clip wasn't shot last summer when the beef was fresh. According to MTV News, the rapper filmed it at the Cannes Festival last week. Justin Bieber has thus far chosen to remain neutral on the issue. When talking to TMZ, he declared his love for both Braun and Wayne.
50 Cent First Pitch Mocked; Rapper Responds
50 Cent recently threw the ceremonial opening pitch at a New York Mets game, or attempted to anyway. The pitch veered down and left—far left. Many observers, including the Washington Post, called it the worst ceremonial first pitch of all time. (STACK pitted it against the reigning worst first pitch ever, Carl Lewis's legendary dud.) Check it out in the video below.
"The s--- almost hit the camera man d---, if you look close you can see them moving the plate. Lol," wrote the MC. He later added, "I'm a hustler not a d--- ball player. LMAO."
In other news, Fifty recently released a stream of his upcoming album, Animal Ambition. The project, which features collaborations with Trey Songs, Kidd Kidd, Styles P and Yo Gotti, is his first since he left Shady/Aftermath/Interscope. It will drop on June 3.
Maya Angelou Passes Away, Rappers React
U.S. Poet Laureate Maya Angelou passed away last week at her home in North Carolina. She was 86. The celebrated author left a lasting impression on many in the hip-hop world. Rappers reacted to the news of her death through social media.
"Momentarily took the air out of me hearing you passed over. Then I smiled for you. Rest in glory, Maya Angelou," wrote Nas.
The Game called her "one of our generation's greatest inspirations," and producer Pharrell Williams wrote, "Saddened by the news of Maya Angelou's passing. A brilliant woman who contributed so much to the world. Her light will be sorely missed."
Lil Durk's Cousin Shot in Chicago
Lil Durk's cousin, rapper OTF Nunu, lost his life in Chicago over the weekend. The 21-year-old was slated to release a mixtape later this summer. "This was going to be his big breakout project," said studio owner Merk Murphy to the Chicago Sun Times. "He was one of those kids who saw an opportunity to put himself in a better position with his music."
According to reports, Nunu (real name: McArthur Swindle) was gunned down midday on Saturday when someone walked up to the vehicle he was sitting in and began firing. He attempted to get away and eventually drove into a storefront before succumbing to injuries.
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