*Reps for Lil Wayne have vowed to investigate allegations the rapper owes more than $12 million in unpaid taxes.
As previously reported, Weezy is accused of failing to pay $5.8 million in taxes for 2011 and $6.3 million for 2012, according to a tax lien obtained by TMZ.
Wayne’s publicist Sarah Cunningham has now confirmed his team is on the case, telling editors at Gossipextra.com, “Lil Wayne’s tax attorneys and accountant are looking into the matter… They are certain that this will be resolved.”
Lil Wayne previously found himself in financial trouble for failing to pay $7 million in taxes for the years 2008 and 2009, but he has since cleared the debt.
*It looks like Lil Wayne’s next album “Tha Carter V” may hit the streets this spring.
During Drake’s Valentine’s Day concert at the House of Blues in New Orleans on Friday, he brought out Weezy and announced that his highly-anticipated fifth installment in the “Carter” album series will be out May 5, according to video footage of the show posted by MotaHipHop.
Weezy’s labelmate made the announcement while onstage at a concert as part of kickoff festivities for the NBA All-Star game held Sunday in New Orleans.
*An eighth grade English teacher in South Florida has been suspended for using lyrics to a Lil Wayne song in a homework assignment she gave to her students.
According to WPTV, the teacher, who works at The Charter Schools of Boynton Beach, had “an unblemished record” prior to being suspended for three days for assigning students to underline examples of figurative language in Lil Wayne’s hit song, “6 Foot 7 Foot.”
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*Rap is a genre of music which has often been reprimanded for it’s content and offensiveness.
So it was surprising to some people to see both Lil Wayne and Rick Ross acknowledge and apologize for spewing lyrics that prompted threats of boycotts and a loss of major endorsements earlier in the year.
It seems their detractors found success in getting major corporations to cut ties with these artists which raises the question: Could the close attention paid to lyrics today – mainly because of the digital age and social media – find some rappers toning down their words, or compromising artistry, to satisfy others?
*Lil Wayne’s ex-wife, Antonia “Toya” Wright, has been arrested in Georgia for ignoring her parking tickets.
Wright was taken into custody Tuesday (Dec. 10) after cops discovered the unpaid tickets during a routine traffic stop, according to Rollingout.com. The 30-year-old’s manager, Corey Blackwell, confirmed the arrest and claimed it was just a “misunderstanding,” and she has since been released.
“(It was) based on something that was paid for but wasn’t cleared out of the system,” he said. “We’re currently going over it with the lawyers.”
Weezy and Wright welcomed their daughter, Reginae, in 1997. They married in 2004, but divorced in 2006.
Toya previously starred with her friend Tameka “Tiny” Cottle in the BET reality show “Tiny and Toya.” In 2011, she married Mickey “Memphitz” Wright.
*Lil Wayne has become a major shareholder in a luxury watch and accessories company based in Paris.
The rapper has invested his money in wize&ope, forging a new partnership in the hope of introducing North American fans to the brand next year.
“My personal style, as well as my everyday lifestyle, has always been about individuality and being open minded” he said in a statement. “I was drawn to wize&ope because of their amazing design, fresh packaging and their support of individuality. I’m excited to bring wize&ope watches Stateside and inspire their future collections.”
Weezy celebrated the announcement by performing at the wize&ope flagship store in Paris on Tuesday, before his own concert in the city that night.
The collaboration is the latest business venture for Lil Wayne, who owns his record label, Young Money Entertainment, and recently added a women’s wear line to his Trukfit clothing collection.