Lil Wayne Is Reportedly Taking a Paternity Test to See If He’s the Father of Teen

Lil Wayne? Meet Lil Dwayne. TMZ is reporting that the rapper is the father of a 15-year-old teenager named Dwayne. According to the boy's mother, Keiotia Watson, she and Wayne had a sexual relationship that led to her pregnancy back in June 2001. She says that she gave birth to her son in February 2002, and that Wayne is the father. Watson went to court around two years ago in an attempt to establish paternity and receive child support from the Young Money rapper, and as a result, Wayne is reportedly set to take a paternity test to find out if he's the father once and for all.

While a Louisiana judge ruled in favor of Watson and ordered Wayne to give her $5000 a month in child support, TMZ's sources claim that since the rapper has never been served legal papers or been notified that he might be the father, he's yet to give her any money. The source also says that if Wayne is indeed the father, he'll take full responsibility and pay whatever amount he's legally required to pay. If Watson's claims are true, young Dwayne would become Lil Wayne's fifth child.

Lil Wayne is also currently embroiled in a legal battle with Cash Money head Birdman, with seeking upwards of $50 million in damages.

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Joe Budden Apologizes to Chris Brown on ‘Everyday Struggle’

On today's Everyday Struggle, Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, and Nadeska run through the day of hip-hop news, including a story that T-Pain is suing Lil Wayne's Young Money label and the drama around Meek Mill possibly going back to jail. Before all of that, Joe apologizes to Chris Brown for his earlier comments before the crew dives into a review of Breezy's new album

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It Sounds Like Lonzo Ball Is Taking This Rap Thing Pretty Seriously

Los Angeles Lakers' Lonzo Ball is set to drop new music soon. Ball, who's made headlines recently with his 21 Savage and Jay Z comparisons, opened up about his musical ambitions in a new interview with XXL. Ball discussed his early musical influences, the importance of Lil Wayne, and his future plans.

As a kid, Ball revealed, he listened to “a lot” of 50 Cent and DMX. “Those were probably the two main rappers I was listening to when I was young, but my favorite rapper has always been Lil Wayne,” Ball said. As for why Weezy stands tallest among his influences, Ball said he feels the Young Money boss has remained consistent with his output. “Lyrically, he's definitely one of my favorites to do it,” he said. “I need him to be free so he could put that other album out for me, but he's already put a lot towards the game.” Ball credits his father, a devoted 2Pac fan, for introducing him to music.

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As for his plans to follow his debut single “Melo Ball 1,” Ball revealed he's currently working on new music. In fact, the next Lonzo Ball release will be backed by the family-owned Big Baller Music Group. “I won't be able to to do so since I'm focused on the NBA season ahead, but definitely one of my dad's close people that he works with will handle the record label,” Ball said. So far, Ball hasn't enlisted any guests for the mystery project.

Ball also noted what he's been listening to the most recently, including 21 Savage's Issa Album and Lil Uzi Vert's Luv Is Rage 2. Check out the full interview here.

Ball turned a few purists' heads earlier this month with his Nas comments. Nas, however, apparently has no idea who Lonzo Ball even is.

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Nicki Minaj Reloads on Remy Ma and Papoose in New Snippet of 2 Chainz’s Track “Realize”

The Nicki Minaj vs. Remy Ma saga continues.

Less than a month after Remy said she was done beefing with the Young Money rapper, 2 Chainz previewed a new track that may re-ignite the long-time feud. The song is titled “Realize” and was debuted during the Pretty Girls Like Trap Music listening party Thursday night.

In the song, you can hear Nicki call out Remy’s husband Papoose by name, accusing him of writing Remy's diss track “ShEHTER.” “Papoose wrote the 'ETHER' record, but I broke Aretha record,” Nicki raps. The line refers to Nicki’s recent Hot 100 record, in which she surpassed Aretha Franklin for the most hits by a female artist.

Will Remy and Papoose respond? Social media seems hopeful. 

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Drake Reportedly Has ‘Memorable’ Moment Planned for His Billboard Music Awards Performance

It sounds like Drake has already won the 2017 Billboard Music Awards.

Not only is he up for 22 nominations (an all-time high record shared with The Chainsmokers), he’ll also take the stage for a live performance. And according to the show’s producers, Drizzy’s set will be one for the books.

“You know, Drake does not perform on television very often so I think whenever he does it's a real event,” executive producer Mark Bracco told Billboard. “We built a real terrific relationship with his team, working creatively with them and coming up with a big idea, and I think it's gonna be a very, very big moment in the show. It's not a surprise necessarily but it's gonna be a moment that people aren't exactly expecting…It'll be memorable, I promise you that.”

Bracco explained it took months to lock down and prepare for Drake’s BMA set. Once it was revealed how many nominations the Toronto rapper had earned this year, the pressure really increased.

“Obviously he then became the biggest nominee and that's a big deal and just trying to come up with something really different and unique and exciting and spectacular,” Bracco said. “And that's what Drake deserves is a big, huge moment and, luckily, in working with his team I think we've come up with something creatively that's going to be really astounding.”

Drake’s Young Money labelmate Nicki Minaj is expected to open the awards show and will be accompanied by Lil Wayne, David Guetta, and Jason Derulo. There’s no word if Drake will join Nicki on stage; however, fans are crossing their fingers that the two, along with Weezy, will perform their hit single “No Frauds.” We’ll just have to wait and see.

Drake’s nominations include Top Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Selling Song (Drake Featuring, WizKid & Kyla “One Dance”), and Top Rap Album (Views). To see his big performance—as well as any potential wins—be sure to watch the 2017 BMAs on Sunday 8 p.m. EST on ABC.

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Joe Budden on Nicki Minaj’s Career Going Forward: ‘I Want to See Her Do it Alone”

Complex's brand new show, 'Everyday Struggle,' starring Joe Budden and DJ Akademiks, two of hip-hop's biggest pundits debated the biggest issues in the game. The fiery conversation kicked off on Jay Z's new verse from Frank Ocean's song “Biking” and soon turned into a full on debate about Nicki Minaj's current career status. While Akademiks argued that Nicki's brand is doing the heavy lifting for her, Budden countered that he only cares about the bars coming from her and said that she basically used Lil Wayne and Drake as a crutch on her song “No Frauds.”

“All of the sudden there are a bunch of Young Money pics floating around with Wayne, Drake, Nicki, now all of the sudden everyone of the picture artwork is you [Nicki], Drake, and Wayne,” Budden said. “Get that shit out of her, I hate that. Who was there for Wayne when he was having seizures and shit, I ain't see a picture then. I don't want to see it now that you may need that conglomerate to get back. I don't want to see that now. I want to see you float on your fucking own, Nicki. Best woman rapper in the world. I want to see her do it alone.” 

The strong statements from Budden come right on the heels of Minaj's recent beef with Remy Ma, which has cooled off after “No Frauds” was released. You can watch the full episode above, where they also talk about Kendrick Lamar's new album, with the comments on Nicki Minaj coming around the 15-minute mark. You can catch new episodes of Everyday Struggle Monday-Friday at 11 am EST right here

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Rick Ross: ‘I Told Meek I Wouldn’t Trust Nicki’

Rick Ross' new album Rather You Than Me is finally out, and the veteran rapper took no time getting stuff off his chest on the 14-song project. On the opening cut, “Apple of My Eye,” Rozay brings up the topic of Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj and raps, “I told Meek I wouldn't trust Nicki/Instead of beefing with your dog you just give him some distance.”

Interestingly enough, Meek referenced the lyric in an Instagram post from a week ago:

 

Rozay been told me don't trust you. 3.17.17 #ratheryouthanme

A post shared by Meek Mill (@meekmill) on Mar 9, 2017 at 7:22pm PST

“Rozay been told me don't trust you,” he wrote alongside promoting Ross' new album. It's still unclear why Meek and Nicki broke up, though the usual rumors have surfaced. Of course, following the split Nicki linked back up with fellow Young Money members Drake and Lil Wayne and also recorded a few songs with them. Her recent solo track “Regret in Your Tears” also appears to be about the Meek breakup.

For his part, Meek has kept a pretty low profile and explained on Instagram that he's avoided interviews for a reason. “My life has been a big topic in this industry for a min now,” he wrote. “It's almost scary for me to do a interview because I don't know how to lie unless I have to.” Earlier this week, Meek was charged with assault after an altercation at an airport.

You can listen to “Apple of My Eye” below and grab Rick Ross' Rather You Than Me on iTunes.

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Nicki Minaj Puts Remy Ma on Notice: ‘U Got 72 Hours to Drop a Hit’

Nicki Minaj isn't in the diss record business. After dropping a trio of new tracks on Thursday night, Nicki explained her Remy Ma response methods in an Instagram caption and reminded us that queens don't work on “peasant time.” Instead, they move exclusively on “#QueenTime.”

“Diss records can't be lies,” Nicki wrote. “Great diss records are FACTS. But here @ Young Money, we don't do diss records, we drop HIT RECORDS & diss u ON them [sic].” Later in the caption, Nicki gave Remy a challenge: “Now I got a countdown of my own for Sheneneh. U got 72 hours to drop a hit and I'll give u half a million dollars if u can book ANY show or interview w/o mentioning the Queen name [sic].”

On “No Frauds,” one of the three new songs released Thursday night, Nicki responded in length to Remy Ma”s “shETHER” and “Another One” shots. Nicki also made a veiled Remy reference on “Changed It,” saying “this hoe getting slick so I put on my gym shoes, extended my run.”

During an interview on BuzzFeed's Another Round podcast earlier this week, Remy revealed she wasn't “particularly proud” of her “shETHER” work. “I do not condone or recommend the tearing down of another female,” she said. “That's not what I do.”

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Nicki Minaj Fires Back at Remy Ma on “No Frauds”

Nicki Minaj was going to respond to Remy Ma—we just didn't know when. The Queens rapper has finally broken her silence on wax with her new song, “No Frauds,” which also boasts features from fellow Young Money members Lil Wayne and Drake. However, the storyline everyone will be talking about for the next 48 hours is Nicki taking shots at Remy Ma.

As a refresher, Nicki took the radio silence route after Remy Ma went for the jugular a few weeks back with her diss track “shETHER.” No response led to Remy going back in her bag to drop a second diss, “Another One,” which, based on consensus, ended up being a misfire. It was a move that arguably turned her upper hand status into desperation, as Remy went on a promo run about the Nicki beef while Nicki kept it cool, calm, and collected.

And now here we are, with Nicki getting off bars in Remy's direction over Murda Beatz and CuBeatz's booming backdrop. Though she doesn't say Remy by name, the jabs are undeniable. We're not talking a few lines; a majority of her verse was dedicated to Remy. Peep below via Genius:

Tried to drop “Another One,” you was itchin' to scrap
You exposed your ghostwriter, now you wish you were scrapped
Heard your pussy on “yuck,” I guess you needed a pap
What type of bum bitch shoot a friend over a rap?
What time of mother leave her one son over a stack?
Lil biddy down basic bitch thinkin' she back
Back to back, oh you mean, back to wack?
“Back to Back”? Me and Drizzy laughed at that
They say numbers don't matter
But when they discussing the kings
They turn around and say LeBron ain't got six rings
I never signed a 360, bitch you wild dumb
That's why Jay ain't clear his verse for your album
Shanaynay, you a fraud committin' perjury
I got before and after pictures of your surgery
Rah took you to her doc, but you don't look like Rah
Left the operating table, still look like “nah”

Nicki also aims at Remy on “Changed It” with Lil Wayne (“This hoe getting slick so I put on gym shoes, extended my run”), but “No Frauds” is the clear takeaway from tonight and has Twitter on fire. Listen to “No Frauds” on Apple Music or below on Spotify. We suspect a response is forthcoming from Remy Ma, and we probably won't have to wait too long.

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Nicki Minaj Drops Three New Singles

Nicki Minaj has spent the last week and change in Paris living it up at fashion shows, debuting new looks for the gram, and generally ignoring Remy Ma's back-to-back disses and the criticism that came with it. On Thursday night, the Queens rapper returned with three new singles for her fans: “Regret in Your Tears,” “Changed It,” and “No Frauds”—the last of which contains some long-awaited shots back at Remy.

Nicki teased the songs earlier today with the hashtag #3PackFromPARIS.

There were rumors on Wednesday that a new Nicki track would be coming with Drake and Weezy featured. Shouts to Mack Maine for assisting in getting them all back together last month. As it turns out, Drake is featured on one of the three songs, and Wayne is featured on two.

 

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Check out the new singles. “Regret in Your Tears” is on Tidal and iTunes, or you can stream it below on Spotify.

“Changed It” featuring Lil Wayne is on Tidal and iTunes, and streaming below also.

“No Frauds” featuring Drake and Lil Wayne is (you guessed it) on Tidal and iTunes as well, and also on Spotify.

Credits were released for the tracks. “Regret in Your Tears” had a trio of producers.

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“Changed It” was helmed by Detail and Sidney Swift.

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And the song that features the entire Young Money trio, “No Frauds,” had the German duo Cubeatz, as well as Murda Beatz, on the track.

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