The career arc of Lil Wayne is a curious one. He dropped out of school and got famous rapping before most young men get mustaches, at the young age of 14. Normally, fame at 14 equals unrivaled success followed by equally rapid descent, at which point the chemicals take over and it’s ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED: TOTAL BURNOUT status at that point. But he’s only now getting to the highest point of his career thus far, 12 years later, with the meteoric success of Tha Carter III.
(Lil Wayne courtside at a Hornets game, astonished and frightened that some of the Hornets had grown over seven feet tall.)
Further, in interviews, he’s quite lucid and reasonable, nowhere near the self-promotional caricature most rappers become. Further, he’s an avid sports fan, winning an appearance on “Around The Horn” and debating with the insufferable contrarian Skip Bayless on “First and 10″ earlier this year. But the Lakers are a special love of his; to that end, his brand-new paean to Kobe Bryant, released just in time for the NBA Finals. You can give the song an EXCLUSIVE* listen right after the break. Read more…
• Danica Patrick’s lower back tattoo: Now you see it, now you don’t.
• Speaking of SI, one long-time contributor isn’t a big fan of their latest swimsuit model selections, calling them “creepy” and “alien-ish“. On the other hand, they can sure sell Big Nut Bars.
• Kentucky basketball coach Billy Gillispie tried to get jiggy with ESPN reporter Jeannine Edwards.
• A British beauty has been banned from boxing because of her breast implants.
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, SI Swimsuit Models
, Tiger Woods
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Rapper Lil Wayne is now blogging for ESPN.com and appearing semi-regularly on ESPN-TV’s “Around The Horn”. How excited is he to be on board with the WWL?
Uh, this excited. Read more…
The 42nd annual CMA Awards were held Wednesday night, hosted by former Tony Romo flame Carrie Underwood and Tim Tebow fave Brad Paisley. Fortunately for us, WITH LEATHER watched it so we didn’t have to. And what a fun discovery they discovered.
In the above photo from Wednesday’s activities, that’s Kid Rock vocalizing, while Lil Wayne does some pickin’ on the gee-tar. And check out the duds they’re sporting - Tennessee Titans uniforms! Lil is representin’ in a Chris Johnson uni, while the Kid rocks out in a Rob Bironas jersey.
OK, I need a second to sort this all out. (Video of Kid Rock’s performance after the jump) Read more…