Source & Story Credit: CBS News – Celebrity Circuit
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Posted: Saturday June 2, 2012 @ 9:34 p.m PST
According to CBS News/Celebrity Circuit Lil Wayne said that after a recent NBA playoffs ticket dispute he felt unwelcome and “unwanted” at the Oklahoma City arena and isn’t planning to return.
The rapper said two Thunder players — Kevin Durant and James Harden — had reached out to offer him tickets to Saturday’s fourth game of the Western Conference Finals.
“That’s not the point, though,” he told The Associated Press in an interview Friday night. “It’s the players stepping up but of course the players aren’t white. I don’t want to be sitting there on behalf of you and I’m sitting next to a (person) that’s like `I don’t want this (guy) sitting next to me.’ (Forget) you … I’m in Forbes,” he said, laughing.
Lil Wayne claimed in a tweet Thursday night that he had been “denied by the team to be in their arena.” The team responded by saying the seats he wanted were already taken.
He said he typically procures tickets for such games “from this guy named Mike.” Lil Wayne said Mike had requested special security, parking and entrance for the rapper, but Mike said the team responded that they would only sell the seats for Mike’s personal use.
Lil Wayne said a manager had advised him not to return to the city’s arena for sports events or concerts, but “I never say never.”
He said he felt welcome at other arenas including Miami, and likes being able to energize players — many of whom are fans of his music — on their home court.
“That’s like me going on stage and … seeing LeBron (James) in the crowd with his hand up. I’m going to perform a little bit harder,” he said.
But in Oklahoma, he said that while “the players want me there, I don’t want to feel — I’m going to still feel unwanted.”
“Of course, when someone tells Lil Wayne, `No,’ that he can’t come in, `We’re sold out,’ you feel a certain way. Unfortunately, it had to go down like that,” said Durant, the three-time NBA scoring champion.
“We’d have loved to have him here in Oklahoma City. We’d have welcomed him with open arms. Hopefully, we get past that and next time he can come and enjoy a game.”
A team spokesman has said Lil Wayne’s representatives insisted that he sit in the front row, and none of those seats were available. Oklahoma City sold out every home game during the regular season and playoffs.
“It was just a misunderstanding. We were sold out of tickets, I heard, and we didn’t come through,” Durant said. “He knows a few of us on the team and he knows it’s nothing like that. We offered him tickets to tonight but he had to do something. He’s a superstar in his own right, so he can’t just pick up and go to a game.
“He had something to do, but I’m sure if his schedule was free, he would have came tonight. We’re still inviting him to games — maybe not this year. Next year or whatever.”
Shawn Corey Carter (born December 4, 1969), better known by his stage name Jay-Z.
He married American R&B star Beyoncé on April 4, 2008. On December 11, 2009, Jay-Z was ranked as the 10th most successful artist of the 2000’s by Billboard and ranking as the 5th top solo male artist and as the 4th top rapper behind Eminem, Nelly and 50 Cent.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Kanye West is using the words of 19thcentury philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche to make his case in court.
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals is considering whether to uphold the dismissal of a 2010 claim that the rapper stole the song “Stronger” from another artist.
Plaintiff Vincent Peters, in addition to claiming similarity in the use of “Kate Moss” and the title “Stronger,” zeroes in on alleged similarities in the chorus. Both sides acknowledge the lyrics are based on Nietzsche’s phrase, “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”
The controversy, Hip Hop vs. Rap? Are they the cause of our youth to become violent? Wear a mouth full of gold? Pants hanging off their butt? Calling women “Ho’s?” Do women like the disrespect? Hip Hop and Rap is a Trillion dollar business at whose expense?
Back in the days children had respect for their elders and neighbors. Today elders cannot ride the bus, people cannot talk to youth without them using profanity, getting violent blasting Rap/Hip Hop Music in people ears. Some say it’s the parents fault, in some cases it’s the parents doing the same thing. Now who is to blame?
Artist such as LL Cool J, Will Smith, Kanye West just to name a few does not promote offensive lyrics. I enjoy their work, Kanye is extremely outspoken and I LOVE that about him, on the other hand when you step out of that box you have you have lyrics such as “I F–ked your mama and your grandmother too” “Come suck my ____ tell I c-m b–ch and so on. WOW! Rev. Al Sharpton was hot on some of the Artists.
Are the lyrics to Rap and Hip Hop destroying our youth? Should Rap- Hip Hop albums be banned? Please Leave A Comment