Grammy-winning rappers Kanye West and Lil Wayne recently made Rolling Stone Magazine‘s Top 100 “Agents of Change” list showcasing a distinct list of people bettering America.
Along with the hip-hop duo, other prominent urban entertainers and leaders including LeBron James, M.I.A. and Barack Obama made the iconic magazine’s final cut.
Lil Wayne lands at No. 19. After years of giving his music away for free on a series of brilliant mixtapes, the New Orleans hip-hop star proved his fans would also pay with last year’s awesome Tha Carter III. The album became the best seller of 2008, officially making the tattooed, syrup-swigging, perpetually stoned 26-year-old the weirdest pop superstar since Michael Jackson.
Kanye secures No. 7. The sound, style and ethos of hip-hop, R&B and pop, dragging in everything from French house to Japanese pop art to eurythmics to sneakers last seen in Back to the Future Part II. He writes songs, produces and raps with equal facility, bringing sorely needed creativity into the moribund world of commercial hip-hop. (Rolling Stone)
Both emcees also made Billboard‘s Top 20 “Music Money Makers List” of 2008 with combined earnings of $100 million.
At No. 1 is Madonna with $242,176,466. Lil Wayne comes in at No. 12 with $57,441,334. Mary J. Blige follows behind at No. 19 with $43,472,850. Closing out the Top 20 is Kanye West with $42,552,402. (Billboard)
Ye has recently made a splash at the indie-based South by Southwest (SXSW) festival over the weekend.
West performed beneath a tent as part of a party sponsored by Fader Magazine and Levi’s. He put on a lengthy show, mostly alternating songs with lesser known rappers from his G.O.O.D. Music record label. “It feels so good to rock for you tonight,” West said. He was clearly out to promote his label’s talent, including rappers Consequence and Kid Cudi. Cameos followed by Common and Erykah Badu. West played a number of “old school joints” from his first album, 2004’s College Dropout. (Associated Press)
Weezy has been stretching his base outside the typical hip-hip genre, most notably with the announcement of a rock-based album called The Rebirth.
fter being pushed back from April 7 to May 19, Lil Wayne’s new album Rebirth, which will feature rock materials, is once again delayed. The album has been pushed back to June 9, LilWayneHQ.com has exclusively confirmed. It was previously scheduled to go head-to-head with Eminem‘s Relapse and Busta Rhymes‘ Back On My B.S. on May 19, but now it will go head-to-head with Black Eyed Peas‘ The E.N.D (The Energy Never Dies). (Lil Wayne HQ)