Lil Twist has been criticized for his friendship with Justin Bieber. But the Young Money rapper-turned-TMZ star is making no apologies for his bad boy ways with the release of “Contact,” the new single off his upcoming mixtape Wake Up. Lil Wayne’s 20-year-old protégé lives the high life, proudly sharing his love for weed and women on The Audibles production. Fall under his influence.
Young Money is keeping it in the family. Lil Wayne’s daughter, Reginae Carter, has officially joined the roster. The 14-year-old singer, who was formally in the OMG Girlz, is now signed to the same label as her famous father.
“Wayne’s daughter, Reginae, is actually signed to Young Money now,” Young Money president Mack Maine told Rap-Up TV on the red carpet at Cash Money’s Pre-Grammy Party.
You can expect big things from Young Money’s youngest signee. “Just expect greatness. She’s Toya [Wright's] daughter and Wayne’s daughter, so that’s a great combination. She’s a megastar.”
Some of the label’s newest signees also include PJ Morton, Torion Sellers, and the teen group We the Future. “Right now, I’m trying to get the Young Money young’ns going,” said Mack.
Is Ashanti the next Young Money Millionaire? The R&B diva stepped out to Cash Money’s Pre-Grammy Party in West Hollywood over the weekend. But when asked about rumors that she may be joining Lil Wayne and his YMCMB family, she remained coy.
“We’ll see,” she told Rap-Up TV on the red carpet. “Those are my peoples.”
Ashanti is currently wrapping her fifth album Braveheart, due this summer, and is readying a new single.
“We’re definitely going with a new single,” said Ashanti, who is also gearing up to shoot a video. “I’m super excited about it. Hopefully we’ll be shooting in another two to three weeks. Amazing record.”
She also spoke about her collaborations with R. Kelly (“That’s What We Do”) and Keyshia Cole (“Woman to Woman”). The ladies plan to shoot a video for their duet off Keyshia’s album Woman to Woman soon.
Additionally, she can be seen in the Lifetime series “Army Wives.” “It’s a wonderful cast, wonderful opportunity,” she said. “It’s a platform. It’s all about being visible.”
2013 is shaping up to be another big year for YMCMB. In the months ahead, the label will release new albums from Lil Wayne, Drake, Jay Sean, Bow Wow, Mystikal, Busta Rhymes, and a Young Money compilation. Young Money president Mack Maine briefed us on some of the upcoming projects at Cash Money’s 4th Annual Pre-Grammy Party over the weekend.
Following Tyga’s Hotel California, Lil Wayne will drop I Am Not a Human Being II on March 26. “It’s lyrically insane,” Mack told Rap-Up TV. “When he does the I Am Not a Human Being, he actually taps into a different part of his brain where he just talks out of his mind and out of this world. Just expect him being Wayne, but more edgy, saying what he wants, a lot of fun, a lot of high energy.”
He also explained how the Kanye West-designed cover art came together. “We don’t have a Kanye track on there, so we improvised and we got a cover from him,” he said. “He did 2 Chainz’ cover [Based on a T.R.U. Story], and we liked 2 Chainz’ cover… Kanye’s great, he’s brilliant.”
Drake’s third album Nothing Was the Same will arrive this summer. “He’s on the same pace as he always is to drop a classic. He’s like 10 songs in,” shared Mack. “Knowing him, that’s only like 4 songs, he probably won’t keep 6 of them. He’s a perfectionist though.”
Also on the slate is another Young Money compilation. While they’ve only recorded one song so far, he’s looking to get the crew in the studio for more. “I’m trying to get some dates where we can all lock in.”
Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, and Ludacris all have headphone lines. And now Lil Twist is getting into the business. Earlier this week, the Young Money rapper announced a collaboration with Nikura USA for an exclusive line of special edition earphones called “Swag by Lil Twist.”
Lil Wayne’s protégé, who turned 20 this week, showed off the new products at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. They will be available in three different colors and retail for $34.99 for the earbuds and $99.99 for the headphones. Pre-orders begin in March followed by the full launch in April.
“These headphones will put you right in the studio with me, Lil Twist, and hear exactly what I’m hearing when I make my music,” said the “Flowerz” rapper.
Twist is readying his new mixtape Wake Up and is expected to drop his Young Money debut Don’t Get It Twisted later this year.
After announcing the song over a year ago, Lil Twist finally lets the world smell the “Flowerz.” The 19-year-old Young Money rapper drops his new single featuring Chris Brown and bossman Lil Wayne. The club record, produced by Diplo and DJA, was originally set to appear on Tha Carter IV.
“It’s a great record, a fun record, a club track,” Twist previously told Rap-Up TV. “I think the fans are gonna love it ’cause it’s just a real swagged-out track. They’ve heard me and my brother team up for the ladies on a record called ‘Popular’ on his album I Am Not a Human Being, but this one is more of a club record for the ladies.”
“Flowerz” is set to appear on his upcoming debut Don’t Get It Twisted, which also features Justin Bieber (“Wherever You Are”), Nicki Minaj (“Wind It”), Drake, and Busta Rhymes.