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Please Don't Go! 5 Reasons Lil Wayne Shouldn't Retire Anytime Soon

Lil Wayne is thinking about hanging up his microphone for good.

Like other rappers in the past who have taunted us with their threats of retirement (hellooooo, Jay-Z!), Wayne recently revealed that he's considering calling it quits after Tha Carter IV drops later this year in order to spend more time with his family. Specifically, he wants to make sure that he doesn't neglect his duties as a dad to his four children while he's off touring the world and laying down new tracks at the studio.

We can certainly respect that line of reasoning—and we wish a few other rappers out there would use it from time to time—but we also have three words that we'd like to say to Weezy: Don't do it! We understand that he's not a kiddie rapper anymore, but we really hope the 28-year-old MC isn't seriously thinking about giving up the rap game for good. We're pretty sure he's not—again, how many times has Jay said he's finished!?—but just in case he's serious, we've come up with five reasons that he absolutely, positively, without a doubt should not retire anytime soon. Here's why it's time for him to put away those 401K papers and get back to work!—Chris Yuscavage

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In the Jackson and ARRAD co-created and co-directed visual, the singer experiences an experimental dream or past memory about a woman he longs to be more than friends with, a twisted reality that becomes more and more clear. The music video draws inspiration from the 2004 Oscar award-winning film, The Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind.

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As he counts down until its premiere, Jackson fans can follow him on the road to releasing his debut album via the Community app at (765) 232-3855. There, Jackson will share exclusive behind the scenes footage and previews of the new music.

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Vanessa Bryant Shares Letter From Gigi's Friend On Anniversary Of Kobe And Daughter's Death

It's been one year since the heartbreaking loss of basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna aka "Gigi." Today, on the anniversary of their passing, Bryant's wife, Vanessa shared an emotional letter penned by her late daughter's best friend, Aubrey Callaghan.

"Dear Mrs. Bryant," starts the one-page letter by the teen. "I am thinking and praying for you constantly. Please do not feel like you have to read this. I cannot begin to comprehend what you are going through." Callaghan goes on to write about Gianna's caring spirit and how she was a "fiery and stubborn" girl who fought for what she believed in.

Vanessa posted the full letter on her Instagram account, thanking Aubrey, while also sharing how she misses her daughter and husband dearly. "Today I received this sweet letter from one of Gianna’s best friends, Aubrey. I love you Aubz (as my Gigi would call you)," wrote Bryant in her caption. "Thank you so much for beautifully sharing some of your memories of my Gigi with me and allowing me to share them here on my ig."

She added: "My Gigi is INCREDIBLE and I truly appreciate your thoughtful letter. She loves you so much. I miss my baby girl and Kob-Kob so much, too. ♥️ I will never understand why/how this tragedy could’ve happened to such beautiful, kind and amazing human beings. It still doesn’t seem real. Kob, we did it right. Gigi, you still make mommy proud. I love you!"

 

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Keyshia Cole Apologizes For Late Appearance On 'Verzuz'

Keyshia Cole is apologizing for delaying the Verzuz event with Ashanti. Days after setting a new record for the music celebration, the singer decided to address what happened in the Instagram Live room that night and why she was over an hour late.

"I want to apologize for not sitting my a** in that seat, okay? Because I was there and I should’ve sat down," said the Fox Soul talk show host to her friend, singer-songwriter Elijah Blake on Instagram Live. "I should’ve just sat in the seat, no matter if I felt like the visual wasn’t clear or [if] they said my music wasn’t gonna be right or whatever it was. I think that more so than anything, people wanted me to sit, be present…even though they didn’t know that I was present.”

Cole explained how rapper and newfound singing friend O.T. Genasis pointed out the quality of the live stream as she prepared to step into the Verzuz camera. She shared how she became skeptical of the Internet connection and wanted to make sure it was fixed to avoid her video quality turning out like that of the Teddy Riley vs. Babyface celebration.

"When I was literally in the back, and putting on the last touches and I'm looking at the video from back in my dressing room. I said, 'Why does my picture look so dark?' As soon as that happened, O.T. came back and said, you know, they've gotta fix the internet connection because you're going to be experiencing another situation...I was like, 'I don't want to go on and they not see me. And I'm looking blurry, the connection is not right.' I said. 'Y'all to fix that first and then I'll go out there.'"

She went on to say how her sound connection became an issue and needed to be changed prior to her sitting down. Cole also denied that she was tipsy while taking part in the Verzuz. "People were thinking I was taking shots the whole time. That's not true. That's a known fact that you can't really be sauced up while you're trying to sing and hit notes. It wasn't until the end of the show when I was like let me get a shot."

Blake brought up how Keyshia wasn't feeling well and was drinking tea, but Cole made it clear that her health had nothing to do with what went down at the Verzuz. If anything, the singer says she was nervous as all hell. "Oh my God, I was shaking. I was like nervous, but I always get nervous no matter what show."

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