When Lil Wayne hits the road on July 9th with rappers T.I. and 2 Chainz for the 40-city 'America's Most Wanted' tour, rapper Future will not be with them.
"I haven't been on the road in a minute," Weezy told MTV News on May 3. "I'm ready to get back out there and I'm going out there with Future and 'em, and they're going to obviously take over; I'm just playing the back field," he said.
That same day, PepsiCo announced it was dropping Lil Wayne (and the tour) from a sponsorship contract due to offensive lyrics in one of his songs.
In a statement released on May 3, PepsiCo, which distributes Mountain Dew, said Wayne’s offensive comparison of civil rights martyr Emmett Till to a violent sexual act on Future’s “Karate Chop” remix did “not reflect the values of our brand.”
In an apology letter that was later dismissed by Till's family, a publicist for Wayne wrote, “Moving forward, I will not use or reference Emmett Till or the Till family in my music, especially in an inappropriate manner.” and concluded with, “…my ultimate intention is to uplift rather than degrade our community.”
Just days after Wayne's interview on May 3, T.I. confirmed to DJ Scream on his Sirius XM satellite radio show, that Future was not participating in the 'America's Most Wanted' tour.
"It was Future, something happened and Future pulled - he disassociated himself from the tour for whatever reason, and it's still love - ain't no problem with that. Now Chainz on there," Tip said.
But sources say Future dropped out of the tour because he doesn't think Wayne is healthy enough to perform every night. Weezy suffered recurrent seizures that generated headlines after multiple admissions to Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles.
Despite his health woes and the loss of corporate sponsorship, Wayne is going out on tour to replenish his bank account after paying the IRS over $7 million in overdue taxes. The IRS had threatened to auction off his $11 million Miami mansion and all of its contents.
"I'm from New Orleans, the home of performers, so I'ma do what I'm supposed to do," Weezy said.
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