Lil Wayne Filmed Nine Videos Before February Sentencing
Although Lil Wayne's sentencing has been delayed until March, the rapper spent the last week in overdrive, recording a reported nine music videos in Miami this past weekend.
According to director David Rousseau of Creativeseen, Wayne and co. began filming at 9AM on Friday and wrapped at 8AM on Super Bowl Sunday. Videos shot over the weekend included 'Da Da Da,' 'Knockout' and 'Get a Life' from Wayne's recently-released rock album 'Rebirth,' and an unreleased song from Wayne's forthcoming record 'Tha Carter IV.'
"There isn't a title for it," Rousseau said of the new song. "Honestly, I can't tell you too much about it. That was a complete secret. We had to kick everyone off the set for it. No photography, even their official photographer had to leave. That's under wraps. The album is still under production. It's a crazy song."
"We shot some s--- from the ['We Are Young Money' compilation] album, we shot something from 'Tha Carter IV.' Some stuff from 'Rebirth," the director told MTV, before Wayne's sentencing was pushed back. "We knew what our deadline was. We're trying to get maximum coverage for Wayne. Most of the time we only shot Wayne's verses -- we'll finish the rest of the videos off in the next couple of weeks."
Rousseau, who previously worked with Wayne on the Young Money video 'Roger That,' said he was contacted by Cash Money two weeks ago about attempting the Herculean effort.
"Cash Money said, 'This is our deadline. This is a hard deadline.' It was basically a 'Mission: Impossible' [scenario]: This is your mission if you choose to accept it. Everybody is on board because everybody knows what's at stake," said Rousseau. "Unlike T.I. and some of these other guys that's disappeared while they were in, the point is to keep Wayne [visible] on TV and everything for whatever time he's in. There was a plan in action. Slim and Baby really could foresee that. He's at the height of his career, you can't let that momentum slip."
In addition to the videos shot by Rousseau, Wayne recently shot four in Los Angeles, one in Dallas, and has reportedly "been shooting" in Atlanta, too. A source close to TheBoombox says that green screen footage of Wayne has been shot for several more videos, which will then be sent out to various directors. Now that his sentencing has been delayed, Wayne's going to have a lot more recording and shooting time on his hands. Don't be surprised if he drops 15+ videos this year.