Are Lil Wayne and Christina Milian in the next phase of defining #SquadGoals?
If fans put Lil Wayne and Christina Milian headlines together over the past year, there are a lot of overlapping themes that include their Trukfit and We Are Pop Culture fashion lines combined with a variation of the word “squad.”
While Lil Wayne and Christina Milian are working the squad angles, there is news that liquid narcotics, referred to as “lean,” are killing Lil Wayne, according to The Daily Beast.
On June 12, Lil Wayne was hospitalized for seizures, but he later explained that he was a diagnosed epileptic and had not taking the correct amounts of medication, according to Daily Mail.
Despite this, Lil Wayne may have been experiencing other types of seizure triggers such as dealing with money stress. According to Vibe, Lil Wayne has had a long list of financial stresses, and his former lawyers are starting to demand that he pays them what is owed.
Regardless, Lil Wayne may only need to wait a few more weeks to get squared up with money because he has recently released a mobile app game called “Sqvad Up.” The theme is Lil Wayne and skateboarding.
It is also an interesting coincidence that the new DC Comics superhero movie is called the “Suicide Squad,” according to Rap Up, and Lil Wayne is part of the soundtrack that will be released on June 24.
However, when it comes to making money in the music industry, when music is next-to-free, Lil Wayne relies on ticket sales, promoting other brands, and his Trukfit merchandise to pay the bills.
Although he does get money from other projects like Sqvad Up or investing in TIDAL, Lil Wayne’s merchandise/side project game is usually under the umbrella of skateboarding and a variation of the word squad.
In fact, on Lil Wayne’s advertising for Sqvad Up, the comic depicts Lil Wayne wearing a hoodie from his fall/winter Trukfit line.
Of course, a lot of this was intentional because Lil Wayne hired Kevin Leong to straighten up the overall Trukfit brand in late 2015, according to WWD.
Billboard updated the Trukfit re-design progression on March 24 and reported that Lil Wayne was releasing a “skateboard” clothing line with his Trukfit fashion brand.
Although there are many rappers with clothing brands, Refinery 29 reviewed 20 of them on June 17 and stated that they were “excited to see what is next” for Lil Wayne’s Trukfit.
While using the word “squad” could be attributed to many things, Lil Wayne has been working with the concept of “squad up” for a while. Noisey pointed out in 2014 that Lil Wayne first formed the rap group collective Sqad Up in 2002.
Now that his Sqvad Up skateboarding app has been released, Lil Wayne is adding variations of the word squad to many things. For instance, on June 17, Lil Wayne posted a tweet for his new video “Skate It Off” and captioned it with “check me n da Sqvad.”
Like Lil Wayne, Christina Milian is also framing the particulars of the advertising for her fashion brand, We Are Pop Culture, around the idea of a “squad” with her #PopGang.
In 2015, Christina Milian made a video for We Are Pop Culture around a song called “Popular.”
When Christina Milian did an interview for Madame Noire, she posted a video about We Are Pop Culture on June 15 that was captioned with “This never gets old. I #LOVE what I do. #WAPC by us, #4U.”
As it appears, each time that Christina Milian is at an event, she is representing a little piece of We Are Pop Culture. For example, in addition to wearing the brand for celebrity events, Christina Milian also incorporates We Are Pop Culture into her charity work.
In a recent example, Christina Milian posted on her Instagram account on June 18 about participating with the SLF Camp Hershey event for the Irving Morris Foundation and Sanaa Lathan Foundation — and the participants were wearing the WAPC label.
Interestingly, one of the charities close to Lil Wayne’s heart is an orphanage in Haiti, and he dropped off Trukfit clothes for them in December of 2015, according to BET.
Obviously, Lil Wayne and Christina Milian have a lot in common and tend to think alike, but there is no new information concerning whether they will squad up and renew their former relationship.
In the meantime, as previously reported by the Inquisitr, fans of Lil Wayne and Christina Milian might get to see more behind-the-scenes action between the two of them when Lil Wayne makes a reality TV series for VH1 in July.
The other possibility for squad up opportunities with Lil Wayne could happen if Christina Milian has her Turned Up series renewed by the E! Network.
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