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Lil Wayne prepares for a potential threesome, Busta Rhymes unleashes his Cash Money debut and Ice-T makes his directorial debut -- read on for the Rap-Up list.

Lil Wayne Turning a Triple Play

Lil Wayne built his empire by being one of the most prolific rappers of all time. In 2012, he may up the stakes even further. There are reports of potentially three Weezy albums coming out by the end of the year. As The Rap-Up reported earlier this month, Lil Tunechi and his daddy Birdman may be reuniting for “Like Father, Like Son 2.”

Talk about another much discussed collaborative project, Wayne’s “I Can’t Feel My Face” with Juelz Santana, has resurfaced. Then there’s “I Am Not A Human Being 2,” which Birdman recently said will be Wayne’s next release. But that’s not all. A second Young Money release is also on the horizon. Wayne has been going hard since the 1990s and he’s showing no signs of letting up any time soon.

Busta Rhymes Flexes Cash Money’s Muscle

Young Money Cash Money Billionaires has been introducing some of the biggest and best new names in the rap game the last few years, most notably Drake and Nicki Minaj. Now Cash Money has dipped into the veteran market to sign Busta Rhymes and Mystikal. The former’s new song, “Why Stop Now,” features Chris Brown and Bussa Buss’s neck-snapping, rapid-fire rhyming. But for Busta, it’s also always about the video.

Fans of his eye-popping visuals will get their fix toward the end of the clip, when Busta gets confronted by the police and transforms into a silver-faced rhymer. It’s a classic Busta moment. It’s worth noting, though, that “Why Stop Now” doesn’t have a particularly Cash Money vibe, so it’ll be interesting to see how Busta’s debut release shakes out.

Ice-T Gets Behind The Camera For “The Art Of Rap”

Ice-T has been at the forefront of several rap movements. He was one of the first gangster rappers and was among the first wave of rappers to transition into film (“Breakin’,” “New Jack City”) and television (“Fame,” “New York Undercover”). The Los Angeles transplant also fronted the hard rock band Body Count during the height of his rap fame. Now the “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” actor has added director to his resume. His forthcoming documentary, “Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap,” features interviews with 54 rappers about how they craft their rhymes.

Big Daddy Kane, Chuck D, Raekwon and Mos Def are among the A-List talent who explain the way they craft their lyrics. The film earned rave reviews at the recent Sundance film festival and was picked up for worldwide distribution by The Indomina Group. Ice-T made a living in the 1980s and early 1990s as a tremendous storyteller on the mic. It’ll be worth watching him make the switch to telling stories from behind the lens.

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