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Lil Wayne Kicks Off America’s Most Wanted Tour With A Bang

Tue, Jul 28, 2009 by

Lil Wayne Kicks Off Americas Most Wanted Tour With A Bang

No lie, no exaggeration. The music at the Young Money Presents: The America’s Most Wanted Music Festival launch at the Toyota Pavilion Monday night was so well-received, a fan in a wheelchair jumped up to rock to the music.

For the past couple of years, Weezy has had that can-do-no-wrong aura, and while Jeezy and Soulja had the spectators on their feet, when Wayne came out, everyone stood on their chairs — and in some cases, on their armrests — to get the best possible view. From their perches, the fans cheered all night for modern classics such “A Milli” and “Got Money.”

Pictures of T.I., Jay-Z, Kanye West and Wayne himself came on a huge screen that hung above the stage before “Swagga Like Us,” while a photo of Michael Keaton as Beetlejuice briefly showed during “Mr. Carter.” “Flyer than ‘Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice,’ ” he rapped.

The rapper, wearing army-fatigue shorts, later warned the fans he was getting ready to play his favorite song, then “Best Rapper Alive” came on. A montage of pictures of all his album and singles played on the screen. Minutes later, a man brought a guitar out to Wayne, and his band (live instrumentation has been a Weezy show staple the past year or so) began to play “Walk This Way.”

The opening guitar riffs alone for “Prom Queen” garnered tremendous cheers. Young Money singer Shanell came out and crooned the hook while Wayne’s dancers waved pompoms.

Weezy’s pa, the Birdman, came out for “We Takin’ Over,” “Run This City” and the street hit “Always Strapped.”

Weezy then announced he was going into the Young Money section of the show and started off with his franchise artist. Drake, whose planned 30-minute set had to be drastically cut down because he’s still recovering from a torn ACL, entered the stage via a platform that was lowered from high above and began with “Successful.”

“I go by the name of Drake,” he told the euphoric crowd, declaring that Young Money was “the realest team in the game.” Drake then told the fans he wanted to do something for the women, “Best I Ever Had” followed.

“You the fuckin’ best,” he and Wayne yelled, pointing to various women in the audience.

After Drake, Wayne introduced more from his artist roster, including Tyga, Lil Twist, Lil Chuckee, Gudda Gudda, Jae Millz, Mack Maine and Nicky Minaj.

Weezy ended the show with his whole family onstage for “Every Girl,” as the audience sang along.

After the show, Wayne talked about how he’s noticed his fanbase growing and evolving.

“That hit me last tour,” he said, explaining how the fans that come to his concerts now are different from when he was a teenager on Cash Money records. “The last tour, when I was doing a song like ‘Bling Bling’ … they would know what I’m talking about, but they don’t now. Then I would say something like ‘Lollipop,’ and they’d know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s like, ‘Wow, I have a new wave of fans.’ It’s amazing.”

Shouts to MTV for the review and damn this seemed a crazy night last night!

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  • Weezyiswayne21

    DUDE i cant wait until sep 1st im goin to his concert in St. Paul i hope its just as dope as this concert

  • Courtney

    It WAS a crazy night. And they aren’t exaggerating in the least – EVERYONE was standing on their chairs once Weezy came out…it was insane!

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  • Tarun

    anyone know how long the show is!?

  • The concert last night was crazy. Wayne and his team killed it. I agree with what waynes saying about his fan base. Lots of teeny boppers at the show. It was cool seeing in waynes face how happy he was to put his team up on stage. Wish drake could have performed more songs but hes still recovering from acl, mabey at the camden show he will spit some more. Overall sick show cant wait till Fridays.

  • Tarun

    haha nice. how long was the show shibbywilsk?

  • i agree it was crazy. and wayne did kill it. even hit team to. i can’t wait till sept 1st to. im going to his concert.

  • Manderz

    concert was amazingggg! best concert ive ever been to!!!!!!!! it went from 7 to 11! i think im traveling to camden on friday to see it again=]

  • Shibbywilsk

    concert started at like 645 ended around 1145

  • Im goin to the 1 in cleveland on August 6th im hype for that.I just hope no dumb shit pops off.

  • Bleezy

    i hope i can go!

  • that guy

    THE SHOW WAS THE FUCKING SHIT only wished he had some newer songs played and co signed with the standing on chairs the WHOLE TIME when weezy came out

  • that guy

    it was one of the best shows ive been to and my best day of the summer

  • Victorbking

    Can’t wait for Aug. 22 HOUSTON

  • m

    weeezy F wait tile aug 8 raliegh

  • saramariee

    That concert was amazing ; he deffinately killed the show . i wish drake coulda performed more too .

  • mattym

    i saw the show the 29 in saratoga it was amazing highlighted by baby killin it wit wayne i wish they could of done more of there songs as well as jeezy should of done a song er 2 with lil wayne but he still killed it deff the best show of the year

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  • NYOG

    I’m going 2 keep it real. I’m an OG and Lil Wayne played us all. What’s up with rapping over the record? That shit isn’t LIVE. That’s WHACK. Ask Millie Vanilli. The crowd was HYPED but played. And where the hell was Drake & Jeremih? Suckers didn’t show. And what’s up with Wanye giving the OK for the white folks to say NiGGa? Was he on crack?

  • Yep – I would agree with that.. Thanks for the line.