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.”