Lil Wayne pulls out all the stops on latest tour
Perhaps a near-death experience has given Weezy a new perspective on life.
Lil Wayne, the multiplatinum rapper suffered a series of violent seizures in March.
But on Saturday, the seasoned 30-year-old rapper was reflective, honest and having an open conversation with a crowd of thousands during his America’s Most Wanted tour stop at Tinley Park’s First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, repeatedly telling them, “I ain’t got s*** without you.”
Before launching into “Gunwalk” from his latest album, “I Am Not a Human Being II,” the rapper — now reportedly sober — stopped to ask the crowd if they were high: “Well for all the people that said no, and for all the people that didn’t respond, I’d like for you to know that you are my hero,” he said. “And I’d like for you to know not only are you my role model, but you are a role model.”
But, the rapper whose love of “sizzurp” — prescription cough syrup with codeine and a mixer, usually purple — is well-known in song, went on to say, “but for the people that are just like me, let me hear you say, I’m high right now. Say, please don’t judge me.”
Besides a five-minute break in which Weezy came back shirtless, there were no signs of stopping during his indefatigable 22-song, nearly 90-minute set full of onstage firework displays. As skateboarders rode half-pipes on stage for a portion of the night, the rapper ran for his life from one side of the stage to the next, often stepping onto a platform and nearly launching into the crowd.
He riled fans up with a sampling of “A Milli,” and later “Lollipop” from his critically acclaimed record, 2008’s “Tha Carter III.” Before the raunchy “Pop That,” the rapper invited eight fans on stage, all of whom twerked their way onto the big screens for the majority of the song, the video largely zeroing in on one particular lady’s derriere. The too-close-for-comfort fan interaction ended with Lil Wayne on the ground while the fans danced on top of him.
Guests were aplenty — 2 Chainz and T.I. are part of the Southern rap tour — the latter performing a set full of fan favorites just before Lil Wayne.
2 Chainz stopped by to perform “Days and Days, while Lil Wayne rapped on the fellow Georgia native’s hit “Bands A Make Her Dance.”
During fan favorite “How To Love,” Lil Wayne took off his sunglasses and sang with his eyes closed while smiling, looking like he was having a moment in front of thousands.
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