Review and Photos by Diana MacDonald
Darien, NY - Last Tuesday, Lil Wayne’s much anticipated “America’s Most Wanted” tour made its way to WNY. At 9:30, the stage lit up with a giant, red squirming cocoon. With lights flashing, the cocoon grew and transformed into the giant moth/butterfly from the album cover art of “I Am Not a Human Being II." As it grew and flew across the stage, the lights flashed, and Lil Wayne came out to “We Be Steady Mobbin.”
Weezy delivered an energetic and provocative 90-minute set, as he performed to a mix of live music, (provided by his onstage band) and pre-recorded backing tapes. His onstage entourage also included a DJ and a myriad of dancing girls, some of which were part of his touring group, and some who were hand-picked from the audience. Several times throughout the show, Lil Wayne had professional skate boarders doing tricks on the two large skate ramps, which ran the entire length of the stage.
Playing mostly his older material, Lil Wayne treated the crowd to only a couple of his newer songs, such as “Rich As Fuck.” While he brought several special guests, like T.I. and 2 Chainz, it wasn’t until Toronto-native, Drake, made a surprise appearance during “From The Bottom,” that the crowd went beyond crazy. Drake remained on stage for the final song of the evening, which was a remix of the song “Versace”.
As the marijuana smoke cleared, the jam-packed crowd was left in awe by the “greatest rapper alive.” Lil' Wayne has clearly raised the bar and set a new standard for what an R&B or rap concert should be.
Special Thanks to Tony Cairns, Lynn McDonnell and Dana Kaiser.