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Beats Per Millennium - Concert Review: Lil Wayne

Concert Review: Lil Wayne

Mika Tatich

The Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN held the I Am Music Tour Saturday night, and it couldn’t have been a better concert. Opening acts included two Nappy Boy artists, female group Electrik Red, Gym Class Heroes, Keri Hilson, and the ringleader himself, T-Pain. For opening acts hyping up the audience for the main event, these artists did a kickass job.

The two Nappy Boy artists that first owned the stage were nothing but entertaining. If their main purpose was to dance around the stage ridiculously to a mixture of all sorts of hip-hop songs then they killed it. Really, they hardly sang. It was too humorous to not jump to your feet and start moving those hips.

Electrik Red is a female group that consists of four lovely ladies. They sang a couple of songs that were mostly about female power and sex, which didn’t quite bomb with the audience but they weren’t a hit either. Regardless, the ladies on the stage had mad energy and sang along with their pre-planned choreography in their hot pink tights, stilettos and neon and black tutu-looking dresses.

The third act was Gym Class Heroes, a rap/rock band that stormed the stage with much enthusiasm; for its part, the crowd returned the energy. Gym Class Heroes sang about four songs, all of which were supported with the excitement a 7-year-old kid would have if he got a new bike. One song that particularly stuck out in my head was their first single that actually wasn’t a global hit, “Peace Sign/Index Down.” The lead singer threw a few words around about former President George W. Bush and now how Gym Class Heroes made their way through the music industry, telling the fans to “put your peace sign up, put your index down.” Ha. Ha.

Keri Hilson. Beautiful girl, hot singer, but not a great performer. She sang her two most popular songs, “T-shirt” and “Turnin’ Me On” along with two others that I had never heard of before, but the main hits were not that good. She danced around in her tight, shiny black and gold suit along with her backup dancers more than she sang her own songs. I was excited to hear her perform “T-shirt” live more than anything, but she didn’t even sing the chorus! Oh Keri Hilson… she needs a few tips on live performances.

Maybe she could get them from Mr. T-Pain. He rolled out on a bright green gold cart that was hopping with hydraulics, talking some jumble into the mic. Nobody cared that they couldn’t understand what he was saying because the entrance was one of the hottest things I have ever seen. T-Pain covered the stage with a keyboard, his DJ up on a circus-styled podium, a drumset and his pop n’ lock dancers. He sang several songs including “Bartender,” “Kiss Kiss,” “Low” and “Chopped N’ Screwed,” and then slowing down to sing an acoustic song about his family. It was another side of T-Pain we don’t get to hear on the radio. It definitely works for him.

And finally, the final act of the night. The reason every seat in the fieldhouse was taken yet empty with screaming fans hovering around them. The reason I did not have a voice the next day due to excess joy. Lil’ Wayne, ladies and gentlemen. One word to describe this man… WOW.

Lil’ Wayne casually walks out from the left side of the stage dressed in black jeans, a white V-neck shirt and a black leather jacket, looking better than ever. He doesn’t stop showing off those diamond-covered teeth as he stares around at all his fans yelling for him, jumping for him with their hands in the air. He starts off his concert saying three things that are important to him.

“Number one, I love God.”

“Number two, I ain’t shit without you, so make some noise.”

“And number three – the most important one of them all – I ain’t shit without you, so make some noise.”

He lets the audience know that he sees every single one of us, going down the sections and rows from the first row “all the way to the nigga in the red” in the back of the balcony section. This lets me know that he is truly appreciative of his fans.

Lil’ Wayne performed for about an hour and a half, singing his most popular songs of his entire career along with tracks from his mixtapes. He performed “Fireman,” taking his shirt off and quickly gulping down water before he ran back to the middle of the stage before he blew everyone away. Huge puffs of fire blew out on the stage behind the rapper as he spit the words that everybody in the crowd were mimicking. That was a performance that I could never forget even if I tried.

A few more performances that were irresistibly incredible were “Lollipop” (in his black suit with a white untucked undershirt and red tie), “Comfortable,” with a woman dancing on Wayne in a sexy black outfit and fishnet tights, oh how I envy, and “Prom Queen” with him playing his guitar. The stage grew dark and the spotlight shined down on Lil’ Wayne as he strummed his guitar with perfection.

The closing act was Lil’ Wayne singing the chorus of “My Life” as he knelt down on his hands and knees to pray around flickering candles and was lowered below the stage. He returned one last time to rap “A Milli” for the audience, the fans jumping out of their seats as usual and bouncing to the beat. Wayne played a scene from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air – Carlton was citing the words from Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” to Hilary, and then he breaks out in song for the chorus. Lil’ Wayne got on the mic and told the audience again how much he appreciates his fans and that he will “always always love you.”

And yet again, the crowd grew into a frenzy.

Posted by Mike Denslow at Mar 24, 2009 09:45 AM