Lil Wayne goes big at Comcast Center

A review of Lil' Wayne at the Comcast Center on July 17, 2011

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Although New Orleans native Lil Wayne likely doesn’t have much admiration for former President Bush, he would probably agree with W.’s statement that “America is the land of the second chance – and when the gates of the prison open, the path ahead should lead to a better life.” With a new album due next month and his voice all over the radio, it seems that Lil Wayne is on the right path again since serving an eight-month sentence for weapon and drug charges last year. That path took the rapper to the Comcast Center in Mansfield on Sunday as the latest stop on his ongoing “I Am Still Music” tour.

At this point Lil Wayne is more than just a rapper, he’s a brand. He carries himself onstage not just as a showman but as a businessman. He may walk around shirtless with his pants nearly at his knees, but he knows what he’s doing when he alludes to his upcoming album, Tha Carter IV, over and over and asks the crowd who’s got this mixtape or that album.

Wayne clearly knows his audience as well, perfectly catering his set to the ADD generation that follows him with snippets of his collaborations mixed in with his own hits. He also kept things fresh by relying on both his personnel and stage setup. Singer Shanell joined him on several tracks, including playing the part of Kelly Rowland on “Motivation” before Wayne left her to do her own thing with some scantily clad backup dancers in support. After dropping DJ Khaled’s “I’m On One”, the rapper left his DJ to rock a mini set before he returned to the stage and hopped on a catwalk lowered into the middle of the audience where he did a bit of Drake’s “Miss Me”.

The show was full of dirty moments that the young crowd ate up, from the lyrics alone to the suggestive dancing, yet Lil Wayne did show his softer side at times. The star’s new single “How to Love” is very much a departure from the rest of his material as it’s not only sentimental, but he also sings on it.

Wayne certainly has quite the ego on him as well, clearly seen from the tour’s title alone but topped off by playing his own music before his set. Yet, he also reminded his fans at the start and finish of his show that he “ain’t shit without you”.

Ever the businessman, Wayne capped off the night playing a few tunes off of his Rebirth album (his disappointing venture into rock music released right before he went to jail) perhaps to make sure it wasn’t forgotten. He then made sure that Tha Carter IV was the last impression made on fans minds as “Nightmares of the Bottom” and lead single “6 foot 7 foot” closed out the show.

Like one of his albums, Weezy’s show featured a star-studded lineup including Rick Ross, Keri Hilson, Far East Movement, and Lloyd as well as Shanell, Birdman, and other guests who joined the Young Money head onstage. The audience was scarce and unenergetic until Ross hit the stage, as the Miami rapper was able to get fans on their feet with hits like “9 Piece” and “MC Hammer”.

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  1. Jess1234 says:

    Lil Wayne is on tour! Im really excited to see him in West Palm on Aug 2. I’ve been to his concerts before and he is absolutely worth watching again. Great concerts all the time. Close up seats here… http://tinyurl.com/3hfht7d

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