The boy who came into the game at the age of 14 has finally transformed himself into a self-made superstar. Dwayne Carter Jr aka Lil Wayne aka Lil Weezy aka Weezy F Baby aka Birdman Jr, hit the San Jose Arena on March 27th, 2009. Thousands showed up to watch the self-proclaimed “Best Rapper Alive”.
I never thought Wayne would be as big as he turned out to be. But, the young rapper sold well over 3 million records in 2008, and in today’s economic-crumble and download-torrent world, that is amazing. The last time I saw Wayne in concert he had absolutely no stage presence, and had about 100 other people on stage with him playing with their phones, taking pictures, and hollering at girls in the crowd. So I wasn’t expecting much at this show.
I arrived fashionably late towards the end of T-Pain’s performance, the man lip synced every single one of his songs. The T-Pain section of the concert wasn’t really a performance but more of a DJ playing songs, I couldn’t tell who was T-Pain on stage, the signature Monopoly man outfit was missing. I thought nothing of it, and kept it moving.
Then it was time for the headliner, Lil Wayne to hit the stage. The crowd of teeny boppers and and their parents went nuts for Lil Wayne as he hit the stage. Wayne’s people really stepped the game up for this tour, which featured pyrotechnics, a floating band with drums, pianos, and guitars, plus dancers. Wayne started things off with Mr. Carter, which was a nice start to the show, but contained a little too much Jay-Z sausage riding. After Mr. Carter, he hit the crowd with Got Money which features…T-Pain. So, here was my chance to investigate the whereabouts of T-Pain.
Lil Wayne continued to perform Got Money with another man on stage, no top hat. I continued to try to figure out what was going on here and then finally it hit me. That’s not T-Pain that’s Drake. Wayne’s new artist Drake had been playing T-Pain impostor the entire time! T-Pain had never even been in the building, T-Pain had never even done his set, T-Pain did not even step a foot in the city of San Jose!
I quickly hopped on my iPhone to figure out what the hell was going on. Within my mobile Wi-Fi 3G magical digital widget crazed application filled device, I realized the truth… T-Pain could not make the San Jose leg of the tour due to him being in a golf cart accident!
I remember Kanye West being involved in his car accident which wired his jaw. Biggie being in a car accident which forced him to walk with a cane. Pimp C overdosing on syrup. Ol’ Dirty Bastard overdosing on cocaine and heart medication. But a damn golf cart accident? That’s not the business.
So after realizing the entire crowd was duped for their 60 plus dollars per seat was taken, the show seemed somewhat of a rip off. I continued to watch the show and attempted to have a good time. Wayne continued with his performance sticking to the multi-million selling album Carter 3 script, he performed songs such as “La La”, “Mrs. Officer”, “Phone Home”, “Misunderstood”, and “Shoot Me Down”. Then he broke into a intimate set where he performed the mixtape hit dedicated to Miami’s Trina “Prostitute Flange” and The Game’s single “My Life”.
After that he brought out his entire crew on stage and their performed shitty songs about “fucking everyone girl in the world”. He wasted entirely too much time on these guys, to which nobody cared about. Where the hell is T-Pain? At the end of the group performance they all took a group picture to which then Wayne jumped into Drake’s arms like a bride hopping into a grooms arms and posed, something like this…
WTF!?!?! NO LIE. HE DID THAT.
It was very strange but the show continued. Lil Wayne then changed outfits and went into his newest single “Prom Queen” and followed that up with the smash hit “Lollipop”. After that he left to the stage to which the crowd demanded an encore, when they should have demanded their money back.
Wayne then returned to the stage by coming up from under the stage on a platform and closed the show with his biggest song “A Millie”. After that the show was done at a late 10:30pm.
Overall, this show was a complete rip-off. Wayne attempted to focus on the Carter 3 but forgot songs such as “Comfortable”, “Tie My Hands”, and “Let The Beat Build”. He performed no songs from the prior Carters, only “Go DJ” and that’s it. No Cash Money joints at all, no “Bling Bling”, no “Back Dat Azz Up”, no “Block Is Hot”, no “Numba 1 Stunna, no “Stuntin’ Like My Daddy” and no “Make It Rain”. And most important of all no T-Wayne!! There was no “I Can’t Believe It”, no “Got Money”, no “Turnin’ Me On”, no “Flight School”, and no “I’m On a Boat”.
So if you missed the show you didn’t miss much. But hey, Lil Wayne thanked us and told us he loved us.