Weezy .... Eventually
We didn't really expect Lil Wayne to show up on time, did we? (No. No
we did not.)
The reigning king of hip-hop marches to the beat of his own drum
machine and sticks to nobody's schedule but his own: His new
bestseller, "Tha Carter III," was the most anticipated rap album of
2007 - until its release was delayed into 2008.
Most likely locking down this year's Wu-Tang Clan award for
latest-arriving artist at a festival that generally keeps things on
schedule, Wayne was 38 minutes late for his advertised one-hour set.
(Probably took longer than expected to load everybody into his SUV:
The New Orleans rapper was accompanied by a sprawling Posse of Unclear
"Old player, new game/I'm focused like I got two brains," he croaked
after finally materializing onstage.
Focus in Wayne's world is relative, of course. His nonlinear, often
nonsensical raps are weird, winding free-associations filled with more
left turns than a NASCAR race. It tends to be bizarre but utterly
compelling, at least in recorded form.
Thematically, his performance here was fairly focused, as he rapped
almost exclusively about cash, girls and his own hotness, with
multiple "get money" refrains; lyrics about backing that [thang] up; a
Lil Wayne-for-president declaration; and a performance of
"Fireman." (He also rapped about his policewoman fantasy.)
Still, his 45-minute performance was initially perfunctory and
listless, with the drawling 25-year-old even sounding out of breath
almost immediately after the set began. Wayne eventually seemed to
snap out of his funk, rapping a capella ("Girls you sick, I could suck
out your flu"!) and "playing" a detuned guitar, which seemed to
By the time he tore off his shirt for an explosive performance of "A
Milli," he'd transformed himself into a commanding presence.
And then, the capper: "Lollipop," Wayne's chart-topping sex jam during
which tonight's headliner, Kanye West, made a surprise appearance.
Three hours early, it should be noted.
--J. FREEDOM DU LAC
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Posted by: Andrew | August 11, 2008 11:07 AM
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