OKLAHOMA CITY —
Many things have been written about Lil Wayne over the past couple of years. Everything from the way he dresses, to the women he dates to his seemingly spoiled behavior has filled many entertainment news segments.
But one thing that can't be said about the Louisiana rapper, who's real name is Dwayne Michael Carter, is that he cheats his fans.
Wednesday, Lil Wayne headlined the America's Most Wanted Tour at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. He, T.I. and 2 Chainz entertained the highly enthusiastic crowd for four hours. And at no point did it look like he was going through the motions.
"I just want to tell you I appreciate every single one of you in this (place) tonight," Wayne told the screaming fans. "Before I get started, I must let you know three important things about myself. No. 1 is, I believe in God. No. 2 is I ain't (nothing) without you. And the most important and No. 3 is, I ain't (nothing) without you."
Before Lil Wayne took the stage, 2 Chainz kicked off the main event. He had a slow start, but by the third song he had the people out of their seats on "I'm different" and "I luv them strippers."
T.I. was next up. Before recent incarcerations, he used to be the headline acts on such tours. Regardless, he performed with enthusiasm. With just a 5-piece band, two backup singers and two hype men he gave the crowds "Rubber band man", "You can have whatever you like" and "What You know about that."
For the next hour and a half, Lil Wayne showed just how much he appreciates his fans. Despite the concert not being sold out, he displayed high energy while performing classic songs off his older albums and new cuts.
Lil Wayne was all over the stage, running from corner to corner interacting with the fans. At one point in the show, he brought several young ladies on to the stage to dance around him while he performed. He also gave a public service announcement.
"Sometimes I fell like I might as well invite some of my new friends up here to have fun with me," Lil Wayne said. "But the thing is, they don't let me pick the people. Cause when I pick, I pick like 60-70 people and (mess) up the whole show. Then sometimes I pick like little 15 and 16 year old little girls, and I don't be knowing they are 15 and 16. And they get up here and take their clothes off. Then that falls on me. You need to raise your child better, man."
Lil Wayne's set included skateboard ramps and skaters come out periodically during the night to skate during his songs.
Fellow performers 2 Chainz and T.I. Both came out and performed several songs with him. But the biggest surprise of the night came when Cash Money Records founder and CEO Birdman strolled on stage and sang "Tap Out" with the man he calls his son.
Birdman has been joining the tour at different spots to help promote Lil Wayne's 10th studio album, "I Am Not A Human Being II," which was released in March.
"Ladies and gentlemen, I stand before you all and I look you all in the face, and I tell you that I'm a first hand believer that tomorrow is not promised," Lil Wayne aid. "So please make the most of every day you get. You dig?"
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