Lil Wayne

Sunday, January 25

Lil Wayne’s music is easily overshadowed by his loopy behavior. He guzzles Hawaiian punch laced with cough syrup, smokes copious amounts of weed, and appears to have absolutely no regard for the law whatsoever. But underneath his distracting exterior is an ingenious rapper with a knack for crafting highly marketable rap music. Last year, the New Orleans artist entered superstar territory, thanks to the enormous critical and commercial success of his album Tha Carter III. Stocked with sleek beats, countless double entendres and his signature raspy reptilian voice, the record spawned three top 10 hits on the Billboard charts, including the inescapable single “Lollipop” featuring the late Static Major. Expect those tracks, plus dozens that date back to his mix tape days, during tonight’s performance. Also expect to be serenaded at the show’s end, during which Lil Wayne has made it a tradition to lip sync to Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” while donning a cape—a performance so fucking weird that you’ll have to see it to believe it.

Sun., Jan. 25, 6:30 p.m., 2009

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