Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Chicago IL
Being a huge fan of Lil Wayne, I was quite excited upon finding out that I had the opportunity to cover his show. Lil Wayne is headlining the America’s Most Wanted Music Festival this summer, a tour put on by Young Money Entertainment featuring Jeremih, Pleasure P, Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em, Young Jeezy and other artists directly under the label, including Tyga, Nicki, Gudda Gudda, Young Twists, Lil Chuckee, and T-Streets. The tour hit Chicago on August 29th at the Midwest Amphitheatre, and with over 20,000 fans in attendance it was evident that the recession is having no affect on the on Young Money Entertainment. The arena was filled from the front of the stage all the way back to the lawn with fans of all ethnicities, ages, and social classes, demonstrating that Lil Wayne is breaking cultural barriers through his rhyme. To me, Lil Wayne is an incredibly talented, hard working, humble artist and he deserves all the wealth he has acquired.
The show he put on was as amazing as the crowd was diverse. The moment he hit the stage the energy and screams all around the arena exploded from everyone attending. The sound was perfect, being loud without losing clarity. Lil Wayne’s performance was absolutely incredible. He brought high energy to every song and it carried into every word he spoke. He was full of passion and sincerity, at one point stopped and said to the audience “I have three things I need to say: 1) I believe in God, 2) I am nothing with out you (the fans), and 3) I ain’t shit without YOU!” Everything about Lil Wayne’s near two-hour performance indicated that much planning and hard work had gone into this show. The crowd got so into it that everyone that had seats had gotten up to stand on their seats.
The visuals were fantastic, including talented backup dancers, a stunning light show, and a well-designed stage production, massive projector screens, pyrotechnic eruptions of smoke and fire, and a live band with drums, guitars, a small horn section, and a DJ. And to top this show off, Lil Wayne ended it with a tribute to the late Michael Jackson, having the audience sing a few of the King of Pop’s greatest hits. With all that being said, I give the show my highest rating to date, 4.5 stars out of 5. The only reason I won’t give this show a 5 is because I honestly was not a big fan of all of the other Young Money artists. I would much rather have heard more of Lil Wayne during the 20 minutes of listening to all of them rap in between his set. But that’s just me.
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