Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Black News: How Good is the Young Money Tour?


Lil Wayne, the self-professed 'greatest rapper alive,' injects energy into Young Money showcase.

Last summer, rapper Lil Wayne was ruling the charts with "Tha Carter III," the critically acclaimed full-length effort that sold more than a million copies in its first week of release. The sprawling opus delivered two singles that showcased the New Orleans native's eccentric brilliancy: "Lollipop" coiled with slithery robot charisma while "A Milli" highlighted his cunning wordplay.

This summer finds Wayne in a different situation. Though he considers himself the "greatest rapper alive," the performer sometimes known as Weezy F. Baby has crafted a rock album that's been delayed for months. Delays are nothing new in the Wayneverse, but some are whispering that "Rebirth" would be better kept in the womb.

Despite his current struggles, Lil Wayne rescued an evening of perfunctory hip-hop at Young Money Entertainment's showcase Thursday at the Gibson Amphitheatre. Billed as America's Most Wanted Music Festival, the event, which featured a number of chart-topping artists, was less festival and more grind, as act after act took to the stage, starting with 10-minute performances from Jeremih and Pleasure P.

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