Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Live review: Lil Wayne w/ Young Jeezy & Soulja Boy

Posted By on Tue, Sep 8, 2009 at 4:05 PM

Lil Wayne w/ Young Jeezy & Soulja Boy

Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre

Sept. 4, 2009

The Deal: "America's Most Wanted" tour slides into Charlotte obviously referring to the teenage girls that want them, not their criminal records.

The Good: Probably the most time-conscious rap concert I've ever been to. The opening acts kept it brief, even Soulja Boy, sticking to this hits and skipping the highly unknown and unnecessary album cuts. Young Jeezy has mastered his "trap" star shtick, masterfully going through a set that include old hits and new. Actually did better with a band than a DJ, wouldn't be surprised to see him use them more in the future.

Lil Wayne is officially a bonafide rock star, putting together a brilliantly, yeah I said brilliantly-choreographed stage show that lasted for roughly two hours and featured "un-rap" things like a excellent backing band, lots of pyro and explosions and lights that made me forget I was at Verizon Wireless for a while. He was the ringmaster of a circus on Friday and he let all the other elements shine while still showing he was in control. I was blown away by the execution.

Nicki Minaj's ass also deserves a round of applause, although it could probably give itself one. Yeah, that good.

The Bad: Like most rap concerts, the bass drowned out the artist nine times out of 10, making it hard to hear any actual lyrics and forcing people to rap along with a familiar tune. Soulja Boy's set was forgettable (Gucci Louie followed by Gucci Bandana left me all Gucci'd out). Without Drake, the Young Money All-Stars were mediocre stand-ins and the mini-concert in the middle of Lil Wayne's set was frustrating. "Man Fans" were as creepy as ever! Hard to be a thug when you take your shirt off and scream another grown man's name, just saying.

The Verdict: Shockingly good. Soulja Boy is huge but he can learn a thing or two from Young Jeezy and Lil Wayne about how to tear through a set, mixing singles, album cuts and mixtape hits, and leave the crowd blown away.

Young Jeezy setlist

Get Allot

Who Dat

Bottom of the Map

My Hood


Go Crazy

Trap Star

Get Your Mind Right

Trap Or Die

Put On

Live In This Club verse (w/ live band)

I Luv Your Girl (w/ live band)

I'ma Do Me Remix (w/ live band)

Dey Know Remix (w/ live band)

I Luv It (w/ live band)

Go Getta (w/ live band)

Soul Survivor (w/ live band)

Black President (w/ live band)

Lil Wayne setlist

A Milli

Got Money

Sky is the Limit

Phone Home


Mr. Carter

Go DJ (w/ DJ 4our5 blended w/ Nolia Clap)


Money On My Mind

Get Money (Biggie Cover)

Ambitionz As A Ridah (2Pac Cover)

Black Album Interlude (Jay-Z Cover)

Best Rapper Alive (w/ Lil Wayne guitar solo)

Walk This Way Cover (w/ Lil Wayne on guitar)

Medley of tracks from his rock album, Rebirth

I'm Me

Turning Me On Remix


Pop Bottles

Get Back To The Money

We Takin Over (w/ Birdman)

I Run This Bitch

I'm Paid


I'm On It (backing band returns)

Let The Beat Build


I'ma Diva Remix

Mrs. Officer


Tie My Hands

Shoot Me Down

My Life (from Game's album)

Every Girl - Finale

MJ Tribute - I'll Be There & Billie Jean

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