It was a return of sorts to the New York City area for Young Money superstar Lil Wayne as he continues to roll on with his “I Am Music” tour alongside fellow budding mogul Rick Ross, protégé Nicki Minaj and rock drummer Travis Barker. Last night (March 28) capping a two night engagement, Weezy and company rocked a packed Nassau Coliseum in Long Island – well outside of New York City proper.
Some fans will recall Lil Wayne stating in his Rolling Stone magazine interview that he’d never perform in New York City again unless they met his unyielding demand. “They’d have to pay me U2 money,” said the New Orleans native who served just under a year in New York’s Rikers Island prison due to gun charges incurred while in the city. U2 money or not, all reports point to Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and Rick Ross definitely excited the fans in attendance.
Twitter fan and writer Cheryl Paglierani seemed thrilled to be amongst the throng. “I am reaching a whole new level of Weezy fan right now,” she tweeted from her @cherylpags account. However a commenter over at New York Magazine wasn’t as enthused. “The show wasn’t even that good. [T]oo much Minaj, not enough Wayne,” the person commented.
Who also may not be thrilled about Lil Wayne and company is Doug Collins, head coach of the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers. This past Saturday, the “I Am Still Music” tour made a stop in the city of brotherly love and a few members of the 76ers team attended the show. The 76ers had an early afternoon game the next day against the lowly Sacramento Kings – losing in overtime while in the midst of a playoff berth hunt.
Player Lou Williams initially blamed the loss on the late night had from going to the show. “It was a combination of things, and it doesn’t seem we came out ready to play,” Williams said Sunday in a post-game interview. “We took a chance last night by going to the Lil Wayne concert.” Williams has since recanted, saying that the onus should be placed on him alone. “We don’t have heavy drinkers, we don’t have heavy partyers, we just went and enjoyed a concert,” Williams said. “Actually, I was the only one that played bad that was there.”
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