As a teenaged rapper with the Cash Money Records outfit in his native New Orleans, a young Dwayne Carter certainly dreamed that he would one day hit it big as a rapper. With a sell-out nationwide tour, a highly anticipated album and a roster of artists under his own Young Money imprint, all signs point to the idea that Lil Wayne has done well for himself. Since his release from jail late 2010, Weezy F. Baby has been on a creative and musical tear with his “I Am Still Music” tour on its second leg already. Considering Wayne’s humble beginnings, he should be counted as a success story.
For this year’s 2011 MTV Video Music Awards performances, Lil Wayne will join co-headliner acts R&B singer Chris Brown and British songbird Adele. The burning question fans will possibly ponder is which of Lil Wayne’s recent material he should rock for the VMA audience. With such a high profile show and the entire media universe training their sights on him, Wayne could opt to play it safe with a slower number or will he wow the crowd with a high energy offering?
Wayne’s current single “How To Love” is an interesting number for the rapper, as he croons the entire time without using his favored Auto-Tune vocal plugin from efforts past. The album’s previous single “John” featuring Maybach Music Group chief Rick Ross is a more sinister groove that could rile up the well-dressed attendees of the show to rumple their clothes a bit in excitement. But that would mean Rick Ross, a busy man these days himself, would have to show up to make the song a smash.
Lil Wayne’s homerun song could possibly be the first single for the upcoming Tha Carter IV album “Six Foot Seven Foot” featuring YMCMB rapper Corey Gunz although the track was released last December. However, the energetic track could shake up the usual serene mood of award shows and inject a bit of uptick in the action. It’s also possible Lil Wayne could throw everyone a curveball and go back to his earlier crowd pleasers like “A Milli” or “Go DJ” – Lil Wayne does not lack for well-known hit songs that would translate well in the live arena.