By Rob Markman, with reporting by Rahman Dukes
Lil Wayne has never been big on doing shows in New York. Ever since his 2007 gun arrest outside NYC’s Beacon Theatre and his subsequent 2010 Riker’s Island incarceration, Weezy has tried to steer clear of the Big Apple. But not even his distaste for the big city politics could stop Tunechi from enjoying himself last week at Nicki Minaj’s free show at the Roseland Ballroom.
“Flat out: I don’t like New York,” Weezy told MTV News on Monday night while in Las Vegas to introduce his new line of sneakers with Supra.
Still, Tune had himself a good old time, rocking with Nicki during her free August 14 show, which was meant to make up for her missed Summer Jam appearance back in June. “Last week was awesome,” Lil Wayne said.
Nicki was scheduled for a performance at Hot 97’s annual Summer Jam concert in East Rutherford, New Jersey, back in June, but after the YMCMB Barb felt disrespected by a Hot 97 DJ, Wayne instructed her to pull out of the concert. In the aftermath, Nicki promised her fans a free NYC-area show to help alleviate their disappointment and last week she delivered on her promise at Roseland, rocking her own set and then bringing out surprise guests Foxy Brown, Drake and Lil Wayne.
“You’re not supposed to leave it at, ‘Everything happens for a reason,’ ” Wayne said of how the failed SJ set turned into a blessing in disguise. “I believe everything happens for a reason and then you make the most of that reason. I think we made the most of it last week.”