Lil Waynes music is easily overshadowed by his loopy behavior. He guzzles Hawaiian punch laced with cough syrup, smokes copious amounts of weed, and appears to have absolutely no regard for the law whatsoever. But underneath his distracting exterior is an ingenious rapper with a knack for crafting highly marketable rap music. Last year, the New Orleans artist entered superstar territory, thanks to the enormous critical and commercial success of his album Tha Carter III. Stocked with sleek beats, countless double entendres and his signature raspy reptilian voice, the record spawned three top 10 hits on the Billboard charts, including the inescapable single Lollipop featuring the late Static Major. Expect those tracks, plus dozens that date back to his mix tape days, during tonights performance. Also expect to be serenaded at the shows end, during which Lil Wayne has made it a tradition to lip sync to Whitney Houstons I Will Always Love You while donning a capea performance so fucking weird that youll have to see it to believe it.
Sun., Jan. 25, 6:30 p.m., 2009