Unless you have been under a rock for the past 15 years, more likely than not, you have heard the dope infectious lyrics , comical add libs, and/or famous shout of "Young Money!!" from the iconic New Orleans rapper Lil Wayne. President Carter (Founder of Young Money Records) has been one of the most prolific hip hop artists in the genre's history, boasting over 31 top 10 hits on Billboard's top 10 RnB/Hip Hop list. His prominence in the music game includes features with a plethora of ground breaking artists such as Jay-Z, Eminem, Kanye, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, The Game, OutKast and pretty much anyone else who has had some critical success in Hip Hop music and more.
Music junkies like myself, were first introduced to Lil Wayne in 1996 when he came out with the group Hot Boys, and then watched his growth with his solo projects Tha Carter I, II, III, along with his widely popular mixtapes. There is no doubt Lil Wayne has made a huge influence to rap and Hip Hop, along with influencing the best routes for artists to make money in this industry-- which is only right since he is an original part of the label Cash Money. As one of the most celebrated rappers in the game, Weezy is just as influential as an artist as he is as label head, since we have to thank him for bringing us artists like Drake, Nicki Minaj and Tyga, all of whom have reached world recognition and success through his Young Money platform.
For me, my most memorable Lil Wayne moment was from a show he had in 2008 on his "I AM MUSIC" tour, which ironically was his highest grossing music tour to date. I was lucky enough to be back stage during the show, seeing Tyga open up for him before anyone knew who Tyga was! And before Drake had begun performing with him -- yea it was awhile ago! But I remember how excited and thunderous the crowd was throughout Weezy's hour long performance, which gave me a true appreciation for his energy, lyrical talent, and stage presence. When we were asked to shoot Wayne almost 8 years later, I was more than excited!
And to simply put it, even some 8 years later, after all the grammys, jail stints, numerous musical hits and accolades-- when it cam to the stage performance, Weezy did not disappoint!
CHECK OUT a quick clip of Lil Wayne performing to get your unique T3AM Visual of the accomplished rapper! A Big Thanks to G9 Group for allowing T3AM to capture Weezy performing in popular San Diego Night Club Fluxx! Be sure to check out more videos as we get set to capture Part II!