Review: Lil Wayne at Comfort Dental Amphitheatre, 8/30/11
LIL WAYNE at COMFORT DENTAL | 8.30.11
Brandon Marshall Lil Wayne last night at Comfort Dental with Rick Ross, Keri Hilson and more
It took some time to assemble Lil Wayne's intricate setup, but as the staging was being put together, people were happily singing along to Cee-Lo's "Fuck You" and waiting patiently. When the curtain dropped and Weezy F.'s DJ appeared on a platform up high, the roar from the crowd was deafening.
Weezy was coming, and everybody knew it. Rather than emerging to a super-hard hustler's song, Mr. F. Baby came out to a slick Tony! Toni! Tone! track, "Whatever You Want," featuring the line "Do you think that I would run a game on? Just as sure as my name is D'Wayne." It served as a perfect intro as he launched himself from behind the platform with a skateboard and a bright smile. He gave a little dance, said what's up to the elated audience, and prepared to go to work.
Lil Wayne performed for a solid hour and 45 minutes, appearing sober and seeming to be having an absolutely great time. Slaying the audience with cuts like "I'm Going In" and "Look at Me Now," which contained a good bit of dancing, he tempered the down moments with hilarious jokes about pretty women and groupies (finally having to quiet an overzealous fan with "I'm NOT going to fuck you"), and "A Milli" shook the ground with bass.
Brandon Marshall Lil Wayne at Comfort Dental Amphitheatre. See tons more pics in the full Lil Wayne, Rick Ross and Keri Hilson in Denver slideshow.
Throughout the night, Wayne told stories about being locked up (taking a great moment to incorporate Drake's "Miss Me" for emphasis), repeated his "three things about me," the trio of tenets that have sort of become his mantra: I believe in God, followed by, I ain't shit without you, reiterated by, I ain't shit without you.
Elsewhere, there was a dancing spree when "Got Money" showed itself on the roster. A prime moment to let loose came on "Go DJ," with DJ 45 offering several jokes about there being "no ceilings" at Comfort Dental Amphitheatre right before he slaughtered several tracks from the mixtape of the same name.
Making great use of the skateboard ramp placed on the stage, Weezy rolled around all over the place, bringing out Young Money's Shanell for "Motivation," as well as a few of her solo tracks (she also sang on "Lollipop" with such a beautiful pitch it was almost operatic, and crooned on "Mrs. Officer.") As a feature, she's on point. Her solo stuff, however, is due for a nice long walk back to the drawing board.
At one moment, Weezy got very serious and talked about a song he wrote while he was very emotional and even got a little teary-eyed: The hilarity is that the track he was referencing was "Every Girl in the World," and he sang it with comical emotion.
It was like the never-ending show: After jamming out to "How to Love," inciting a slight mosh pit on the lawn with "Prom Queen" from Rebirth, and taking us all the way back with "Fireman," we almost thought Wayne was done...and then he brought out the Birdman for "Money to Blow." Taking the long walk down the runway with Weezy, Birdman seemed to be enjoying this moment with his protégé. He closed with "Ladies and gentlemen, my father, the Birdman,"and it was a bit of a touching moment.
Brandon Marshall Weezy F. Baby getting it done, son, at Comfort Dental Amphitheatre last night. See tons more pics in the full Lil Wayne, Rick Ross and Keri Hilson in Denver slideshow.
Smiling bright and wide, Lil Wayne thanked the crowd sincerely for party-rocking with him, picked up his skateboard and prepared to leave, looking longingly over his shoulder at the audience. After a few minutes, his voice richocheted through the building encouraging the crowd to sing him out from behind the curtains if we wanted "one more song." The audience followed his lead and sang "One more song" with the sweetness of a lullaby before Weezy sprang from backstage with a raucus encore of "6'7." Bringing out Corey Gunz, he absolutely shut it down.
After giving props to his band, he stood with all the confidence that makes him a superstar and announced, "My name is D'Wayne Michael Carter Jr., and I am the best rapper alive." He took off his shoes, passed them out to the audience, dismantled several parts of the drum set and gave those away, too, including the sticks. Donning his robe and prancing around the stage before chucking the peace sign, he finally disappeared in a cloud of smoke.
Brandon Marshall Lil Wayne, aka D'Wayne Michael Carter Jr., aka "the best rapper alive" last night at Comfort Dental Amphitheatre. See tons more pics in the full Lil Wayne, Rick Ross and Keri Hilson in Denver slideshow.