REVIEW: Lil Wayne Performance at Bamboozle Festival – By Matt O’Neill
This is a guest post written by Matt O’Neill who attended the Bamboozle festival at East Rutherford NJ, US as part of his “I Am Still Music Tour”.
On Sunday May 1st I woke up feeling anxious as I knew I was going to see Lil Wayne once again. This would be my 2nd time in less than a month that I was seeing “The Best Rapper Alive,” on his I Am Still Music tour.
Sunday was the last day of the tour, which had the New Orleans native landing in East Rutherford NJ for the yearly Bamboozle festival. Bamboozle is a 3 day fiasco of bands and all kinds of musical artists which perform on stages throughout the Meadowlands parking lot. The Sunday performances began at noon all around but Lil Wayne was not scheduled to perform until 9:30 p.m. that evening.
I arrived around 5 p.m. And parked my car (which was more than half the ticket price!). I walked around for a bit trying to get accustomed to the wild scene and loud noises of all sorts. I made my way over to a small stage where I watched Pusha T for about 15 minutes and than headed across the lot to see Bruno Mars.
Around 7:15 I headed over to the main stage where I would be seeing my favorite rapper later perform that night. After a band performed I anxiously squeezed up my way as close as I possibly could get to the stage, until I couldn’t move anymore; although it left me about 25 feet from the stage.
At 9:30 the lights dimmed and over the loud speaker came the classic male voice reporting an “alien” attack as Weezy proclaims “I Am Not a Human Being.” Once Wayne took stage the crowd erupted and I was pushed forward another 5 feet (which I didn’t mind). He performed classic hits such as Phone Home, Sky’s the Limit, Go DJ, and Fireman. Lil Wayne than proceeded to give his speech about the three things we should all know before taking over the show.
As DJ Scoop 45 talked the crowd up, Wayne took a slight break before doing about 3 songs off his No Ceilings mix tape, which lead up to him bringing out Mack Maine and Birdman. Wayne then took another break where he joked around with the crowd for a little, which everyone enjoyed. He gave a shout out to Drake and performed Miss Me (most of the crowd assumed Drake would be out for this).
Around 10:40 Wayne asked the crowd three times to shout ” One more explicit song,” as the lights lowered; the Jamaican sounds rang out as he was set to perform 6 foot 7 foot, as Corey Gunz also came along (Weezy seemed surprised).
Although he was only on for about an hour and 20 minutes, the crowd loved it all and did not stop screaming and chanting. All in all it was a great performance by Weezy and his YMCMB guests and I look forward to seeing Tunechi perform in the near future.
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