Lil Wayne’s Music Is Digital Nostalgia: ‘Welcome To Tha Carter Tour’ Review

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Lil Wayne performs onstage at the Welcome to Tha Carter Tour at The Fillmore on April 20, 2023 in Charlotte, NC (Photo Credit: Derrius Edwards/@rawcommnc)

Weezy F Baby and the “F” is for full house! This past Thursday, Lil Wayne‘s Welcome to Tha Carter Tour made its way to Charlotte, North Carolina for one night only. The “A Milli” rapper played host to a sold-out crowd at The Fillmore on 420, placing two of hip-hop’s biggest influences (Lil Wayne and weed) in the same room.

Tasked with entertaining everyone from Millennials to middle aged, Supreme-wearing concertgoers, the 5x Grammy Award-winning rapper went deep into his bag of hits. Wayne rocked the mic with the kind of confidence you’d expect from a veteran performer. The transitions between each song were seamless. He controlled the crowd at will, using their background vocals as adlibs while they sung along word for word. And before he introduced the next song, Weezy thanked fans for their unwavering support over the years. He proved that there’s no shame in showing gratitude even when you’re considered the greatest rapper of all time.

When one song ended, some fans roared with excitement while others marveled at his greatness with applause. It was standing room only the entire night as everyone crammed together to witness history in motion. Wayne took the stage and all of the energy in the venue funneled in his direction almost instantly. The “Weezy” chants permeated the air like the thick clouds of smoke that surrounded Young Money’s fearsome leader. There was a feeling of relief shared amongst patrons each time DJ T. Lewis (Lil Wayne’s official DJ) pressed play on the boards, unlocking core memories for most as the lights dimmed.

Throughout the night, Wayne traveled through time as he performed some of his biggest hits (like “Lollipop,” “6 Foot 7 Foot,” “How To Love”) and fan favorites (such as “I’m Single,” “Go DJ,” “I’m Me”). He even dedicated the second half of his set to the mixtape era, which included a live rendition of “Ask Dem Hoes” off The Drought Is Over, Part 4. Hearing his verse on “Ice Cream Paint Job” live reminded me of a time when things were less complicated.

In other words, Lil Wayne’s music is digital nostalgia.

The Welcome To Tha Carter Tour continues tonight in Atlanta’s Tabernacle. The remaining dates will see shows across the U.S. in Nashville, Cleveland, Houston, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Denver, and more before wrapping up in Los Angeles’ The Wiltern on May 13th.

See below for the full run of dates, with additional information available here.

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Derrius Edwards
Derrius is a music industry professional with experience in content strategy and editorial writing, sharing relevant and resonating stories as a conduit for hip-hop culture advancement.

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