On Saturday, February 20, Lil’ Wayne brought “The Dedication Tour” to Rochester, NY. The performance was held at the Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial which has had a busy year so far. Prior to the doors opening, not many fans were seen lining up outside the arena, which was surprising considering Rochester hit a high of 55 degrees.
The night started off with a performance by S – Eighty who only had about 10 minutes of stage time. During this quick set, fans were busy trying to find their seats on the floor and around the area. Surprisingly, the floor was all assigned seating, which is why no one had to line up early to secure a spot on the floor. Shortly before 8pm, Rae Sremmurd took the stage. For 30 minutes these guys got the crowd on their feet dancing and singing along. The two brothers Khalif “Swae Lee” Brown and Aaquil “Slim Jimmy” Brown were a great choice as an opener for Lil’ Wayne on this tour. The crowd’s reaction was purely positive and it seemed like everyone wanted a little bit more.
Even though Rae Sremmurd put on a great performance, the crowd came to Blue Cross Arena for one man and his name is Lil’ Wayne. Weezy took the stage shortly before 9pm and the crowd went wild. The night was started with Wayne’s classic “Mr. Carter”. As fans stood up on their chairs and waved their hands in the air, the appreciation of support was shown by Wayne. Throughout the night Lil’ Wayne thanked fans for coming out and supporting him while reminding them that he’s the best rapper alive. Between every couple songs, Weezy would also ask where the real Lil’ Wayne fans were and the entire area would chat “Weezy!”.
For an arena that looked empty to start the night, the floor was filled from front to back and the lower bowl was packed. To no surprise the music of Lil’ Wayne got the entire place on their feet dancing, literally everybody. Hit after hit Weezy kept pleasing the crowd who were having an absolute blast. The vibes throughout Blue Cross Area were incredible and it goes to show how powerful music can be. Toward the end of the show, Weezy brought out a handful of up and coming rappers so they could show the crowd what they were made of. One thing that Wayne is good at is finding new talent and collaborating with other artists. The show ended with all the guys on the tour coming out on stage celebrating a great show and also included an appearance of Weezy’s son who looks like a mini version of his dad.
For those who missed the show, Lil’ Wayne should be pretty busy this year on the road with the highly anticipated release of his last Carter album, the Carter V. Although the album is finished, its release has been held due to issues with the record label. Regardless of when the album finally gets put on shelves, Lil’ Wayne will be out on tour to give his fans their fix of Weezy.