Weezy Week retro-review: Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy, Young Jeezy rock Tampa's Ford Amphitheatre
(All week, Soundcheck is paying tribute to the unusual life and career of Lil Wayne with a series of features we’re calling Weezy Week.)
Lil Wayne has long been a familiar face around Tampa, dating back to his days as a young pup coming up out of New Orleans. He's been spotted in venues ranging from Club Skye and Club XS to Tropicana Field and the USF Sun Dome.
On Labor Day weekend in 2009, Tha Carter III-era Weezy brought his America's Most Wanted Tour to what was then called the Ford Amphitheatre in Tampa. Drake was supposd to be his opening act, but a knee injury prevented him from joining in. Instead, Tampa crowds got Young Jeezy and Soulja Boy, with cameos from a cast of characters, including a young Tyga and Nicki Minaj.
Carole Liparoto reviewed that show for Soundcheck, and she wrote:
Our parents tell us about when they saw the Beatles. Will teens and twenty-somethings tell their kids how they saw Weezy in his heyday? ... After a screamy guitar solo conclusion (to A Milli) and a little riverdancing, Wayne took some time to share information about himself with his fans. “One, I believe in God. Two, I ain’t s--- without you, and three, I ain’t s--- without you,” he said. Though the words “the best rapper alive” lit up the screen on multiple occasions, it was refreshing to find Weezy isn’t too proud or too hard to show his supporters major love.