By: Myron Smothers & Shaq Cosse'
Change is the act or instance of making or becoming something different.
Change is what was in the mist of the Cajun Dome at this Lil Wayne concert compared to previous one in January. Not to quote the 6 God or anything but nothing was really the same. This concert was not another stop on Lil Wayne's tour; he was back in Lafayette for a concert on behalf of TIDAL. The lineup was different; Wayne was the only act on the bill. He did not have a band this go-around either. It was just him and his DJ T-Lewis.
The biggest change in this Wayne concert was the atmosphere. During his tour date in January, the Dome a good amount of people but not close to what you would expect for a Wayne concert. This time it was different. The concert was free to UL student plus they received a few free guest tickets for friends. The building was packed; almost every seat in the building was occupied yet unoccupied at the same time due to every one being on their feet the entire night. The vibe from the audience was not one you would expect from from a group that received free tickets; this event felt like something that people paid quality money for. The audience was no doubt the biggest change in round two at the Cajun Dome and the energy level of fans were 10x times the level of the ones from the first concert. I believe Wayne felt that energy and channeled it into his performance.
Love to Tidal, UL Lafayette (Geaux Cajuns), Zeta Xi Alphas, and Ash for bringing TidalXChange to life. With that being said, how far ahead is Tidal in terms of innovation? We were just granted a FREE Weezy concert because of a water drive donation. Do you know how many dots that's connecting? Everyone was there, scholars, athletes, journalists, frats, sororities, administration, needless to say, it was LIT. Appeal, exclusivity, intrigue, free Lil Wayne, all things that assisted in packing the Cajun Dome out. This all derives directly, and intentionally from Tidal, and their staff. When your goal is appeal, exclusivity, intrigue, and service to your consumer, appeal, exclusivity, intrigue, and service to your consumer is ultimately what you will achieve. It was appealing to be able to snapchat myself at the concert, I felt exclusive when people complained about not being able to go to the concert, "Lil Wayne? Free? Cajun Dome? Lafayette?... that's intriguing, i'm going to that", and once those thousands packed into the Cajun Dome, we were serviced to the highest level. Tidal is the future, embrace it. This is the way we'll consume our music, and concerts, and have access to our favorite artists for the remainder of our time, and things will just continue to evolve.
Instead of starting the concert with “Mr. Carter”, Tunechi received the key to the city of Lafayette from the mayor and came out blazing with the high powered “I’m Going In”. That song basically set the tone for his entire performance. He went through a series of hits from his albums until ultimately transforming into mixtape Weezy. After seeing several Wayne concerts, the mixtape portion is when the concert goes from 10 to 100. Especially since Tunechi kicks it off with what he dubs "his favorite mixtape track" in "Rollin". The only downside to the mixtape section of the concert is when he does tracks like “Jumpman” off his recent mixtapes (fans do not really know those tracks). One thing I noticed about Wayne concerts (being I have been to three in the past year), is that fans get extra riled up when Wayne says a line dissing Cash Money. When fans hears the beat to “Coco” drop, you can see it on their faces that they are waiting for the infamous line “Sipping lean out a glass n*gga/All I got is Young Money, no more Cash n*gga”. With all the drama with Wayne and his label, lines like these help fans with their frustration with the situation.
Wayne ends the concert the same way. They mention his label issues, the stage gets bombarded with his crew, and then you hear “look me in my face, I ain’t got no worries”. Though I have seen it three times, it is one performance that you could never get tired of because it is always turnt and it sort of gives you a sense of relief that Lil Wayne knows what he doing and will eventually get his label situation on track (I hope so at least). The music stops and Wayne tells the three things that he mentioned toward the beginning of the show:
1. I ain’t sh*t without God.
2. I ain’t sh*t without you (the fans).
3. I ain’t sh*t without you (the fans).
Could anyone else tell that Wayne was delivering a free concert? I sure couldn't. To me, it felt like Wayne was out to prove something. I mean, he did open the concert by saying that he was The Best Rapper Alive, something I haven't really heard him profess since the times people still actually believed it. I'm a Wayne head, its well documented, and on the night of that concert, I think I somehow became even more of a fan. It wasn't because of the throwback Wayne set list, which had all the real Weezy fans in the building hype, and it wasn't because of the good cause that the concert was for, it was more so because of the effort. Kobe is my favorite basketball player of all time, and I just watched him throw up 60 in his final game, this felt like that. It felt like Peace, and liberation took over Wayne, and he just said, "screw it", I know i'm the best to ever do it, so i'll just come out and show the doubters that i'm the best to ever do it. Performing in Peace. When Kobe threw up 60 points, it felt like he was going for 81, when Wayne ripped the Cajun Dome apart, it felt like The Carter III had just dropped.
As a true Weezy fan, I thought the concert was incredible. However, though I left in awe, a part of me and I am sure others were left a tad bit unsatisfied. Not because Wayne did not do a fantastic job but because Lil Wayne is LIL WAYNE. He has so many songs. No matter what Lil Wayne concert you go to, if you a true fan you will always leave a bit unsatisfied. Why? Most likely because he did not perform one of your favorite tracks. It is bound to happen. I saw many tweets about how great the concert was but many were followed with “I wish Wayne had performed………”. Wayne’s music catalog is gargantuan, filled with 20 years worth of music, that it is just not possible for him to do all his tracks.
The concert would have to be an all day event.
An event I am sure true Wayne fans would have no problem attending.
The wish list
Weezy F Baby, and the F is for features. Did anyone have Aubrey's number? Where was Chainz? I mean, it was good to know that Gudda Gudda is still alive,salute that, Eastside that, and Mack Maine came out, and flamed things up with his prophetic Miley Cyrus line, it was cool to see the large fella with the dreads get a shot. But, in a perfect world, we would've had a full Young Money set, then a throwback Cash Money set, and things would've ended with me, behind a fine young woke sista as the words, "Taking over for the '99, 2000..." rung out in the Cajun Dome. That's a perfect world though, and I'm still mad appreciative of the opportunity to be in attendance. I mean, Wayne got the key to the city that I live in, I was apart of history.