News: Lil Wayne Talks Highest Grossing Rap Tour Reports, "Makes Me Try To Top My Last"

Monday, Sep 28, 2009 12:05PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

With the recent reports of Lil Wayne having the top grossing rap concert series for 2008 to 2009 with $42 million in profits, the self-proclaimed "Greatest Rapper Alive" has said he is inspired to try and top it with a new tour.

Speaking with DJ Drama, Wayne also touched on his army of Young Money artists which includes Drake and Nicki Minaj.

"That right there is the utmost love right there, I love that," Weezy said about having the current highest grossing rap concert attached to his name. "But it don't do nothing but make me go out tomorrow and start a brand new tour and try to top my last. [laughs] ...[Young Money], we don't even have an album out. I just wanna say we respect everybody and we love everything everyone has done for us already. Love is the respect we get. Every time we step out and every time we do anything, we get mad support. I love 'em for that but I want 'em to know that we will, we will deliver." (Rap Radar)

The Grammy-winning rapper leads Jay-Z and Kanye West in tour profits for 2008 to 2009.

Seventy-eight Lil Wayne headlining arena and amphitheater concerts in North America from Dec. 14, 2008, through Sept. 6, 2009, grossed approximately $42 million and drew nearly 804,000 fans, according to Lil Wayne tour producer and tour business manager Shawn Gee. The second highest-grossing rap tour that Billboard has tracked was Jay-Z's 2008 jaunt with Mary J. Blige, which grossed $34.6 million and drew 310,694 concertgoers to 28 shows, according to Billboard Boxscore. Kanye West's 2008 Glow In the Dark tour comes in third, having pulled in $30.8 million from 49 concerts that attracted 507,853 fans. (Billboard)

Wayne also landed at No. 6 on the Forbes' Cash Kings of Hip-Hop 2009 list.

No. 5 Akon ($20 million), No. 6 Lil Wayne ($18 million), No. 9 T-Pain ($15 million), No. 10 Eminem ($14 million) No. 12. Snoop Dogg ($11 million), No. 13 Ludacris ($10 million), No. 14 Common ($8 million), No. 15 Will.i.am ($8 million), No. 16. T.I. ($8 million), No. 17 Swizz Beatz ($8 million), No. 18 Andre 3000 ($7 million), No. 19 Big Boi ($7 million), No. 20 Flo Rida ($6 million), No. 21 Rick Ross ($6 million), No. 22 The Game ($6 million) and No. 23 Young Jeezy ($6 million). (NahRight)

Aside from profits, Wayne's upcoming Rebirth album is slated to land in stores later this year.

The Cash Money rapper's oft-delayed album will make the perfect stocking stuffer when it arrives on its new release date of December 15, Rap-Up.com has learned. It is now scheduled to drop 10 days prior to Christmas, during what are typically the busiest shopping weeks of the year. (Rap Up)

Check out a recent Lil Wayne tour performance below:

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