News: Lil Wayne Rocks Farewell Concert, New Orleans Fans Bid Farewell

Tuesday, Dec 29, 2009 1:55PM

Written by Biz Jones

Preparing for his upcoming prison bid set to begin in February, Lil Wayne performed a farewell concert for his hometown New Orleans fans last night (December 28).

After performing a slew of his hit records, Wayne took a moment to thank his loyal followers.

The artist returned to his hometown of New Orleans for a performance Monday on what he's calling his farewell tour. "I'm nothing without you," he told the screaming crowd of thousands of fans at the New Orleans Arena after opening the concert with "A Milli," which last year earned him a Grammy for best rap solo. (The Press Association)

Fans shared their sadness regarding Wayne having to be taken away from his music career as he heads into a speculated one-year prison stint.

As thousands of fans filed through the New Orleans Arena doors Monday, many said they were disappointed with the rapper's legal troubles. "It's kinda sad, the stereotype and that he fell into it," said 19-year-old Lee Farrell of New Orleans. Lil Wayne is set to follow some of rap music's biggest names - from Tupac Shakur, Lil' Kim, Beanie Sigel and Shyne to New Orleans natives Mystikal and C-Murder - who have served a few months to several years behind bars for crimes committed after they became famous. (The Canadian Press)

Others compared Wayne's upcoming bid to that of incarcerated rapper T.I.

"I hope Lil Wayne will follow in T.I.'s footsteps," said 32-year-old Jed Wright of Metairie, who brought his 11-year-old stepson to the show as a Christmas present. "T.I. promised to turn his life around. Lil Wayne can do the same thing." "He's very unique," said 18-year-old April Nguyen, of Metairie, La. "He expands his genre, even does rock music, and is constantly reinventing himself." (Billboard)

New Orleans was reportedly one of multiple farewell concerts Wayne plans to perform.

Lil Wayne is closing in on an expected one year sentence due to weapons possession charges. Monday, the Grammy-winning rapper played what is being dubbed the first of several farewell shows in his hometown -- New Orleans. After New Orleans, he is scheduled to play a couple of dates in Texas and another show in southern Louisiana. (Singersroom)

Lil Wayne is set to be sentenced February 2010.

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