Lil Wayne Turns in An Electrifying Performance on MTV ‘Unplugged’
Historically, MTV’s ‘Unplugged’ series featured rock bands stripping down and performing normally electric songs in acoustic fashion. There were some iconic hip-hop episodes of ‘Unplugged,’ like the one featuring LL Cool J.
On Sunday, June 12, Lil Wayne stormed through his very own ‘Unplugged’ special and he rocked it. He and his crowd were loud and proud, as the songs bounced off the stage with the type of lively energy that comes from being locked up for nearly a year and unable to perform before your thong of loyal and adoring fans.
Weezy took the stage in a red cap, sweatshirt that read “WOW” and black shades. The sweatshirt came off after a handful of songs in, in favor of a white tee, and the cap was eventually flipped backwards as the rapper blew through tracks from ‘Tha Carter II’ and ‘Tha Carter III,’ as well as his “rock” album ‘Rebirth’ and the forthcoming ‘Tha Carter IV,’ which is due out at the end of the summer.
Leave it to Weezy to turn in a very different version of the show than the ‘Unplugged’ of old, which were intimate, quiet affairs. This set felt very full and boisterous, and Weezy was entertaining himself as much as the screaming fans.
Weezy didn’t waste too much time bantering with his crowd, so what he did say was weightier than typical crowd-arousing nonsense like “Throw your hands in the air and wave ’em like you just don’t care.” Weezy addressed his incarceration, saying, “A few months ago I was locked up and stuff” and he thanked the fans, as they were the ones who pulled him through it.
When he did ‘I’m Single,’ things drifted into mellow territory, with Weezy whispering among several hundreds of his closest fans. The same went for ‘Lollipop.’ Even with his Auto-Tuned voice, Weezy got seriously chill for these two back-to-back jams. It was here, during the last 20 minutes of the ‘Unplugged,’ set that it felt like a more traditional edition of the show. But it still always adhered to the Weezy style.
Weezy acknowledged that his fly was open during ‘Lollipop’ and said he chose ‘Nightmares at the Bottom’ from ‘Tha Carter IV’ since his crowd is smart and can appreciate it. The crowd was into it, clapping along with Weezy, per his request. The best lyric of the song (and the set) was “Don’t call me ‘Sir’ / Call me a survivor.”
Weezy went shirtless for ‘6 Foot 7 Foot’ and he came to life even more. His rendition of this ‘Tha Carter IV’ song reminds us why he is one of the most beloved rappers of the modern era. Cory Gunz showed up to rap through his part and it was an off-the-hook party at this point. Weezy signed off saying that he believes in God and “I ain’t without you.”
Below is the set list for Lil Wayne’s ‘Unplugged.’
‘Shoot Me Down’
‘Drop the World’
‘I’m Single (I Am Not a Human Being)’
‘Nightmares At the Bottom’
‘6 Foot, 7 Foot’
Watch Lil Wayne Perform ‘6 Foot 7 Foot’ on ‘MTV2 Presents: Lil Wayne Unplugged’