New Orleans native Dwayne Michael Carter started rapping when he was 9 years old and hit pay dirt 17 years later with his Grammy-winning, double platinum-selling album, Tha Carter III. A critically-panned rock album released two years later and a stint in prison for carrying illegal firearms didn’t deter the former Hot Boys rapper from releasing another album, I am Not a Human Being, or from continuing to record. Featured on songs by everyone from Madonna to Weezer to Jay-Z and Kanye West, Lil Wayne has run the gamut of music genres, and was even the first rapper to ever appear on the Country Music Awards (alongside Kid Rock). Now on his sequel tour to “I’m Still Music,” Wayne brings along a stellar posse, including protégé Nicki Minaj (whose debut album Pink Friday is certified platinum), hip-hop heavyweight Rick Ross, whose “Teflon Don” single debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, and Blink-182’s never-say-quit drummer Travis Barker, who’ll apparently open each concert venue. Due to popular demand, a second show was recently added to the tour, so if you miss the Honda sellout, you can always catch Wayne at the Staples Center—or do both. (Jane Mast)
IF YOU GO
What: Lil Wayne in concert.
When/Where: April 21, Staples Center, 1111 S, Figueroa St., Los Angeles; April 23, Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim.