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Lil Wayne - Hammersmith Apollo 08/10/09

Lil' Wayne: Hammersmith Apollo 08/10/09
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Lil Wayne raised the roof on a rammed Hammersmith Apollo to ecstatic heights on Friday. Sporting matching shades, matching jacket and matching jeans his attire was as coordinated as the celebratory punters cheers.

Enthusiasts to his ragged fusion of electro Rn'B and Hip-Hop might have initially been surprised as the gig took on a more rock based theme throughout, but there lies the true unpredictably of a man who likes to push himself musically. Then again the actual shook of a future rock star Wayne is less prominent when, we hear on the grapevine, that the man of the moment is set to release a rock album entitled 'Rebirth'. Up for initial release back in April this year, due to numerous delays and no doubt a fear of possible backlash from his fans the final release could be December 2009.

The new style did work for much of the night however partly because it felt like the crowd were genuinely excited to be in his presence but mostly because Lil Wayne has buckets of charisma to create that very atmosphere. He Dropped tracks across his discography, especially the Carter series with original versions of joints like 'Lollypop' and 'Mrs. Officer' hyping the crowd the most into a uniform sing along. Feeding of the energy from audience, he held the stage well, looking comfortable and relaxed and although the emphasis goes on an alternative themed performance, it was another cementation of his status as one of the scenes leading entertainers. All in all just like his T-shirt would agree he was simply Dope!

All photos care of B&S' Romain Kedochim. For more visit ROMAIN PHOTOGRAPHY
Words ALI RAYMOND

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