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Lil' Wayne & T-Pain w/ Keri Hilson in Vancouver
Monday, January 26, 2009

You know the old adage, you’re only as good as your last hit? Here today, gone tomorrow. That ain't even an option when speaking of Lil' Wayne and T-Pain. The two colossal superstars and cameo kings brought their circus to GM Place Saturday night and from the minute they hit the stage, the seats in the arena were rendered useless. With the whole crowd on its feet, salivating in anticipation, the night rolled into high gear with Timbaland protégé Keri Hilson busting her chops and looking fine while doing it. Hilson proved in her short set that she should be taken seriously as a feature artist after success writing for others.

Gym Class Heroes were on the bill but were a no show but the show must go on and go on it did with T-Pain’s elaborate circus themed set. With sexy acrobats, fire tossers and even a mini-me version of Britney Spears on hand, Pain killed it and really displayed why he is at the top of his game. He went through a mega montage of his solo hits and all the memorable hooks that made your favourite song, your favourite song. The crowd was whipped into a frenzy within minutes and never let up. All this with no use of autotune whatsoever. Pain and his right hand man busted out some ill stutter steps along the way and when he hit the piano and sang from the soul you could tell he meant business. Mark my words, T-Pain CAN sing!

With the crowd on fire, yelping like banshees, the man everyone dished out the duckets for exploded onto the stage next and it was a wrap! Lil' Wayne showcased the swagger he is famous for and perfectly balanced "gangsta" for the thugs and "gentleman" for the ladies who were in fine form in form-fitting thangs spilling out in all directions. Weezy breezed through the hits with seamless wardrobe changes and never missed a beat. Pain hit the stage again and T-Wayne went through a hilarious back and forth dialogue of who had the bigger guest appearances in 2008. They went through their bangers and then Weezy brought up Mack Maine, NY underground staple Jae Millz, and a few other up and comers and gave them a few minutes each to shine. Weezy F. Baby has perfected the performance. During Fireman there were massive flames coming up from the stage! Smashing out hit after hit and even a couple Cash Money classics from the Hot Boys days, Dwayne Carter left no doubt why he’s the greatest rapper alive. At one point he even busted out a guitar to give us a new song from his forthcoming disc about how the past should stay in the past when it comes to relationships and the ladies obviously ate it up. This was not a concert. This was a show. Lil' Wayne and T-Pain did it how it should be done

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