[artist id=”510062″]Lil Wayne[/artist] is one of rap’s most electric figures, but the Young Money star is ready to unplug. As fans gear up for the release of Weezy’s long-awaited ninth studio album Tha Carter IV, the New Orleans lyricist will appear on “MTV2 Presents: Lil Wayne Unplugged.”
The program, which is set to premiere across MTV2, MTV and MTV.com on Sunday, June 12 at 9 PM ET/PT, will feature Tunechi performing acoustic versions of select hits from his classic catalog.
The show will be MTV’s first televised rap unplugged concert since Jay-Z’s 2001 special and come 20 years after LL Cool J, A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul appeared on the original Yo! Unplugged Rap.
With over ten million records sold, critical acclaim and adoration from the streets, Wayne, who has blurred the boundaries of rap, rock and pop, seemed like the perfect choice for the next installment in MTV’s groundbreaking series.
“Lil Wayne is an amazing choice for Unplugged as he is at hip-hop’s forefront — leading a new generation of artists whose appeal spans across music genres and playlists,” Amy Doyle, MTV’s EVP of Music and Talent, said in a statement. “Lil Wayne’s skills, influence, and catalog are a powerful addition to the legacy of artists who have rocked the ’Unplugged’ stage.”
MTV’s Unplugged concert series first debuted in 1989 and spotlighted artists like Eric Clapton, Nirvana, Mariah Carey, R.E.M., Jay-Z and Bob Dylan. Now, Lil Wayne will join the ranks of music’s biggest and most iconic stars.