Forget “How to Love,” Lil Wayne sure knows how to seize a moment. On Sunday, Weezy will hit up the VMAs in hopes of scoring a Moonman for his “6 Foot 7 Foot” video. He’ll also grace the stage for a performance , and then about an hour after the big show wraps, the Young Money CEO will release his highly anticipated Tha Carter IV album at midnight . Big night, indeed.
As for rocking the VMA stage, with such an extensive catalog, Lil Tunechi could go for any number of songs. Will he croon out “How to Love,” or invite Drake onstage for their recently released C4 single “She Will” ? Maybe Wayne will do a medley that includes Rick Ross for a performance of “John” and DJ Khaled for “I’m On One.” There are so many possibilities.
Weezy’s musical director Gil Smith wouldn’t confirm any specific details, but he hinted to MTV News that the multifaceted rapper might pull any combination of tricks from his sleeve.
“We’ve been brainstorming and taking from things that we put together on the road, so I think they can just expect a new and improved Wayne, a different Wayne,” Smith said. “You know, he always comes different: one day he’s a rock star, one day he’s a skater; he’s singing R&B. I think we can expect a little bit of everything in this performance.”
Smith, who has been touring with Wayne since 2008, helps the “A Milli” MC realize his tour dreams and heads the live band on the I Am Still Music Tour . But one thing he hasn’t helped Wayne with is his skills on the skateboard. This past Sunday, the rapper took a spill while skating and had to get nine stitches. He isn’t shying away from the half-pipe, however.
“Thx to u all for the concern but pls know that I will eventually take even harder falls if I wanna get better,” he tweeted a day after the accident.
So maybe Wayne will dust himself off and kick-push his way across the VMA stage. “You know what? He just might. Knowing Wayne, he might just stroll across the stage on a skateboard,” Smith said with a chuckle. “I wouldn’t be surprised if he did it.”
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The 28th annual MTV Video Music Awards will air live Sunday, August 28, from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles at 9 p.m. ET/PT, following the Selena Gomez-hosted pre-show at 8. See the list of nominees, revisit last year’s highlights and vote for Best New Artist by visiting VMA.MTV.com.