Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj bring double the star power with Baltimore show
Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj didn't give any interviews to the paper, but to preview their show Sunday at 1st Mariner Arena, I talked to 92Q's music director, Vernon Kelson; R&B singer Paula Campbell, and a fan of Lil Wayne's who first saw the rapper two years ago at the first "I Am Music" tour.
Derek Davis, a 31-year-old customer service rep who lives in Baltimore, won't be getting into the concert with a free guest pass, like Campbell will.
He doesn't even care much for Minaj or Rick Ross, who's also performing Sunday. No, when he paid $75 for the nosebleed seats, he did it for Wayne.
When Davis saw the rapper two years ago, "The minute he stepped on stage, he had the crowd at his command,"he recalled.
He's going back Sunday because, "I just want to see if after all this time he was locked up, he still has that same command of the crowd."
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Campbell and Kelson both say this is the biggest hip-hop show to play Baltimore in some time.
Campbell says that, for the last time there was this much star power on stage, she would have to go back to the start of the decade, when Eminem, Dre, and the recently deceased Nate Dogg played the Baltimore Arena.