Courtesy of MCT
Almost three months after being released from prison, Lil Wayne announced dates and locations for his “I Am Music II” tour Monday. The spring tour, which begins in Buffalo, N.Y., will make a stop at Nationwide Arena in Columbus on March 19.
Lil Wayne spent eight months detained at Rikers Island, the main jail complex for New York City, stemming from his arrest for possession of a semi-automatic weapon during a tour stop in 2009. Despite the rapper’s internment, Young Money Records still released Lil Wayne’s “I Am Not a Human Being” on Sept. 27, 2010. The album was the rapper’s second release to top the Billboard sales charts. The New Orleans native’s biggest singles include the chart-topping “Lollipop” and the track “A Milli.”
The “I Am Music II” tour is a sequel to Lil Wayne’s 2008-09 “I Am Music” tour, which grossed about $42 million and sold almost 804,000 tickets, according to mtv.com.
According to the press release for the new tour, Lil Wayne is working on the fourth installment of his “Tha Carter” album series, which is slated for a spring release.
Rappers Nicki Minaj and Rick Ross, Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and DJ Mixmaster Mike will join Lil Wayne for his 24-date tour.
Minaj is touring in support of her debut album, “Pink Friday,” which was released in November. The album included the singles “Right Thru Me” and “Your Love.” Minaj also gained acclaim for the guest verses she performed with artists like Kanye West.
Ross also released an album in 2010, “Teflon Don,” which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. The album also spawned the hit single “B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast).”
Nationwide Arena had not updated its website as of Monday and ticket prices are not available yet.