The Lil Wayne welcome back party tour continues.
Last weekend it hit clubs in Miami. This week it moved to New York. Some of the R&B industry's most fabulous New Yorkers had welcoming words for Wayne upon his release after eight months in Rikers Island, while partying at ConcreteLoop.com's re-launch celebration at the Hiro Ballroom.
“There has been talk of Lil Wayne since the day he got into prison. It was like he never was in prison,” said R&B songstress Wynter Gordon, a born-and-raised New Yorker who is working on her debut album with Atlantic records. “He lived in our hearts his whole sentence. But he's out now, so hallelujah.”
DJ Tyger Lilly kept the beats flowing in the smoky room underneath the Maritime Hotel and Keri Hilson stopped by to perform. The fashionable guests included actors, musicians, and writers -- many of whom are among the few in this world who can get away with wearing sunglasses at night.
Rapper Jim Jones said prison has probably impacted the Weezy's music.
“Welcome home, Weezy,” said Jones, who hails from Harlem and recently reunited with his trio, the Dipset. “Music is always good when you feel the pain. The pain is relateable, so I can only imagine how much pain he has to let out.”
The bash was hosted by Kodak and Concrete Loop, an urban music blog started by Angel Laws. The hip-hop guru looked fabulous draped in fur and dished on her own prediction of what's to come.
“[Wayne's] got Drake and Nikki Minaj on his team, so he's about to take over,” she said.