T.I. and Lil Wayne, two pillars of Southern hip-hop, took the stage at the Comcast Center on Sunday night, with both staking a claim to their illustrious pasts while looking ahead to the future.
Like other rappers who have made the transition to acting, T.I. seemed particularly motivated to remind the audience that he’s still an artist, and that he played a major role in shaping the current Southern hip-hop scene back in the early 2000s. Emerging from a set modeled after a typical front porch of his hometown Atlanta, he vigorously ripped into “24’s” and “You Don’t Know Me” before launching into a two-step routine for his verse on Robin Thicke’s current smash “Blurred Lines.” His high-energy hits “Bring Em Out” and “What You Know” brought the loudest responses, but the inclusion of emotional and reflective cuts “Still Ain’t Forgave Myself” and “Live in the Sky” showed a lyricist whose depth often gets overshadowed amongst his radio hits.