Concert preview: Lil Wayne

Joel Oliphint

Over the years, Lil Wayne has become the type of celebrity rapper who makes headlines more for his antics than his music, pleasing TMZ viewers and Pitchfork readers alike. Earlier this month, a California bouncer sued the MC, born Dwayne Michael Carter, alleging the rapper punched him and threw a glass in his face. Late last year, in an interview on “Nightline,” he made controversial and disparaging comments about the Black Lives Matter movement (and later apologized). In 2015, his tour bus was shot up in Atlanta. And then there's the eight-month prison sentence in 2010 for criminal possession of a weapon.

Despite all that (or maybe because of it?), Lil Wayne has sold more than 100 million records so far in his career. While fans await the perpetually delayed,Chinese Democracy-esqueTha Carter V (which Cash Money label boss Birdman said in January is “definitely coming out”), the rapper's newest release is actually an old one. About 10 years ago, Lil Wayne and T-Pain teamed up for a project they dubbed T-Wayne (of course), but the music never came out. Then, last month, T-Pain unshelved eight previously unreleased T-Wayne tracks for free download.

Wayne headlines 106.7 The Beat's Summer Beatdown at Express Live outdoors.(Safe bet)

Express Live

7 p.m. Friday, June 23

405 Neil Ave., Arena District