Lil Wayne, the multi-award winning American rapper, has performed the first hip-hop MTV 'Unplugged' gig since 2001.The New Orleans-born rapper taped 'Mtv2 Presents: Lil Wayne Unplugged' in May, the first of its kind since Jay Z and Lauryn Hill recorded their respective sessions ten years ago.
The rapper recently spoke to Mtv about the requirements of an artist performing on 'Unplugged', saying, "It's very intimate and they damn sure picked the right artist to do it, because if you're not a full artist, you can't do that. You can't do an Unplugged. You have to be a full-circle artist. You have to have everything, because it's so intimate. And if there are any flaws, they will be spotted. So I suggest you be flawless". The program, scheduled to premiere on 12th June 2011, will feature acoustic renditions of Lil Wayne's biggest hits. The special show comes as the 28-year-old prepares to release his ninth studio album 'Tha Carter IV' on 29th August 2011. Mtv's executive vice president of music and talent spoke of 'Weezy's' mass appeal, saying, "Lil Wayne is an amazing choice for Unplugged as he is at hip-hop's forefront, leading a new generation of artists whose appeal spans across music genres and playlists".
Lil Wayne will join a prestigious set of performers who have graced the 'Unplugged' stage, including Bob Dylan, R.E.M and Eric Clapton. Nirvana's session from 1993 had sold 6.3 million by 1995.