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Fans turn out for Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne performs on stage at the Bryce Jordan Center during “The Dedication Tour” on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016.
Lil Wayne performs on stage at the Bryce Jordan Center during “The Dedication Tour” on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016. knetzer@centredaily.com

Lil Wayne told Penn State at his “The Dedication Tour” concert Saturday night that he is the best rapper in the world.

He may just be right.

That’s hard to say for sure, but an army of 10,000 fans at the Bryce Jordan Center were on their feet before Wayne uttered a single lyric.

Wayne, toting his signature smile and wayfarer sunglasses, told the crowd, “Look at me when I’m talking to you, I see the pain and your pride, I see you’re not satisfied.”

This isn’t the first time Wayne has turned out the Bryce Jordan Center and Penn State, as he shared with the crowd, “I love Penn State.”

And his fans love him, too.

“I’ve been listening to Lil Wayne since I was 11 years old,” Penn State student Alex Samuel, 22, said.

Wayne, also known as Weezy F Baby, threw out an endorsement for State Patty’s Day, telling the crowd, “I love your green. Y’all are beautiful tonight.”

“I’ve stuck with him, a lot of fans don’t stick with artists when they go through difficult times. I’ve been with him through his mix-tapes ... trying different voices, because I feel like he represents rap from a earlier generation,” said Dwayne Hallager.

“He brought the energy tonight,” Penn State student Sydney Coppadge said.

The fans even showed love to Wayne’s opening act, Rae Sremmurd, who hit the stage at 7:50 p.m. with their song “This is How You Start a Party.”

“He brings a unique sound to the music industry, especially rap. He has his own clothing style, but even more importantly, he’s genuine. He makes lyrics that he lives by. He’s true to himself, he’s not afraid to be himself on stage or in his interviews. His music goes beyond entertainment,” Hallager said.

Jalelah Ahmed: 814-231-4631, @jalelahahmed

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