Tidal co-owner Lil Wayne did a concert in his native Louisiana on Monday as part of the streaming service's Social Wave for Change initiative. The free show took place at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's Cajun Dome, and just before Weezy took the stage, Mayor-President Joel Robideaux hit him with the key to the city—the only key to the city.
“We appreciate what you and Tidal have done on behalf of the philanthropic efforts," Robideaux said. As he hit Wayne with the key, done up as a concert-ready chain, he was quick to note, "That's the only one in America."
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette concert was announced after its Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity won a charity contest by collecting almost 7,000 water bottles to donate to Flint, Mich., where a widespread tainted water crisis has been ongoing. More than 50 schools nationwide vied for the Lil Wayne concert.
In a piece published on the Huffington Post, Wayne said:
"It was so cool to see what college kids are up to—they did everything from setting up toy drives for Watts, distributing food to the less fortunate, organizing a bottled water drive for Flint, Michigan, raising awareness for various diseases, volunteering with schools & food banks and much more. It was truly inspiring! ... I can’t wait to head over [to UL Lafayette] in April to thank these young individuals for all the work they put in to do some good for the needy."
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