Standing Ovation
Three hip-hop powerhouses hit the road in a tour of epic proportions.
Images Jonathan Mannion

Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the July/August 2013 issue of XXL Magazine. This is part one of the three-part story with Lil Wayne, T.I. and 2 Chainz.

Four years ago Lil Wayne sold 800,000 tickets and grossed $42 million on Young Money’s America’s Most Wanted Music Festival, then was anointed the most profitable touring artist in hip-hop. The title remained in 2011 with the success of Weezy’s I Am Still Music Tour, which had 78 shows spanning three different continents: North America, Australia and Africa. The tour raked in $47 million.

Now, fresh off the release of his 10th studio album, I Am Not A Human Being II, Wayne’s going back on the road for the 2013 America’s Most Wanted Music Festival, and he’s upped the ante. The 40-date tour, which kicked off July 9 in Birmingham, Alabama, will include serious firepower in the form of T.I. and 2 Chainz. T.I., arguably rap’s hottest free agent, is currently in the midst of shopping deals for his Trouble Man follow-up, while 2 Chainz is prepping for the release of his sophomore album and celebrating the success of his debut, Based On A T.R.U. Story. On the heels of a summer tour for the ages, XXL sits down with Lil Wayne, T.I. and 2 Chainz to get the scoop on three of America’s most wanted MCs.