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Lil Wayne announces his 'I Am Music II Tour,' first outing since his prison stint

January 24, 2011 |  5:23 pm

Wayne Fresh from his stint behind bars, Lil Wayne is ready to hit the road.

The pint-sized powerhouse is prepping a North American excursion, dubbed the “I Am Music II Tour,” a sequel to the hugely successful 2008 trek.

Wayne’s tour will hit arenas in 25 cities, starting March 18 in Buffalo, N.Y. 

The multiplatinum and Grammy award winning rapper will be joined by protégé Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Travis Barker and Mix Master Mike.
He is back on the charts after releasing “6 Foot 7 Foot,” the first single off his highly anticipated album  “Tha Carter IV,” scheduled for a spring release. The thumping track, produced by Bangladesh (Wayne's "A Milli"), boasts an oddly perfect Harry Belafonte sample and debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100.

“Tha Carter IV” is the sequel to the multiplatinum 2008 album “Tha Carter III,”  which logged more than 1 million in sales in its first week of release -- and the follow-up to last year's "I Am Not a Human Being," which he dropped while serving time on a 2007 gun charge at Rikers Island.

Tickets for the tour will be available through Live Nation.com starting the weekend of Feb. 4.

Check out the dates after the jump:

March 18 — Buffalo, N.Y.,  HSBC Arena  
March 19 — Columbus, Ohio, Nationwide Arena
March  20 — Baltimore, First Mariner Arena  
March  23 — Hampton, Va., Hampton Coliseum  
March 24 — Cleveland, Quicken Loans Arena  
March  26 — Philadelphia, Wells Fargo Center  
March 27 — Long Island, N.Y., Nassau Coliseum  
March  30 —  University Park, Pa., Bryce Jordan Center  
April 1  — Chicago, United Center  
April 2  — Detroit, the Palace of Auburn Hills  
April 3  — Washington, D.C., Verizon Center  
April 6  — Miami, Bank Atlantic Center  
April 8  — Greensboro, N.C., Greensboro Coliseum  
April 9  — Atlanta, Philips Arena  
April 10  — St. Louis, Scottrade Center  
April 14  — New Orleans, New Orleans Arena
April 15   — Dallas, American Airlines Arena 
April 16   — Houston,   Toyota Center  
April 19   — Phoenix, US Airways Arena  
April 23   —  Anaheim, Honda Center  
April 24   — Oakland, Oracle Arena  
April 26   —  Sacramento, ARCO Arena  
April 28   — Edmonton, Canada, Rexall Place  
April  29   —  Vancouver,  Canada, Rogers Arena  
May 1   —  East Rutherford, N.J., Bamboozle Festival @ Meadowlands Arena

-- Gerrick D. Kennedy

Photo: Lil Wayne performs as the main act in the America's Most Wanted Music Festival at the Gibson Amphitheatre on Aug. 13, 2009. Credit: Jake Danna Stevens / Los Angeles Times.