Went on a search for Banksy's leftovers from his Detroit tagging spree last year. Knew everything was gone, but didn't care.
Actually- just looking for the tagline the workmen left after they let the bird escape from the cage> 'The Canary Has Flown Its Coup' [sic]
Thought it was extremely funny & had to see it. No such luck.
The Hills are alive with the sound of [I Am Still] Music. Lil Wayne's caravan landed in town with an army of 35+ tour busses, big rigs, & Range Rovers.
It included a great cast of characters including Rick Ross- who once held the keys to the cell, Lil Wayne- who could have used that key to blow out of Rikers, and Nicki Minaj- who most likely provided some thought-provoking fodder to Tha Carter while locked in solitary.
Cinderella's glass slipper was absent from the Palace stairs, but the stiletto/sneaker combo, not seen on the scene since '04 made a comeback. Spiked heels teetered like those cups they sling at the Sno-Cone Stand, complementing the more than peek-a-boo lace body stockings and sequin prom attire that came through the swinging glass doors.
One fan sported sparkly fur boots, strung up like a scared shitzu, while another wore jeans laced up her thighs like en pointe ribbons. Can-Can dancers were in the building- straight outtta the Moulin Rouge.
Enter the Nicki Minaj lookalikes- with their bangs & their BANGHS! peeking out of the tightest lycra seen this side of Michigan Avenue. Wigs reminiscent of cotton candy made an appearance on more than one Sparrow.
And you can skip the strip club- Lil Wayne brought the sexcapades with him. The set itself wasn't a new concept, but it was still brilliant. Off-the-air TV static appeared, slinky silhouettes, pin-up style, began filling the cell blocks- followed by the outline of instruments.
Then the #1 stunna himself- Lil Wayne- 'fell' from the sky and came up thru the floor. He blasted other rappers to the outer limits of the cosmos through his lyrical rampage. The delivery was succinct, and the crowd knew each syllable as if they had written it themselves.
Fireworks exploded, but they were unnecessary- Wayne himself detonated like a Class A firework display. Lil Wayne's stage presence was powerful. He sucked energy from the crowd like vampires suck blood, then flipped it three ways, back into the audience.
*April Fools Day!*
Now is your chance to play a trick on someone & get away with it. [But just so you know- this photograph IS real- no photoshop]
Imagine this> I stumbled into a former mining town turned Ghost Town in Colorado & there was the building that was on a postcard in my car. Amazing but True.
All images & text ©Nicole Wrona