The Block Is Hot

Lil' Wayne releases debut and hits the road with Cash Money compadres

October 16, 1999 12:00 AM ET

Following in the footsteps of fellow Hot Boys Juvenile and BG, Lil' Wayne is set to release his solo debut|, Tha Block is Hot, on November 2. Lil' Wayne is the youngest member of the Hot Boys, whose current release, Guerilla Warfare has made Cash Money the label to watch. Lil' Wayne will also be joining the rest of the Cash Money roster on their Ghetto Luv tour, which includes the following dates:

10/16--Atlanta, GA--Morehouse University Homecoming
10/17--St.Louis, MO--Kiel Auditorium
10/21--Fayetteville, NC--Fayetteville State Homecoming
10/22--Charlotte, NC--Independence Arena
10/23--Greensboro, NC--A&T Homecoming-Greensboro Coliseum
10/24--Detroit, MI--Cobo Arena
10/27--San Jose, CA--KYLD Boo Bash at San Jose Arena (performing with The Beatnuts, Warren G, Lil' Troy, Snoop Dogg, Ginuwine and Eve)
10/28--Chicago, Il--UIC Pavilion
10/29--Milwaukee, WI--Milwaukee Arena
10/30--Cleveland, OH--CSU Convocation Center
10/31--Pittsburgh, PA--Convention Center
11/4-11/7--Washington, DC--Cramtob Auditorium-Howard University Homecoming
11/10--Tacoma, WA--Tacoma Dome (tentative)
11/12--Oakland, CA--Oakland Coliseum (tentative)
11/13--Los Angeles, CA--Forum (tentative)
11/14--Las Vegas, NV--Thomas&Mack(tentative)
11/19--Denver, CO--Denver Coliseum (tentative)
11/20--Oklahoma, OK--Myriad Arena (tentative)
11/21--Pine Bluff, AR--Convention Center (tentative)
11/23--New Orleans, LA--House of Blues (tentative)

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