Lil Wayne, Obama Both Will Be At 2016 SXSW Festival, But Lil Tunechi Honors ‘Pops’ First

Lil Wayne was announced as a headliner for the Samsung Galaxy Life Festival at SXSW, and now other celebrities have been added — including President Obama.

Between his release of Collegrove with 2 Chainz and his upcoming SXSW performance, Lil Wayne is taking time to remember his father, Reginald “Rabbit” McDonald, on social media. On March 9, Lil Wayne writes on Twitter “Happy Bday Reginald “Rabbit” McDonald I miss u pops. Hope u proud.”

Naturally, most fans may agree that any parent would be proud of their child if they were performing at a music festival with the current president of the United States — even if it is not on the same day.

Billboard writes on March 9 that Lil Wayne and Obama will be joined by SIA, veterans of Public Enemy, The Arcs, and The Strokes for the SXSW week in March. However, the dates for these appearances vary.

For example, SIA and Lil Wayne are both performing on Saturday, March 12, for the Samsung Galaxy Life Fest at SXSW. As for Obama, he will be able to attend Lil Wayne and SIA’s show because his appearance is on March 11, according to the SXSW website.

Lil Wayne was at the 2015 SXSW fest.
Lil Wayne also performed at the 2015 SXSW Festival. (Photo by Anna Webber/Getty Images for SOUND)

What is interesting is that Obama might be seeking out Lil Wayne to do community service role modeling like he did when Kendrick Lamar visited the White House, according to Rolling Stone, but his intentions with speaking to the SXSW audience at his Town Hall appearance differ.

Instead, Obama is continuing his focus on bringing children into the digital age workforce with the SXSW “digiterati” audience, according to Forbes. They quote Obama talking about his intentions for the upcoming SXSW keynote speech from his White House Weekly Address Radio Show on March 5 with the following.

“[SXSW is] an annual gathering of some of our most creative thinkers, coders, makers, and entrepreneurs from across the country. On my campaign in 2008, we saw how technology could bring people together and help them engage as citizens in their own communities. That’s why I’m going to Austin and South by Southwest [sic].”

This message from Obama clearly stating that he wants to address code writers reflects a White House website blog post from January 30 where President Obama is quoted from the January State of the Union Address saying, “In the coming years, we should build on that progress, by … offering every student the hands-on computer science and math classes that make them job-ready on day one.”

However, will Obama, 2 Chainz, and Lil Wayne have anything to talk about if they do get a chance to hang out at SXSW? As it appears, 2 Chainz does not mind talking about politics, according to Rolling Stone, and Lil Wayne can add to the technology theme Obama is speaking about since he is part of a new app — in addition to being a TIDAL owner.

According to Press Release Rocket, Lil Wayne will be a part of the MonstaBeatz app. Called The Monsta Day Massacre, it will feature previously unreleased music from Wiz Khalifa, Lil Wayne, French Montana, and others.

MonstaBeatz has new music from Lil Wayne.
New Lil Wayne music is available on the MonstaBeatz app. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

As far as other new Lil Wayne music goes, 2 Chainz recently announced on the Wendy Williams Show that he was going to start releasing as much music as possible because it was the “new way to promote” — and Lil Wayne could be included in that idea, as previously reported by the Inquisitr.

In the meantime, in addition to the MonstaBeatz app new music releases, the latest announcement about Lil Wayne and new music is associated with Record Store Day on April 16.

XXL writes that they have learned that Lil Wayne will have two vinyl records released on April 16 that are “exclusive Record Store Day first releases” and includes Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter 2xLP and Tha Carter 2 2xLP.

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