Lil Wayne joins Young Jeezy and T.I. as the Georgia Power Tour stops in the Sports Arena

 Fans of gangsta rap: 'Tis the season to put on your snowshoes and start popping your rubber bands in anticipation of the Georgia Power Tour.

Rappers T.I. - also known as the Rubber Band Man and formerly T.I.P - and Young Jeezy, referred to by fans as Da Snowman, have joined forces with rapper Lil Wayne for a tour that brings them to the Sports Arena at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Promoter Ervin Mitchell of Powa Block, an area promotional and entertainment company, said he wanted to bring the trio to this area to showcase Toledo's support for hardcore rap.

Mitchell also brought platinum R&B crooner Bobby Valentino (Def Jam/DTP) to Headliners in early November. Valentino has collaborated with several rap artists such as Ludacris.

T.I. (Grand Hustle/Atlantic) and Young Jeezy (Def Jam), who both hail from Atlanta, announced plans to go on tour at the end of October during their performance in the Jay-Z and Friends concert in New York.

New Orleans rapper Lil Wayne, also called lil wheezy, joined the duo recently in anticipation of his Tuesday release of "Tha Carter II," his fifth album on the Cash Money label and a sequel to his platinum 2004 album "Tha Carter." Lil Wayne, born Wayne Carter, Jr., performed solo in April at Headliners.

Of the three, Young Jeezy, who refers to himself as "Donald Trump in a white tee [shirt]," is the most recent entry into the rap world with this year's platinum debut album, "Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101." Jeezy, whose real name is Jay Jenkins, was originally known from his affiliation with the group Boyz N Da Hood, but the rapper drew fans with his gruff voice and magic for ghetto storytelling in the single "And Then What."

T.I., known for his angular build and street kid-style baseball hats cocked to the side, debuted in 2001. Born Clifford Harris, the rapper's current hits include "I'm The King" and "U Don't Know Me" from his "Urban Legend" LP. According to MTV.com, T.I.'s next album will be titled "The King," and he is scheduled to make his acting debut in a film titled, Cascade.

The Georgia Power Tour featuring T.I., Young Jeezy, and Lil Wayne stops in Toledo for a 7:30 p.m. concert Wednesday in the Toledo Sports Arena, 1 Main St. Tickets are $38.50 in advance and available at all Ticketmaster outlets (419-474-1333), Sound Asylum Records, Shoe Time, and at the Sports Arena box office (419-698-4545). Tickets will be $43.50 at the door.

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