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A formidable Lil Wayne leads a celebratory hip-hop showcase at the BET Experience

A formidable Lil Wayne leads a celebratory hip-hop showcase at the BET Experience

When Lil Wayne finally came onstage to close the BET Experience’s Saturday night showcase at Staples Center, he wore a bright pink sweatshirt and shorts emblazoned with a simple message: “Know Yourself.”

That was apt advice for a rapper who many fans briefly feared was on death’s door just a few days ago. Twice earlier this month, Wayne suffered debilitating seizures bad enough that a private plane he was in had to land so he could get emergency treatment.

On Saturday, he looked much better, a dervish with no signs of the ravages of his old favorite drug, “lean” – codeine cough syrup mixed with soda and...

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