Shaq's 'Fun House' Draws Big Crowd With Lil Wayne Headlining

By JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr., AP Leisure Author

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shaquille O’Neal threw one large get together, however with two totally different experiences.

O’Neal hosted his carnival-themed occasion “Shaq’s Enjoyable Home” on Friday night time in downtown Los Angeles forward of the Tremendous Bowl this weekend. The self-proclaimed “finest get together thrower” lived as much as the hype with an out of doors space that includes a number of points of interest together with an 80-foot slide, a human claw machine, a premium open bar, free meals, bumper automobiles and Ferris wheel.

Inside, O’Neal – who moonlights as a DJ Diesel – was one of many featured performers together with Lil Wayne, Zedd, Diplo and even the NBA legend’s son, Myles, who spun a number of data in entrance of an brisk crowd. The occasion was stuffed with a number of well-liked entertainers and athletes together with Floyd Mayweather, Torey Lanez and Brandon Marshall.

The occasion was held on the spacious Shrine Auditorium and Expo Corridor in a metropolis the place O’Neal helped the Los Angeles Lakers win three straight championships.

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“I really like you L.A. Let’s (expletive) go,” shouted O’Neal, who stood behind a soundboard then performed a rendition of Queen’s “We Are the Champions” to characterize the championships he helped delivered to town. He performed digital dance music then weaved in a number of large data resembling Future’s “Approach 2 Horny,” DMX’s “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” together with Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow’s “Trade Child.”

Lil Wayne closed out the multihour occasion performing a few of his largest hits. His hour-long set – which ended after 2 a.m. PT – included classics resembling “A Milli,” “Go DJ,” “6 foot 7” and “Lollipop.”

Wayne thanked O’Neal for wanting him to carry out at “Enjoyable Home.” The rapper then requested the gang their Tremendous Bowl favorites between the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams, which drew probably the most applause.

Earlier than the set, O’Neal stated he needed to make extra of a splash with “Enjoyable Home” than the opposite events within the metropolis – particularly along with his occasion held in particular person after it was held nearly final 12 months because of COVID-19 issues.

The tickets for the sold-out occasion began at $400 a chunk, which included limitless meals and drinks from Los Angeles staples like Roscoe’s Hen and Waffles and Pink’s Sizzling Canines.

“All the opposite events, you simply come, you stand round and shake palms,” he stated on the crimson carpet. “You go, ‘Hey Tom, hey Bob, hey Jamal.’ This get together is a carnival with rides, favourite eating places, prime eating places in L.A… Ferris wheel. I paid some huge cash to get these items right here.”

The funding was actually nicely value it.

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