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Concert Review: Drake Ends Aubrey And The Three Migos Tour With Three Sold-Out Shows In Atlanta

(Atlanta, Ga.) – Rapper Drake’s rap career started in Atlanta, so it was only right that he end his Aubrey And The Three Migos Tour in the city where it really all began for him.

As the Grammy Award winning rapper told a sold-out crowd Sunday night, he spent a lot of time in the ATL with his mentor Lil Wayne, but it was singer Trey Songz who solidified his entrance into the music world granting him his first feature.

Drake told his fans, “This brother here, my real brother, my day one brother, gave me my start. Gave me my first feature. I love you with all of my heart. For real, I’ll do anything for you!”

The praise and love came after Drake or Aubrey, if ya nasty, teased the crowd with several stories about his early beginnings that left the crowd puzzled about who would be joining him on stage during the last date of the tour.  The audience was almost certain that it would be Lil Wayne, but when he said that he lied about the Young Money CEO being the first one to put him on in Atlanta….the beat to ‘I Invented Sex’ , by Trey Songz featuring Drake dropped, and the crowd went nuts.

It’s safe to say that the decibel meter tapped the top several times throughout the night, but before we get too deep into the highlights and features, let’s start from the beginning.

The lights dim inside State Farm Arena over a plain grey stage that pretty much covers the whole floor with lights and attached jumbo-tron screens hovering above. A screen slowly falls and you see a man tracking the edges of the stage inside as a floating image appears in mid-air. That image is Drake and the man running from one end of the stage to the next, inside the screen, is also the man everyone’s been waiting for…… Drake.

Impressive to say that he channeled Nas for this tour, only needing one mic and an elaborate special effects set that took you pretty much everywhere, deep blue waters, the casino, the basketball court and some futuristic world where Lamborghini and Ferrari cars float in front of you.

Drake had no band, no on-stage DJ, no crew, just a few backup dancers that appeared on what would be considered as Side B of the show and a few features.20181118_225409As for the features, as previously stated, Drake brought out Trey Songz; and what appeared to be out of nowhere, a true ode to Atlanta continued with a surprise performance from Jeezy and Future.  Friday night, he blessed the crowd with Gucci Mane, kicking off a solid weekend that the NFL hopefully paid attention to.  Drake is surely available Super Bowl weekend, if you need someone to help you represent during the halftime show in the A. He knows how to bring the ATLiens out.

20181118_231943.jpgAs rumors that the show was scheduled to end at 11 floated around, Drake kept asking if the crowd wanted to keep going and I concluded that either Sunday night had a later end time or he was willingly to pay whatever extra ‘coins’, as the kids say, to please the city that gave him his start. At midnight when the Scorpion effect took over the set, I figured time was winding down and the show was nearing its end.  We’d been there since 7. Whatever money you paid for tickets, you had by all means gotten your money’s worth by then.

One highlight that stood out was Drake’s acknowledgement of the internet wave that ‘In My Feelings‘ created.  Kiki still loves Drake and the crowd loved his usage of fan video during that portion of his performance.

I must say that Drake is quite the talent, even singing during what he called the sexy part of the show. He’s come a long way since Degrassi High, but his talent resonates with what his early years presented and with the superstar he has become.

The Migos served as the official opening act, but, of course, were much more than that.  Hailing from Atlanta, they’ve carried the city on their backs for awhile now bringing depth to what Atlanta adds to the culture and the music business in general. Collectively, Drake and the Migos have a very diverse fanbase which helps push their music from rap to the upper echelon of pop culture with one verse.

The demographic and definition of what their fans are really splits the line of…… well….. all people.  And all….were entertained.

Well done, Aubrey. We’re looking forward to the next one!

 

 

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Judge Denies Mom In Battle Over Son’s Cancer Treatment

(Mineola, NY-AP) — A judge is denying again a Suffolk County mom’s request to stop her son’s treatment for a rare form of leukemia. Candace Gundersen doesn’t want her 13-year-old son Nicholas to continue chemo, while doctors believe the chemo treatments are still needed or there might be fatal results.

This is the second time in four days Gundersen went before a judge to at least temporarily reverse the government’s decision. In the meantime, there’s a hearing on the case in December and the family’s hopeful it’s the first step in regaining control of their son’s medical care.

Rapper Tekashi69 Arrested On Racketeering Charges

(New York, NY-AP) — Rapper Tekashi69  is under arrest on racketeering and firearms charges and is set to be arraigned in Manhattan federal court in New York.

The 22-year-old rapper, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, was one of four people taken into custody. The arrest appears to be in connection to a shooting at a party last month on the Upper East Side.

Among those arrested are the victim, who was shot during a fight, and the rapper’s recently-fired former manager.

Man Shoots Buck With Decaying Head Attached To Its Antlers

(Ballard County, KY-AP) — A Kentucky hunter has quite the tale to tell. Hunter Bob Long killed a buck with two heads. The buck had the decaying head of another buck attached to its antlers. Long was hunting in Ballard County, Kentucky when he took aim at a buck with very large antlers. Upon walking up to his kill, Long noticed that the buck actually had another buck’s decomposing head and antlers intertwined in its antlers.

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife said they suspect the two deers got into a fight and their antlers got intertwined. They said the head likely came loose and separated from the decaying body.

Rep. Cummings Vows To Make Mueller Investigation Findings Public

(Baltimore, MD-AP) — The top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee says he’ll do “anything and everything” to make the findings from the Mueller investigation public. On CBS’ Face the Nation, Representative Elijah Cummings vowed to make the findings not only available to Congress, but to the people of the United States.

The Maryland Democrat also called on acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to recuse himself from overseeing Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Andrew Gillum Not Conceding Governor’s Race After Florida Recount

(Tallahassee, FL-AP) — Andrew Gillum is vowing to fight on in his bid to become Florida’s first black governor despite falling short in an election recount.

Yesterday’s final tally of more than eight million ballots shows Republican Ron DeSantis beat Gillum by more than 33-thousand votes. But Gillum is not conceding the race. The Tallahassee mayor suggested he’ll take the matter to court. Gillum said in a statement it’s clear from reports that “tens of thousands of votes” have yet to be counted. The 39-year-old Democrat added, “It’s not over until every legally casted vote is counted.”

Keeping It Real: Kellyanne Conway’s Husband’s Uses Expletive To Describe The White House

(Washington, DC) – Conversation around the Conway dinner table must be quite exciting at night.

Sitting at one head of the table is the senior White House adviser who has contradicted herself on numerous occasions, created disasters and flat-out lied at the direction of her boss, the current President of the United States, Donald Trump.

At the opposite head of the table is a former veteran Republican and an accomplished attorney who refuses to let the lies and dysfunction stand as truth and the identity of the most powerful house in the world. George Conway is not standing by his wife’s side tap dancing for Donald Trump’s.

If Donald Trump could zip his mouth shut, i’m sure he’d try. Mr. Conway has been critical and honest about the current state of the White House to the shock of many because as stated he is married to Donald Trump’s right-hand woman. George has gone so far as to say that he is uncomfortable with being a Republican at the moment calling the GOP a personality cult; but it’s his recent comments about the White House that have people laughing and nodding their heads in concurrence.  On the Yahoo program Skullduggery, Conway, in the most colorful way possible, described the White House as a ‘sh**-show – in a dumpster fire’.  Insert cringe emoji here.

One would imagine that comments like this would have him sleeping on the couch but Conway says, “If I had a nickel for everybody in Washington who disagreed with their spouse about something that happens in this town, I wouldn’t be on this podcast. I’d be probably on a beach somewhere. I don’t think she likes it. But I’ve told her, I don’t like the administration. So it’s even.”

The interview also revealed that Conway was under consideration for a top post as head of the Justice Department’s Civil Division, but said he took himself out of the running, shortly after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey and the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller.

He said, “If I get this door prize, I’m going to be in the middle of a department he’s at war with,” Conway recalled thinking. “Why would anybody want to do this?”

 

Trump Ordered To Reinstate Jim Acosta’s Credentials, Now Wants New Rules For Press Conferences And Briefings

(Washington, DC) – Are receiving a little bit of egg on his face today after a federal judge ordered him to restore CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s media credential, Trump now says that the White House will devise new rules for news conferences and briefings.

Now Donald Trump says she will just leave if white house officials are not treated with respect by reporters.

Even though Trump claims that he believes in the freedom of the press he pulled Acosta’s credential after Jim asked a particular question that he didn’t like and an intern attempted to take the mic away from him. Trump said his behavior was inappropriate and revoked his press card. A federal judge overturned that decision today.

It will be interesting to see what these ‘new rules’ are moving forward.

 

Election Recounts Continue In Florida, Georgia

(AP) – The recounting and the court rulings continue in Florida and Georgia. A Florida judge has turned down Democratic Senator Bill Nelson’s request to extend the machine-recount deadline.

Thousands of questionable ballots will be recounted by hand. Nelson narrowly trails Governor Rick Scott in the Senate race. In Georgia, a federal judge has ordered election officials to review all provisional ballots and ordered the state not to certify the governor’s race before today. Republican Brian Kemp leads Democrat Stacey Abrams by almost 55-thousand votes.

Seven More Victims Of Camp Fire Found

(Chico, CA-AP) – The deadliest wildfire in California history is still burning. The Camp Fire has destroyed over 140-thousand acres north of Sacramento and is now 40-percent contained.

Seven more victims of the fire were found yesterday, bringing the death toll to 63. The number of missing people has risen from 130 to over 630. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said the increase is because they are now including anyone who called 9-1-1 when the fire first started. They are hoping most of those people are simply displaced and will contact them.