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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!

 

 

BREAKING NEWS: Man, 22, Arrested In The Shooting Death Of Rapper XXXTentacion

(Miami, Fl) – An arrest has been made in the shooting death of popular rapper XXXTentacion.  According to reports, authorities took Dedrick D. Williams into custody in connection to the rapper’s death on Wednesday. a28c9dfd8375a06be61de5f5be026b1fThe 22-year-old faces charges of first-degree murder, driving without a valid license and a probation violation for theft of a car.

Williams has previous arrests for cocaine possession, weapons possession, domestic violence and aggravated assault with a firearm. He was also arrested for grand theft auto.180621-arrest-made-in-xxxtentacion-murder-featureDuring an incident in 2014, Williams allegedly held a gun to his girlfriend’s head. According to arrest records, he has at least 11 felonies.

XXXTentacion, real name Jahseh Onfroy was shot in the neck and killed outside of a motorcycle dealership in Deerfield Beach, Florida. His lawyer says his client had withdrawn a large sum before visiting the shop, possibly to purchase a motorcycle. Police believe the murder was a robbery-gone-wrong, since the two men made off with a Louis Vuitton bag. XXXtentacion-SlainIt’s unclear if cops are still looking for a second suspect.

XXXTentacion  had a rough upbringing, which included seeing his mother infrequently and being raised his Grandmother and crashing with friends. He had been upgrading a 1.4 million dollar mansion in upscale Parkland Florida in which he lived in with his mom. 4D6654F900000578-0-image-a-28_1529401712822Prior to his death, in a video, he said, ‘If worse things come to worse, I (expletive) die a tragic death or some (expletive), and I’m not able to see out my dreams, I at least want to know that the kids perceive my message and were able to make something of themselves.’

He continued later: ‘I appreciate and love all of you and I believe in you all; do not let your depression make you, do not let your body define your soul, let your soul define your body. Your mind is limitless … you are worth more than you can believe.’