(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.As 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.
As 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!