Review: Drake In London
The last time I saw Drake was in 2012; he’d just released the Grammy winning, double-platinum ‘Take Care’ and it was his first time filling out the o2 Arena in London. This month the 27-year-old returned to promote his third LP ‘Nothing Was The Same’, and his stage presence has much improved since then. Mind you, having the likes of Rihanna watching from the audience must be a nice ego boost.
After opening the show with ‘Tuscan Leather’, we got to see more of The Weeknd (who supported) as he burst onto stage for an energised performance of ‘Crew Love’. Before leaving the stage, the guys hugged and shared their admiration for each other, squashing rumours of any tension.
I was reminded of how many strong verses Drake had as he got the crowd amped with ‘Versace’, ‘Good Kush And Alcohol’, F**kin’ Problems’, ‘Pop That’, etcetera - as he put it, ‘I got 100 of these, we can go all night London!’
He rapped Big Sean’s verse on ‘All Me’ and jumped around as he performed ‘We Made It’ – as the beat started he said something to the effect of ‘no one can feature on this song like me’ – a message to Hov perhaps?
The Toronto native also sang ‘Mine’, his collaboration with Beyoncé on her latest self-titled LP, and had the gorgeous Jhene Aiko come on stage so they could perform ‘From Time’ together. Drizzy then went to take a break whilst she performed ‘The Worst’, which was a real treat.
A stagnant moment came when he spent too much time moving around the arena giving shoutouts. Although, maybe I didn’t enjoy it because I didn’t get a shout out… *sips on haterade*
He ended the night with ‘Started From The Bottom’, a good choice. Overall it was a great show and everything you would expect from Drake – he was funny, bursting with energy (and interesting dance moves) and didn’t fail on delivering an undeniable, stellar collection of hits and features.
Words: Maz Khan (@MazHalima)