If the 650,000 sold the first week of Drake’s Nothing Was The Same was not enough, last night’s packed show at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center further confirmed that Drizzy is indeed in near reach of the throne.
Giving off the aura of a future legend, Drake fully delivered at what he referred to as his New York birthday celebration. Donning his Calvin Klein sponsored apparel, the OVO head performed an extensive catalog of hits, both old and new. Along with hitting the crowd with favorites such as “The Motto” and “Headlines”, Drake also nearly performed his entire NWTS track-listing to which the crowd knew virtually every single word.
Although his O-shaped stage and energetic demeanor alone lit the room with a distinctive ambience, the rapper was not shy about the few friends he brought out to add a new aspect to the sold-out concert. With the entire A$AP Mob joining him on stage, first Ferg performing “Work,” followed by Rocky who was joined by Drake for a rendition of “Problems,” the surprises just kept rolling in. Busta Rhymes too, joined in the festivities traveling back in time with his 1990s hit “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See,” Jhenè Aiko again joined the YM rapper, sporting a spicy number for their NWTS collab “From Time.”
The DJ of the evening, Future The Prince also surprised concertgoers unveiling a new Drake track titled “Trophies.” With a band-esque feel to it, the track brings a new sound but indeed entails the signature OVO aesthetic.
Miguel set was also widely welcomed, as the singer catered to the ladies serenading the crowd with an abundance of his Kaleidoscope Dream hits. Future served as the turn up king of the evening, first performing ahead Miguel then later reemerging on Drake’s set to perform “Shit.” OVO signee PartyNextDoor, opening the show, gave New York a grave introduction performing efforts off of his self-titled EP.
All-in-all, the show indeed shot a new standard for Drizzy at the Barclays. Promising Hov, ”I’ma go to Brooklyn tonight and do it justice,” before gracing the stage, the Toronto native held his word. Stating that “New York is one of the first places to ever support my music,” the rapper ended the show with love saying that it was equipped with an unforgettable environment. “I know it might be a while before we see each other again,” he said in closing.