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Drake at Madison Square Garden NYC Concert Review, Setlist

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As Drake circled the stage on the heart of New York’s Madison Sq. Backyard, urging his followers in a heartfelt speech to be form to 1 one other, he bought sidetracked as a barrage of bras got here flying at him in fast succession.

“It’s easy to pay no mind to… to… sorry, the bra really threw me off,” the hip-hop celebrity sputtered Sunday evening, kicking apart numerous undergarments. “I was trying to say something motivational.”

It was second of earnestness — overshadowed by boyish humor — that completely encapsulates Drake, a severe artist who, thank God, doesn’t take himself too critically. 

On the first of three sold-out exhibits on the Backyard, preceded by 4 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Middle, he handled the world viewers to a nostalgic, high-concept exploration of his best hits — say, an “Eras” tour for the bros.

And boy had been there bros, lots of whom dressed up precisely like Drake, with matching hairstyles and trimmed beards. Bros hyping one another up and filming one another as they rap each phrase together with their idol. Bros in NYPD uniforms and badges giddily pulling out their telephones to take movies of Drake whereas coping with a seating dispute within the aisle. (Sure, that truly occurred.)

Drake is aware of he has a good grip on his followers, hilariously nodding to that truth by promoting a tour T-shirt that claims, “I Like What Drake Likes.” He spent a lot of the present singing and pointing immediately at followers within the entrance row, who screamed again virtually each phrase of each tune. Throughout “Laugh Now Cry Later,” the jumbotrons sniped males within the viewers who had been actually wiping tears from their eyes, overwhelmed with emotion.

And truthfully, so was Drake, who paused the present a number of occasions to specific his gratitude and devoted the ultimate moments to honor the late designer Virgil Abloh, noting that “his ideas and his energy is always with us.”

Oh yeah — the music: Drake delivered a wholesome mixture of early fan favorites and up to date hits. The present was damaged into 4 acts, separated by interludes that includes a younger actor taking part in the rapper in his adolescent years. In a single instance, he flipped via channels in mattress till stumbling upon “Degrassi: The Next Generation,” the Canadian teen drama that first launched Drake into fame, as an enormous Peter Pan balloon floated overhead.

In a downtempo first act, Drake, dressed head to toe in camouflage, opened with “Take Care” deep lower “Look What You’ve Done” earlier than segueing into “Marvin’s Room,” his heartbreak ballad to finish all heartbreak ballads. 

When he returned for the second set, carrying a army vest adorned with a Nike swoosh, he ascended from beneath the stage to the hovering overture of “Over,” the primary single from his debut studio album “Thank Me Later.” For the subsequent half-hour, the live performance performed like an electrifying spotlight reel of Drake’s profession, from “The Motto” to “Started From the Bottom” to “Know Yourself” to “Nonstop” to “Nice for What.” Throughout “Headlines,” the stage become a Drake-bashing information chyron. On the floor-shaking “Sicko Mode,” he let the viewers lead him to the beat drop. And with “God’s Plan,” Drake engaged each side of the world in a battle over who may sing a sure lyric louder — you recognize the one. One of the best half was that Drake appeared genuinely enthused to carry out his decade-old hits, and to look at the gang erupt as he transitioned from one to the subsequent.

What adopted was a much less thrilling third act wherein Drake tried to “turn Madison Square Garden into the club” with Rihanna’s “Work,” his EDM outing “Massive” and the dancehall-influenced “Controlla” and “One Dance.” From behind a DJ sales space, Drake took celebratory photographs with opener Lil Yachty, Zack Bia and Davido, amongst different shut associates and collaborators. 

Earlier than the ultimate set, Drake ceded the stage and shone a beneficiant highlight on 21 Savage, who carried out a dozen of his personal songs solo. Then, sporting one more new outfit, Drake joined 21 onstage for “Knife Talk,” “Rich Flex” and some tracks from their 2022 collaborative album “Her Loss.”

Earlier than exiting the Backyard, Drake took one other stab at a motivational speech, wherein he inspired his followers to be thankful for being alive, and to spend extra time with their households. And, in a spiel someplace between inspiring and self-congratulatory, he went on in regards to the individuals who doubted him on his street to success.

“A lot of people told me no,” Drake mentioned to the sold-out enviornment. “You want to know who told me yes? Everybody in this building.”

Some would possibly roll their eyes at one in all music’s largest stars regularly framing himself as an underdog, and that’s nice. However the extra Drake performs, respiration new life into previous classics, with a heavy dose of sincerity, one factor turns into clear: It’s actually onerous to not just like the man.

View Drake’s setlist beneath:

  1. Look What You’ve Executed
  2. Marvins Room
  3. Say One thing
  4. Shot for Me
  5. Can I
  6. Really feel No Methods
  7. Jaded
  8. Jungle
  9. Over
  10. Headlines
  11. The Motto
  12. HYFR (Hell Ya Fucking Proper)
  13. Began From the Backside
  14. Power
  15. Know Your self
  16. Nonstop
  17. Sicko Mode
  18. Approach 2 Attractive
  19. BackOutsideBoyz
  20. Jumbotron Shit Poppin
  21. Snigger Now Cry Later
  22. God’s Plan
  23. Childs Play
  24. Look forward to U
  25. In My Emotions
  26. Good for What
  27. Controlla
  28. Too Good
  29. Fountains
  30. Discover Your Love
  31. Work
  32. One Dance (Amapiano Remix)
  33. Calling My Identify
  34. Large
  35. Sticky
  36. Search & Rescue
  37. Knife Speak (with 21 Savage)
  38. On BS (with 21 Savage)
  39. Spin Bout U (with 21 Savage)
  40. Jimmy Cooks (with 21 Savage)
  41. Wealthy Flex (with 21 Savage)
  42. Legend
  43. So Anxious



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