Drake Gets Intimate with his D.C. FaithfulFriday, 11.01.2013 / 11:48 AM
Last night's Verizon Center show unfolded much like Drake's expansive ethos.
by Marcus J. Moore (@MarcusJMoore)
Near the end of his set at Verizon Center last night, Drake wanted a better view of the crowd, some of whom were dressed in costumes for Halloween. A massive circular apparatus, which had been suspended high above the D.C. audience, lowered slowly. Drake walked onto it and shouted out as many fans as possible.
see you with the 'I Love Drake' sign," he said, almost at eye-level with
the nose-bleed seats. "I see you with the 'Nothing Was The Same' shirt, I
see you. I see my man doing the robot, he's enjoying himself. I see you in the
all white, what's up. I see you in the purple body suit."
in the show, part of his "Would You Like a Tour?" outing, Drake invited a D.C. woman up for a slow dance and a little
your costume supposed to be?"
supposed to be [TV's 'Scandal' character] Olivia Pope on her day off."
don't know what that means, but you look good."
were engaging moments for Drake, whose polished hybrid of hip-hop/R&B is
lovelorn angst and condescending pride. In an instant, he's the "emo
MC" lamenting some failed romance; next, he's a full-blown stunt man who
couldn't care less about your opinions of him. He's got more money and appeal than
you, anyway. Through it all, Drake is just Drake. He remains true to
himself and his grind, despite the jokes on social media and jabs from
didn't matter last night, though. Shortly before 10:30 p.m., Drake emerged from
behind an oval pit — he really likes circles — clad fittingly in all pale blue. He
walked the spacey contraption and spit bars from his song "Headlines," before asking the nation's capital a simple question:
"Is D.C. in [here] tonight or what?!?! I like to spend a lot of my
off-time [in this city], so I've been waiting for this show for a long
there, Drake rattled off a few tunes from his new album, "Nothing Was The
Same," including meticulous versions of "Wu-Tang Forever,"
"Pound Cake" and "No New Friends." He spit his verse
from Migos' ratchet summer anthem, "Versace," and brought out Atlanta
rapper Future — one of Drake's opening acts — to perform a shortened "Same
Damn Time." Singer Jhene Aiko, dressed as an angel, made a brief
appearance for the pondering "From Time."
show unfolded much like Drake's expansive ethos. There were thousands of people
there, yet he made things intimate with methodical R&B grooves, billowing
smoke machines, a retro-futuristic light show and sparklers. Whether on the triumphant "Started From The Bottom" or the indignant "Worst
Behavior," Drake had a song for everybody. Given the number of hits he's
created, the Toronto rapper likely performed your favorite song, or at least sang one of
your favorite verses.
didn't, you might have another shot: "I'm trying to do
this again if you're interested, D.C." Drake doesn't want any new friends,
but at least for one night, he had thousands of them.