30 minutes after witnessing one of the most legendary concerts I’ve ever gone to, my friend says, “Of course Drake said he loves D.C. He probably says that to every city he visits. He wants people to feel special.” Overwhelmed with all sorts of feels, I shout, “ YOU DAMN RIGHT HE WANTS HIS AUDIENCE FEEL SPECIAL! DRAKE MAKES EVERY CITY HE’S IN BETTER, SO LEAVE DRAKE ALONE!” Excuse my outburst, but it’s a great starting point.
Drake & Future: Summer Sixteen Tour Review
Saturday night, I attended Drake and Future’s “ Summer Sixteen Tour,” at the Verizon Center in D.C. While this was not my first time seeing Drake live, it was my first time seeing him on his own tour. Before that night, i was very low key about going to Summer Sixteen because I never saw the tickets my bro bought us so my trust issues started acting up. Also, I battled high expectations for Drake while trying to keep an open mind to whatever transpired that night.
I got to the venue about 15 minutes before Drake came on…meaning I missed DVSN (who i wanted to see) and Roy Woods (I’ll check him out later). As soon as the lights dimmed, you heard the familiar “Lookin… Lookin lookin… Looking for REVENGE.” I lost control. All of the audience got all the way up! Maybe it was the pent up anticipation I hadn’t realized was building. Maybe it was the simple fact that Drake was that electrifying…for the next 2 hours, I was in Drake’s world.
Much like his recent album, Drake took the audience on a journey through winter in Toronto, followed by summer. Regardless of the season, it was a party. Drake went into a medley of his past songs and features including Pop That, No Lie, Miss Me, Over, CREW LOVE (I lost control), I’m on One, and more. Honestly, seeing him perform songs from Views made me like the album more than I already did. It gave an extra layer of depth I thought the project lacked.
His stage production was quite impressive. He had a huge backdrop that would go from a bright blue image of the CN Tower to a screen that had this cool black river effect. At times, the stage would pop boxes up of varying sizes that also played LED visuals. Trap doors are corny but I enjoy the vibe of them in this concert. I’m a fan of pyrotechnics, and Drake did not disappoint with his use of pyro and when the beat dropped. Drake also used some orbs/ balloon like lights which created a really cool effect.
I got a House of Balloons vibe from them. He’d use them to write “6”, lower them to illuminate the audience, travel through them in his magical “Just Hold On We’re Going Home” crate, and stare at a single big orb lovingly as he prepared to sing Hotline Bling. Top 5 favorite moment of the night for me.
Oh, and Future Hendrix… Preface: I just started really getting into Future (thanks to Drake and The Weeknd of course). Some of my friends told me he was a let down and he barely performed, so I wasn’t expecting much… but good Lord, either he heard their complaints, or they are a bunch of “THEYS” because FUTURE WAS ON POINT. Starting with his verse in Grammys, his growly but melodic voice took control of everyone’s ears. He turned an arena into a Trap House and no one cared. The crowd, already hype from Drake, was juiced to another level. He performed great bangers, new and old. My personal favorites were Too much Sauce, Where Ya At, Low Life (lost my isht again), Bugatti, Trap N*ggas, Thought it was a Drought, and March Madness. Amazing job Mr. Future Hendrix. I’m writing another post about you very soon.
Back to Drake, he did an outstanding job closing out the show, except for his weird attempt to pander to DC by playing GoGo. Don’t do that Drizzy. I do respect how many times he was able to fit D.C. or DMV into his lyrics. That’s the Drake I know. I can’t even pick the top songs Drake performed because they were all so good! I did wish he played Underground Kings or Keep the Family Close (he only played a snippet).
SO! Drake and Future delivered one of the best concerts I’ve ever witnessed. Combined they had a total of 80 songs (~50 from Drake & ~30 from Future). This concert reminded me why Drake is one of the biggest stars in music… He performed hit after hit that he barely had to dig into his ballads (thank goodness because I was not trying to cry in front of those beautiful women)… He could just pull banger after banger and keep the energy at an all time high. And Future was the perfect compliment since, as Drake put it, “he is the hardest working dude in the game right now.” It was an incredible night. I recommend…no… I HIGHLY ENCOURAGE everyone to go or at least catch a Drake concert once in your live.
If you went to the Summer Sixteen and enjoyed it like I did or you’re one of the THEYS who didn’t, sound off in the comments below! Make sure to subscribe to my blog to never miss a review I post. Also follow me on all the social media to stay in the know!
P.S. I owe Drake an apology.
“ Drake… Hey man… I’ve been rocking with you since the Degrassi days, the days you had the Acura. Everyone who knows me, knows that I’ll keep your name in my ‘Top 5 artists’ always. But for me to be a fan, I am almost ashamed to say that the Summer Sixteen Tour was my first time seeing you in concert. Sure, my actual first time seeing you in concert was in 2012 when my boy Joost sold me his Made in America Ticket for a low low price… But this… I finally saw your full vision, your energy, your vibes, your grandiosity, your sincerity. Thank you. I’m so sorry I missed Club Paradise, Jungle, Would you like a Tour?, etc. My bad fam…Dang it Drake, look what you made me do! Got me crying on my blog bruh! Till next time”