Drake and Lil Wayne bring fireworks, feelings to Chicago
About five hours before the "Drake vs. Lil' Wayne" summer tour hit suburban Tinley Park, my girlfriend and I broke up. That meant I would now be spending an evening with the patron saint of sensitivity at the height of an emotional time. It could get ugly. What would usually be a fun concert experience now had the potential of becoming a ripped-from-a-bad-'90s-show situation: "True Life: I Attended a Drake Concert Right After a Breakup."
On the local front, Drake did a slowed-down version of local rapper Spenzo's amazing 'Wife Er" while also referencing "Live and Die in Chicago," a new track from Kanye West collaborator King Louie. Drake also performed his verse from Lil Reese's "Us." While Lil Wayne hasn't done any real work with a Chicago act in awhile, would it have been so hard for him to reference Boo and Gotti, two Chicago rappers who were signed to Cash Money back when that wasn't a thing that everyone from Fred Durst to Paris Hilton to the guy who delivers my mail could do? Maybe just give us a little bit of "Ain't It Man" next time, Weezy.
Some will inevitably compare this co-headlining tour with that other co-headlining, bold-named rap show, aka Jay Z and Kanye West's "Watch The Throne." There's little point in comparing them, but if we're talking strictly on enthusiasm, both from the crowd and the entertainers, I'd give the nod to Drake vs. Lil Wayne. Last night's show was everything that "WTT" wasn't: a tight, direct thrill ride that accomplishes the noble task of cramming in as many hit songs as possible into 150 minutes. Everything from mixtape tracks like Drake's "Draft Day Freestyle" and "We Made It" to classics like "A Milli," "Worst Behavior," and Wayne's "Lollipop" were tackled. The duo played more than 50 songs, and that's not counting the mock-halftime "battle" segment between Drake and Wayne's DJ's. That whole thing comes off as just a flimsy excuse to play whatever local hit will pop the crowd that night. And Bobby Shmurda's "Hot N***a."
The fun show was a welcome distraction from earlier events, even if a heightened emotional state can put any concertgoer at the mercy of Drake's musical M.O. I danced, I yelled all of the adlibs ("Metropo-lis!" "Damn, I look good!") during Drake's remix of the Migos hit "Versace" and generally managed to not lose my cool. Well, save for when Drake did "Find Your Love," when Wayne did "I'm Single" and when I embarrassingly screamed Wayne's entire verse from Chris Brown's not-so-kind-to-the-ladies (but somehow still a hit anyway) tune "Loyal."
I'm not proud of that last one.
Vegas needs to be taking bets by now...— Drizzy (@Drake) August 10, 2014
Chi town fxkk with me!!— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) August 10, 2014
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