Drake

MGM Grand Garden Arena, May 11

“I’m back in one of my favorite cities in the world,” Drake shouted as the frenzied crowd screamed their approval. Security had their hands full but kept eager fans from rushing the floor during the 25-year-old’s Club Paradise tour stop. With a band backing him and pyro firing in the background, Drake rolled through songs off his Thank Me Later and Take Care albums. He crooned (“Marvin’s Room”), rapped (“Lord Knows”) and even danced a bit (“Take Care”) through his energetic 90-minute set. Fellow tourmates 2 Chainz and Waka Flocka showed up to join Drake for “No Lie” and the strip-club anthem “Round of Applause,” respectively. Toward the end of his set, Drake spotted and shouted out boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. (who recently defeated Miguel Cotto in that same venue). But a tip of the cap by Mayweather signaled to the rapper that on this night, the arena belonged to him. ★★★☆☆

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