Concert Review: Drake

MGM Grand Garden Arena, Nov. 22


Photo by Glenn Brogan

Drizzy brought his A-game for a performance that proved the crooner has staying power. A blend of classic songs such as “Successful” and “Uptown” as well as tracks off September release Nothing Was The Same merged old with new.

His hypnotic, haunting lyrics were only matched by a Warshak-esque montage chronicling the Canadian rapper’s rise from unpretentious beginnings to the head of his OVO empire. He acknowledged the hunger that drove him to greatness on tracks such as “Started From the Bottom.”

Singing the anthemic “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” Drake serenaded a lucky lady from the audience before diving headfirst into the confident irreverence of “Worst Behavior” and “The Language.” The most riveting moment of the evening came when the stage became a floating contraption that hovered above a mesmerized audience, as Drake stepped out closer than ever before and shouted to those who could not get enough Drizzy Love.

“Las Vegas, thank you for one of the best nights of my life,” he said as “Started” carried him on outro.

No, Drake … Thank you. ★★★★✩