Drake Boy Meets World Review

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2017
  • Event review

    Last night, Drake shutdown the Barclaycard Arena as his Boy Meets World Tour stopped by in Birmingham.


    After a couple of huge support sets, including a strong performance from one of Drake's latest protégés DVSN, we were more than ready for the man himself!  

    Moments before the 6 God took to the stage here in Birmingham it was announced that the Canadian rap superstar was crowned Best International Male at this year’s BRIT Awards - so a celebration was in order...and man, he didn't disappoint!

    The lights dimmed, the hundred or so glow-up balloons slowly descended from the roof and after a few seconds the interlude to 'Trophies' dropped causing chaos – and then BOOM… Drake was in the building!

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    "They tried to get me at the BRITs tonight but I told them I got Birmingham, I can’t stand these people up. So, imma let you know, you see this right here tonight, this is the real BRIT Awards here tonight, we turning all the way up.”

    And Birmingham certainly turnt up!

    Drake’s energy levels were through the roof as the rapper meandered through hit after hit. He cleverly dedicated different sections of the show to different stages of his musical career - giving fans both old and new a moment they'll never forget.

    "Shout out to all my G's who've been here since day 1 - this is for you."

    These words were greeted by a huge roar from the crowd as Drake worked through classic tracks such as Over, Crew Love and So Far Gone's standout hit, Successful. This collection of songs made me realise just how far Drizzy has come since 2009 and demonstrated his raw talent for making hits. 

    There’s no denying that Drake has a lot of love for ‘bad gyal Ri-RI’ as the two of them have hooked up on a number of huge hits –hits that Drizzy just couldn’t resist performing in Birmingham. This section of the show took a Caribbean twist as the steel drum baseline from Too Good, Take Care and Work bounced around the jam packed venue, causing a carnival on the floor.

    I kinda enjoyed the fact that Drake didn’t just perform tracks from his latest album, not because I don’t like Views (I love it), but because the 2-hour set proved what a diverse artist he actually is.

    Pop Style, Headlines, 0 to 100 and HYFR proved why he’s seen as one of the greatest rappers alive, Feel No Ways, Hold On, We’re Going Home and Fake Love showed us he can more than hold a note and Hotline Bling demonstrated his knack for making memorable, industry-shifting hits.

    The set was probably around 30 songs deep with Drake cutting between remixes, classics and even gave a nod to the UK scene as he brought our Grime icon Giggs. The pair, who’ve apparently been working on some new ish in the studio, performed the massive hit Whippin’ Excursion which went down an absolute treat! The way Drake is currently championing UK music is unbelievable giving more exposure to artists such as Skepta, Section Boyz and collab partner for the night, Giggs.

    Now, let’s talk about the production. Just unreal. It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before. There’s around 100 balloon/balls suspended in the air which move around, light up and drop down to almost touching distance. The stage itself has platforms which rise up, wholes where people pop out and a backdrop with a balcony, giving Drake more than enough room to do his thing.

    Then for the encore, I was blown away with a huge blow-up globe which appears as Drake comes back out and give us a few more hits to bop to. Words don’t really do it justice, but this photo does…

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    It’s even better when you see it in person…and you still can as we’ve still got a limited amount of tickets for Drake’s final Brum performance tonight. Get your Drake tickets here.

    Verdict

    Drake famously says in "Show Me A Good Time" that he lives for the night's that he can't remember, with the people that he won't forget...well, I can safely say that the boy put on a performance I'll always remember and he's an artist that Birmingham will never forget.


    Reviewed by   Todd Newton