Drake Treats Houston Fans to a Show They’ll Never Forget: Concert Review

Photo: Dave Rossman/Houston Chronicle

Drake just can’t seem to lose.

Currently on the North America leg of his Summer Sixteen tour, Drake finally returned to his adopted home: Houston. The Canadian rapper was sure to let the audience know throughout the show how special his concerts are in the ‘Space City.’ Anticipation was high for the night, as the 6 God has been on a consecutive run of bringing out A-list celebrities as special guests at previous shows; so many fans were already speculating before the sold-out event even began.

An hour after it’s listed set time (6:30 p.m.), Roy Woods stepped on to the stage to liven the crowd with his single “Too Good.” From this song forward, it was apparent that the Brampton singer still needs much polishing. He struggled with holding his notes–especially the high ones–and controlling his pitch during his set. Thankfully, concertgoers only had to endure about 15 minutes of this eerie showing. However, they did enjoy his OVO Sound introductory single “Drama” featuring Drizzy himself. Once Woods finished performing cuts from Exis and Waking at Dawn, Daniel Daley of dvsn was next to take the stage minutes after.

Photo: Greg Noire

At approximately 9:45 p.m., the lights would dim, and the main attraction would emerge from under the stage onto a high platform wearing a navy JJ Watt Texans jersey. Drake very quickly set the mood for the show, saying that he had something special in store for the Houston audience that night.

After the crowd had simmered, Drake began to detail to his fans how he had a bet amongst his friends of which city would be the livest. “We had a bet of which city would be the livest. You all already know which city I had my money on,” he said as he pointed down. He would follow this statement up saying that, “[He] put [his] money on Houston.”

Now, that fans were at full attention, he launched into his club anthems “Still Here” and “Started From the Bottom.” The hits didn’t stop there, and he would serenade the audience for an hour long set before Future made his first appearance on their collaborative song “Grammys.” The “Commas” rapper would carry the momentum over into his solo set, as Drizzy exited the stage. Effortlessly, Future ignited the Toyota Center with radio hits like “New Level,” “Blasé,” and “Bugatti.” Dressed in a vibrant varsity jacket with black pants, the Atlanta-bred crooner would pace back and forth as DJ Esco amped the stadium up. 13 songs later, Drake would come back out to perform their “Big Rings” and re-capture the crowd.

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Staying true to his word, a few tracks later Drake enlists his “mentor and friend” Bun B as his first surprise guest of the night. In dedication to the late Pimp C and Port Arthur, he would perform two of UGK’s most played tracks, “Draped Up” and “Get Throwed.” Many had already predicted Bun as a possible special guest, but no one expected him to bring out the Young Money bossman Lil Wayne.

Houston fans went into a complete frenzy as Weezy rolled through classic cuts like “A Milli” and “We Be Steady Mobbin.” This comes as a surprise to many, because Wayne had just ranted to his Twitter followers that he was done with rap, because he was “defenseless and mentally defeated” a few days ago. Leaving on a high note, he had this to say to his fans:

“Houston, Texas, before I leave y’all, I want to say I know I’ll always have a home at Rap-A-Lot Records, and y’all know they’re f–ing me over right now,” he said. “So before I go I leave you with these kinds words: F-ck Cash Money.”

The night ended on a somewhat intimate, but affectionate note in typical Drake fashion. To cap off the performance, he concluded the event with “November 18th” as a tribute to the legendary DJ Screw. Shout outs soon followed, pointing out Summer Sixteen merchandise and Houston-based athletic team apparel.

This night was a memorable one that fans surely won’t forget.

Drake Setlist

Summer Sixteen
Still Here
Started From The Bottom
U With Me?
Feel No Ways
6 God
Worst Behavior
We Made It
All Me
No Lie
Pop That
I’m On One
Up All Night
Miss Me
The Crew
With U
Child’s Play
Hotline Bling
Hold On, We’re Going Home
The Motto
Right Hand
For Free
My Way
Big Rings (with Future)
Jumpman (with Future)
Take Care
Too Good
One Dance
Back to Back
Pop Style
Know Yourself
November 18th

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