Drake Shuts Down the District

BY: DEZIMEY KUM

 Photography by Dezimey Kum

Photography by Dezimey Kum

As Hurricane Florence set off a state of emergency in Washington D.C., Drake was able to bring thousands of fans to the Capital One Arena last Wednesday and Thursday night for the Aubrey & The Three Migos Tour.

Following the Migos’ opening set, Drake hit the stage with a silhouetted curtain displaying a video of him rapping the lyrics to “8 out of 10.” After a few of his popular hits played in the background, the curtain was lifted revealing the award winning Canadian-American rapper. 

Drake’s massive setlist included 44 songs and featured several notable moments, including his cover of Michael Jackson’s “Rock With You,” and bringing a fan on stage for a basketball shooting challenge. 

Prior to Drake’s performance, Migos opened the show with a few of their own crowd favorite hits: “Narcos,” “Fight Night,” “Bad and Boujee” and “T-Shirt.” Finishing each other’s sentences, Quavo, Offset and Takeoff took D.C. fans off their seats with their percussive flows and trademark ad-libs from, “Culture II.” “The Three Migos’’ returned midway through Drake’s set in colorful sweat suits performing their latest hits, “Walk It Talk It,” “Stir Fry” and “MotorSport.” 

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While pacing like an athlete across his high-tech stage, Drake transformed the arena into a galaxy of stars, pool of lava and even a basketball court. The concert featured a number of elaborate effects like a yellow ferari above the crowd, transparent video screens, Fourth of July inspired fireworks and true-to-life 3-D effects. One of most synergistic effects that went viral on social media was when Drake turned the floor into an iPhone, scrolling through an Instagram account full of people doing the “In My Feelings Challenge.”

“In My Feelings” has been one of Drake’s latest Billboard hits from his latest album “Scorpion,” along with “Nice For What,” a feel-good song borrowing from the long-running Louisiana sound of New Orleans Bounce. Both went off on the two-night shows, as well as Drake’s other popular hits around the world that have been inspired by dancehall fusion in “Controlla” to afro-beats in “One Dance.”

When he is not in his feelings or fighting at Cheesecake Factory, Drake brings fans from all different backgrounds, races and countries together for a guartenteed night of memories.