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September 15, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Drake vs. Lil Wayne all about the star power | Concert review

Lil Wayne and Drake performed at White River Amphitheatre Sunday (Associated Press)

Lil Wayne and Drake performed at White River Amphitheatre Sunday (Associated Press)

Drake and Lil Wayne are rappers who also happen to be two of the most recognizable faces in popular music. So it stands to reason that the duo’s performance at White River Amphitheatre in Auburn on Sunday night was less about performing songs than it was about performing celebrity.


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December 5, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Tacoma Dome crowd loves Drake and so does he | Concert review

(Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

(Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

Car windshields were frosty in the Tacoma Dome parking lot Wednesday night, but inside the Dome, ladies were dressed scantily, as if it were summer, and Toronto singer/rapper Drake was loose and animated in a tank top.

“I feel really good tonight,” Drake declared. “I just got a massage — let’s do this!”

He sang and rapped for hours with hardly any banter, muscular arms flapping as tens of thousands of fans screamed for the 27-year-old pop idol.

Early on, Drake said he wouldn’t talk much, that his concert would be about music. He performed often in silhouette in front of a wide, rectangular light display showing color fields. The colors matched his songs’ vibes, and helped the music sink in.

His set list was loaded with hits from his four-year career and great new album, “Nothing Was The Same.” Highlights included “Started From the Bottom,” with its lurching, unstoppable beat paired with a full fireworks display and a moody duet, “From Time,” with singer Jhené Aiko, who was a relaxing presence on stage. Aiko isn’t famous yet, but seems like she will be soon.


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November 29, 2013 at 5:03 AM

Future enters our orbit with Drake and Miguel | Concert preview

(Courtesy of Epic Records)

(Courtesy of Epic Records)

First thing on the phone, Atlanta hip-hop/pop star Future says he heard weed is legal in Washington state, and tells a story he’s told several other writers, about the time he and Snoop Dogg (and 15 other people) smoked two pounds.

If you imbibed like that, you might also forget you’d told the story a bunch of times.

Future opens for Drake on Wednesday at the Tacoma Dome, with the R&B singer Miguel.

Future is all about being spacey. In the video for “Real and True,” a ballad from his upcoming second album, “Honest,” he can even be seen on a spaceship with Miley Cyrus (a new collaborator aiding in his pop crossover) and singer Mr. Hudson. Future’s first album was called “Pluto.” He frequently chooses to treat his recorded voice with a severe application of Auto-Tune software, making himself sound like an android.


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