The success of Drake’s album “Scorpion” over the past few months comes as no surprise. That’s why when he was set to perform in the incredible city of New Orleans, I knew it was a concert I could not miss.
The hype for the concert was real. In the weeks leading up to his performance, my friends and I played “Scorpion” on repeat; learning the lyrics and belting out his songs in our best efforts. We also used to weeks to listen to some of Drake’s older and more iconic songs such as “Marvin’s Room” and “Headlines.” Weeks of mastering lyrics and singing in the shower went by, and it was finally time for the concert.
As we got to our seats in the Smoothie King Arena, excitement was in the air; I had a chance to take a look around the venue before chaos arose. The central layout of the stage was extremely interactive, as Drake rearranged what we know as a typical concert arena, making it so that fans surrounded him on all sides. This made it an incredibly inclusive experience, making the audience feel extremely involved. It was also so great to look into the crowd and see such a diverse group of people come together to watch one person perform. In college, it is so easy to get lost in the bubble you’re immersed in, but it was refreshing to see everyone, from New Orleans natives to University students and out-of-towners come together.
Of course, let’s not forget who opened up for Drake: Migos. Hyping up the crowd with some of their best such as “Stir Fry” and “Fight Night,” they made sure to leave the audience with crazy energy for Drake.
After the long-anticipated wait for Drake, he finally came out and the show began. Fans and audience members lit up when he started off with “8 out of 10” from “Scorpion.” Drake’s lineup for the show was crafted in a way so that the audience could appreciate every stage of his career. With some throwbacks such as “Started from the Bottom” to top hits like “In My Feelings,” you could see and hear his progression as an artist.
Not only was his performance incredible, but the digital effects used to back the music were insane to watch. At one point in the concert, the visual effects made it look as though the stage was water, making Drake look like he was walking on water. Then, halfway through the concert, they turned the entire stage into a basketball court. One of the most memorable moments of the concert was when a yellow Ferrari came from the top of the arena, making it look as though it was flying around the whole concert. That was something I have never seen, nor do I think I will ever see again.
If you didn’t get a chance to make it to Drake’s concert, you can catch all his music on Spotify, or you can catch clips of the concert on YouTube. And if you ever get the chance to see him perform in a different city, I would definitely recommend it.