Currently listening to November 18th on repeat today. I’ve realized I posted about this song on November 18th in 2015, but this post is a bit more informative.
“Up so high even when I’m coming downnnn.”
When Drake begins the song with those first words, I die. His voice is so smooth and sultry sounding, and he’s singing to us in that deep voice… wowowowow.
And as I’m trying to catch my breath, the beat switches up at about one minute in, and I die again. The whole song is straight vibes. I can’t handle it actually. Then cut to about 1:22, and Drake is now singing. Swoon. And back to that chopped and screwed vibe at 1:45.
And I’m not one to typically listen to (and actually like) a chopped and screwed song, but this one is done in a tasteful and subtle enough way that you’re not thinking WTF is happening while listening.
As I listen to “November 18th,” it truly takes me back to 2009 when I first became a fan of Drake and when this song was initially released, as well as the project you can find it on – So Far Gone. It gives me all the feels, and I really can’t explain it.
Now Drake opens the song with a Houston (H-Town) reference and mentions the city a few other times throughout. People ask why Drake is so tied to Houston. “I thought he was from Toronto.” Well, yeah. I’m from Pittsburgh, but I feel like I’m tied to Los Angeles. Can The Boy live?
Let me educate –
Houston is where Drake flew to meet Lil Wayne for the first time after Wayne heard his music and wanted to meet him. This was before Drizzy was signed to any record label or was even really heard of in the music scene. That and Drake sold out his first show in Houston at the concert venue Warehouse Live. I meannnn. Those are pretty big tings, so I can fully understand why Drake has such appreciation for that city. He even hosts a Houston Appreciation Weekend every year. Need to attend that.
Now go and listen to this song before the day ends.
This week’s episode of OVO Sound Radio is brought to you by Oliver El-Khatib, Drake’s manager and OVO founder, and a guest mix courtesy of DJ Maximum. So far so good!
Thus far we’ve heard songs from P Reign, PND ft. Nicki Minaj, Migos, Baka, and more. “Hush Up The Silence” (WizKid featuring Drake) was premiered as well!
DJ Maximum jumped on at 4PM – an hour into the mix. This radio show is a total of two hours long – a pretty solid playing time! And per Oliver, it’s only right they have DJ Maximum take over since the OVO camp is currently in London for Drake’s Boy Meets World Tour and that’s where this DJ resides.
I really dig these regularly scheduled radio shows Apple Music has rolled out. A few reasons why below –
It gives fans like me something to look forward to. I’m a big fan of .WAV Radio and OVO Sound Radio as well as the Live from LA show.
You never know what new music you’re going to get! “New” referring to tracks being debuted by the artist hosting the show and just music that is new to your ears – music you’re being introduced to on the episode that’s already been released but you’re just hearing it for the first time.
For two hours, you get music, interviews, and NO commercials, nor do you have to think of what song to play next. The radio show takes care of it for you. Love it!
Okay, back to this episode. Oliver noted that Drake is in the studio every night working on “More Life.” Still no release date! It was supposed to drop near the end of 2016, then it got pushed back to the beginning of 2017, and here we are in February… really looking forward to it though regardless of when it drops. PS – The Tweet in my header image for this post is referring to “More Life.”
With Drake currently touring in London, snippets of new music have been dropping, but I refuse to listen to anything until it’s formally released. #FanLove
Okay, did yinz tune into Episode 37? What did you think?
Yinz didn’t think I forgot to write Drake a birthday post, did ya? No way I would miss this and especially on his 30th birthday.
While I am obviously a fan of Drake himself, it’s his music that really gives me (more) life, so this birthday post is dedicated to his songs and their lyrics that highlight his age throughout the years. Did you know Drake has a lyric about his current age for every year since he was 21? I actually themed my 27th birthday around that particular lyric (thanks for the inspo, Drizzy). Well, if you didn’t know, I’ve listed them for you with links to the tracks as well. But really, Drake’s lyrics (although sometimes corny) have continued to evolve, and for that I will always be grateful for new music from the 6 God. Be enlightened below!
21 years old –
I just tell the truth so I’m cool in every hood spot 21 years and I ain’t ever met a good cop (I’m Goin’ In)
22 years old –
22, had the Bentley 4-door already Even as a boy I was the boy already (Days In The East)
23 years old –
I’m 23, with a money tree. Growing more too, I just planted a hundred seeds. (The Resistance)
UDPATE: Apple Music has so kindly curated a playlist of Episode 32 with most of the songs Drake mixed for us in the beginning. Listen here!
Today’s episode of OVO Sound Radio, Episode 32, was hosted by none other than Drake himself and Oliver. They call themselves the October Firm. Why else was this a special episode? Well, Drake’s birthday is tomorrow so it’s only right (Ty Dolla $ign voice) that he’s featured today. He also let us know that he’ll be dropping a new project – a playlist – in December titled More Life. All original music! I can’t wait. Aaaaand, he gave us four new tracks today. Well, three new and one was a remix, but still.
Drake started the show by saying he just got back to LA and this had me thinking because tomorrow night Majid Jordan is performing in LA, so all I’m saying is I wouldn’t be mad if Drake makes a surprise appearance at the show AND on his birthday. Just saying. Yes, I’ll be going.
Below is the mix of songs he started Episode 32 with –
City Is Mine
I Get Lonely Too
Days In The East
Dip Dip – 21 Savage
Overseas – Smoke Dawg ft. Skepta
Keys to the Streets Remix – 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne & Quavo
sweet sweet – Travi$ Scott
Ocean Drive – 21 Savage & Metro Boomin
Back from the Dead ft. Skepta – Riff Raff & DJ Afterthought
Whippin Excursion – @officialgiggs
Dat Way – Migos & Rick The Kid
Just Like That (Part 2) – new Roy Woods
Mad – Solange ft. Wayne
Keep the Faith (Faithful Remix) – dvsn
They Ain’t 100 – Fredo – Drugs, Sex and Hip Hop, Vol. 1
Mi Unruly – Popcaan
Boshe Nlo – Burna Boy – Redemption
And some P. Reign!
(apologies if I didn’t capture it all!)
Then, the moment we were all waiting for… new tracks from Drizzy!
Drake continues to deliver. Whether it’s a mix of his favorite songs or debuting new music on OVO Sound Radio or announcing he’s giving us a whole new project with original music via a playlist titled More Life, he’s always on and always giving his fans more, which keeps them (and me!) engaged.
Much appreciated. Stay tuned for a post tomorrow featuring Drake as it’s his 30th birthday! And you can watch my Snapchat right now to see all of my reactions from today’s episode of OVO Sound Radio. Snap name: ergense
People have been lying to me when they told me Disneyland was the happiest place on earth because last Thursday night the happiest place on earth happened to be in the 10th row on the floor at Drake’s final LA show for the Summer Sixteen Tour.
I’m going to try really hard to best describe what and how I felt Thursday night because it’s truly just a feeling that I can’t explain. People will laugh and roll their eyes, saying I’m ‘so obsessed’ with Drake and hip-hop in general, but to be honest I wish more people were ‘so obsessed’ with something or someone. It’s about finding and connecting with a passion and just doing you. You talk to me for 30 seconds, take a quick look at my IG or blog, and you’ll instantly know what my passions are, and I am proud of that. Create that energy.
Okay, major digressing. When I tell you Thursday was probably the best night of my life, I 100% mean that. I’ve done a lot of epic things and have been to NUMEROUS concerts and award shows, but the final stop in LA for the Summer Sixteen Tour was different.
Let me explain how the night went down. It all began with a call I received from my friend Justine (how we became friends is also worthy of a blog post). Now Justine and I have hung out once before this. Months ago. We text here and there, have tried to coordinate another get together, but with busy schedules, it’s hard. So you know I was a little shocked when I received a call from her around 7:20pm on Thursday, about an hour before the show was to start. Answering the call with a bit of question in my voice, she asked what I was doing and said she may have an extra ticket to Drake’s show and was looking for someone who lived close to the venue and who would appreciate the concert. Immediate excitement set in. She said she’d call me back with a yes or no once she got to the venue.
In the meantime as I waited to get the call, I decided to change just in case I was given the green light. I threw on my VIEWS t-shirt, a Drake merch dad hat, black ripped jeans and some Nikes. Duh. Twenty-five minutes later, Justine called and said, “Get to The Forum.” I never ordered an Uber so quickly.
I arrived at The Forum, met up with Justine, and she handed over two of the most epic things – a VIP pass and a ticket… for the FLOOR – 10th row, section C. THANK YOU TO JUSTINE & THE PLUG.
We entered the VIP lounge where we were greeted with photo opps, fully catered dinner and dessert, and a bar… obviously. I took as much of it in as I could. Not the food and alcohol but what was happening. This was amazing. One cocktail in and the lights flashed, so we knew it was time to get to our seats. We showed the usher our tickets, and he said we had to take the elevator down another level. Typically, I have to take the escalator all the way up *Fat Joe voice* to my seats. Woah. So we took the elevator down to the floor section, the doors opened, and who was standing there waiting to get on? DVSN. I actually didn’t even realize it was them until Justine was like, “uhhhh did you see who that was?”
As we made our way to our seats, I continued to become more and more mind blown and thankful. I was walking to the TENTH ROW. And not just any 10th row, but the center 10th row. As Justine said, it was like we were sitting on the 50-yard line at a football game. Incredible. One of my bucket list items was to sit in the front row of a Drake concert at some point in my lifetime. Now this wasn’t the front row, but the entire experience with these 10th row tickets and attending the show with someone who equally appreciates Drake as an artist seemed better than the first row.
– SHOW TIME –
Having already been to Drake’s very first night in LA for the Summer Sixteen Tour, I had an idea of how the flow of the show would go down. But this time was different. From the opening sounds and lights to him kicking off the show with “Summer Sixteen” to three hours of performing and finishing around midnight – magical. Not to mention Baron Davis was sitting next to us and living it up as well.
While I actually thought the crowd’s energy on the floor could have been a little more amped up – those people may be used to sitting in such epic seats compared to those of us typically stuck way up top – the combined energy of mine and Justine’s was lit. It’s like I went to the concert with myself. That’s how similar our appreciation of Drake is. And being so close to the stage, it was like you were feeding off of Drake’s energy. It was contagious. His passion for his music, performing, and his fans make him the ultimate artist and crowd pleaser. Watch my Snap Story below to try and get a better idea of what I’m explaining to yinz. Then we will continue with the rest of the night. 🙂
I mean. The video does not do it justice, but at least there are some visuals for yinz to try and see what I’m talking about. And do know that when he brought out Big Sean, Ice Cube, and then Dr. Dre… I actually have no words. Sorry.
Now in the short time that I’ve known Justine, I’ve learned that more times than not she happens to be in the right place at the right time. She was convinced our VIP tickets could get us elsewhere post-show. We’ve made it this far, so I was down with whatever. We made our way back into the initial VIP area that we came from and saw a group of dudes walk into another entrance which was guarded by security. That was our way in to whatever was behind that door. Standing around for a few minutes, trying to think of what to do, Justine saw a friend of hers.
Welp, that was our way in. He kindly told security we were with him. Off we went. Now I don’t want to give too much inside information, but let’s just say being in this true VIP lounge made me realize that I do know how to be ‘cool’ around celebrities even if I was decked out in Drake attire and everyone else was not. Whatever. I was pretty proud of myself. The vibe was extremely chill – snacks, open bar, people just hanging. Drake and Future did not come through, but that was truly alright. I was not expecting ANY of this to happen. Not the concert, 10th row, VIP, watching Drake drive away after we left. None of it. Keep in mind, I was sitting on my bed drinking a beer alone before Justine called me.
We exited The Forum with the whole crew around 2AM, contemplated going to another spot with everyone, but Justine and I were both quite content with what we had just experienced and witnessed. Again, I cannot thank Justine (or the plug) enough for 1) securing two tickets and 2) thinking of me to attend with her. What’s even crazier is my Tweet (used as the header image for this post)… Justine didn’t even see that prior to hitting me up. The universe was definitely on my side. Alright, this is probably my longest post thus far. Hope yinz enjoyed it and my experience.
Until the next concert, fam! Oh, and I didn’t forget about Future. He was lit as well and brought out Ty Dolla $ign and Young Thug. Can’t forget about the trap king!
Last Wednesday, September 7 I attended the Summer Sixteen Tour featuring Drake and Future. Now, I haven’t been to a Drake tour since May of 2012, so you can only imagine how excited I was.
Six of us attended, and we all met in downtown Los Angeles for the start of an epic night. Our seats weren’t even all together, but that didn’t matter because by the end of the show, we all migrated to one section and raged there.
I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I tend to go into a state of celebushock during certain events and moments. Last Wednesday was one of them. I only had one beer but due to the fact I was so amped to be there and that Drake was playing banger after banger, it really had me having my moments.
“I live for the nights that I can’t remember, with the friends that I won’t forget.” -Drake
While I love Future and his shows, I would have to say Summer Sixteen Tour was a Drake show with a side of Future. Drake and Future’s combined sets were about two and a half hours, and I really think Future took up about 45 minutes. Someone please correct me if I’m wrong. #BlameItOnCelebushock
In short: Drake opened, brought out YG, Future did his thang who also brought out Ty Dolla $ign, Drake came back on with Future, Future peaced, Drake brought out Snoop Dogg, then Drake closed the show.
From the very beginning until the end, Drake did not want the night or energy to stop. He kept saying that if the crowd was good to him, he’d be good to us and that he was. My favorite part was when he busted out a medley of all his older songs. I die. And although they were just snippets of the songs, the way he had them flowing into one another was dope and kept the crowd very engaged.
I also had the opportunity to take over the WordOnRoad Snapchat. For those of you who don’t know, WordOnRoad is Drake’s official fan page and site that he actually supports and endorses. So if you’re a Drake fan, I highly encourage you to follow them on Twitter and Instagram. And follow their Snap as well! Username: ViewsOnRd
Enough of the rambles. Watch my YouTube video below – compiled Snaps from the night – so you can better experience what the concert was like! I also made the day completely about Drake and Future (not like it’s different from any other day) so be sure to check it!
From the energy of the crowd to the overall production to my own personal excitement, Drake outdid himself. Future, too. But more so for Drake. The production value was v. high on the Summer Sixteen Tour.
Drake just posted on his Instagram the official flyer for the Los Angeles Summer Sixteen pop-up shop with exclusive merch. I’m assuming it will be similar to the Houston pop-up shop that was held over the weekend.
You know I’m trying to go, especially since tomorrow night is his opening show for Los Angeles, and you KNOW I’m going to that.
You know I had to post about this moment. Last night Drake made a stop on his and Future’s Summer Sixteen Tour in the epic city that is my hometown of Pittsburgh and repped the city HARD. I like that (Khaled voice). Amazing.
Check it below!
I don’t really have much else to say about this other than that my favorite is wearing my favorite.