Concert Review: Summer Sixteen Tour

What a time to be alive.

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.

Up next… Beyoncé… tonight at Dodger Stadium.

Stay tuned on my Snap, yinz (@ergense)!

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Positivity Post!

PI don’t know about yinz, but I need some happy social media posts in my life right now.  Good thing there are a lot of good and exciting things currently happening in the hip-hop (and sports) world!

First and foremost, I can’t believe I didn’t post about the freaking PITTSBURGH PENGUINS winning the STANLEY CUP.  I mean.  I’ve been waiting for this moment since 2009 when they won their last Cup.  So, so proud of and happy for this team of yinzers.  Wondering where I watched the game?  The couch.  And I couldn’t have been more content.  A big congrats to the Pittsburgh Penguins and glad the Cup is back in the city of Pittsburgh.  I hope everyone who is at/went to the parade today had fun and stayed safe!

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Now, back to hip-hop…

YG | STILL BRAZY

Late last night, well late for East Coasters, YG dropped his highly-anticipated album Still Brazy.  It’s currently only streaming on Apple Music (subscribe if you haven’t already) and will more than likely be available on more streaming services on the actual release date of Friday, June 17.  And if you’re in LA on Friday through the 28th, stop by YG’s pop-up shop and art installation on Fairfax!

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LIL WAYNE RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL

After TWO seizures and emergency plane landings, Lil Wayne is out of the hospital and doing well.  To reiterate, this is a ‘positivity post,’ so I won’t be ranting on bashing him (and never would actually) on why he shouldn’t be drinking that lean.  Seriously.  Life is too short, Weezy.  But very glad he’s doing okay!

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BEYONCE x FLINT, MICHIGAN

Beyonce back at it again with the good deeds.  Most recently, Queen Bee has donated more than $80,000 towards the Flint water crisis.  More specifically, the money went to the United Way of Genesee County at a Detroit high school in partnership with Bey’s philanthropic platform, BeyGOOD.  As if that wasn’t generous enough, 14 Detroit-based high school students were selected to receive “college gifts” for educational expenses and surprised with tickets to Beyonce’s Tuesday night show at Ford Field in Michigan.  Love, love, love reading about this type of stuff!  More on Bey’s good deeds here.

DRAKE x VIEWS

Shout out to Drizzy Drake whose recent album VIEWS just went DOUBLE PLATINUM.  It’s official via the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).  From what I thought wasn’t his best project, I do find myself listening to it more and more.  From the album, One Dance, has now spent five consecutive weeks at #1, while VIEWS itself has spent six.  As for overall streams – VIEWS has surpassed the one BILLION-stream benchmark in the U.S.  So epic.  6 God status for real.

KANYE WEST x SAINT PABLO TOUR

We on a ultralight beam!  For real.  As Kim’s Tweet promised, Kanye revealed the tour dates yesterday morning for his HIGHLY-anticpiated tour.  The tour starts in August in Indianapolis and wraps up in October in Sin City.  He’ll be making two stops in LA at The Forum on October 25 and October 26.  And sorry, yinz, he isn’t stopping in Pittsburgh.  You have some options though:  drive to Philly to see him on October 4 orrrr fly to me and get lit at The Forum.  Although, I don’t know why, but I think it would be dope to see Ye perform in Seattle.  Really not sure why, but in my head it seems cool.  General sale tickets go on sale this Saturday.  Cop them or miss out on what will probably be a sold out tour.

Oh and can’t forget what else Kanye delivered yesterday.  Later in the evening Kanye added the final (assuming so) version of the song ‘Saint Pablo’ to The Life of Pablo album.  He’s been making changes to the album since it dropped in February.  This only continues to make me think that TLOP is a work of art.  Always evolving and changing!  And it’s another reason why I like and respect Kanye.  He takes his projects and passions seriously, as do I, so I can appreciate him and his ways.  UPDATE:  Kanye added additional tour dates.  Check those here.

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And to conclude this post, I’d like to shout out Disney World for donating $1 million to the victims of the Orlando tragedy.  My thoughts go to the families and friends of those who are no longer with us, and my prayers go to the innocent lives who were taken way too soon.  I really hope the Facebook bantering and blaming simmers down because what truly matters is that we all come together during a time like this to lift one another up and fill the world (real and digital) with positivity and to remember those lost.  I’m sure they wouldn’t want all this finger pointing.

Thanks yinz for reading – be back soon!

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