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Concert Review: Drake's 'Would You Like A Tour' Stops In LA

It has only taken Drake five years to reach hip-hop's top echelon. Not only does he have a Grammy for Best Hip-Hop album to show for it, but No. 1 tracks and albums galore and an innovative label OVO Sound churning out more cutting edge music, but on Monday (Nov. 25) night he added a sold out headlining show at the renown Staples Center in Los Angeles to the list. But Drake didn't do it alone.

Drake's Would You Like A Tour concert in LA was kicked off by 20-year-old OVO Sound signee PartyNextDoor. Though people were still trickling into the arena, PartyNextDoor put on quite a performance with tracks off of his self-titled debut mixtape.

With the lights dimming and fog appearing, the crowd knew that the next act was coming to the stage. With his head down and arms crossed, Future appeared in view slowly rising onto the stage. With the crowd going wild, no one even noticed his security escorted fiancé Ciara rushing to her seat to catch his performance. Starting off his set with his feature on the YC track "Racks" and closing out with the Ace Hood single he helped make a hit, "Bugatti," Future definitely warmed up the crowd for Drake.

But it wasn't Drake's turn yet. There was one more "ladies man" to go: Miguel. Appearing in a feathered leather jacket, the R&B crooner gave fans a sexy performance while gyrating, doing half splits, and pointing out women in the audience who he thought he would look good with. It's safe to say that Miguel's performance was a scream fest. With him performing fan favorites from "Sure Thing" and Wale's "Lotus Flower Bomb" to "Quickie" and "How Many Drinks?" Miguel made sure to put the icing on the cake with his last song. Closing out his set with the go-to love song "Adorn," Miguel brought out Taylor Gang's headmaster Wiz Khalifa to spit his verse on the "Adorn" remix.

With Wiz Khalifa making an appearance, there was no way that Drake wasn't going to bring any special guest out with him. The clock struck 9:15PM, and the lights turned off. You could hear an echo of screams and phones flashing on to get ready to record what was going to happen next. With the curtains rising and a lit up oval set with a band in the middle, Drake rose onto the stage with everyone on their feet. Starting off with his new song "Tuscan Leather" off of his Nothing Was The Same album, Drake then took it back to Take Care with tracks "Headlines" and "Crew Love." After leaving the crowd hyped for more, Drake took a minute to introduce himself as Aubrey Drake Graham. Letting the whole arena know that LA is his second home, Drake then brought out Future to perform Lil Wayne's "Love Me" and "Same Damn Time." Cash Money's leading bossman Birdman came out next to perform his classic Big Tymers single "Still Fly." Drake then slowed the mood down and brought out the beautiful, stylish and talented Jhene Aiko to perform their sexy love song "From Time," also off of his new album.

Giving Drake time to rejuvenate and do a quick wardrobe change, his DJ kept the crowd entertained by playing tracks off of Drake's first album So Far Gone to his more recent tracks, a reminder of how much success Drake has accomplished in the last four years. Even stars like Diddy, Jaden Smith and the Kardashians were in attendance to see Drake do his thing. Returning back to the stage, Drake brought an older woman up with him and respectively seduced her while complementing her sweater. Drake went right into "Worst Behavior" having everyone on their feet feeling like they were at a party, then brought the one-and-only Queen of all Barbs, Nicki Minaj, onto the stage to perform "Make Me Proud" off of his Take Care album. After giving the audience a teaser of "The Motto," "HYFR" and "F**kin' Problems," he brought out everyone's favorite uncle, Uncle Snoop. Snoop Dogg came onto the stage to perform his classic hits "The Next Episode," "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang" and "Drop It Like It's Hot." Ending his show with "Started From The Bottom," it was safe to say that everyone at the concert left very much satisfied and can proudly answer--yes Drake I would like a tour.

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Cudster’s daughter, Vada, announced the news in an adorable video posted to his Twitter account on Wednesday (July 8).

And now a word from Princess Vada the chosen... pic.twitter.com/xmgIMkUntz

— The Chosen One (@KidCudi) July 8, 2020

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, NYT writer Rukmini Callimachi and director Yoruba Richen will explore Taylor’s story, including the investigation into her death.

The 26-year-old EMT was shot and killed in March by Louisville Metro Police officers while sleeping in her apartment. LMP Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, officer Myles Cosgrove, and Brett Hankison, have yet to be charged or arrested for killing Taylor. Hankison was fired from the police department last month.

The no-knock warrant that police claim they were executing at the time of the fatal shooting, was a part of a larger gentrification plan, lawyers for Taylor’s family argued in a legal complaint filed last week in connection with an ongoing lawsuit against the officers.

Taylor had no criminal history. According to the legal papers, narcotics investigators were “deliberately misled”  to her home by a police squad. A spokesperson for Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has denied the allegations.

While it’s unclear when Taylor’s story will be featured on The New York Times Presents, the first episode in the series, premieres on Friday (July 10). The episode covers the doctors and nurses working in New York at the height of the COVID-19 outbreak. Episode two, which follows 24-year-old recording artist, Dominic Fike, premieres on Friday, August 7.

 

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Young Thug Blasts Pusha T For Dissing Drake On Leaked Pop Smoke Song

Young Thug isn’t mincing words when it comes to his opinion on Pusha T dissing Drake on a leaked song that was set to appear on Pop Smoke’s posthumous album, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon.

After the song, “Paranoia,” surfaced online this past weekend, Thugger made it clear that he didn’t know King Push was going to diss Drake on the track, which features him and Gunna.

“I don’t respect the Pusha T verse on the song with me and Gunna [because] I don’t have [nothing] to do with ya’ll beef nor does Gunna, and if I knew that was about him I would’ve made changes on our behalf..the rapper s**t so gay,” Thugger wrote on his Instagram Story early Tuesday (July 7).

“Don’t feel bad, NOBODY knew what the verse was [about],” Pusha responded in one of multiple posts accusing Drake of snitching to the record label to get the song pulled from Pop Smoke's album. “The label heads that stopped it didn’t even know. They ONLY ASSUME because HE [Drake] TOLD them! The same way HE TOLD [about] the Ross ‘Maybach 6’ verse. And if HE’LL TELL record executives [about] rap verses, God only knows what else HE’LL TELL! I don’t deal in police work, police rappers or police n**gas!!!!"

AYO PUSHA T IS SNAPPINNN ON YOUNG THUG RIGHT NOW 😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/3VHgeg9xFp

— King Wow (@wowthatshiphop) July 7, 2020

Thugger went back on Instagram and blasted Pusha for having a “weak” verse.

“First of all your verse is 7 days…that muthafucka’ weak,” he said. “Second of all, you already went crazy the first time...it an’t nothing but a sucka [move]... going on double takes, triple takes, and quadruple takes. You should’ve just got all of it out when you put the first song out.

“You didn’t even have to do all that. You just felt like you wasn’t gonna get enough views on your own s**t so you came and put some bulls**t on a n**gga' who’s resting in peace’s music. Trying to f**k up a n**ga' a whole vibe. Why the f**k you ain’t do that s**t on your own song?” ”

Young Thug responds to Pusha T for Dissing Drake on Pop Smoke Song pic.twitter.com/7KNMbiU535

— Kollege Kidd (@KollegeKidd) July 8, 2020

On “Paranoia,” the Virginia MC goes at Drake for making “empty threats,” and his tendency to rap in different accents.

“You know reality bites, it’s chess, not checkers,” raps Pusha. “Those empty threats only sound good on your records/If the patois is not followed by a Blocka/It’s like Marked for Death Screwface, without the choppa/Let ’em rush the stage when you made like Sinatra/Only to hide the blade flyin’ back through LaGuardia/I might even buy a home out in Mississauga [Canada].”

Pusha previously dissed Drake on 2018’s , “The Story of Adidon,” where he revealed to the world that the Toronto rapper had a son. Drake later admitted that he had a son on the track “Emotionless” off his Scorpion album.

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