Lights out, beat thumping, and anticipation high. The man in cargo pants and a plain black tee appeared, sending the sea of almost 4,000 fans into a frenzy.
"I came here tonight in an attempt to further our relationship," Drake said as he began his concert on Saturday, October 2. Back-up dancers took the stage as Drake paused between songs to single out fans in DAR Constitution Hall, after Tyga gave an entertaining but not particularly captivating performance as a warm-up to Drake.
In what might have been another effort to connect with the crowd, the hip-hop sensation called a fan on stage after a short dance and presented her with a Blackberry Touch, courtesy of his AT&T and Blackberry sponsors.
Throughout the show, Drake attempted to make the crowd feel special. Although repeatedly saying that it was his first show in D.C., he had seemingly forgotten about a performance he had given at the 9:30 Club this past June. Later, he was forced to rush off the stage without an encore, because he was booked at another club in D.C. with a short amount of time to arrive.
Fans of the platinum-selling artist crowded into the small arena and gave roars of approval between songs. However, the crowd was hushed and energy appeared to be lost when the singer performed some of his slower songs, although a quick turn-around to his upbeat rap electrified the crowd once more. The crowd became very enthusiastic during “Fireworks,” during which actual fireworks were set off in the small arena.
He also recognized his connections to the Young Money Entertainment label by regularly mentioning his close friend Lil'
Set list included Drake’s own verses in:
”9AM in Dallas”
“Up All Night”
“Show Me a Good Time”
“Lose My Mind (Remix)”
“Money to Blow” (feat. Birdman)
“I’m Goin’ In”
“Right Above It”
“Un-Thinkable” (I’m Ready) (Remix/Alicia Keys cover)
“Nothing On You” (Cover)
“A Night Off”
“Shut It Down”
“Light Up” (W/ Run This Town)
“Best I Ever Had”
“Find Your Love” (W/ Paris Morton Music)
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