Drake brought his Would You Like a Tour? to Brooklyn on Monday night, performing at the Barclays Center as the spirit of Hov and Jason Kidd watched over him. Because it was a few days after his 27th birthday, and New York is the best place to celebrate any occasion, Drizzy threw himself a party during the show. And he was generous enough to invite 18,000 of his closest friends!
Tearing through Nothing Was The Same in near entirety, Drake managed to make the BK crowd cry and turn up simultaneously. For a young artist, he’s so confident in his set list and delivery that it doesn’t matter if the crowd has yet to commit his newest album to memory–but they did. While the much-talked about stage was sleek and pristine, Drake didn’t rely on flashy theatrics to fill time, just comforting images of his city and snapshots from his career (Degrassi included) and a collection of hits. This was a party after all, and any tears should wait until the end–or at least the first five or six drinks.
Read on for five foolproof ways to throw your own birthday soiree à la Drizzy.
1. Bring a crew
For a tour that boasts two openers (Future and Miguel), Drake still managed to welcome additional performers to the stage. First up: Busta Rhymes who literally stomped past the band with a menacing rendition of 1997 hit “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See.” (It’s probably for the best Drake didn’t remember how young he was when that track first hit, should Busta feel old.) Next was Future, whose presence killed any suspicion that his temporary removal from the tour signified any bad blood, Jhené Aiko, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Rocky, and the entire A$AP mob. Drake used much of the night to celebrate the “future” of music, giving prime time to NWTS featured artist, Aiko, and heralding A$AP Rocky as the “most iconic” artist to come out of New York in years. “That’s my brother, we are family,” he told the crowd. “A$AP and OVO, that’s the same thing. You gotta know that.”