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article imageReview: Drake wins over NYC crowd on the 'Drake Vs. Lil Wayne' Tour Special

By Alexa Spieler     Aug 20, 2014 in Music
Forest Hills - At every tour stop, Drake and Lil Wayne battle it out, on-stage, on the 'Drake Vs. Lil Wayne Tour.' On August 19, before the Queens, NY audience, Drake proved his dominance, as he was crowned the champion and was triumphant over his boss, Lil Wayne.
When the "Drake Vs. Lil Wayne" show begins, it immediately becomes evident that this tour isn't the typical show atmosphere. The inventive, interactive tour is unlike any show or tour occurring right now. The concert is more of a "rap battle" that's based on street-fighter video games, as seen through the visuals of the cartoon versions of Drake and Lil Wayne, physically battling it out, as portrayed on all visuals. Throughout the evening, fans are also given the opportunity to send their favorite "power ups," before the concert concludes and a winner is chosen.
It isn't the Lil Wayne show or the Drake show, but the two coming together, mutually combating against each other to prove their dominance; each sharing the stage to perform both classics and hits, only to have the fans — by way of a downloadable, free app — elect the winner for the night.
Most of the night was spent watching the two go back and forth, throwing put-downs at the other, in order to get the fans on one's side. It's a classic depiction of a rap battle, featuring Lil Wayne telling the audience that Drake was "still in a wheelchair when [he] was making hits," along with Drake actually — ironically — mocking Lil Wayne for attempting to serenade the girls in the audience through his singing, particularly on "How To Love." When Drake poked fun at Lil Wayne for the singing, he added, "I never thought I'd say that to anyone," reacting to the constant criticism he receives for his emotional, sensitive tracks. That didn't stop him from performing his hit, "Hold On We're Going Home," which the audience embraced, as they lovingly sang every word back to him.
Together or individually, both Lil Wayne and Drake gave strong, memorable performances. By audience request, Lil Wayne began the show, dominating and captivating the stage with “Blunt Blowin.’” Wayne's best and strongest performances were on the tracks, such as "A Milli," where he could illuminate his masterful, swift delivery.
A seasoned performer, Lil Wayne handles the stage with naturalness, as even Drake was coerced to admit and acknowledge that he knows that Lil Wayne's "career is longer," but that wouldn't stop him from putting up a fight.
While he did perform the emotionally-driven, vulnerable songs that he's known for — such as "Hold On We're Going Home" and "Find Your Love," his fight consisted of performing harder, biting numbers like "0 to 100," "Draft Day," "The Language," and even spitting Big Sean's verse on Drake's track, "All Me."
Drake assured the audience of what he's capable of. His magnetism on stage makes it appear as though he's been performing for as long as Lil Wayne has been. There's something about the tangible connectivity that Drake builds on stage that makes each individual feel as though he's solely performing for them — and them only. Ultimately, his versatility to smoothly and effortlessly switch between the vulnerable, emotional 'Drizzy' that girls fawn over and the aggressive, fighting 'Drizzy' who conveys his flow so smoothly; so charismatically made him triumphant that evening.
On August 19, Drake took New York, beating Lil Wayne as he was crowned the King of New York, for the night. The score's tied now, as Drake and Lil Wayne entered the New York performance with Lil Wayne ahead 5-4.
The high-energy, can't-be-missed tour continues throughout the end of September, and by the end of it, the ultimate winner will be chosen. Though, the fans seem to be coming out on top, after taking part in the tour of the summer.
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