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Drake announced he will hit the road this year on a North American concert tour, alongside “Migos”. Fans will probably experience during the tour a repetition of the high class performance achieved on “Walk it and talk it”, a song by Drake and Migos, which is featured on Migos album, “Culture II”.
Called “Aubrey and the Three Amigos Tour”, the live shows series starts on 26th of July in Salt Lake City and covers more than 40 venues, including Seattle, Dallas, Nashville, Philadelphia and multiple performances in locations like Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Washington, Boston, New York or Toronto. Drake and Migos wrap their tour with a show in Atlanta in November.
You can find the full list of dates and venues of the tour at the end of this article.
Tickets for the tour went on general sale on 18th of May.
The concert tour will start one month after the release of Drake’s new album, scheduled for 28th of June. Drake teased his fans by posting on Instagram photos of a black jacket having printed on the front the word “Scorpion” and “June Twenty Eighteen by Drake” on the back. The third picture uploaded was of a golden medallion with a scorpion symbol on it. This led to the supposition that “Scorpion” will be the name of Drake’s fifth album, an album possibly produced by Noah “40” Shebib and Oliver El-Khatib, his collaborators in several projects.
The musician made a surprise appearance during a concert that Majid Jordan sustained on 5th of April in Toronto and announced that his new album is almost ready.
Drake recently released “Scary hours”, featuring two tracks: “God’s plan” and “Nice for what”. “God’s plan” spent 11 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and has a videoclip directed by Karena Evans. In the clip, Drake is doing several good deeds: he donates money for a women’s shelter, he pays for people’s groceries or he helps people by taking them shopping.
“Nice for what” is supported by a sample from “Ex-factor”, a single of Lauryn Hill and has a Youtube video that features several female stars, such as Tiffany Haddish, Issa Rae and Tracee Ellis Ross. The single debuted #1 on Billboard Hot 100, making Drake the 13th artist in the history to have a Number One single in Billboard “overthrown” by another of his own songs.
The last project released by Drake was “More life”, from March 2017, the rapper maintaining a constant one-project-per-year release starting 2015, either it was a playlist, a mixtape or an album.
Drake was born Aubrey Drake Graham on 24th of October 1986 in Toronto, Canada from a African-American Catholic father and a white Canadian Jew mother. His family had musical connections – his father was a drummer for Jerry Lee Lewis, one of his uncles played bass for Sly and the Family Stone and his grandmother sometimes served as baby-sitter for Aretha Franklin. Regarding his identity, Drake sees himself as a black man, with a uniqueness given by his Jew roots. His artistic career began in school, thanks to a colleague whose father was an agent. This agent helped Drake obtain a role in a Canadian teen soap opera called “Degrassi: The Next Generation”. The drama series told the story of a group of teenagers from Degrassi High School, with Drake holding the part of Jimmy Brooks, a basketball star who was wheel-chaired after getting shot by a colleague. The part, which he played between 2001 and 2009, brought him a “Young Artist Award” in 2002. He became a celebrity in Canada, without being known at all in the US.
Drake released in 2006 his first mixtape called “Room for Improvement”. At that time he still appeared in “Degrassi” and this was his first attempt to enter the world of hip hop. “Room for Improvement” sold in about 6,000 copies and was followed by “Comeback Season”, another mixtape released in 2007 under his own imprint, called “October’s Very Own” (OVO). The first single and video from this mixtape, called “Replacement Girl”, contained a version of the “Man of the Year” single of Brisco and Flo Rida and was made in cooperation with Lil Wayne.
In 2008, after his character was removed from Degrassi, Drake thought about getting a day job, since he was left without a stable income, when he received a call from Lil Wayne. The rapper asked him to join him in the tour “Carter III” which he was sustaining at that moment.
Drake’s third mixtape called “So Far Gone” was released in February 2009, after recording few songs with Lil Wayne and being part of his tour. “So Far Gone” was his first major hit: the single “Best I Ever Had” reached #2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart and single “Successful” earned gold and entered the “25 Best Songs of 2009” list issued by “Rolling Stone” magazine.
In 2009, after signing a record deal with “Young Money Entertainment”, the company of Lil Wayne, he had to have surgery after falling on stage during the “America’s Most Wanted Tour” and breaking his anterior cruciate ligament. One year later, in 2010, he released his first full studio album called “Thank me later”. It was a success, debuting as #1 on American and Canadian album charts and receiving platinum certification. 2011 was the year of the second full studio album, called “Take care” and brought Drake, in 2013, the “Grammy” award for best rap album. The single “Started from the bottom” included in the 2013 “Nothing was the same” album revealed Drake’s struggle for success, a struggle the rapper seemed to continue over the coming years.
After couple of mixtapes released in 2015, it was time for “Views”, the fourth album, released in 2016. It debuted #1 in Billboard charts and spent 13 non-consecutive weeks at the top of these charts. “Hotline Bling” single brought Drake “Grammy” awards for best rap/sung performance and best rap song in 2017.
As for personal life, Drake has experienced over the years several issues with fellow musicians. He became a rival of Chris Brown when they both sought the affection of Rihanna. Their quarrel reached its peak in 2012 when the two musicians fought each other in a nightclub from New York. In the brawl, Tony Parker – a professional basketball player, alongside two women and a male model, were hurt and filed suits against the two rappers. Around that same time, Drake reached outside court an agreement with his former girlfriend Ericka Lee, who wanted credit recognition for co-writing the single “Marvin’s Room”. Drake had feuds also with Rappin 4-Tay, Tyga, rapper Meek Mill, Joe Budden, Kanye West and Jay Z, either verbal or near-court suits.
Yet, all these obstacles didn’t seem to derail Drake from his artistic path: in May 2017, he was the big winner at the Billboard Music Awards, taking home 13 awards. He thus broke the record Adele was holding for the artist with most won awards in one year.
Here is the full list of North American dates and venues of the tour.
July 26 – Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, UT
July 28 – Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
July 31 – Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO
August 1 – Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN
August 10 – Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
August 11 – Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
August 12 – Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
August 14 – Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI
August 17 – United Center, Chicago, IL
August 18 – United Center, Chicago, IL
August 20 – United Center, Chicago, IL
August 24 – Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
August 25 – Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
August 27 – Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
August 30 – Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
August 31 – Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
September 4 – Bell Centre, Montreal, QC
September 7 – TD Garden, Boston, MA
September 9 – TD Garden, Boston, MA
September 12 – Capital One Arena, Washington, DC
September 13 – Capital One Arena, Washington, DC
September 15 – Wells Fargo Centre, Philadelphia, PA
September 18 – Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN
September 21 – American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL
September 22 – American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL
September 24 – Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA
September 26 – American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
September 29 – Toyota Center, Houston, TX
September 30 – Toyota Center, Houston, TX
October 5 – MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV
October 6 – MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV
October 10 – Gila River Arena, Phoenix, AZ
October 12 – STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA
October 13 – STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA
October 14 – STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA
October 16 – The Forum, Los Angeles, CA
October 17 – The Forum, Los Angeles, CA
October 26 – Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
October 27 – Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
November 1 – Tacoma Dome, Seattle, WA
November 3 – Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC
November 4 – Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC
November 6 – Rogers Place, Edmonton, AB
November 16 – Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA
November 17- Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA