Establishing An Audience

Arguably the most anticipated tour of the summer, Summer Sixteen, headlined by Toronto-native Drake and Atlanta-native Future, recently stopped at Atlanta’s own Philips Arena. The tour so far has included guest appearances from A-list artists such as Kanye West, J. Cole, Rihanna, Lil Wayne, and Eminem. Drake and Future alone could have put on a stellar concert, but with Future returning to his hometown, Atlanta, and such an amazing list of artists that Atlanta has produced who could make appearances, the expectations were high.

The Atlanta leg of the tour kicked off Thursday, August 25th. The consistent opening acts Roy Woods and DVSN were a great introduction to the tone of the concert. Performing hits from both of their new albums, the two showcased the new talent organized by Drake, a very good sign for the future. As in most concerts, there was a wait for the main acts, but Drake’s explosive entrance definitely made up for it. He jumped right into “Views,” and repeatedly yelled to the crowd that this was Atlanta, one of his favorite cities, so he would be setting the tone with his faster paced songs in the beginning, and saving his slower ones for the ending.

His performance was excellent; however, he signaled several times that Lil Wayne or Rihanna could make an appearance, but neither of them ever came out. Future’s set was also impressive, though noticeably shorter than Drake’s. Once he finished, Drake came back out to perform some songs from “What a Time to be Alive”. Only after this, were guest stars introduced. Drake stood alone as Atlanta native, Gucci Mane’s “Back on Road” began to play. Gucci Mane went on to perform two more songs.

Next, Drake entered the stage as “Big Amount” began to play, and 2 Chainz joined him. Overall, the concert was a success, but it felt like Future was always out-shined by Drake, as he did not perform with any of the guests.

The second show of Summer Sixteen’s stop in Atlanta was held the following day, Friday, August 26. Though the opening acts and show headliners were the same as on the previous day, Drake made it glaringly obvious to the audience that the atmosphere was very different from the Thursday show. The second and last show of the tour’s stop in the city featured performances from hometown stars Usher, Young Thug, and Gucci Mane.

Contrary to the general viewpoint that Drake overshadowed Future at the Thursday evening show, Future contributed a great deal to the overall effervescence of the show, performing most if not all of his hits, including “Stick Talk,” “Commas,” “Move That Dope,” and “March Madness.” He also went on to perform several songs from his and Drake’s collaborative album What a Time to Be Alive.

Though Future’s set was shorter than Drake’s, it seemed to reflect nothing more than the difference in the artist’s catalogues and the hits they have acquired since they each arrived on the music scene. Overall, Drake and Future, along with the other artists that performed, put on a spectacular show that kept audience members on their feet from the beginning of Drake’s performance to the end of the show.

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Robert James and Brandon Welcome

Contributing Writers

Robert.James@morehouse.edu & Brandon.welcome@morehouse.edu

 

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