Thursday, January 6, 2011

Drakole take Over Glasgow


January 4th and 5th, Drake and J. Cole performed live in Glasgow, Scotland, kicking off Drake's "Nightmares and Light Dreams Tour."  Why not follow their performances and Europe appearances?  Especially, since the duo didn't tour together in the U.S.

 Here is some footage of J Cole in Glasgow via youtube.  Enjoy.





J. Cole performed many of his hits from The Warm Up, as well as Friday Night Lights, per our European readers.  Some reviews stated they would have liked to hear more off of FNL and the "In the Morning" performance was the pre-Drake version.  Of course, J. Cole brought out, special guest, Omen, for Enchanted.

Here is some footage of Drake's set in Glasgow from youtube.







Drake was present with his live band and performed tracks off of his album, Thank Me Later, as well as some of his collaborative efforts with Rihanna and Lil Wayne, as in the above clips.

We will continue to keep you posted with news and clips from the "Light Dreams and Nightmares Tour" as they become available.

-Photo Chic

Update: January 8, 2011 17:30

Here is a review of the show from Glasgow media.  You can find the article here: www.guardian.co.uk

Photo by Peter Kaminski
Drake is on his knees at the front of the stage, describing with words and pelvic notation what having sex with the most extraordinary hip-hop success story of 2010 might be like. The 24-year-old rapper makes no bones about being young, single, famous and – apparently – not short on technique.

He certainly ravishes the crowd with skill. Drake whips up the adoration of a screeching, bra-throwing, word-perfect mob of young Glaswegians before soothing the 60% female crowd with a selection of mid-paced jams. His foreplay leads into "What's My Name", a single fronted by Rihanna, currently riding high in the UK charts. It is just one of Drake's haul of hits.
Drake had a brief relationship with the star in 2009, a year in which the success of his mixtape (the self-released mini-albums pivotal to hip-hop)So Far Gone turned Drake into the hottest young rapper around. That year, he also tore his anterior cruciate ligament: his knee got its own, hugely popular, Twitter feed. Urban lovermen have always played to the ladies. But in 21st-century hip-hop, where the barriers between hip-hop, R&B, pop and beyond have gone, along with a great many old music industry certainties, Drake is that novel thing: a rapper for the girls, whose credibility with the cognoscenti remains largely undiminished.
His flows are never quite brilliant, but they are of a consistent high quality. Early in the set, "The Resistance" is a searching confessional in which Drake's rhymes deliver potted biography, braggadocio, girl trouble, abortion regret and a line about moving his grandmother into a nursing home. "Will I blow all of this money baby/ Hammertime?" he wonders, much like Kanye West used to, before West's ego overwrote his more appealing insecurities.
Drake has become famous rhyming about his desire for fame (and girls) and his concomitant fear of getting lucky. But he has got lucky. Like his onstage pillow talk, Drake's second album – Take Care, due in spring – has a great deal to live up to.
This second night of his European tour features a live band and a lead violinist, an unnecessary affectation that has also been made possible by Kanye West. The lovely "Fireworks" comes lit with real on-stage fireworks. More impressive, though, is the percussive production, which deftly mirrors a Fourth of July soundscape.
Like "Fireworks", most of Drake's set comes from his debut album proper, Thank Me Later, an anxious, unconventionally produced, club-unfriendly record that none the less went straight to No 1 in the US on its June release. It has since sold 1.25 million copies Stateside. All told, it's not bad going for a Jewish former child actor who was raised by his mum on the distinctly un-mean streets of suburban Toronto.
"I avoided the coke game," the man born Aubrey Drake Graham notes. "Took the Sprite route instead" (a reference to the soft drink advert he fronted). Take out Drake's paternal African-American lineage – Memphis musicians who played with Jerry Lee Lewis and Sly and the Family Stone – and it's as if Sacha Baron Cohen really did make it as a rapper from Staines.
Like many significant rhymers – Kanye, Jay-Z – Drake is a mama's boy. This tour was meant to happen last summer, but was cancelled when Drake's mother, who suffers from severe rheumatoid arthritis, had to have surgery. Patently, this is a rapper who cannot invoke the danger of drugs or guns, so he sources his street cred from his bedside manner and by the company he keeps.
Two fairy godfathers aided his rise. The young Canadian's verbal promise was spotted early on by Lil Wayne, one of the acclaimed rappers of the past decade. Plucked from obscurity and thrown on to the Atlanta-based hard man's touring circus in 2008, the "scared" Drake became part of Lil Wayne's salon of apprentices, a gilded collective called Young Money. Drake's fellow Young Money alumnus is the more mercurial Nicki Minaj, whom he frequently asks to marry. Even Drake's mother was, apparently, fooled into thinking he was serious.
Another hip-hop kingmaker, Jay-Z (who still just about holds the crown of greatest living rapper) has furnished Drake with a series of live and recorded collaborations, and has publicly handed Drake the baton ("Drake is up next") on "A Star Is Born", a track on his Blueprint 3 album.
Jay's protege, J Cole, supports tonight. Cole could hit it big when his debut drops in the spring. Tonight, though, there is no contest. Cole's flow is deft enough – rhyming "cafeteria" with "Presbyterian" – but the man from North Carolina lacks the stardust twinkle that makes Drake such an easy sell (and makes up for his wearisome libidinousness).
But alongside Cole, Drake might well be spearheading a fresh crop of post-thug rap artists who may continue the trend set by Kanye West: commercially outplaying the gangstas. Certainly, 50 Cent is no longer the rapper to beat.


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Who needs a damn "stardust twinkle" when you have lyrics like Cole? I also wasn't aware that 50 Cent was the (gansta) rapper to beat, lol. *kanye shrug* Everyone is entitled to their opinions, though.  That's what makes news media great.  Thanks for the review.


Check out photos from the show by DJ Semtex:


-Photo Chic

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