On Saturday, August 20, in the backstage of the Verizon Center stood a man of many artistic talents, anticipating his second entrance and greeting from all of his DMV fans. After arriving at the Verizon Center, we endured a brief security check, and swiftly made our way through scattered crowds of people to find our seats. From the nosebleeds–a result of buying our tickets just a couple weeks before the concert–we waited in exhilaration.
First, we heard a great performance by Roy Woods, another Canadian rapper/singer/songwriter most famous for “Drama” featuring Drake. This was followed by a performance by another up and coming Canadian R&B artist; a duo that goes by the name “dvsn.” And just when we thought Drake was finally going to come on, entered a DJ who had prepared a mix of pump-up songs to get the crowd lit like Bic. He played music anywhere from Chance the Rapper to Kanye to Waka Flocka, and in the words of Drake himself, you could say we were “Hype.” When he was finished, the lights came back on and we were all “Still Here” questioning the point of getting us pumped up, just to have us wait another 20 minutes before we got to see the people we really came for.
But then, finally, Drake came on and he was “Too Good.” He talked to the crowd for a little bit, and showed his love for us by replacing the word “city” with “DC” in all of his songs. He performed all the expected songs from Views and then threw in some classics like “Hold On, We’re Going Home”, “Started From The Bottom”, “All Me”, and “Trophies.” He dedicated a few songs to the females in the crowd including “Work,” by Rihanna, who unfortunately didn’t–although we hoped she secretly would–make a guest appearance.
After his solo performance, Future joined Drake onstage which made the crowd go crazy all over again. Future performed a few of his hits including “Bugatti”, “Low Life”, and “F*ck Up Some Commas.” Together, the dynamic duo performed a few songs from their joint album, What A Time To Be Alive. The set throughout the concert was amazing; the flickering lights looked like “Diamonds Dancing.” Drake’s infamous dancing had us feeling some ways, and the way Future could hype up a crowd was “Wicked.”
Overall, we would rate their performance a “9” out of 9. Even with nosebleed “Views”, Future and Champagnepapi lived up to our expectations–it was a great way to end “Summer Sixteen.”