“I know that it’s coming, I just hope that I’m alive for it” Drake rapped on “Successful,” from 2009’s So Far Gone mixtape. Now seven years later, the Toronto MC sits at the top of the mainstream hip-hop totem pole with his recent record-breaking album, Views.
The experience of being at Drake and Future’s Summer Sixteen Tour Friday (Sept. 9) in Los Angeles highlighted more than Drake’s lyrical prowess and pop domination. It was more than just an energetic and fun time -- although the energy of the crowd was on a another level. It was poignant, inspiring, and moving if you were paying attention. Here are 6 reasons why the Drake and Future Summer Sixteen Tour is more than lit, it’s motivational.
Having a Chip On Your Shoulder is Not Always a Bad Thing
From the opening song “All Summer 16,” Drake asserted himself as the person the industry perhaps may not have thought would make it big, but he’s beyond there now. Watching him perform “Started From the Bottom” evoked emphatic emotions where one could relate to how it feels once you reach a certain point of success in your life after working so hard from the ground up. Reminiscing back to a clip in his 2015 short film Jungle, where his team documents a moment in 2008 waiting outside of a club wondering if a year later they could get in without IDs, you see the glimpse of a man who was counted out by everyone else but pushed through and made it because he counted on himself.