Drake's Club Paradise Tour Kickoff Concert on Valentine's Day in Miami

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Dressed as if he'd just rolled off the Take Care album cover, wearing all black (dress shirt, jeans, sneakers) and a modestly gaudy amount of gold around his throat, Drake quickly cut through "Go" and "She Will" before breaking away for another exchange with "his people."

Drake: "How many of y'all drinkin' with me tonight?"

Mob: [Scream]

Drake: "That's what's up."

Mob: [Scream]

Drake: "Well, for anyone who hasn't had a drink yet, I got a song for you."

And predictably, Drizzy dropped "Shot for Me," sing-talking ("Girl, I can't lie, I miss you/You and the music were the only things that I'd commit to/I never cheated, for the record, back when I was with you") while thousands of frenzied females echoed each word.

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Honestly, we here at Crossfade have never ever witnessed this kind of superintense teeny-bopper-type reaction to a rapper.

We have seen lots of howling, partial nudity, fist fights, and other rowdy behavior in the club. But last night, Drizzy caused the type of sweetly irrational spazzing out that's usually associated with, uh, New Kids on the Block, Justin Timberlake, or the Biebz.

His "people" swooned when he posed at the edge of the stage, gazing meaningfully into the distance. They cheered when he handed the mike stand to a roadie. And they groveled helplessly, "No, no, no, no, no," when he momentarily slipped backstage after singing, "Forever."

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WTF is up?

Well, even though he occasionally raps about fucking, hitting the strip club, and dying for his niggas, Drake isn't actually "hard" or "street" or "thuggish." He's still essentially that multitalented teen entertainer who got his start by playing the cute kid in a wheelchair on Degrassi: The Next Generation.

Homie's got romantic roughneck charm. He's a PG-13 star in an R-rated movie. He's a sensitive bad boy who comes from a good family. He's the introspective player with a melancholy streak and an unrequited yearning for meaningful relationships. He's got the face of a soulful 16-year-old manchild. He's young-ish, clean, and just tough enough.

He is boyfriend material.

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Plus, Drake's got game.

He raps and sings. He knows how to punctuate a sentence with a smile. He writes love-y songs like "Make Me Proud" designed to hypnotize with slightly dirty sweet talk: "I know things get hard/But girl, you got it ... Wondering what's on your mind/It must be hard to be that fine/When all these motherfuckers wanna waste your time/It's just amazing, girl/And all I can say is ... I'm so proud of you."

As every good boyfriend knows, you gotta give your lady some praise. And Drizzy took a whole ten minutes near the end of last night's show to shout out individual superfans, saying, "This is my favorite part of the show. Turn up the lights so I can see my people one time."

He complimented his "ladies" on their shirts and hair and signs and boobs and enthusiasm. And then after another quick and dirty burst of Take Care tracks -- "Practice," "HYFR (Hell Ya Fucking Right)," "The Motto," "Headlines" -- he said goodnight and insisted that it'd been his "best show ever," telling every female in the joint that he loved her.

"I'd like to thank you for buying a ticket to Club Paradise."

Critic's Notebook

The Crowd: Swooning, screaming, spazzing superfans with their boyfriends and mothers; mature-and-sexy lovers; sex professionals selling V-Day specials; and Cash Money's Birdman. Also, Drake's mom and dad.

Drake's Setlist:
-"Lord Knows"
-"Underground Kings"
-"I'm on One"
-"The Zone"
-"She Will"
-"Shot for Me"
-"We'll Be Fine"
-"Marvin's Room"
-"Take Care"
-"Miss Me"
-"Look What You've Done"
-"Make Me Proud"
-"HYFR (Hell Ya Fucking Right)"
-"The Motto"

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Location Info


BankUnited Center

1245 Dauer Drive, Coral Gables, FL

Category: General

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