Drake Delivers Nostalgia And Teases New Music At The Apollo Show

It’s easy to forget how many hits Drake has created in his nearly 15-year music career – but he presented a poignant memory on Saturday with an intimate concert at the Apollo Theater in Harlem in New York, his first show at the legendary venue.

During the performance, the four-time Grammy winner teased that new music could be on the way despite releasing two albums last year.

“I’ve thought about a lot of things in life, but at this moment none of those things stop making music for you,” Drake told the delighted crowd.

“I hope I can maybe evoke some more emotion for you this year – maybe I’ll get bored and do another one.”

The first night of two Apollo weekend shows presented by SiriusXM featured Drake, 36, tearing down songs at a breakneck pace, most with just a verse and chorus, and day one’s fans performing fan-favorite, deep ones Non-radio cuts satisfied those who only know his number one hits.

The recorded performances will be broadcast on Drake’s SiriusXM Sound 42 channel in the coming weeks.

Drake teased that new music could be on the way (Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)

Noting that this was his first show in about five years and later saying, “I’m going to be traveling a lot this year,” Spotify’s most-streamed artist in the US told his captivated audience last year that the show was about gratitude.

“I wanted to make this a show about gratitude,” said Drake.

“This is a little story we’ve put together: my deep love for my family, for my dear friends and for each and every one of you who have been supporting me for a long time.”

With cornrows in his hair, baggy jeans and a blue and yellow basketball jersey — a nod to his acting days on teen drama series Degrassi — Drake opened the show with Over My Dead Body, starring celebrity guests Justin and Hailey Bieber and rappers A $AP Ferg and A Boogie wit da Hoodie watched.

Drake sat on a bed to the right of the stage modeled after his bedroom in his mother’s basement in Toronto, where he says he wrote songs, many of his downtempo B-side hits like “Wu-Tang Forever,” ” Trust Issues”, “Practice” smashed and Feel No Ways.

He also sang his most popular deep cut, Marvin’s Room, as the standing room-only audience joined him word for word before moving on to his hook of Timbaland’s Say Something while the Marvin’s Room beat continued.

As the bedroom set dimmed and the lights shifted to the left side of the stage, revealing a boardroom, Drake donned a black leather hoodie with his OVO owl symbol on it.

The rapper stood in front of a performer, who played a record label exec, who skeptically remarked that it was “interesting” that he was a rapper from Canada, before saying, “All right, let’s see what you’ve got.”

(Drake later reminded the crowd how every major record label in New York passed him on.)

Beginning with Best I Ever Had, the R&B hit that launched his career, he continued his musical journey with early Young Money hits like Headlines, HYFR, Started From The Bottom and I’m On One.

Crowds also danced to his more danceable albums like Massive from last year’s Honestly, Nevermind project, as well as Hold On, We’re Going Home, One Dance, Passionfruit and In My Feelings.

The final leg of the 90-minute set began with a surprise performance by popular early 2000s Harlem rap collective The Diplomats, with Drake wearing Cam’ron’s signature pink hoodie and headband.

He was then joined by 21 Savage to perform songs like Rich Flex, Spin Bout You and Knife Talk from their collaborative project Her Loss which was released in November.

The longtime catchphrase for Apollo is Where Stars Are Born And Legends Are Made, so it was either strategic or accidental that he ended the show with Legend.

While it may be too early to adorn him with the legendary nickname given to stars of the Apollo Walk of Fame such as Michael Jackson, Prince, Aretha Franklin and James Brown, he left no doubt that he is on the right track .

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