Michael Bublé Releases new Single; Album slatted for US Release April 23rd

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My favorite artist of all time came out with a new single yesterday.

It’s A Beautiful Day is awesome, it has an uplifting tune and you think it’s one of those lame happy love songs songs, but when you listen closely to the lyrics, you’ll understand it’s about someone who’s glad a break-up happened.

If it stays true to other Bublé originals, the song is probably for one of his ex-girlfriends.

As you may know, Bublé and his wife are expecting a baby so this song most likely reflects one of Bublé’s past relationships and how he’s glad the person is no longer in his life because now he has a beautiful wife and expecting a baby.

If you are a fan of Michael Bublé, you will absolutely love this song.

His next studio album To Be Loved is slatted to be released in the US on April 23.

Here is the song:

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The Purpose of Single Life

“When will I finally find someone?”, “I’m sick of being single!”

Le’t s be honest, everyone that’s single has asked this question one time or another, even if you act like you’re happy and go-lucky.. Don’t lie to yourself.  (Look, by no means is this a “woe is me” post, it’s the complete opposite so read on.)

Not only that, but you’ve also done everything in your power to change your status from “Single” to “In a relationship with _____”…

And there it is, your power.

Earlier today, I read a post by Jeff Cherr on this very topic and he wrote some great truth in there that I would like to share with you.

This isn’t in your power; you can’t just make someone like you. God has a plan for everything; yes even your relationship status. Maybe there’s a reason why you are single.

That’s the beauty of God, he knows what’s best for you even when you don’t.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. –  Is. 55:9

If you don’t believe in God, then sure, leave this post and go back to trying to fill your needs with whatever will make you happy.  However, if you do believe in God, read further, you’ll probably understand some things that even I didn’t think about before I read the post by Jeff.

Whether you believe it or not, God is for you.

If you are single right now, understand that God has you there because it’s for your best.

It wouldn’t be best for you right now to be with someone. As Jeff Cherry said, maybe He’s refining you and purging you of a sin that needs to be dealt with before you bring someone into your life.

Maybe it’s because He wants you to truly trust Him and build a solid foundation with Him first.

Maybe it’s because He is using you in a mighty way that couldn’t be done if you were married right now.

If you’re single, there’s a reason. Don’t waste your single moments worrying about it just because everyone else is in a relationship or because you have come to a point in your life where you have become desperate to be in a relationship.

I understand this is a hard concept for many to grasp. It’s been a hard concept for myself to grasp but I’ve come to the realization it’s not on my time, but His.

I rather be single right now than be in a meaningless relationship with someone that won’t be anything in my life a year from now.

I’ve seen Facebook statuses going from “Single” to “In a relationship” to “It’s complicated” and back to “Single” in a 72-hour span… That’s not a relationship, that’s a weird fling.

Wouldn’t you rather spend your life perfectly lonely rather than to make a rushed decision to cure your loneliness? Imagine finding out you’ve waited all of these years to get it right and then in a moment of ignorance, loneliness, and desperation, you get it wrong because you’re looking to cure a moment’s need with a lifetime commitment? Listen, the moment you settle for less than you are worth, you will obtain even less than you settled for.

So for now, I’ll be content with being single. Sure, I joke around about that #ForeverAlone and say I don’t like Valentine’s Day, but here’s a secret, even some people in relationships don’t like Valentine’s Day…

So there you have it, this is my Valentine’s Day post.

Just Friends

What’s wrong with that? Why is it that when a guy asks a girl to hang out they always assume we want to date them? Seriously, that’s the most arrogant way of thinking I’ve ever seen.

Not every single one of you girls out there are dateable, stop acting like every guy that says “hi” to you wants to get inside your pants…

Sometimes, guys just want to have friends that so happen to be girls. Look, I know that my gender has a track record for being complete douches when it comes to the friends thing, but not all of us are they same… (I’m sure you’ve heard that before too).

I honestly don’t see what’s wrong with a guy and a girl being friends.

Sometimes the girl is the one that makes the huge deal over the whole thing. They think if a guy and a girl hang out it automatically means they are on date, well newsflash ladies, unless it’s said prior to the event and the guy pays, it’s not a date.

Ladies, if a guy says something like “Hey, want to hang out tonight or something?”, you don’t have to automatically say “no”. If it’s just hanging out, like bowling, mini-golfing or having food, there should not be anything wrong with that. Be worried if he asks you to “hang out” and asks if you want to see a movie… that’s sketchy territory.

If you just flat out don’t like the guy, then use my band-aide theory, and just straight up tell him you don’t want to hang out because you don’t like him. It will hurt at first, but it will all be okay in the end.

Fellas, stop being dicks. Stop taking advantage of girls who like you as friends. Stop inviting them to “see a movie”. How the hell are you hanging out with her if you’re inside a dark theater for two hours, and can’t talk. That’s not hanging out, that’s a date.

So as I was saying, there’s nothing wrong with hanging out with the opposite sex. Do you agree, or disagree? Let me know below.

 

The Band-Aid Theory

It’s been a long time since I’ve updated my blog… I mean, it’s not because nothing has been going on, on the contrary… I’ve been so busy I haven’t had time.

In the lat few months, I’ve started to work whole-heartily on my website 90 Minutes Strong. A site fully devoted to soccer from the North American Soccer League, Major League Soccer, and the US Men’s and Women’s National Team.

Don’t worry basketball fans, Crank Up The Heat is still going strong but I felt it was time to devote more time to a sport in which I’ve been getting more and more opportunities to cover.

Also might have a new site in the horizon… Stay tuned.

I love the Heat, I really do. However, since becoming the hottest team in the NBA, they’ve forgotten about me, the guy who was covering them since they were not so hot.

Nevertheless, this is all besides the point.

Reason I’m posting here is simple: Why don’t people respect each other anymore and just be honest with each other?

You know, there used to be a time in which you would be able to be honest with someone and you wouldn’t be judged as a jerk.

However, nowadays people lie to each other in order to “not hurt someone’s feelings”. News flash, lying and then ignoring the person hurts much more than just being up front with the person.

If you don’t Ike someone, use the band-aid theory. Just rip it off, it will hurt like hell at first but then it will stop. Don’t slowly peel away the band-aid, that hurts much more.

I guess that’s what I wanted to know.. Leave your thoughts below letting me now what you think.

You Can’t Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

Dear Mr. Loria,

I’ve waited a few days to even write this letter because I thought the anger and feeling of betrayal I felt would go away, I was wrong.

I don’t think you realize you are the most hated man in South Florida at the moment, maybe you do but couldn’t care less.

How arrogant can you be? As you walked out of your hotel room in Chicago during the Owners Meeting the morning after the trade, you simply looked at the reporters and said “not today boys, if you haven’t figured it out by now I won’t help you figure it out.”

How pathetic was that? Who do you think you are? How dare you treat people the way you do?

Despite winning the 2012 Gold Glove, Mark Buehrle has been shippe to the Toronto Blue Jays

Because of your greed and arrogance, baseball in South Florida has lost.

I’ve seen some of my all-time favorite players leave, not because they wanted to but because you wanted them to. Players like Carlos Delgado, Juan Pierre, Luis Castillo, Gary Sheffield, Josh Beckett, Miguel Cabrera, Cody Ross, and now, Jose Reyes, and Mark Buehrle.

For years, your explanation for getting rid of these players was you had no money and that we would see what you had planned if you got your retractable-roof ballpark. You would use the money you get from increased revenue and invest them on high-profile players.

Well Mr. Loria, you got your $600-million 80-percent-publicly-funded ballpark  and for about seven months you had fooled us into thinking you had changed.

You went out and got three of the best free agents available in Jose Reyes, Heath Bell, and Mark Buehrle. There was hope in Miami once again that we would finally be able to have a baseball team we can relate to. But, as you know the team under-preformed, and the fans were not coming as you had hoped, and so what did you do? You blew up the team… Here’s a list of the player you let go this year alone:

  • 3B Hanley Ramirez
  • RP Randy Choate
  • RP Edward Mujica
  • 1B Gaby Sanchez
  • SP Anibal Sanchez
  • 2B Omar Infante
  • RP Heath Bell
  • SS Jose Reyes
  • SP Josh Johnson
  • SP Mark Buehrle
  • C John Buck
  • CF Emilio Bonifacio

Since July, you have dumped over $236 million in future salaries. How did you do it? Simple. You backloaded their contracts so you didn’t have to pay a large sum of money upfront and you did not offer no-trade clauses.

Mr. Loria, you have butchered your payroll from $118 million to about $30 million in salary commitments in 2013. That’s about a $110 million in profits next year, thanks to your fancy ballpark we are paying for.

Jose Reyes is still owed $96 Million from his 6 year $100 Million deal he signed last winter.

What’s sad about this whole situation is the fact we didn’t see it coming. We were promised change; we had hoped this era of Marlins baseball was going to be different. We have our own park so the excuse of salary-dumping to cut costs wouldn’t work anymore… But you did it anyways.

Mr. Loria, you turned your seven-month-old, $600-million 80-percent-publicly-funded park into a toxic dump where no sane player will choose to play as long as you and the present management has its hands on the throats of the team.

Looking at your past track-record (especially with the Montreal Expos), looks like you gave Miami two plans…

  • Plan A: We buy stars, we draw fans and everybody wins.
  • Plan B: We back-load contracts, see how many fans we draw, if the crowds aren’t good enough (they weren’t) or the team stinks, we’ll dump you all and to hell with everybody. Now hand over that fat revenue-sharing check.

Gee, I wonder which one you took.

You know how the saying goes, “fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me”. This is the last time I will be fooled by you and your people.

David Sampson went on the Dan LeBatard show on Wednesday and pretty much blamed us the fans for why you guys did this. He kept saying that because the Marlins lost 93 games, it was time for a change.

Oh really? If losing 93 games is the reason you did this, why wasn’t there a change in 2007 and 2011 when we lost 91 and 90 games respectively?

You and your regime are oblivious to what the fans want. Yes, winning is great, but we want players we can associate ourselves with. We want players that we can grow up with, people like Alonzo Mourning, Dan Marino and Dwyane Wade who are not only great athletes but are part of the fabric of Miami sports.

I can go on, and on about how betrayed, heartbroken, and hurt I am, but at the end of the day, you don’t give a damn. You’re laughing your way to the bank with all the money you stole from loyal fans like myself who bought jerseys, hats, tickets, and food at your ballpark and shamefully fell for this whole “New Marlins” ponzi scheme.

Mr. Loria, it’s obvious you have no idea what sports is about, you’re an owner who betrayed your fans, deceived your players and has lost credibility for as long as you stay in the game.

Sports is about three things: Loyalty, love and family. Three of the things that I have never seen from the Marlins organization. There is no loyalty to the fanbase or to players, there is no love for the city (just for the money), and unlike the Miami Heat organization that preaches they are all family, your organization preaches the complete opposite, all the players at your clubhouse are complete  strangers.

With all this being said, have fun with your empty stadium that will only attract tourists and fans of the opposite team.

Sincerely,

The Paradox of our Age

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers; wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less; we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families; more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense; more knowledge, but less judgment; more experts, yet more problems; more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom. We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things.

We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion; big men and small character; steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce; fancier houses but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete.

Remember, spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.

Remember to say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.

Remember to say “I love you” to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak, and give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.

This was originally written by Dr. Bob Morehead, but has been altered slightly while bouncing around on the internet since 1998

The Republican Party 2.0

It’s no surprise that the Republican party needs a makeover. The once proud party of Lincoln now faces a pretty difficult rise back to prominence.

What is it that has the party of some of the greatest presidents The United States ever had in such a slump? Is it arrogance, refusal to change, or the refusal to admit some of their views are so to the right that not even some members of their own party agree with them anymore?

According to CNN, 60% of voters (ages 18-29), 55% of women, and 71% of the Latino voters all voted for the President in the 2012 election. If you are a member of the Republican party right now, these numbers should scare you deeply for the simple reason that if you never get these votes, the Democratic party will be in power at the white house for a very long time.

Look, I’m not saying for the republicans to cast aside their views and morals. All I’m saying is they need to rethink some things and get some new blood in that party.

The problem here is simple, really. Back in the day, America had morals, we knew abortion was wrong because you are killing a baby, we knew marriage was between a man and a woman; we knew God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.

But times have changed, like it or not.

Look, I’m not saying the Republican Party has to be pro-choice, and believe in gay marriage. But, maybe they should be pro-life except in the case of incest, rape and health of the mother.

They should be against gay marriage, but should be for a domestic partnership in which both partners are protected by law so in the case of one of them dying, the other isn’t screwed over.

Another stumbling block for the Republican Party has been the whole “Illegal immigration” issue.

They believe all illegals need to leave America, even if you came here as a 2 year old baby. They believe America is full of Americans… but, unless if you are a Native American, we are all immigrants in this nation.

Republicans pride themselves in being “The Party of Lincoln” well; I hope they know Lincoln freed the slaves. Republicans speak of how Ronald Reagan was the greatest president in the history of The United States, well I hope they know that Reagan granted all illegal immigrants amnesty. 

Former President George W. Bush tried to pass a bill that would help illegal immigrants but his party quickly shot it down.

Why doesn’t the Republican Party support a bill like the DREAM Act, a bill that would grant the children of the illegal immigrants a pathway to citizenship? A bill that states if you were brought to the United States before the age of 15 by your parents, who were illegal, you should not be punished for their wrongs. A bill that would not give these illegal immigrants citizenship, but would rather make these illegal immigrants earn their citizenship though going to school or serving in the Armed Forces of The United States of America.

Republicans are considered cold because of basically these three points. They should work on it.

We all need to understand this nation is growing, diversifying and getting stronger. The Republican Party has some great leadership that is still behind the scenes of people like John McCain, Mitt Romney and others. Great leaders like Marco Rubio, and Jeb Bush should be the future of the party.

As Governor of Florida, Bush was popular among Cubans (winning 80 percent of the Cuban vote in 2002) and popular among non-Cuban Hispanics (56 percent in 2002, equaling the 56 percent he won statewide). Also in his re-election in 2002, Bush surprised critics by winning the white female vote in the swing-voting battleground of Central Florida’s I-4 corridor.

Rubio on the other hand would be to America in 2016 what Obama was in 2008. A young, fresh-faced minority. Rubio’s parents were Cubans who had immigrated to the United States in 1956 and were naturalized as U.S. citizens in 1975.

Rubio was elected at the age of 28 to the Florida House of Representatives, representing Miami in Florida’s 111th House District. He defeated Democrat Anastasia M. Garcia 72%-28% in a January 2000 special election.

In November 2000, he won re-election unopposed. In 2002, he won re-election to a second full term unopposed. In 2004, he won re-election to a third full term with 66% of the vote. In 2006, he won re-election to a fourth full term unopposed.

On May 5, 2009, Rubio announced on his website that he planned to run for the United States Senate seat. Then, On November 2, 2010, Rubio won the general election with 48.9 percent of the vote, former Florida Governor, Charlie Crist received 29.7% as a member of the independent party, and Democrat Kendrick Meek won 20.1% of the votes.

Are we seeing a new breed of Republicans on the horizon? Will Marco Rubio be to the Republican Party what Barack Obama was to the Democratic Party? I Firmly believe so. The Republicans need someone like Rubio to lead them back into the White House.

To me, a  Rubio/Bush ticket would seem the most logical answer for the Republicans in the 2016 election. They would get the Latino vote since both Rubio and Bush are loved by them, the women vote, and of course the youth vote. Young people will be able to relate to the young, charismatic, and well-spoken Marco Rubio.

But, none of this will matter if the Republican Party don’t rethink their strong conservative viewpoints on social issues, which as we know, will be crucial moving forward.

The Power of a Bumper Sticker…

I got this as a “Letters to the Editor” this week and I thought it was fantastic…

 

 

Dear Editor:
I attended at a political rally for the Romney campaign recently and I bought my first Romney campaign bumper sticker. It actually says Romney Believe in America and even though I support Governor Romney, I am afraid to place it on my car.
Thinking that I was being a bit too paranoid, I asked some other Romney supporters and they agreed with me; displaying a Romney bumper sticker was just too dangerous.
Maybe this is the reason why I have seen so few Romney bumper stickers displayed, not only in this hotly contested swing state where I live, but also in other swing states where I have recently traveled.
Which leads me to the question: “What has happened to our nation when voters are afraid to display their political preferences with something as traditional as a bumper sticker?”
Personally, I am concerned that my car will be “keyed” along the sides or some other damage inflicted on the vehicle.
What a sad commentary this is about political discourse in 2012.

What do you think? Has something like this happened to you?

Leave your comments below.

We Are What We Listen To

For years, I’ve been a fan of all kinds of music. Rock, Hip-Hop, Rap, R&B, you name it.

Lil’ Wayne has probably destroyed music as we know it with songs about getting high, sleeping with every girl in world, and drinking your life away because “you only live once”.

When you’re younger you think that the music of your generation is the greatest thing to hit the radio waves, but after further consideration, I have come to the conclusion that my generation has by far the worst music I’ve ever listened to.

Look, not all rap is bad, but the majority of artists (can you even call them that?) are nothing but a thug from the street that samples great music from the past and puts it in their own crappy music.

Artists like B.O.B, and Lupe Fiasco at least have meaning behind their lyrics whereas artists like Lil’ Wayne, Tyga, and others have probably destroyed music.

Sure, Wayne has a good song here and there… but for me, the only good one I can think of is How To Love.

Drake is a tricky one. He has so much emotion in his music, but then he comes out with a song like HYFR and The Motto and it just makes me scratch my head.

There used to be a time in which music meant something, it had meaning, had a story behind the lyrics. Some still go by this, but for the most part, music is now used as a way to call out someone, degrade women, talk about smoking weed, sleeping with as many women as you can. (As I said before, there are exceptions to this rule but the most of the “hits” today are all about that)

Maybe I’m just old-fashioned and enjoy a good original song that someone wrote to their girlfriend or something like that.

Michael Bublé is the ultimate baller. All his hit songs are written for a girlfriend he had at that time.

For example, Michael Bublé is the ultimate baller. All his hit songs are written for a girlfriend he had at that time.

When Bublé was engaged to long-time girlfriend Debbie Timuss, he co-wrote the hit single “Home” for Timuss when he was away in Italy. When their engagement ended in November 2005, the breakup inspired Bublé to co-write the hit original song “Lost”.

The hit original song “Everything” was written by Bublé to his then-girlfriend Emily Blunt.

When Bublé became engaged to girlfriend Luisana Lopilato in November 2009, he co-wrote the hit single “Haven’t Met You Yet” for Lopilato.

Another example is Adele and her song “Someone Like You” which is about her broken relationship, and lyrically it speaks of Adele coming to terms with it.

Still don’t believe me? Well, here are a few lyrics from our “amazing” artists:

“Drop it to the floor
Make that a** shake
Woah make the ground move, that’s an a** quake
Built a house up on that a**, that’s an ass state
Roll my weed on it, that’s an a** tray
Say Ye, say Ye, don’t we do this err’ day-day?
I work them long nights, long nights to get a pay day
Finally got paid, now I need shade and a vacay
And n***** still hatin’, so much hate I need an AK
Now we out in Paris, yeah I’m Perrierin’
White girls politicin’ that’s that Sarah Palin
Gettin’ high, Californicatin’
I give her that D, cause that’s where I was born and raised in”

– Mercy by Kanye West

“So what we get drunk?
So what we smoke weed?
We’re just having fun
We don’t care who sees
So what we go out?
That’s how it’s supposed to be
Living young and wild and free”

– Young, Wild, and Free by Wiz Khalifa

“Now she want a photo
You already know though
You only live once: that’s the motto n**** YOLO
We bout it every day, every day, every day
Like we sittin’ on the bench, n**** we don’t really play
Every day, every day, f*** what anybody say
Can’t see ’em ’cause the money in the way
Real n**** what’s up?”

– The Motto by Drake (feat. Lil Wayne)

Those are just a few… Now, when you look as some lyrics from some actual musicians you’ll realize “wow, how can I possible like this music?”

“Some day, when I’m awfully low,
When the world is cold,
I will feel a glow just thinking of you
And the way you look tonight.”

– The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra

“I might have to wait, I’ll never give up
I guess it’s half timing and the other half’s luck
Wherever you are, whenever it’s right
You’ll come outta nowhere and into my life

And I know that we can be so amazing
And baby your love is gonna change me
And now I can see every possibility

Somehow I know that it’ll all turn out
You’ll make me work so we can work to work it out
And promise you kid I’ll give so much more than I get
I just haven’t met you yet”

– Haven’t Met You Yet by Michael Bublé

“I heard that you’re settled down
That you found a girl and you’re married now.
I heard that your dreams came true.
Guess she gave you things I didn’t give to you.

Old friend, why are you so shy?
Ain’t like you to hold back or hide from the light.

I hate to turn up out of the blue uninvited
But I couldn’t stay away, I couldn’t fight it.
I had hoped you’d see my face and that you’d be reminded
That for me it isn’t over.”

– Someone Like You by Adele

I am a strong believer that “we are what we listen to”.

If all you listen to is junk like Lil’ Wayne, and Kayne West you’ll start to actually act like the music. You’ll be disrespectful towards women, you’ll only party and smoke all the time because, according to Drake, You Only Live Once.

I think this is why the divorce rate is up, why people aren’t committing to eachother, why there is unfaithful spouses, and so much hate in this world.

This generation is all about the now, they want pleasure the fastest way possible, they can’t stay with one person for more than 2 months because they’ll be bored and want something new (Like artists, there are exceptions to all of this).

The music we listen to truly affects our daily lives, I wasn’t a believer in this a few months ago but now I completely get it.

If you are reading and still are thinking “Wow Pedro it’s 2012, bro. We aren’t losers like back then. Our music is the best.”

Just remember this, it might be cool right now, but would you really let your children listen to the music you listen to? You would like to let your daughter listen to music that says all she’s good for is sex? Do you really want to let you son grow up thinking women are an object that is only good for sex and then you leave them?

Dear generation, please move past this music we listen to. This doesn’t help anyone, it just hurts us all in the long run.

Drake Delivers with Club Paradise Tour (Exclusive Photos and Videos)

Drake stops the show to thank his fans

By: Pedro Heizer

Tickets to the much anticipated Club Paradise Tour were on high demand as the Toronto rhymer’s tour hit Tallahassee this past weekend. The only thing you could hear around the city entire weekend was about the Club Paradise Tour.

As I sat at a Chili’s restaurant before the concert, I began talking to Jennifer Capanado, a fan of Drake since the days when he stared as the basketball-playing, wheelchair-bound Jimmy Brooks on the Canadian teen drama Degrassi: The Next Generation.  “This has been the biggest thing to hit Tallahassee in a long time,” she told me “My friends and I have been waiting for this stop on the tour since he announced it.”

Drake didn’t do it alone, joining him on stage were up and comers Kendrick Lamar, A$SAP Rocky, and Chase N Cashe.

Up first in to the stage was Chase N Cashe. The New Orleans rapper took stage and preformed songs out of his latest mixtape, The Heir Up There.

Following Chase N Cashe was Harlem’s own A$AP Rocky and his crew. A$ASP preformed some of his most popular songs which included Pretty Flocko, Peso, Purple Swag, and Trilla.

Drake's Set-List for the Night

Kendrick Lamar was up next and although he had a quick show, it was very good in its own right. Kendrick came on after Chase N Cashe and A$AP Rocky and preformed his hits Hol’ Up, ADHA, P&P 1.5, She Needs Me, and HiiiPower.

After a 15 minute wait, Drake himself took stage with a standing ovation by the sellout crowd. Drake opened the concert with his song Lord Knows which sounded fantastic with the live instrumentals.

The instrumentals, to me, were what made the show go to a different level. There is so much talk nowadays that going to a rap concert is a waste of money because they rapper isn’t nowhere near as good live as he is in the record. Well, Drake proved that statement to be false.

Unlike most rap concert where there is only a DJ and the rapper simply raps over his song, Drake had a live band with him and that made the difference between an average rap concert and a rap concert that will be talked about for months to come.

Drake played most of his hits, songs like I’m On One, Crew Love, Shot For Me, Forever, Marvin’s Room, Take Care, Miss Me, Make Me Proud, HYFR and Headlines were some of the songs the Toronto superstar performed to a sellout crowd.

Drake’s stage presence was undeniable, the rapper was so comfortable up there and it showed.

Drake may rap that all he cares about is money and the city that he’s from, but his fans also hold a special place in his heart.

Drake address the crowd at the after party at LIT Nightclub

Halfway through the show, Drake stops the music and thanks his fans “Without you guys, I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing. Thank You,” he said. He proceeded to go from the right side of the stage to the left, and the center and pointed out some fans screaming his name.

Not only that, but instead of having his tour on bigger venues and getting more money, he decided to play in college arenas around the country. “I fought for this tour, I fought really hard for this tour because, of course, they want me to go get the big bucks, go into the stadiums and cash out,” Drake revealed about the decision to play more intimate shows. “But I was just like, I really made this album for the same people that supported me since day one.”

Drake closed the show with his hit Headlines and once he was done, he went to the center of stage and talked about how he will be unlike all the other rappers that have two or three albums and fall off the face of the planet. “I promise you this, I will rap until the day I can’t anymore”.

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