NEW YORK — "I came here to further our relationship," Drake told his Radio City Music Hall audience Wednesday night (September 29) during his second of two sold-out shows in Manhattan.
The Toronto lyricist was visiting the third city on his Light Dreams and Nightmares Tour, following Miami and Jacksonville, Florida.
But on this evening, the Thank Me Later star operated like it was opening night.
"I'm not gonna sugarcoat the sh--," he said. "I'm gonna give you the dreams — with my nightmares."
Drake then brought out some impressive big guns during his nearly two-hour set. With appearances from Jay-Z to Fabolous to Trey Songz, it's safe to say Drizzy advanced his standing with his New York City fans.
"I hang out with a lot of people in New York," Drake said after he and his Young Money family — Birdman, Mack Maine and Tyga — ran through their hits "Every Girl" and "Bedrock." "One's been holding New York down."
Loso arrived onstage seconds later, and he and Drizzy swapped verses for their "Throw it in the Bag" remix.
Throughout the proceedings, Drake flipped from uptempo cuts like "9AM in Dallas," which kicked off the night, and slower numbers like "Find Your Love," "Shut It Down" and Alicia Keys' "Unthinkable."
"I figure I could slow it down and tell y'all some stories," he said coyly. "Ladies, you having a good time?"
"'Tez keeps telling me just turned 30/ Having dreams of being single forever, he's getting worried," Drake rapped on "Unthinkable." "And I'm scared too, 'cause I'm in the same boat/ Good women are rare too, none of them ever came close/ Me, I haven't changed much, you know how I play it/ Better safe than sorry, instead of searching for substance at every single party."
He then invited a female audience member to join him onstage, and as the music continued, slowly removed her jacket and kissed her collarbone.
The intimate moment was interrupted, however, when Drake pleaded with the crowd to shut their camera phones off while he asked his guest, Alejandra, a question.
"How old are you?" he inquired. She replied, "24," which put a smile on Drizzy's face.
"Oh, we good! Turn the music up!" he yelled, before giving his new friend a BlackBerry to call him while he's on the road. "This our first gift in this relationship."
Trey Songz arrived during the latter half of Drake's set to deliver a track off his new album, Passion, Pain & Pleasure, "Can't Be Friends."
Drizzy might have cashed in on a favor owed to him by Jay-Z. Earlier this month, the upstart MC flubbed his delivery at Yankee Stadium during Hov and Eminem's Home and Home event. Drake restarted his verse to "Up All Night" a second time, but he and the band were out of sync. As Jay closed out his show, he told the Bronx crowd he owed Drizzy one.
On Wednesday, the Brooklyn icon brought the capacity crowd to its feet when Drake invited him out for their collabo "Light Up."
"They always tell me nobody's working as hard as you/ And even though I laugh it off, it's probably true," Drake spat.
Then, from the side of the stage, Jay emerged to a raucous ovation.
He rhymed a portion of his verse before quickly transitioning into "On to the Next One," sans Swizz Beatz. The producer, though, later joined Drake for "Fancy."
Drake closed things out by thanking the New York crowd and telling the ladies he could envision finding a new girl while he's in town.
"I'm looking for a New York girl," he said, then his breakout hit boomed through Radio City.
"Y'all the best I ever had!" he screamed.
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