(Drake battles with a tiger in South Africa)
By Rob Markman (@robmarkman), with reporting by Sam Hendrick
On Valentine's Day, Drake will officially begin his Club Paradise Tour with an opening date in Miami, but in the meantime the Young Money rapper has still been playing scattered dates across the world. Before heading back to the States to perform at the Sundance festival this past weekend, he joined his crew in South Africa for a few dates and had some memorable experiences, which included a run-in with a tiger.
"Africa was amazing, man. Africa was amazing because I went, like, OK, I'm gonna have to do Rihanna 'What's My Name,' I'm gonna have to do 'Bedrock,' I'm gonna have to do 'Every Girl,' " Drake told MTV News of his planned playlist. "I went out there and I did the music that I thought they wanted to hear and all they were screaming was, like, they wanted to hear Take Care. They wanted to hear the new stuff."
Of course, Drizzy has a ton of solo hits like "Best I Ever Had," "Successful," "Over" and "Find Your Love." When you add in his high-powered collaborations with Rihanna, Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj, it all makes for a pretty impressive set list. Going into his African show dates, Drake didn't even consider the impact that his material from the November-released Take Care would have on fans.
"I started performing the new stuff and they knew it word for word," he said. "It was incredible. It was like 5,000 people."
Apparently people aren't the only ones to go crazy over the Toronto MC either: He has quite the effect on animals. "I went on a safari — I got tackled by a tiger!" he said. "It was crazy!"