Live Review: Drake Vs. Lil Wayne
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:26:04
People say there are no rockstars left.
Well, seeing Drake Vs. Lil Wayne proves that widely held belief unequivocally wrong. Thankfully, the 21st century does have rockstars—and they’re not DJs. They’re the superstar wordsmiths at the top of hip-hop.
Last night at the Hollywood Bowl, Lil Wayne and Drake hosted a show of downright massive proportions, boasting production that rivals legendary jaunts throughout history. This one’s a juggernaut for the ages folks. Moreover, the gig paired the two of them together for a frenetic, fiery, and focused Street Fighter-style battle of rhymes. Who emerged victorious? In truth, they both did.
Both men stand out as markedly individual performers. Wayne slides across the stage as if he’s always on his skateboard. His smoothness never underlies the grit and gusto of his delivery though especially during "Drop the World" and "Pop Bottles". Make no mistake about it. He’s a rap god to look up to, with good reason. Whether it’s the smoky punch of "Blunt" or the heavenly fire of "Mr. Carter", Weezy constantly transfixes wit unwavering mic prowess, elegantly crafted passages, and effusive charisma. By the same token, Drake eases back, and his charm comes from just how sly and clever he can be during "Marvin’s Room" and "Fuckin' Problems". The man’s a veritable hit machine, but he's a towering icon in his own right.
Watching the two of them battle transported the capacity audience from the Hollywood Bowl back to the basements, illuminating just how talented both men are. They don’t shred on guitars, but they shred rhymes like nobody’s business, which in this day and age, is crucial. Their talents will also transcend time. You could see it as they both blazed through verses during the battle all smiles.
When they joined forces for a slew of collaborative hits, they practically broke the California Richter Scale as the crowd moved, jumped, and screamed along. "Believe Me" from Tha Carter V heralded something very special though. As both rappers tore through their respective parts and the hook rose through the night, a powerful energy emanated from the stage—even more impactful than the lights and robust setup. These men have a partnership that’s going to endure. This was the show of the summer 2014. One thing’s clear though...
Lil Wayne and Drake have everything rock stars are made of—and more.
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