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With his electrifying lights display and live band, Drake commanded the stage with rapid fire for the first four songs -- '9AM at Dallas,' 'Forever,' 'Up All Night' and 'Show Me a Good Time.' The pace slowed, and lights got low except for the ominous spotlight on Drake during the Nightmares portion of the evening, which included songs 'The Resistance' and 'Karaoke.' The stage and mood brightened for 'Fireworks' when real fireworks went off inside the venue.
From his Young Money/Cash Money family, Drake brought out Birdman to handle his verses on 'Money to Blow,' before jumping into the "Free Lil Wayne" portion of the show, much like his Summer Jam performance back in June. Part of the Weezy tribute included 'I'm Goin In,' off of his 'So Far Gone' mixtape, where the crowd rapped Wayne's part so loud that Drake's mentor might have heard it up at Rikers Island. The line of special guests didn't end there. Fabolous came out to do the 'Throw It in the Bag' remix, followed by Trey Songz, who did not perform any of their collaborations, but rather his new single, 'Can't Be Friends' off his own 'Passion, Pain & Pleasure' album. This all led up to the big guest of the night: Being that it's New York City, Jay-Z came out to an epic, wall-shaking reaction from the crowd to handle 'Light It Up,' and stayed to do his own 'On to the Next One,' with Drizzy handling hype man duties. Swizz Beatz kept it energized and rounded out the special guest portion for 'Fancy.'
Although Mr. Graham had help from some of his Young Money crew and industry friends, it was truly his night on his headlining tour to show the world why he is heading the "New Era" of rap right now. His stage show was definitely polished and proved that, much like the epic event that took place at Yankee Stadium with Jay-Z and Eminem, that hip-hop truly can translate to a stellar live show experience.