Mark your calendars boys and girls: Drake is playing Dubai. In a Middle East debut for the young and incredibly successful rapper/singer, Drake will be bringing his latest ‘Would You Like a Tour?’ show to the Dubai International Stadium on March 14.
Love him or loathe him, Drake remains at the top of his game. The Toronto native - also known by his pseudonym Drizzy - has a busy year ahead of him with the highly anticipated release of his fourth album Views from the 6. Having smashed countless records, including beating out The Beatles for the most Top 100 hits (72 to be exact), the 28-year-old rap prodigy has always been considered something of an anomaly in the often rough and unpolished world of hip-hop.
For starters, Drake famously sings on many of his records, a talent that has earned him pop star credentials in addition to a Grammy award. There’s also his acting career where he played a disabled teen on the popular television series Degrassi: The Next Generation. Then there’s his unique background: Drake’s father is an African-American from Memphis and his mother is white and Jewish.
With the divorce of his parents at a young age, Drake - whose full name his Aubrey Drake Graham - grew up in two polarising worlds of privilege and poverty. Facing criticism from the hip-hop community at the onset for being “too soft”, Drake instead responded with an endless slew of hit records showcasing his dizzying talent for lyrical prose.
Known for his smash hits Take Care, The Motto and epic collaborations with the biggest names in the industry including Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Beyoncé and Jay-Z, the rapper will be bringing to Dubai an extensive stage production of pyrotechnics, lighting and sound following his American co-headlining tour with mentor Lil Wayne which ended last year.
Professional success aside, Drake’s personal life has also made headlines after he got entangled in a love triangle with rival Chris Brown and former flame Rihanna. The men brawled at a New York nightclub in 2012, causing extensive damage to the venue as well as injuring bystanders after bottles were thrown. Drake’s ego also got the best of him after he sent out a series of furious tweets following Rolling Stone’s decision to put the late Philip Seymour Hoffman on the magazine’s cover instead of him.
Since beginning his dominance of the charts, Drake’s entourage of famous allies has only grown, so only time will tell who the star might be bringing with him to town.
Tickets to the show start at Dhs320, available online from Time Out Tickets at www.itp.net/tickets.
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