Concert Review: Drake and Migos

(Photo by Caitlin Cronenberg)

If you missed the Drake concert Tuesday night, you also missed Migos, DJ Khaled, Gucci Mane, Bad Bunny, and Lil Wayne.

In a concert do-over after the rapper postponed his September show due to a sudden illness, Drake pulled out all the stops for a Miami crowd at the AmericanAirlines Arena. Turns out it was well worth the wait.

The show started slow—show opener Migos took the stage donning parachute jumpsuits—and a noticeably absent Offset. After waiting almost two months for this show… seriously? Quavo and Takeoff performed “Slippery,” “Bad and Boujee” and other jams without the full trio. However, halfway through the set the third rapper and husband to Cardi B (spoiler alert, she doesn’t make an appearance) came on stage during “Working Me.” The crowd got into a groove, only to have to wait another 45 minutes after the set for the stage to be broken down and prepared for Drake.

But when he arrived, he arrived. The stage completely bare, it was surrounded by a see-through screen, enveloping the Canadian rapper by special effects of lightning bolts and thunder clouds. These nature motifs continued throughout the first part of the performance, with molten lava, cracked ice, the ocean and a roaring whirlpool projected onto the stage. This included a stunning Aurora Borealis during his latest “Doesn’t Matter to Me.” At one point, tiny drones flew overhead, leading to projections of geometric shapes and images reminiscent of his “Hot Line Bling” video.

One downer: in the first part of the show, Drake blew through song after song after song, irritating the part of the crowd (OK, me) who wanted to see a song through more than the chorus. But, he made up for it. Migos came back on stage to perform more of their hits, including “Walk It, Talk It,” “Narcos,” “Motorsport,” “Stir Fry,” and “I Got the Bag.”

… with Gucci Mane.

The crowd screamed as the artist came on stage to perform, but there was still more. DJ Khaled jumped on for “All I Do is Win” and “On One” with Drake. Reggaeton rapper Bad Bunny performed “Mia.” And the icing on the cake, Lil Wayne surprised the already flabbergasted crowd to join his protege on stage to perform his new song “Uproar.”

Just the weekend before, Drake served as an impromptu guest when he joined Travis Scott on stage for “Sicko Mode” on Sunday, also at the AmericanAirlines Arena.

Another surprise was when Drake invited a fan from the audience to shoot a free throw, three-point shot, and then a half-court shot. He made the last, earning him $25,000.

I’ve been to shows where artists try to cram too much into one show, too many surprise artists. This wasn’t the case, as the rappers came for a song or two and handed the stage back over to Drake. Who, by the way, dominated the mostly bare stage, showing a good performance isn’t only dictated by how many fireworks, special effects, dancers, and props you have.

Although, the flying yellow Ferrari during “Yes Indeed” was pretty cool.

As for waiting two months, Drake, you’re forgiven. Just don’t wait two years to come back to the Magic City.