Drake brings along Miguel and Future to United Center for his Would You Like a Tour?

The Canadian rap star started at the bottom of the arena and worked his way to the top, with a little help from Miguel, Future, Jhené Aiko, hydraulics and an owl.

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  • Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

    Drake brought his Would You Like a Tour to the United Center on Dec 12, 2013, alongside Miguel and Future.

  • Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

    Drake brought his Would You Like a Tour to the United Center on Dec 12, 2013, alongside Miguel and Future.

  • Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

    Drake brought his Would You Like a Tour to the United Center on Dec 12, 2013, alongside Miguel and Future.

  • Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

    Drake brought his Would You Like a Tour to the United Center on Dec 12, 2013, alongside Miguel and Future.

  • Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

    Drake brought his Would You Like a Tour to the United Center on Dec 12, 2013, alongside Miguel and Future.

  • Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

    Drake brought his Would You Like a Tour to the United Center on Dec 12, 2013, alongside Miguel and Future.

  • Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

    Drake brought his Would You Like a Tour to the United Center on Dec 12, 2013, alongside Miguel and Future.

  • Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

    Drake brought his Would You Like a Tour to the United Center on Dec 12, 2013, alongside Miguel and Future.

  • Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

    Drake brought his Would You Like a Tour to the United Center on Dec 12, 2013, alongside Miguel and Future.

  • Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

    Drake brought his Would You Like a Tour to the United Center on Dec 12, 2013, alongside Miguel and Future.

  • Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

    Drake brought his Would You Like a Tour to the United Center on Dec 12, 2013, alongside Miguel and Future.

  • Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

    Drake brought his Would You Like a Tour to the United Center on Dec 12, 2013, alongside Miguel and Future.

  • Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

    Drake brought his Would You Like a Tour to the United Center on Dec 12, 2013, alongside Miguel and Future.

  • Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

    Drake brought his Would You Like a Tour to the United Center on Dec 12, 2013, alongside Miguel and Future.

  • Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

    Drake brought his Would You Like a Tour to the United Center on Dec 12, 2013, alongside Miguel and Future.

  • Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

    Drake brought his Would You Like a Tour to the United Center on Dec 12, 2013, alongside Miguel and Future.

  • Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

    Drake brought his Would You Like a Tour to the United Center on Dec 12, 2013, alongside Miguel and Future.

  • Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

    Drake brought his Would You Like a Tour to the United Center on Dec 12, 2013, alongside Miguel and Future.

  • Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

    Drake brought his Would You Like a Tour to the United Center on Dec 12, 2013, alongside Miguel and Future.

  • Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

    Drake brought his Would You Like a Tour to the United Center on Dec 12, 2013, alongside Miguel and Future.

  • Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

    Drake brought his Would You Like a Tour to the United Center on Dec 12, 2013, alongside Miguel and Future.

  • Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

    Drake brought his Would You Like a Tour to the United Center on Dec 12, 2013, alongside Miguel and Future.

  • Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

    Drake brought his Would You Like a Tour to the United Center on Dec 12, 2013, alongside Miguel and Future.

Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

Drake brought his Would You Like a Tour to the United Center on Dec 12, 2013, alongside Miguel and Future.

The Drake concert experience is all about rings. The rapper performs atop a circular catwalk, his band tucked in the dark of the hole. Another large ring hangs above his head, a massive halo. Smoke arises from the ring, as many in the crowd blow their own smoke rings. Late in the show, a ring lifts the 27-year-old into the rafters, like a Bulls championship banner, so that he may serenade the cheap(er) seats. 


Aside from the occasional guest vocalist—the breathy siren Jhené Aiko, the amusingly emo and dopey ATLien rapper Future, a man dressed as the owl mascot from his October's Very Own brand logo—it's largely just Drake up there on his Would You Like a Tour? Tour. Nothing else is needed. Like perhaps a mere handful of other MCs, Drake can capture a stadium in his aura with no accompaniment. Hubris helps. Golden light throws his shadow large against the backdrop, projecting a two-story Drake, as he both boasts of his fortune and struggles to maintain humility on his songs largely pulled from his last two albums, Take Care and Nothing Was the Same. The Toronto native closes with "Started from the Bottom." A couple ten thousand people overlook the mistruth of the song title and imagine themselves in his shoes.


That's the difference between Yeezy and Drizzy. Kanye underlines how nobody can or will be like him. Drake instills the idea that his lifestyle is attainable. Even if that's just an illusion, like his shadow projected in a haze.



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