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Aubrey Drake Graham

Labor day weekend is usually centered around popular activities to mark the end of summer, such as lake days with friends, upscale parties with an all white wardrobe requirement, or taking last minute vacations with your closest loved ones. I spent my Labor day weekend with my closest best friends experiencing my first concert, and it just so happened to be one of my favorite artists, Drake, performing at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was a fantastic experience. It was incredible that I was able to get front-row tickets for the very first time to see Drake and 21 Savage perform together. I became a fan of Drake after listening to one of his early albums, Thank Me Later, which was released in 2010. It was an extremely thrilling experience to see him perform live for the very first time.

He started with a speech while the concert was being opened. His comments centered on the importance of love, forgiveness, and gratitude for the life that we have been given. After that, there was complete darkness throughout the stadium, and then lights began illuminating the ceiling. The audience went absolutely wild as he took the stage and said that he was going to begin by performing some of his earlier songs. He began by performing songs from his album Take Care, such as "Marvin's Room," "Shot for Me," and "Look What You've Done." After that, he began performing some of his more recent songs, like “Jaded and Jungle,” which were found on his more recent albums, such as Scorpion and If You're Reading This It's Too Late. I enjoyed listening to the more recent songs, but then he shifted it back to songs from his Take Care album, such as "The Motto" and "Headlines," both of which are among my all-time favorite songs.

Throughout the whole of the show, my friends and I had a great time, and it was incredible to hear him sing live since he sounded even better than he does on his records. Near the conclusion of the performance, he started performing some of his more recent songs, such as "Search & Rescue" and "Sticky," which were released in 2022 and 2023. At the conclusion of the concert, Drake brought out 21 Savage, which was fantastic since 21 Savage sang one of my other favorite songs, "Rockstar." Because the audience was having such an amazing time, he promised to perform a couple more songs for us before wrapping up the event. Overall, I had an incredible time and I cannot express how much I would love to do it again. I am certain that I will be going to another one of his shows in the not-too-distant future.

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