This weekend, Drake celebrated the city of Houston, TX with HAW (Houston Appreciation Weekend). The festivities included a pool party, basketball tournament, and “hookah pop up”, all culminating with an intimate performance at Warehouse Live. And, oh, what a performance it was.
The setlist spanned a mind-numbing 50 songs (!) and literally covered every point in Drake’s career. Among the highlights, new songs “Draft Day”, “Days in the East”, and “0 to 100″, guest appearances from Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean, and YG, plus “November 18th”, the song inspired by Drake’s time in Houston, which served as the set’s closer.
Below, check out the full setlist plus fan footage of “November 18th”.
We Made It
A Night Off
Sooner Than Later
Best I Ever Had
Show Me a Good Time
Up All Night
Find Your Love
Over My Dead Body
Marvin’s Room / Trust Issues
No New Friends
Upper Echelon w/ Travi$ Scott
2 On w/ Tina$he & OB
Who Do You Love w/ YG
Days in the East
Hold On, We’re Going Home
All Me w/ Big Sean
We Dem Boys w/ Wiz Khalifa
Started From the Bottom
O To 100
Mo City Don
Drake likes to hang out with local Houston Rappers Bun B, Kirko Bangz, Slim Thugga because Houston Rap is the best rap.
I live an hour away, I wish I would have know about this. Sadface.
ONTD - HTOWN HOLLER
CHARITABLE DRAKE -- Astros.com (AW)
Photos From the Astros Game: Houston Appreciation Weekend
HOUSTON -- Hip hop superstar Drake has sold out plenty of shows during his time as a rap artist, but he'll never forget his first sellout -- and that's one of the reasons why he's in Houston this week.
Warehouse Live, less than a half-mile from Minute Maid Park, was the site of that first sellout five years ago. Though he was born and raised in Toronto and has no family ties here, Houston is special to Drake. Not only did he have that first memorable performance, this is where he flew to meet Lil Wayne, who told a then-unknown Drake that he was interested in his music and wanted to meet him.
Drake booked a flight to Houston, waited about eight hours to meet the rapper and the rest, as they say, is history.
"It's where I birthed my entire career," Drake said of the Bayou City.
Clearly, Drake's ties to Houston run deep, and they're sincere. He even has the body art to back it up -- "I have it tattooed on my skin, and in my heart," he said to a roomful of kids at Minute Maid Park prior to the Astros' game on Thursday.
Drake hosted more than 50 children from the Astros Urban Youth Academy and RBI program for a special meet-and-greet in a room near the Astros' clubhouse, where he gave an impromptu speech and answered a few questions from the crowd.
The event, during which Drake provided the kids with dinner and tickets to the game, kicked off the singer's three-day Houston Appreciation Weekend, which will continue on Friday with a concert at Warehouse Live.
Caitlin Moerbe, a 19-year-old college student, asked Drake what keeps him coming back to Houston.
"It's just a culture that doesn't exist anywhere else that exists here," Drake answered. "It's about how proud people are to be from Houston."
He compared it with how Jamaicans feel about their native land.
"You go to Jamaica, and all anyone wants to talk about is Jamaica," he said. "All they want to do is listen to music from Jamaica, they're going to tell you where the best places are to go eat food in Jamaica."
Houston, Drake said, is "a lot like that."
"They're very proud of the culture here," he added. "You can play the biggest rap record in the world, but nothing's going to get more of a reaction than something that's classic Houston music, and I love that. It shows a loyalty to me."
Houston is also where Drake met longtime Astros supporter and rapper Bun B, who offered early encouragement as Drake built his music career.
Since then, Drake has been outspoken in his support of Houston-based organizations, sports teams and initiatives.
In fact, his song "November 18th" is about Houston.
"I was really nervous, because I made a song for a city that I wasn't from, a brand of music that didn't necessarily belong to me, because I'm from Canada," he said. "And I got accepted. They listened to it, they loved it, they made it one of their anthems here."
There's a great video of Drake Talking Love for Houston on Astros.Com (at the Source)
Could Houston really be the place Drake is referring to in "Started from the Bottom"? They play it at the opening of every SINGLE Rockets game.