Drake, Miguel, Future | United Center | Rock, Pop, Etc, Fall Arts | Chicago Reader
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When: Thu., Dec. 12, 7 p.m. 2013
Price: $59.75-$109.75
Defenders of “real” hip-hop have been up in arms about Drake ever since his breakout 2009 mixtape, So Far Gone, with which he first found substantial success with brazen pop hooks and a deeply unhard image—and thereby became one of a long line of artists who’ve ruined rap music forever. His latest LP, Nothing Was the Same (OVO Sound), sometimes seems like an album-length trolling of his haters in the way it juxtaposes conservative hip-hop touchstones—Houston rap, the Wu-Tang Clan—against sensitive-guy deep thoughts that occasionally reach James Taylor levels and cover art that might as well have been stolen from a 70s jazz-fusion LP. At the same time, Drake and longtime producer Noah “40” Shebib have darkened the mood since 2011’s Take Care, with beats that are both minimalist and sonically luxurious, making Nothing Was the Same one of the year’s best headphone records. Lyrically, Drake is still wallowing in his fame while struggling with a Sisyphean series of romantic travails, but on the Majid Jordan-coproduced single “Hold On, We’re Going Home” he finds a disco-fied moment of transcendental bliss. —Miles Raymer Miguel and Future open.


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