Drake’s “Club Paradise Tour” Dates

 

» February 14 – Miami, FL @ Bank United Center
» February 15 – Gainesville, FL @ Stephen C. O’Connell Center
» February 17 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
» February 18 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
» February 21 – Columbia, SC @ Colonial Life Arena
» February 22 – Lexington, KY @ Rupp Arena
» February 24 – Tallahassee, FL @ Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center
» February 25 – New Orleans, LA @ UNO Lakefront Arena
» February 27 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
» February 28 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy Arena
» March 1 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
» March 2 – Arlington, TX @ College Park Center
» March 4 – Tuscon, AZ @ Tucson Arena
» March 5 – Los Angeles, CA @ Galen Center
» March 8 – Fresno, CA @ Save Mart Center
» March 10 – San Jose, CA @ Event Center
» March 11 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena

Drizzy is visiting stages across North America with his buddies A$AP Rocky and Kendrick Lamar before heading over to Europe. I’m hitting up his show on February 22.

2Pac Back?

Rick Ross has often likened himself to 2Pac. We heard this in his incessant chant of “2Pac Back, 2Pac Back!”,  and in his feature on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. A lot of times, when people hear Tha Boss make comparisons like this to a legend, they just snicker. I mean, of all the people in the rap game right now, I don’t think that many people would pick Ross to be the most like 2Pac; people like Kendrick Lamar would be much more legitimate candidates. Right?

It seems like Rozay and Pac couldn’t be any more different:

  • 2Pac is certainly a “socially aware” rapper, while that would be one of the last things I would call Rick Ross.
  • 2Pac takes his nickname (Makaveli) from an Italian philosopher, while Ross took his stage name from a drug dealer (Ricky Ross)
  • 2Pac was born in California, while Ross was born on the East Coast in Florida
  • Ross is huge, Pac is skinny…..

So it seems like we’re done. Ross’s claims of being 2Pac are completely absurd.

But really, they aren’t. You can obviously hear the influence of Pac in Ross’s flow. The way he lets the beat speak just as much as he does, and the fact that he uses the right beats on the right songs. They both often speak for the hood often in their music. The success of their music is also very similar, with both artist having dropped three number one albums in their lifetimes (Ross with Port of Miami, Trilla, and Deeper Than Rap; Pac with Me Against the World, All Eyez on Me, and The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory).

However, that’s not to say that Rozay is, in fact, Pac reincarnated. Because I don’t believe he is. Pac had 10 Platinum Albums, while Ross has none. Pac was the most popular artist of his generation, while Ross is a little down the list right now. And, I just like Pac’s music better.

But, there is a little validity in the comparison Ross makes between himself and Pac, despite what most people think.

Earl is Home

These days, it seems like I’m the only person who hasn’t hopped on the Odd Future banwagon. Personally, I’ve been against the “OFWGKTA” movement from the start. Well, I guess that’s not fair to say; I’ve honestly only been against Tyler the Creator from the start.

Sure, Tyler is a great producer, and I guess you could call him a decent lyricist, but I’m just not feeling it. I guess it’s just that his lyrics are too nasty for me, it seems more like a horror story than a rap song to me. Rap is supposed to be poetry, and I just can’t see some of the things that Tyler says in any poem.

But, some of the members of Odd Future are alright. I really love Frank Ocean’s music, and I guess I can stomach some of the lesser-known rappers from the group, like MelloHype and Domo Genesis, but what everybody has been telling me is that I should get into Earl Sweatshirt.

Now, I couldn’t really do that with any new music from him, considering that he just now got back from a boarding school or something or Somoa, but I checked out some of his old songs, like “Earl”. Honestly, all I saw was a less-radical, more-lyrical Tyler, but still nothing all too impressive. And when he came home, and dropped his song, “Home”, I still wasn’t that impressed. I read somewhere, though, that he supposedly has matured and is being mentored by the same girl who mentored/managed the late, great 2Pac, Leila Steinberg.

So, if her influence does rub off on him, making him more like Pac, maybe I’ll grow to like Earl. Until then, I am firmly against Odd Future. Sorry, banwagons.