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TONIGHT: Drake at First Niagara Center

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Sunday, December 15

Young Money Entertainment superstar Drake may have started from the bottom (if that’s how you like to think of Canadian television), but now he’ll be here, in Buffalo on Saturday (Dec 15). The 27-year-old hip hop champion has been touring strong this year. His tour, Would You Like A Tour?, began in October and will end in Philadelphia on December 18, but not before he makes a long awaited stop in Buffalo after rescheduling the show originally intended to be the first stop on his tour. His latest record, Nothing Was The Same—featuring “Started From The Bottom,” one of his biggest hits yet—met the expectations of fans and critics when it was released in September. On Nothing Was The Same, Drake attempts to reconcile his insecurities with his ever-heightening fame. As sensuous as his 2011 record Take Care, the album is a cathartic continuation that not only has the Canadian rapper examining his personal flaws but also has him accepting them, especially on songs like “Too Much (feat. Sampha).” The song juxtaposes egotistical lyrics with the simplicity of a minimalist piano line and chorus by English singer Sampha— a quickly rising star in the English R&B scene who has worked extensively with such diverse artists as Jessie Ware, Koreless, and SBTRKT. Don’t miss one of the most talented and popular rappers in the game right now when he comes to the First Niagara Center this weekend.

– cory perla

7pm First Niagara Center, One Seymour H. Knox III Plaza (855-4100 / firstniagaracenter.com) $49.75-$99.75