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True gent of hip-hop; Drake let his rhymes do the talking at the NIA gig. The rapper is back in Brum for the Wireless Festival.

REVIEW Drake NIA IF this slick, no frills set was anything to go by, Drake will be one to watch when he returns to Birmingham for the Wireless Festival.

Unlike some of his R&B/rap contemporaries Drake, or Drizzy as he's known by his adoring fans, is happy to let his rhymes do the talking.

There's no pretentious costume changes or extravagant stage designs just Drake and a microphone.

Headlines, taken from Drake's celebrated second album Take Care, was the first track to really get the crowd going.

Moments later he was joined on stage for Crew Love by support act The Weeknd.

It was clear from the way they exchanged vocals and embraced how close the fellow Canadians have become - a nice sight to see in such a cut-throat industry.

There were several nods to legendary New York rap troupe Wu Tang Clan, both in rapping style and in lyrical content.

Drake's occasionally complex lyrics and raspy tones appear very much to have been influenced by Wu-Tang member Cappadonna and affiliate Killah Priest.

No New Friends, the hit DJ Khaled track Drake featured on in 2013, hammered home the message of loyalty that was a running theme.

In homage to the fans for their "support from day one", Drake launched into We Made It, the perfect stadium anthem with its rousing Rocky soundtrack trumpets.

Hold On, We're Going Home, his biggest UK single, saw Drake pluck star-struck Birmingham girl Hannah from the crowd, completing the latest act of his charm offensive.

Hip-hop's first true gent has arrived.

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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Mar 22, 2014
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