Drake and Migos Concert Review & Playlist

Grammy Award-winning rapper/actor, Aubrey “Drake” Graham, and Atlanta rap trio Migos had State Farm Arena lit up last night,  November 17, 2018 in Atlanta for night two of ”The Aubrey and Three Migos” tour. The show started around 7:30 pm with an opening act, which was Drake’s OVO Sound artist, Roy Woods who performed a few songs such as ”Get You Good”, ”Monday to Monday” and ”Drama”. I liked the vibe of the rap trio Migos! They have come a long way from their Mixtapes and although they have become more mainstream they still maintain authenticity. Migos consist of relatives, Takeoff, Offset, and Quavo. They were full of energy and zeal being in their home state of Georgia on the final leg of the tour. However, Migos didn’t get on stage until 9 p.m.! The trio performed hits like ”Bad and Bougie”, ”Stir Fry”, and ”Fight Night” and later on performed ”Walk It, Talk It” and “Versace” with Drake and the crowd went crazy!


Drake came on stage around 10 pm.

The stage was set up like a 3D rectangle in the center of the arena, and each artist worked the different angles of the stage throughout the night’s performances so that all fans whether on the floor level to the nosebleed seats could see.

I liked that Drake kept the audiences attention by performing some snippets of his older music catalog. It has been ten years since Drake stopped acting on the Canadian teen drama ”Degrassi” and started rapping. Drake also performed songs of his newer album ”Scorpion” with songs like ”Nice For What”, ”Nonstop”, and ”Mob Ties.” Also, Drake had female dancers for songs like ”Controlla”, ”Work” and ”In My Feelings (KeKe Do You Love Me?)

When performing ”Don’t Matter to Me” which features Michael Jackson, Drake paid homage to the legendary, Michael Jackson by mixing in Jackson’s ”Rock with You”. In the middle of the show, a basketball goal was brought out on stage and an audience member was brought on stage to attempt a lucky half-court shot for $25,000, but the fan wasn’t so lucky when making his shots and did not win the money. However, Drake was kind and gave the fan an OVO Sound Basketball Jersey.

Drake also brought out special-guest and Atlanta native, Gucci Mane who performed his classic hit ”I Think I Love Her” and the audience went crazy! Migos also brought out Lil’ Yachty. Drake also performed ”Yes Indeed” and during the song a ”yellow Ferrari like Pikachu” literally came down from the ceiling and floated around the arena, which was cool.

This was my second Drake concert and you can see the evolution and growth he’s had as an artist. I enjoyed the way the songs flowed and transitioned and Drake and Migos interaction with the crowd. Drake also said that Atlanta, Georgia has a special place in his heart because he recorded a lot of music in the city and it was one of the first U.S. cities he toured when he was first starting out as an artist.

Drake also mentioned how night two of the concert in Atlanta had the loudest audience for the entire tour! Atlanta is the last stop for ”The Aubrey and Three Migos” tour and the last show is on Sunday, November 18, 2018. For more information check out or or follow the #AubreyandtheThreeMigos hashtag on social media.

Check out the Drake and Migos playlist here on Apple Music and Spotify.



#OneMusicFest 2022 Review

The annual One Music Fest was held on October 8-9, 2022 in downtown Atlanta. I really enjoyed myself. This was my fifth time attending.

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It’s like Coachella meets Soul Train because the focus is primarily Hip Hop and R&B/Soul artists. Check out for more info.

Ms. Lauryn Hill

This year’s headliner was Lauryn Hill and Jazmine Sullivan and a plethora of other artists on various stages such as DVSN, Ja Rule, Ashanti, Tank & The Bangas, Sean Paul, City Girls, Jeezy, Gucci Mane, Saucy Santana, Alex Isley, Lupe Fiasco and Chloe.

DVSN performing.

There were also food trucks, other vendors, sponsor tents, and cool backdrops for selfies. There was even an outdoor Roller Skating rink set up to skate if you desired.

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Tank and The Bangas

My favorite performances were from Lauryn Hill, Tye Tribbett, Sevyn Streeter, Alex Isley, and Jazmine Sullivan, and when The City Girls brought out surprise guest, Usher, to perform their latest single “Good Love”.

Usher & Yung Miami/Caresha from City Girls.

During Lauryn Hill’s performance of the song “To Zion” her son Zion came out on stage with his children too. It was beautiful. Lauryn Hill is a grandma yall! Wow.

Lauryn Hill’s son Zion and his children too.

Also, Jazmine Sullivan her background singers were phenomenal and Jazmine even opened up about her personal life. She shared that her mother is battling cancer right now and to comfort her everyone in the audience cheered for Jazmine’s mother by saying “We Love You.”

Jazmine Sullivan and her background singers.

Singer-songwriter, Sevyn Streeter, also put on a great performance and she and her background dancers looked great in orange.

Sevyn Streeter & her dancers!

Tye Tribbett’s high-energy Gospel performance was amazing too and really ushered in the presence of God.

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BET’s Original 106 & Park hosts, Free & AJ, were hosts on one of the stages too.

I even got to meet singer-songwriter, Alex Isley. She was walking around after her performance and I walked up to her and asked for a photo. She was so kind and smelled good too. The funny thing is just a few weeks ago I wrote about her for Magnetic Magazine, (click to read)and then boom I met her!

Singer-songwriter, Alex Isley, and I.

There were thousands of people at the event and even Stacey Abrams’s campaign was there promoting others in Georgia to register to vote.

I felt as if I got my money’s worth seeing so many artists at the two-day event. Overall I enjoyed myself at One Music Fest and if you are a fan of R&B/Soul and Hip Hop I highly recommend going!

My friend Yasmine and I at #OneMusicFest
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Babyface & Kem Concert Review & Playlist

Babyface and Kem, the band, background vocalists, and dancers were amazing! Babyface has hits for days and Kem was pretty sharp too! #TheFullCircleTour (ATL) Apple Music Playlist here and Spotify playlist and podcast episode below and on

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The Full Circle concert at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta.
Babyface and his band were amazing!
Kem and his band were great too!
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#OTRII Tour Atlanta Night One was LIT! (2018)

The Saturday show of the Atlanta stop of the On The Run II Tour at Mercedes Benz Stadium was crazy. After Jay-Z and Beyoncé performed the last song of the night, “APE S#!T“, a random man from the audience hopped on stage and tried to follow them until some of the dancers ran after him and fought him. I have no idea why or how this person was able to get access to the stage! Where was Security?! I have no idea, but I just hope Queen Bey and Jay-Z are safe.

Before the shenanigans at the end of the show happened there was an opening act before The Carters performed. At 7:30pm Chloe and Halle, a young singing duo from Atlanta, who are on the television show “grownish” and on Beyoncé’s Parkwood Entertainment label were the opening act. They performed songs from their “The Kids are Alright” album and in my opinion did great singing and playing instruments.

After Chloe and Halle performed DJ Khaled came out to hype the crowd up and brought out special guests such as Monica, Cee Lo, Ludacris, and Jermaine Dupri. The diverse and excited sold out crowd went crazy as each guest performed.

At around 8:50pm the stadium went dark and the screens lit up and everyone in the diverse crowd started screaming loudly because Jay-Z and Beyoncé were about to come on stage!!!!

This was my fourth time seeing Beyoncé in concert and every time I’ve attended one of her concerts the energy in the stadium is electric! It feels like your favorite team winning a championship game and being a kid on Christmas all in one. Maybe I’m biased because I’m in “The Beyhive”, but I’ve never been disappointed with her performances even Jay-Z held his own and did well! Beyoncé’s stamina and physique, especially after recently giving birth to twins is amazing.

The Carters performed their hits such as “Crazy in Love”, “‘03 Bonnie and Clyde”, “Deja Vu”, “Upgrade U”, “NICE”, and “Black Effect”. I also enjoyed how the set list mashed up some of their individual hit songs. For example Jay-Z’s “Clique” mixed in with Beyoncé’s “Diva” sounded amazing. Beyoncé performed “Drunk in Love” and it was mixed with F.L.Y.’s “Swag Surfin'” and some of the crowd started swag surfing with Beyoncé. Also, Beyoncè danced to O.T. Genesis’, “Everybody Mad“, which she also performed back in April at the Coachella music festival. Jay -Z performed songs off his recent “4:44” album such as “Family Feud” and “The Story of OJ”. He also performed older hits such as “Dirt off Your Shoulder”, “99 Problems”, “Big Pimpin’”, and “Song Cry”.

The concert went through the highs and lows of The Carters married relationship from infidelity to forgiveness and family. Beyoncé and Jay -Z changed outfits multiple times during the show. One of Jay-Z’s standout outfits was when he wore a bandana around his head and jacket with a glittery black panther on the back. A standout outfit for Beyoncé was when she went from a white and silver sparkle jumpsuit, then a black leather leotard, then to a golden yellow gown with a golden yellow train to perform the emotional relationship song “Resentment”. Other standout songs were when Beyoncé performed the female empowerment anthem “Run the World” , Formation”, as well as “Flawless”. As she performed “Flawless” you could read the screens and hear audio from author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, talking about feminism and how society puts women against one another instead of working together and being confident.

Another stand out performance was when Jay-Z performed “The Story of OJ”, which samples singer Nina Simone’s “Four Women”. As Jay-Z performed this song various black and white cartoon images and mugshots from different activists and rappers and entertainers were seen on the screen.

My favorite part of the show was when Jay-Z and Beyoncé performed “Family Feud”, which samples The Clark Sisters’ gospel song, “He-ya”. When Beyoncé was on the stage singing the lyric “Heya” , which means eternal life, the stage literally rose up and moved across the stadium and the audience went crazy. It was so cool to me.

I loved the set design and the set list and attention to detail from the co-ed band, the multiple dancers, and the theme of going and running through the ups and downs of life. Overall, I give the show an A plus! I’m not sure if Beyoncé and Jay-Z will ever retire or if they will ever go back on tour together, but if you ever have an opportunity to attend one of their concerts you should most definitely go. Hopefully the concert will be on DVD or come on HBO like the first “On The Run” Tour did. Check out for more information and pictures from various cities they’ve toured.

Check out the Spotify Setlist Playlist below and click here for Apple Music & Tidal.


J. Cole’s #ForYourEyezOnly Concert Review


Today, is January 28th which is J. Cole’s birthday and a title of a track on his “2014 Forest Hills Drive” album. Back in August of 2017, I had the opportunity to attend rapper J. Cole’s #4YourEyezOnly concert in Duluth, Georgia at The Infinite Energy Arena. The concert started on time at 8 P.M. and lasted until about 11:30 P.M. J. Cole had four opening acts. The first to perform was the singer, Ari Lennox followed by rappers J.I.D. and Bas. These three artists are signed to J. Cole’s Dreamville Records. Also, Grammy nominated singer-musician Anderson.Paak and his band the Free Nationals were the last opening act for J. Cole.

After Anderson.Paak’s performance of “Am I Wrong” there was about a fifteen-minute break and all of a sudden all the lights in the arena went off and the sold out diverse crowd of over 10,000 people went crazy!


J. Cole’s songs and the concert theme reflect his life perspective of growing up in North Carolina, dealing with life, love, racial politics, and becoming a famous rapper.  The stage was centered in the middle of the arena as if it was a boxing ring with no ropes and instead streetlights props and surveillance camera footage being displayed on the jumbo screens showing various audience members in a surveillance camera type filter. All of a sudden J. Cole was spotted walking in the audience wearing an orange prison jumpsuit and being escorted through the crowd by men wearing police uniforms as he walked up the stairs and got on the center stage to perform “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and “Immortal” followed by the smash hit “Déjà vu”.

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The thought provoking fourth song performed was “Ville Mentality”. The live band with violins and keyboards offered for a very thematic and soulful background as J. Cole took time to speak to the audience about the meaning of the song and the pros and cons of living and being in the moment, yet also being aware of having a future.  After speaking J. Cole went back to performing a few of his other songs from other albums such as “Nobody’s Perfect”, “Power Trip”, and “No Role Modelz” and then continued to perform other songs off of his latest album.

Next J. Cole performed “Neighbors” and took the time to passionately explain the origins of the song. J. Cole was inspired to write this song from an unfortunate incident where one of his white suburban neighbors called an armed SWAT team to his property accusing him of “criminal activity”. The heavily armed SWAT team, with loaded rifles, broke the door to his home down and turned his home’s surveillance cameras off as they searched the premises, but they did not find anyone or anything. After J. Cole explained to the audience what happened the arena jumbo screens showed the real life footage of the surveillance video cameras capturing what the SWAT team did to his home.


After this song, J. Cole performed a few more songs and then the show ended. I thought of J. Cole as a pastor speaking to his congregation through music. The message he delivered that night was about life and living and enjoying yourself. I really had a good time and would pay to see him perform again. He has a positive and humble vibe. Overall his energy, stamina, and stage presence was great. If you ever have a chance to see J. Cole perform live I would most definitely recommend you to go.



One Music Fest 2017

This weekend was The One Music Fest held in Atlanta, GA. This year the music festival was divided into two days. The first night was at The Tabernacle and artists such as Ari Lennox, J.I.D., and Thundercat performed. However, this year I only attended the second day of the festival which was held at Lakewood Amphitheater and the breezy fall weather made for a great day! At Lakewood Amphitheater there is the Main stage that has reserved and covered seats and lawn area and then there is the standing room only Festival Stage with various DJ’s and performers. The main stage performances were from Ro James, Jidenna, Migos, and Jill Scott and the festival stage had Mos Def (Yasin Bey), Kaytranada, Too Short, and Damian Marley. Each artist had about a forty minute set on stage.

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FullSizeRender 45I primarily stayed at the Main stage because I had a seat and was more familiar with those artists performing on that stage and I also didn’t feel like standing up for long periods of time in between sets. My favorite performances were from Jill Scott and Migos. I really enjoyed the crowd atmosphere and positive energy at the festival. From the various t-shirt, jewelry, and art vendors and food trucks and variety in performances, it was worth it and I recommend attending next year because the festival just gets better and better! For more information about the festival check out