With his name attached to four of the top five songs currently on Billboard’s R&B/hip-hop singles chart, Drake is ready to work work work it.
The Toronto rapper announced his Summer Sixteen Tour on Monday morning with his Atlanta cohort Future also on the bill, including a July 24 date at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon through Ticketmaster or the arena box office for $47-$127. “Special guests” are also promised for the show.
The real-life Aubrey Drake Graham, 29, is issuing his fourth album on Friday, alternately titled “Views From the 6” or simply “View.” He just revealed the cover art for the record this weekend, which features him dangling over the edge of Toronto’s CN Tower. Two singles from the record are already high up the charts, “One Dance” and “Pop Style.” The other two tracks with his name on them are Rihanna’s big hit “Work” and the Future collaboration “Jumpman,” from the mixtape the two rappers put out together last year, “What a Time to Be Alive.”
This will only be Drake’s second major headlining show in the Twin Cities counting his 2013 appearance at Xcel Energy Center. He probably needed extra time to remember the inane lyrics he wrote for “Hotline Bling” in the interim. However, it will be Future’s second Twin Cities show in just two months, since he’s also one of the top acts on the lineup for the ninth Soundset festival, happening May 29 on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.