Tuesday9.28 and Wednesday 9.29
Drake @ Radio City Music Hall
1260 Sixth Ave. 212-247-4777. $44.25-$95.25. 8 p.m.
Young Money. If you’re plugged into the world of Drake, this is a phrase that comes up often. Young Money is the name of the label Drake was signed to last year after one of the fiercest bidding wars for an artist in history, one that reportedly went north of $2 million for a signing bonus. Young Money is the phrase someone in nearly every one of Drake’s songs is shouting, whether it’s coming out of his mouth or one of his labelmates’, which include Cory Gunz, Nicki Minaj and label CEO Lil Wayne. Young Money is, literally, the two words that probably best define Aubrey Drake Graham. This is a guy who, up until two years ago, spent his days in a wheelchair as the handicapped Jimmy Brooks on the TV show Degrassi: The Next Generation and in 2010 has the fourth highest week-one album sales. “My 15 minutes started an hour ago” the 23-year-old raps not even 40 seconds into his debut Thank Me Later, an excellent album that juggles the love of fame with the desire to escape it. The guy has a song titled “Miss Me” on his debut album. So you have to wonder: Does Drake look forward to back-to-back nights at Radio City Music Hall? Or is he already looking past them to the room service at his hotel afterwards? Such is the dilemma of being Young Money.