Right at the start, Drake evens the playing field with one of raps giants, boasting Im as famous as my mentor (i.e., Lil Wayne). From there, he whips out declarations like Im the kid with the motormouth/Im the one you should worry about, Im holding all the cards/and nas wanna play chess, or simply Im the big homie. In his new music, Drake isnt being especially ingratiating or cottoning to commercial expectations, not that he ever did. Yet, even more so than before, the songs float and wander rather than punch or force. Its not an original approach. Kanye Wests 808s & Heartbreak and Kid Cudis Man on the Moon pioneered this arty, understated and internalized style for hip hop. Drake has a comeback for that, too. It aint who did it first/its about who did it good, he raps. Thats one of many self-aware and funny lines that pepper the CD. They should put a few more mirrors in here/so I can stare at myself, he cracks in Pound Cake. I make mistakes/Im the second to admit it, he allows in Tuscan Leather, while in All Me he compares himself to toilet paper. Im on a roll/like Cottonelle. Along the way, Drake has hardly abandoned his part as a sensitivo. Many songs still deal with male-female relationships. But instead of recounting a love gone wrong, he scolds women for not being brave enough to meet his expectations for intimacy.
Miley! Miley!” The 20-year-old emerged onstage in all white, wearing a tight corset and high-waisted shorts that revealed some of her backside. Her four-song set opened with the anthemic “We Can’t Stop,” where people onstage were dressed in flower, mushroom and rainbow costumes. She gyrated and slapped a dwarf-sized dancer’s butt onstage. She followed the colorful performance with “Party In the USA.” But it was her emotional rendition of “Wrecking Ball” that was her set’s highlight. Cyrus’ mascara was running as she left the stage after the song and the performance comes days after she announced she was no longer engaged to actor Liam Hemsworth. She thanked the audience for helping the song top the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week. “I couldn’t have done it without all you guys,” she said. Cyrus broke a record with the debut of the song’s provocative video, which features her in the nude. It became the fastest music video to reach 100 million views on VEVO. The wild child singer said she knows “things I’m doing that’s getting me into trouble and it’s just me doing what my heart and soul is telling me what to do.” Everything she’s done is “inspired by the music,” she said. Cyrus, who will release her new album “Bangerz” next month, also sang a cover of Melanie Safka’s “Look at What They’ve Done to My Song.” The guitar tune featured lyrics like “They think I’m half insane” and “I wish I could find a book to live in.” Cyrus has been added as one of the main performers for the second night at iHeartRadio’s festival at the MGM Grand Arena, joining a list that includes Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, Paul McCartney and Drake. Elton John, Katy Perry and Chris Brown performed Friday. Saturday’s day line-up also featured Jason Derulo, Avril Lavigne, The Wanted, The Band Perry and others. ___ Follow Mesfin Fekadu on Twitter: http://twitter.com/MusicMesfin Loading Slideshow Nicki Minaj The singer made these flower-shaped pasties a part of her 2012 tour. Do you think they add a nice touch to her already extravagant costumes?