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Drake Touts Tour With Miguel and Future as Sweet, Slightly Raw ‘On My Way’ Emerges

Drake, tour, Miguel, Future

Kanye West’s Yeezus is out today, but another rapper-singer who mixes arrogance, intense self-consciousness, and musical adventurousness already has plans to take over your next few months. “I ain’t gonna lie: I want to be the one you listen to all summer,” Drake says in a new GQ cover story. A newly surfaced, unfinished-sounding Drake track titled “On My Way” might not be the song that establishes the Take Care artist’s dog-days dominance. But his freshly unveiled tour with forward-thinking R&B lothario Miguel and vulnerable hip-hop robot Future looks set to extend any upcoming reign well into the fall.

“On My Way” first surfaced online as a two-minute snippet in 2010. It’s slow, minimally backed electronic R&B, with Drake singing about arriving in the airport and just needing the address to come see a pining love interest. “Don’t fall asleep / Yes, I see you calling me,” he pleads in one of various steamy, suggestive lyrics grounded in mundane 21st-century reality. A version newly circulating online adds extra sultriness from his “Girls Love Beyonce” guest vocalist James Fauntleroy, but as effectively as it captures a certain late-night mood and scene, it still feels a bit incomplete. Maybe in another three years?

Meanwhile, as speculation grows about Drake’s planned 2013 album Nothing Was the Same, Toronto’s very own has scheduled a fall tour with a couple of like-minded and gifted artists. His nationwide jaunt with Miguel and Future kicks off September 25 in Portland, Oregon, and runs through November 25 in Los Angeles. But first comes OVO Fest, held August 4 and August 5 in Toronto, where Drake will be joined by Frank Ocean and James Blake. Not a lot is certain about Nothing Was the Same just yet, but check out the recent videos for Drake’s wee-hours verbal onslaught “5AM in Toronto” and his celebratory, simplistic “Started From the Bottom.” Now the whole crew is here.

Drake tour dates with Miguel and Future:

September 25 – Portland, OR @ Rose Garden Arena
September 26 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
September 27 – Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
September 29 – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
September 30 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
October 2 – Saskatoon, SK @ Credit Union Centre
October 3 – Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
October 5 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
October 6 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
October 8 – Saint Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
October 9 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
October 11 – Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
October 12 – Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
October 13 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
October 15 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
October 16 – Buffalo, NY @ First Niagara Center
October 18 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Consol Energy Center
October 19 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
October 21 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
October 22 – Ottawa, ON @ Scotiabank Place
October 24 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
October 26 – Hartford, CT @ XL Center
October 27 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
October 28 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
October 30 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
October 31 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
November 2 – Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Cable Arena
November 3 – Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena
November 5 – Miami, FL @ AmericanAirlines Arena
November 6 – Tampa, FL @ Tampa Bay Times Forum
November 7 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
November 9 – New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Arena
November 10 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
November 12 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
November 13 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
November 16 – Phoenix, AZ @ US Airways Center
November 18 – Sacramento, CA @ Sleep Train Arena
November 19 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
November 21 – Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
November 22 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
November 24 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
November 25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center