Drake will tour the United States in 2012.

Drake has announced a full-scale arena tour in North America in 2012, with some appearances at 2011 year-end parties tossed in. After we criticized Drake for crippling his Take Care album sales with an underwhelming college campus tour in November, we’d like to believe Drizzy found our little corner of the Internet, heard our critique and planned these dates accordingly. I’d also like to believe Natalie Portman has a candlelit dinner waiting for me when I get home, but Hungry Man is probably closer to the truth there. (You still can’t stop me from lighting those candles though.)

Kendrick Lamar and A$AP Rocky will stay on for tour support (they joined Drake’s college  tour as well). Full 2011 / 2012 US tour dates:

12-16 Los Angeles, CA – Gibson Amphitheatre (Power 106 Cali Christmas)
12-18 San Jose, CA – HP Pavilion (Wild Jam)
01-01 Las Vegas, NV – Joint at Hard Rock Hotel
02-14 Miami, FL – Bank United Center *
02-15 Gainesville, FL – Stephen C. O’Connell Center *
02-17 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena *
02-18 Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center *
02-21 Columbia, SC – Colonial Life Arena *
02-22 Lexington, KY – Rupp Arena *
02-24 Tallahassee, FL – Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center *
02-25 New Orleans, LA – UNO Lakefront Arena *
02-27 Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center *
02-28 Oklahoma City, OK – Chesapeake Energy Arena *
03-01 Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center *
03-02 Arlington, TX – College Park Center *
03-04 Tuscon, AZ – Tucson Arena *
03-05 Los Angeles, CA – Galen Center *
03-08 Fresno, CA – Save Mart Center *
03-10 San Jose, CA – Event Center *
03-11 San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena *

Holler at us for tickets.

Here’s Drake’s “Lord Knows” – Just Blaze goes beast mode on the beat: