What you missed at OVO Fest 2013

August 7, 2013

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This night might go down in history as Drake hosted his 4th annual OVO Fest in hometown Toronto. What was once thought to be a small hometown event has catapulted into something of mass proportions, outgrowing some of the most major summer concerts. For the event, Drake brought out just about EVERYONE. With Wale an James Blake opening the show, followed by the performances by French Montana, Big Sean, Miguel, A$ap Rocky, The Weeknd, TLC, Ma$e and Lil Wayne.

Drake kicked off the night with Headlines followed by a performance of “Crew Love” with The Weeknd that set the entire Molson Amphitheatre in screams.

The nights second guest was Big Sean who came out to perform a medley of “Clique”, “Mercy” and their collaboration “All Me”. And just before Drake slowed down the show with an R&B set that included “Girls Love Beyonce” and “The Motions”, French Montana took the concert to new heights with “Ain’t Worried About Nothin'” and “Pop That.”

J. Cole and Miguel who will be Co-Headling a tour with Drake in the fall came out to perform radio hits including “Power Trip” and “Adorn” followed by a much anticipated medley performance by TLC of “Fanmail,” “Waterfalls” and “Scrubs.”

After Drake took fans back to his earlier hits like “Successful” and “Best I Ever had”, Diddy and Ma$e joined each other on stage for the first time in years. They took it back to the 90s as they performed their classic hits, “Mo’ Money Mo’ Problem,” “Victory” and “All About The Benjamins.”

And would the night really have been the same without A$ap telling us he loves “Bad B****es” and that’s his “F***ing Problem?”

But of course, the final moments were the biggest. After years of speculation about the relationship between the two rappers, the sold out 16,000 plus crowd screamed as Drake introduced Kanye (Yeezus) West to the stage with a freestyle.

“Niggas keep sayin’ I should give the chain back/That’ll be the same day I give the game back/You know the next question, dog, ‘Yo, where Wayne at?’/Nigga we both busy, I ain’t gotta explain that/What up with you and ‘Ye, man? Are y’all ok, man?”

In the video above, Drake did an exclusive interview with Revolt and explained the experience of sharing that stage with Kanye and their relationship now. You can read his comments below:

“In rap sometimes we don’t communicate enough. It’s extremely competitive so me and Kanye hadn’t even talked before we got on stage together. We didn’t rehearse or anything like that. I didn’t even see him before. That was my first time seeing him when I got onstage.”

“His words—that was like a moment [when] I clicked out. I was like, “I don’t know if this is real or not. I’m not sure if I’m still sleeping from the morning.” This is like I’m dreaming about how this is working out. [It’s] probably the most important moment in my life to date because, at the end of the day, I do look up to ‘Ye. He’s a major influence, if not the biggest influence in my career. To hear him say that and just to feel like, “Alright, who knows where this goes. Maybe we do music now like we was supposed to. Or maybe we just start talking more.”

“It’s a good thing, man. I came out and said what I said and I meant it. I meant every word. He’s been a mentor to me even if we didn’t talk like how me and Puff talk or how me and Wayne talk. Kanye’s just mentored me through his decisions. I study the game overall, but I study him very closely. Obviously. I’m 26, man. I still feel like you mention names like Jay, Wayne, and Kanye—those guys are gods to me. It’s just crazy to be on that stage with [Kanye] and share that moment. We got to stand there together. We had the pose going on and everything. It was crazy. What I loved about it was it was organic.”

The last guest, Lil Wayne, took the show home with his energy during “HYFR”, “The Motto” and “Love Me.” With a seamless show, a fantastic production throughout, the Toronto King ended the night with his “Versace” verse, “No New Friends” and what he calls the official Canadian Anthem, “Started From The Bottom.”

If you missed OVO Fest this year in Toronto, consider it a lesson learned. Each year Drake delivers bigger and better, so we’ll be expecting you see you in Toronto for OVO 2014.

Tweet us at @weknowthedj if you were there or if you plan on attending next year!

– Sara Soulati


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