Drake was promising big things ahead of this weekend’s OVO Fest, the seventh annual edition of his Toronto-based music festival of all things Drake-ish. And despite a level of hype threatening to swallow the Canadian city whole, the 6 God blessed and delivered (not limited to but definitely highlighted by a surprise appearance from Rihanna herself).
Here’s a breakdown of the weekend’s best.
It wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows, as the weekend threatened to begin with a real catastrophe. The opening slot belonged to a dual headlining reggae bash from Machel Montano and Beenie Man, but unfortunately some serious shit went down. And by serious shit, we mean the Zika virus.
Beenie Man was denied entry into Canada due to his recent diagnosis, denying all the Toronto-ites the pleasure of the Beenie’s signature lituation. But as they say, the show must go on, and Montano promised to make up for the cancellation with some special guests.
And so Montano saved the day by bringing out a treasure and a cultural icon to share the stage with him: the one and only Sean Paul. Paul of course killed it, and played all of his hits, including a special audience sing-along version of “Temperature.”
Up next came a set from dvsn, who held the crowd over until the imminent performance from Drizzy himself. The R&B duo (led by singer Daniel Daley) churned through a medley of their hits, including their smoldering single “Hallucinations,” and even took the time to perform a cover of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.”
Then, after a very pronounced delay, Drake finally takes the stage, opening (fittingly) with the song “Summer Sixteen.” And there was much rejoicing.
He continued to kill it with a set that was heavy on both tracks from this year’s VIEWS and the classics that have yet to grow old. He even hung out in a magic floating box for a performance of “Hold On, We’re Going Home.”
And being the co-headliner of this performance, Future showed up too.
But then the heavens opened up, the crowd went batshit bananas insane, and Rihanna stepped forward, serving her usual amount of badass fashion queen. She joined Drake “Work” and the first ever performance of “Too Good.” Then she stuck around to perform some tracks of her own material: “Bitch Better Have My Money” and “Needed Me.”
That’s all for now folks! Stay tuned to see what goes down next as OVO Fest 2016 continues!
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