Drake On OVO Fest: 'Me And Kanye Hadn't Even Talk Before We Got On Stage Together'
Just like every year, Drake’s fourth annual OVO (October’s Very Own) Festival boasted a menagerie of star power that saw everyone from Diddy, TLC, Ma$e, Lil Wayne and Big Sean, among plenty others, grace the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre for an historic show. But the night’s biggest moment came when Yeezus rose to the stage.
For the past couple of years there has been talk of an underlying rift between Drake and Kanye, with the two taking supposed subliminal shots at each other. All that talk was put to rest Monday night, as ’Ye emerged—leaving his notorious stage rants in the States—singing praise to the Canadian Sensation and toasting him for his accomplishments. "It’s been a lot of rappers that came in the game that wasn’t able to do something like this for their city,” exclaimed West before grinning. “Me and Hov would have never made Watch the Throne if this n-gga wasn’t putting pressure on us like that.”
Moments after the historic moment, Drake told REVOLT that it was "the most important moment of my life to date."
“His words, that was like a moment I clicked out. I [wasn’t] sure if I was still [dreaming],” expressed the YMCMB rapper. “This is probably the most important moment of my life to date. Because at the end of the day, I do look up to ’Ye and he’s been a major influence, if not the biggest influence in my career so to hear him say that and just to feel like, Okay who knows where this could goes, maybe we could do music now like we were supposed to or maybe we just start talking more,” Drake continued. “It’s a good thing.”
While there was also other highlights during the show, like when Lil Wayne joined his YMCMB protégé to put an end to rumors about an alleged rift between the two artists, the Kanye appearance was the night’s most surreal moment for not just the OVO fans but the head honcho as well.
“I came out and said what I said and I meant it,” Drizzy says about what he told the crowd as the two shared the stage (“Despite what anybody says, this guy here is the reason I'm rapping”). “I meant it. [Kanye’s] been a mentor to me, even if we didn’t talk like how me and Puff talk or how me and Wayne talk, [he’s] just mentored me through his decisions and I studied the game overall but I studied him very closely,” he says while slyly admitting the two were at odds at one point. “I’m 26 and I still feel, when you mention names like Jay, Wayne and Kanye those guys are just gods to me. So it’s just crazy to be on the stage with him and share that moment. We got to stand there together. We did the pose. What I loved about it was that it was organic.”
One can only wonder what happens from here between these two but, one thing for certain, and just like their 2010 collaboration, ’Ye and Drizzy showed the city of Toronto ‘a good time’ Monday night.