The Roc Nation head called the spot “fantastic.” Turns out, Drake and Nicki Minaj thought so too.
Young Jeezy, who welcomed the trio to his set, first introduced Nicki Minaj to thunderous applause.
The Queens native said that prior to the concert, she and everyone else in Wayne’s camp were spending time with the rapper after he learned he had an extra day of freedom. Lil Wayne was scheduled to turn himself in to begin his prison stint that afternoon. A fire at the courthouse , however, prevented Wayne’s sentencing.
With some time to kill, the crew got a phone call to put the plans in motion.
“We were just talking to Wayne and he was being his crazy self,” Nicki told MTV News. “I got a call from Gee [Wayne’s co-manager and former executive at Roc-A-Fella] and the first name I heard was Jay-Z and I thought, ’There’s no way Jay-Z approved me to be on this show.’ And I was like, ’Do I want to?’ I’m on the next thing, smoking. I canceled
meetings that day and the next day.
“Madison Square Garden? I’m from New York,” she continued. “This means the world to me — to be there with Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy and Drake. It was the stuff that dreams are made of for a girl. Girls aren’t usually in those unique little circles.”
Drake heaped praise on his boss, Lil Wayne, for sharing his extra day (that turned into an extra week) with his fans.
“It was a moment where people thought Wayne had gone in and the surprise was he had an extra day, and a selfless individual came out and showed up for the people of New York,” Drake told MTV News. “The city he got convicted in, of all places. It was a great night.”
The “Best I Ever Had” MC even joked about violating Jay-Z’s all-black dress code that was set for the festivities.
“That’s just who I am,” Drake said, laughing about his all-white getup. “Young Angel.”