Drake Calls Kanye’s OVO Fest Cameo ‘Most Important Moment In My Career’

MTV News catches up with the Toronto MC after the historic show, which also saw cameos from Ma$e, TLC and Diddy.

TORONTO, Ontario — Hip-hop conspiracy theorists, it’s time to rethink everything you thought you knew. With just about every new track that Drake has dropped over the past couple of years there was talk of subliminal shots
and fractured relationships — but not only was the Weeknd on stage two songs into OVO Fest on Monday night, but Yeezus himself materialized to sing the praises of the YMCMB rapper.

Kanye toasted Drake, crediting his talent and success for pushing The Throne to work harder. “Me and Hov would’ve never made Watch the Throne if [Drake] wasn’t putting pressure on us like that, so I just wanna pay my respects,” ’Ye told a packed house in Toronto.

It was a surreal moment for everyone who witnessed it, and especially for the rapper born Aubrey Graham. “That was probably the most important moment in my career to date,” Drake told MTV News after the show, which took place the same day Kanye was announced as a VMA performer. “I think me and Kanye have wanted to express our respect for each other for a long time and sometimes rap, the business, the competitiveness and just the heart behind it forces you to not talk to the people you quietly admire.”

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Day one of the fourth-annual event was canceled when Frank Ocean pulled out due to damaged vocal chords, but that was just a slight hiccup for the festival, which earned a chapter in the history books last night, with appearances from TLC, Ma$e, Diddy, Lil Wayne, and plenty more. James Blake and Wale opened the show at Toronto’s Molson Amphitheatre before Drake hit the stage clad in white to perform “Headlines,” and despite the recent rumors of a feud with his fellow Toronto native, The Weeknd emerged onstage early to thunderous applause for “Crew Love.”

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