TORONTO, CANADA -- Drake accomplished more on Monday night, August 3, than most rappers will squeeze into an entire year. In addition to going for Meek Mill's throat during his 6ixth annual OVO Fest, he also saw his relationship with Kanye West come full circle.
These two rap luminaries first showed their public respect and support for his each other back in 2013, when Kanye made a surprise appearance at OVO Fest and finally squashed rumors of tension between them.
'Ye made a very bold statement at the time, admitting that, "Me and Hov would’ve never made Watch the Throne if this n—- wasn’t putting pressure on us like that."
And last night he proved that this will be a lasting friendship.
After Drake's attack on Meek, he introduced Kanye as one of his "idols" and then left him to deliver a heartstopping set that included "Stronger," "Power," "Can't Tell Me Nothing," "Black Skinhead," "All Day," "Mercy" (and a wild cameo from Travi$ Scott, who announced that he'd broken out of jail to make it there on time).
This must've been a proud moment for Drake, considering that just two years ago, he told MTV News how much Kanye's brief cameo mattered to him at the time.
"That was probably the most important moment in my career to date,” Drake told MTV News backstage, after the show (as you can see in the video below).
“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.”
Since then, their relationship has continued to evolve. We saw Kanye defending Drake after a controversial interview that ran in Rolling Stone, they performed together during NBA All-Star weekend, and Kanye even admitted, earlier this year, that he was "sitting there getting fat" until the Toronto rapper came along.
"I look at Drake as an amazing sparring partner. Someone who’s like, ’Come on, man, get back up!’ Bow! ’Get back up! What’s up, bro? What you doing?" Yeezy explained.
"This guy hits the gym, he’s just running around like, bow, 14 hits, same as Paul McCartney," he continued. "I’m like, Whoa. OK. Let me go to the studio, then. Let’s see what’s happening. Let me get these lyrics up. Let me see what’s happening. So, that’s where we at right now, that’s where you getting these records from.”
Backstage, after wrapping a night that will probably gown down in rap history, Drake shared plenty of laughs with Kanye and Will Smith. This friendship can mean beautiful things for hip-hop fans everywhere.
Pharrell was also one of Drizzy's honored guests of the night, performing "Frontin', "Drop It Like It's Hot," "Freedom" and even a snippet of Kendrick Lamar's "Alright."