Drake and Future's Summer Sixteen tour rolled through Cleveland, the newly dubbed city of (basketball) champions, on August 13. To mark the occasion, Drake shared the stage with one of his favorite players, an athlete he loves maybe more than his own hometown team, the Toronto Rappers.
James was as stoked to be there as Drake was, and he made a point to call the rapper his "brother" before the host of the evening followed suit with some kind words. "Ohio, if y'all don't make some noise for the king right now, you're outta your mind!" The crowd went nuts when Drake formally introduced LeBron, and the two dove into "Pop Style" before the cheers subsided.
Drake and James have been fans of each other for years. Drake collaborated with Kanye West, Eminem, and Lil Wayne on "Forever," the lead single off the soundtrack for the 2009 documentary about the basketball superstar, More Than a Game. In 2010, James made the comment that Drake was an "unbelievable recording artist" who was "great for everybody, great for music."
The 2016 NBA finals had Drake cheering James on courtside, and he was there to see James & Co. net the trophy before they brought it home to Cleveland. That was a fact Drake was proud to bring up, too: "One more time for the man that came back home and brought a motherfuckin' championship instead of doing anything different!"
Given the drama Summer Sixteen has incited since its first date, it's awesome to see such positive vibes pop up as the tour progresses.