News: Eminem & Jay-Z Help Drake Put On For His City [Video]
Monday, Aug 2, 2010 9:06AM
Eminem and Jay-Z showed support for Drake on the last night of the OVO Festival in Toronto with surprise performances.
Both Em and Jay came out at around the end of Drake's concert.
The loudest cheers of the night by far, as Eminem joined Drake on stage for his verse on "Forever." Slim Shady kicked the rapid fire flow, decked out in all black everything. He disappeared as quickly as he arrived. But Toronto showed their appreciation for every second Em was on stage. Things are heating up. There's another surprise up next. Just when things couldn't climb another decibel, Drake takes it up one more level (on top of nose bleeds, as J.Cole would say) by bringing out Brooklyn's finest. Jay-Z joined the Toronto upstart on stage for "Run this Town." (MTV)
The event also hosted guest performances from Def Jam's Rick Ross and Young Jeezy.
Other guests joining him included Rick Ross, Toronto's own Kardinall Offishall and opener Young Jeezy but it was the former star of Degrassi: The Next Generation who everyone - included the woman who had bedazzled Mrs. Drake on her t-shirt while others carried placards saying "I Love You Drake" - came to see. There was definitely a sense of hometown pride amongst the youth gathered at the lakeside shed. "This is home baby!" screamed an equally excited Drake to huge cheers. (Toronto Sun)
Details on last night's Drake concert hit the Internet around mid-July.
It's called the OVO Festival, it'll be going down August 1 in Toronto, and it'll feature Drake alongside Young Jeezy, Bun B, Francis & the Lights, and artists to be named at a later date. Says Drake: "I truly believe this is entertainment at a level that the city has never seen before. I'm hoping that it is a safe and magical night and that OVO Festival becomes tradition every year." His very own music festival,already? Does Taylor Swift even have her own festival? (New York Mag)
In February, Drake talked about the importance of representing for his city.
"Toronto is the biggest inspiration behind my music," he said in an interview. "I do everything I do for Toronto. It's a city I really believe in. It's got a bunch of great people. We got a lot of undiscovered things in Toronto, man: women, nightlife, restaurants, clubs and talent. Women, first. I just wanna bring the city to the forefront. I feel like every place needs an ambassador. They need somebody to show the rest of the world how magical that place can be. I think Jay[-Z] does it for New York, a lot of people do it for Atlanta, Kanye did it for Chicago. A lot of rappers take it upon themselves. So I just really wanna be that guy for Toronto." (Canadian Press)
Check out footage from the event down below: