Drake’s OVO Fest Is Summer’s Best, Jay Z Shows Beyoncé Where He’s From, OutKast Member’s Big Move?
Thorough Tuesday. It’s a day of keeping things thorough so why not start it off with Drake’s full-fledged OVO Fest recap? Even though Drake’s concert is probably the best of this summer, it didn’t make Jay Z leave his wife Beyoncé hanging in New York for her Brooklyn concert. They make a great pair, much like OutKast but even Big Boi is looking to keep his solo career moving with a possible reality move? All this coming up in SOHH Whatcha Think.
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1. August’s Very Own
Drake is of course an all-out superstar in the world of music and if hearing him referenced in commencement speeches or seeing his songs on packets of Taco Bell sauces isn’t enough, then going to his OVO Fest in Toronto, Canada should be enough to convince you. What was thought of being a little hometown event has become something of mass proportions, bigger and better than most major summer concerts. Miss Info TV has a great recap of what went down last night:
The evening kicked off with “Headlines,” going right into the show’s first guest as The Weeknd reunited with Drake for their Take Care cut “Crew Love.” Following an audio clip of his 2012 Grammy victory for “Rap Album of the Year,” the night’s second guest, Big Sean, appeared for a medley of “Clique,” “Mercy,” and their collaboration “All Me.” French Montana took the show to new heights with “Ain’t Worried About Nothin” and “Pop That” before Drake slowed things down during an R&B set which included “Girls Love Beyonce” and “The Motion.”
J. Cole and Miguel (the latter co-headlining a fall tour with Drake) swooned female fans with radio hits “Power Trip” and “Adorn” before the rapper-singer went into an acoustic cover of “I Get Lonely Too.” The moment lead into an appearance from TLC, who did a medley of “Fanmail,” “Waterfalls” (with Lil’ Mama), and “Scrubs.” After taking fans back to his early hits such as “Successful,” “Best I Ever Had,” “Forever,” and “Over,” it was time for a rare reunion as Diddy and Ma$e joined together on stage for the first time in years. The duo showed their chemistry of the 90s as they ran through No. 1 hits “Victory,” “Feel So Good,” “Mo’ Money Mo’ Problems,” and “All About the Benjamins.”
The final moments were indeed the biggest. Through years of speculation of issues between the two, and subliminal raps, the sold out 16,000 plus crowd screamed as Kanye West appeared on stage to the sounds of “New Slaves.” “Me & Hov would have never made Watch The Throne” if this ni**a (Drake) wasn’t putting pressure on us like that,” said Kanye before getting into “All of the Lights” and “Can’t Tell Me Nothing.” “This one of my first mentors, one of the first people that embraced me, my role model, y’all make some noise for the god that is Kanye West,” followed Drake as the G.O.O.D. Music MC left the stage. The final guest, Lil’ Wayne, took the show home with his high energy during “HYFR,” “Love Me,” and “The Motto.” With a seamless show, and fantastic production throughout, the Toronto King ended the night with his “Versace” remix verse, “No New Friends,” and what he called the official Canadian anthem, “Started From the Bottom.” (Miss Info TV)
When you consider all of the star power Drake showed off at the concert, is it safe to say he’s sort of a big deal? It may have only been two hours but when you are featuring Wale, Diddy, A$AP Rocky, Ma$e and plenty more artists during the event, you can tell this is not your average concert. Is it safe to say the OVO Fest can now compete with iconic concerts like Hot 97′s Summer Jam? #SOHHWhatchaThink?
2. Where I’m From
Would a Beyoncé concert in Brooklyn go down “without” an appearance and performance from the local hero turned rap icon Jay Z? Probably not and she made sure there were no hiccups by having her hubby come out to perform a track from his Magna Carta Holy Grail album. Rap-Up has the footage:
Beyoncé closed out the first leg of her North American tour with the last of three shows at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Monday. After performing “Bow Down,” BK’s own Jay Z joined his wife on stage for “Tom Ford.” The crowd cheered as Bey stood by her man and provided ad libs. She kissed her hubby before he walked offstage.
Her sister Solange was in the crowd, tweeting, “My sister literally just wrecked that show. She is simply, the best.”
The “Mrs. Carter Show World Tour” continues to Latin America and Australia next before returning to the U.S. in December. (Rap-Up)
Is you ever needed an excuse for not packing your bags and headed out to Canada to attend Drake’s OVO Fest, it’s safe to say being at the Beyoncé show with Jay Z coming out is good enough. Any chance these two will perform songs together during this tour? #SOHHWhatchaThink?
Even though the world seems like it still wants an OutKast reunion to go down, Big Boi is keeping busy with other opportunities while he waits on Andre 3000 by looking overseas for work. It must be getting too hot in Atlanta because Big is allegedly going to try his hand at reality television. NME is all over this:
OutKast rapper Big Boi has reportedly signed up to appear in the next series of Celebrity Big Brother in the UK.
Read more at http://www.nme.com/news/big-boi–2/71858#pHKTrsEpjpHyJslf.99 The Sun claims that Big Boi will be joined in the house by model Sophie Anderton, Loose Women presenter Carol McGiffin and former football manager Ron Atkinson. Abz from the recently reunited boyband 5ive is also believed to be taking part in the reality TV series when it starts later this year. The last US hip-hop artist to appear on the series was Coolio, who finished in third place in 2009.
A source told the paper that: “Producers always like to mix things up with an American star and they hope Big Boi will do the business this year.”
It is believed the rapper, who has released two solo albums, including 2012 record ‘Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumours’, has agreed a fee of £300,000 to appear on the programme. A spokesperson for Channel 5 refused to comment on contestants before the series starts. (NME)
Reality television has not always panned out for most artists. Even Chingy is giving it a shot with “Couples Therapy” on VH1. With the success Big Boi has enjoyed over the years, is doing reality television the best opportunity for him? #SOHHWhatchaThink?
That about wraps it up for today. This is SOHH On The Spot giving you the morning scoop from your favorite gossip sites.