The rumor mill has been working overtime, with rumors flying that there is some bad blood between the Toronto rapper and the XO boss. The rumors first started when The Weeknd refused to sign with the OVO label, Drake’s very own label. When news broke that Drizzy received material from The Weeknd that was added to his Take Care album this fueled speculation even more. During a recent interview with The Weeknd on Beats 1 Radio host Zane Lowe got the Starboy crooner to open up on the supposed feud, and the rapper voiced appreciation for Drake and a willingness to work on a joint project with the 6 god.
According to The Weeknd “He came in as my big bro and showed the world what I could do. From then on, he’s always been supporting me and I’ve always been supporting him. Behind the scenes, we’re still very close but it’s cool that the world can see us doing our own thing. OVOXO will always be there. It’s cool to have both monsters work together as opposed to one monster and one little guy coming in. It’s dope, like Kanye and Jay Z, when Watch the Throne happened. He’s the homie. At the end of the day, that’s my guy. Oliver, 40, all of Toronto. There wouldn’t be any new artists from there if it wasn’t for Drake making Toronto cool because it wasn’t cool. Let’s be honest. Canada wasn’t ever cool.” To further put the rumors of bad blood to rest Drizzy congratulated The Weeknd on his third album Starboy, sending out congrats to his fellow rapper from Toronto and also the XO crew as well.
Drake and The Weeknd have both received recognition at the 2016 MTV Eurpoean Music Awards. The event was held on November 6 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Both artists managed to snag their share of awards and honors. Starboy, the hot new track from The Weeknd, earned Best Video. Drizzy went against Kanye West, Wiz Khalifa, G-Eazy, and Future to win the award for Best Hip-Hop act.
Fans were treated to a performance of the hit song Starboy by The Weeknd during the 2016 MTV European Music Awards. The artist performed inside a dome that looked like a planetarium. This may indicate what fans should expect during the new tour from The Weeknd set to start in February 2017, Starboy: Legend of the Fall Tour. The tour runs from February to June of next year and includes stops in the USA, Canada, and Europe.
NOW recently got to talk to Drake about this year’s opening acts for OVO Fest. Drake gives a list of people that were going to perform, which includes: The Weeknd, 2Chainz, and A$AP Rocky. There’s a good chance that there will be special guest as well.
“I could do a whole separate interview about how talented [the Weeknd] is and what he means to the city. I’m so proud of him. He’s going to come out and prove how far he’s come in a year and how much he’s evolved as a performer.”
“I’ve known him for years, since when I was coming out on Lil Wayne’s stage as Jimmy from Degrassi. He’s one of the most exciting rappers out right now. I’m on his album, and we’ve done a lot of work together. I’m really excited to be bringing him to Toronto for his first solo show.”
“He’s a great performer. He brings a real energy to the stage and has a crazy, wild team around him that jump around and get people riled up and excited.”
MTV UK released some video footage of Drake‘s performance at the Wireless Festival in London. Watch Drake perform “Crew Love” featuring The Weeknd, “Take Care”, “Trust Issues”, and “Make Me Proud” featuring Nicki Minaj. You can also catch some photos of the event here.
Drake headlined today at the Wireless Festival in London to a crowd of 80,000 concert go-ers. While performing his set, Drake brought out The Weeknd and Nicki Minaj for tracks he’s done with them (Crew Love, The Zone, and Make Me Proud). Watch the footage below to see their performances.
Drake brought out some special guest to his Club Paradise show in Long Island, New York last night. Last night he brought out Dipset to perform “We Fly High” on stage with him. Drake also brought out other special guest including The Weeknd, Busta Rymes, A$AP Mob, and Movado. Watch the video of Drake and Dipset performing “We Fly High”
Drake continues his talk with Sway from MTV News in the recent interview he did with them. Drake talks about his OVOXO brother The Weeknd. Everybody has been wondering whether The Weeknd will continue as a solo artist or possibly join a major record label. Drake shines light on The Weeknd’s situation right now and how he’s involved in his careeer.
“As far as on paper, it’s all being worked out, but that’s not really what counts anyway. What counts to me is the fact that the affiliation is so known, and that’s all I really care about. I want to continue being involved in his career and vice versa and keep making music together, because you take songs like ‘Crew Love’ and ‘The Zone,’ that’s what people wait all night to hear. If you want to talk about evolution — a quick evolution — that’s definitely somebody who, everywhere I go, they love him.
“We’re definitely a family, it’s a definitely a Toronto thing. That’s not changing at all.”