Drake, OVO Fest: MC Outshines Special Guests Nicki Minaj, Snoop Dogg and Rick Ross
well as compulsive name repeater Waka Flocka Flame, too.
Watch Drake & Waka Flocka Flame Perform "Round of Applause"
Nicki Minaj, the final surprise MC, was apparently intended to be the penultimate guest, but their mutual label boss Weezy couldn't make it across the border -- luckily Minaj delivered the festival's hands-down highlight with a ferocious take on "Beez in the Trap," a song set further ablaze by 2 Chainz dropping his remix verse -- which would've had more impact if he hadn't already done it during his concise but charismatic opening set. (Minaj woulda had more impact, too, if she'd delivered more than this and her Drizzy collab "I'm So Proud.")
Drake actually reminded us that the three artists had first worked together on Lil Wayne's I Am Music tour in 2009 back when 2 Chains was known as Tity Boy -- which just goes to show that when some famous rapper brings out a crew of nobodies to give each a turn on the mic, maybe we should pay attention. Ultimately, the relatively modest star power of the special guests this year was somewhat irrelevant because just a few years into his career, Drake is now a proper superstar himself.
He no longer has to prove himself, as became crystal clear from the decibel level screams of the sold-out crowd of 16,000 at the Molson Amphitheatre. Dressed in all white everything, Drizzy ran through his increasingly deep catalogue of hits from "Underground Kings" ("I got rich off a mixtape") and "Forever," to the surprisingly intense reception for his epic drunk-dial "Marvin's Room," and the surprisingly pyro-heavy run through "Take Care."
Of course, everyone was waiting for Rihanna to come out, and that's the double-edge of Drake's OVO sword. Anything short of an