During his intimate set at the iconic venue on Saturday night (January 21), which had been pushed back numerous times because of Death of TakeOff and “production delays,” the 6 God ran through both hit singles and deep cuts as the scene transformed from his childhood bedroom to a record company boardroom.
Among the participants were Kevin Durant, Odell Beckham Jr. and Ice Spice – which Drake allegedly dissed on his latest album Her loss after reports that he unfollowed her on Instagram — as well as the Toronto rapper’s mother and longtime producer Noah “40” Shebib.
Towards the end of the concert, Drake brought out hometown heroes Dipset as the stage transformed into a Harlem bodega. Dressed in Cam’ron’s famous pink fur coat and hat, Drake played hypeman as Cam’ron, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana and Freekey Zekey tore through “I Really Mean It,” “Dipset Anthem” and “We Fly High (Ballin’).”
Before leaving the stage, The Diplomats presented Drizzy with a custom OVO x Dipset bracelet as The Boy paid tribute NYC crew influence.
“These guys right here from Harlem made us dress different, talk different, walk different, rap different — all the way in Canada,” he said.
Recording back to the present, Drake then welcomed 21 Savage to the stage for several tracks from their joint 2022 album Her lossincluding “Rich Flex”, “Privileged Rappers” and “Spin Bout You”, as well as “Jimmy Cooks” and “Knife Talk”.
In between songs, the duo hinted at going on tour together in 2023, with Drake telling the crowd, “We’re going to hit the road this summer.” Details of a alleged It’s all a blur Trip appeared online before the show.
The Canadian hitmaker also teased the release of yet another new project – which would mark his fourth in three years – while giving a heartfelt speech to his fans.
“I appreciate all the people that stick with me. I know it’s a cool thing … to be like ‘fuck Drake’ … but I really appreciate everyone continuing to support us, ” he said.
“I’ve thought about a lot of things in life, but at this point none of those things stop making music for you, so I’ll at least be here for you a little bit. And I hope I can wake up more feelings for you, maybe this year. I might get bored and make another one, who knows!”
Drake returns to the Apollo Theater for round two on Sunday night (January 22). See the setlist from Saturday’s concert below.
Over my dead body
Feel no roads
Best I’ve ever had
HYFR (Hell Ya Fucking Right)
Started from the bottom
I’m on one
No new friends
Laugh now cry later
Hold on, we’re going home
In my feelings
Way 2 sexy
Wait for U
Calling my name
I Really Mean It (with Dipset)
Dipset Anthem (with Dipset)
We Fly High (Ballin’) (with Dipset)
Rich Flex (with 21 Savage)
Privileged Rappers (with 21 Savage)
Spin Bout You (with 21 Savage)
Jimmy Cooks (with 21 Savage)
Knife Talk (with 21 Savage)