Canadian rapper Drake may have had some festival goers scratching their heads when it was announced that he was to headline the first evening of the Governors Ball Festival. The multi-platinum rapper may have over five million album sales and a Grammy under his belt, but Drake left the audience distinctly underwhelmed by his low key performance at last month’s Coachella festival. As a result of that performance many questioned the wisdom of Drake being given a headline slot at the Governors Ball, the east Coasts answer to Coachella.
Any worries that Drake would under-perform at the Governors Ball were quickly allayed. Drake may have cut a lonely figure on stage, choosing to perform to a backing track rather than with a band, but the Associated Press reports claim that he soon had the crowd eating out of his hands. Drake was energetic and excited onstage as he told the 50,000 crowd that they were “the best festival crowd I’ve ever seen in my life.”
According to the New York Post Drake found time to poke fun at himself and his reputation for being over-sensitive. During an extended version of his 2013 smash hit “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” Drake paused to quip “You know me, I gotta sing about candles in the bath and s**t.” The Governors Ball audience loved it.
Billboard reports that Drake opened his set with “Legend” before working his way through a 90-minute set that had a little of something for everyone in the Governors Ball audience. Drake thrilled the Randall’s Island Crowd with tunes from his latest mix tape If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late before running through guest verses on songs and remixes he’s been featured on. This included Drake offering nods to Big Sean’s “Blessed,” Makonnen’s “Tuesday” and Fetty Wap’s “My Way.”
Throughout his set, Drake teased the Governors Ball audience saying that he was feeling so much love from the New York crowd that he might have to bring his Canadian based festival “OVO” to the city.
“Drake asked “[Y]ou want me to bring the OVO Fest to New York? I may have to bring Kanye out, I might have to bring Beyoncé out, Me, Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj.”
Drake thrilled the audience as he worked through his set before closing out with audience favourites “Jungle,” “Take Care,” and “Hold On We’re Going Home.” The Governors Ball audience loved every minute of Drake’s performance, and the man himself fully justified his selection as a headline act for the three day festival.
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