Six things that happened during Drake’s SXSW Week debut

Drake performing at Fader Fort on Saturday night. Photo by Erika Rich
Drake performing at Fader Fort on Saturday night. Photo by Erika Rich

For the past several years the biggest SXSW rumors have revolved around a certain Canadian rap superstar. Each year hopes have been raised then dashed. This year, Dreezy fans’ dreams came true as the “6 God” closed out the Fader Fort (presented by Converse) at the popular unofficial party’s final year at Pine Street Station. Here are 6 things that happened at the show.

Three women in choir robes sang a gospel version of Ginuwine’s “Pony.” As the stage went dark and an OVO Music sign blazed in the background the women ¬†strode onto the stage and took a spot in a corner. They opened the showcase pouring their heart and soul into the timeless tune about freaking a body right.
Artists from Drake’s OVO label performed. Drake brought his whole crew with him and his squad goal was to remind everyone Toronto, Canada is the world capital of chilly R&B sex jams. Dvsn, Roy Wood$, Majid Jordan and Party Next Door all put in sets.
Erykah Badu sat in the pit. The photo pit was mostly closed for the show and functioned as an uber-VIP section for he show. With her magnificent hair spilling on all sides of her unmistakeable hat Ms. Badu sat in the front graciously posing for pics with some of the lucky folks around her. Sadly, she did not perform her amazing cover of “Hotline Bling” with Drake.
Drake opened with “Energy” and the Fort nearly exploded. Drake is a fantastic performer and his energy was red hot for this set. He told the crowd Fader asked him to do one song but he wanted to do a few. He danced, he jumped, he worked the crowd, he continued his eight-month assault on Meek Mill with “Back to Back” and played “Jumpman” with the crowd handling Future’s verse.
He didn’t play “Hotline Bling” but he did do the amazing dance. He took a break in the middle of “Summer 16,” his new single, to show off his “Hotline” moves in all their magic hand spinning, kitten baiting, Carlton from Fresh Prince emulating glory. The man really is a walking meme.
He teased his new album drop and promised Texas tour dates. Drake reminded the crowd his new album “Views From the 6” is due to drop next month and promised its accompanying tour would take him through Austin, Houston and Dallas.

Drake’s set list

ENERGY

KNOW YOURSELF

BIG RINGS

JUMP MAN (once by himself and once with Metro Boomin)

BACK TO BACK

SUMMER 16 

Author: Deborah Sengupta Stith

Deborah Sengupta Stith has been hanging out in dimly lit corners of the city soaking in the music scene for almost 20 years. Twitter: @deborific

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