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When you miss OVO Fest, it’s like missing Christmas. And while everyone’s enjoying their presents, you sit alone and cry to Drake’s saddest discography.
Looking back at all the things that happened during the biggest weekend in Toronto, you’re probably wondering how you made the mortal mistake of not going. Yes, the tickets are hard to come by, but we’d pay anything to cure the FOMO we’re having right now. As we scroll through our feeds feeling like the kid in gym class who never got picked for a team, we can collectively cry over all the things we wished we saw live at the seventh annual OVO Fest.
Every 2000s kid probably lost it once they heard Sean Paul made a surprise appearance. Because of Beenie Man’s Zika diagnosis, he was unable to gain entry into Canada, so Machel Montano promised to bring some special guests to make up for the iconic dancehall singer’s absence. No one would have guessed that one of those guests would be national treasure Sean Paul. If we weren’t already sad for not going, this adds the petty icing to our already salty cake.
Canadian R&B duo dvsn gave the crowd wedding playlist vibes and brought them back to a time when R&B was best sung in the shower with the singer’s hand on the wall and dramatic tears in their eyes. The standout moment from their set was when the duo channelled the King of Pop with their rendition of Jackson’s “Billie Jean.”
When Drake finally hit the stage, he opened with “Summer Sixteen” as the word “Revenge” blazed on the screen above him. The hook of the song goes, “Looking for revenge / All summer sixteen,” and we can’t help but wonder who this is aimed towards. Perhaps his recent feud with Joe Budden? Or to newcomer Tory Lanez? Or maybe it’s a nod to last year’s Meek Mill drama?
— KiSS 92.5 (@KiSS925) August 1, 2016
Considering Rihanna and Drake had many duets throughout the years, it’s a surprise she just made her debut at this year’s OVO Fest. As the duo flirted through performances of “Work” and “Too Good,” we couldn’t help but shout, “Yaaas AubRih!” at our screens in excitement.
There’s no other trap artist alive that can bring the hype like Future. The rapper performed five songs during his set, including “Jumpman” with Drake and “Same Damn Time.” Toronto was spoiled this weekend and luckily there’s enough footage for us to almost feel like Drake and Future (or at least, little blurry versions of them) are jumping right in front of us.
Kanye West continues to play with our emotions by hinting that he and Drake may have a joint album in the works. As Kanye was just about to go into “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1,” he stopped the DJ to say, “I don’t wanna talk about Pablo, I don’t wanna talk about Views. I wanna ask y’all right now are you ready for this album?” as Drake steps forward with his hand in the air. Boys, just take my money now.