Drake's life has changed drastically in the last couple of years. Though he achieved a certain level of fame after spending eight years on the teen TV series "Degrassi: The Next Generation" as Jimmy Brooks, the school basketball star who wound up in a wheelchair after he was shot by a classmate, did he ever imagine in his wildest dreams that he'd become one of the hottest names in hip-hop?
On Sunday night, the 24-year-old rapper held his second annual OVO Fest (an acronym for his entertainment company October's Very Own) at the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto. To the sold-out crowd's delight, many of the big guns in the biz (Lil Wayne, Nas, and Rick Ross to name a few) came out to support the headliner.
When Drake took the stage, he was clearly overwhelmed by the cheers from his hometown audience. "There's only one thing I care about in this world -- Toronto," he said. After performing hits such as "Show Me A Good Time," "Best I Ever Had," and "Over," Drake had another surprise up his sleeve: Stevie Wonder. The legendary Motown singer's 30-minute set included "Sir Duke," "I Wish," "My Cherie Amour," "Ribbon in the Sky," "Signed, Sealed, Delivered," and "Superstitious."
So how did Drake get Stevie to take part in the festivities? "Stevie Wonder is a very close friend of mine," Drake revealed to MuchMusic. "I'm honored to call him a friend, someone who embraced me very early in this music business." He even collaborated on six songs for Drake's upcoming album, Take Care, in stores October 24 -- which also happens to be Drake's 25th birthday. "He helped me out with a lot of the music, just came and sat with me, listened to my music, told me where I could add a couple things to make it more sonically appealing, and not only that but we actually are writing together, which is an incredible experience... So I hit him, asked him to come by, and with no hesitation he hit me back like 'I will be there.' Not only that, but he was supposed to do two songs and he did like six -- it was incredible."
If you couldn't be there in person, check out some highlights from the OVO Fest: