6. OVO regular The Weeknd bounded onstage, a big owl splashed on his white tee, for “Crew Love,” ending whispers that Toronto's biggest stars were at odds. “I don't know if you can tell by the look on my face,” Drake said, grinning, “but I got some shit for y'all tonight.”
7. More and more, OVO isn’t so much a Drake concert as a block party orchestrated by Drake. Even my cameos got cameos.
8. It’s easy to overlook how many hit records Drake has. A DJ medley of his past solo work—“Successful,” “Best I Ever Had,” “Over”—didn’t even elicit a single verse. And smashes like “Take Care” and “I’m On One” went unsung. Newer favorites like “Girls Love Beyonce,” “5 A.M. In Toronto” and the spanking-new “All Me” got burn instead.
9. Our host’s water bottle was replaced by a red kegger cup by the time he brought P. Diddy and Ma$e to the dais, reliving his first Bad Boy concert as a kid on the very same Amphitheatre stage. As a shiny-suited Mason Betha danced with Diddy, performing “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems” and “Feel So Good,” Drake slipped into full fan-boy mode—refreshing for a genre hesitant to give other props—and Diddy thanked Drizzy for reuniting him with the pastor.
10. Through plumes of dry ice, Kanye West appeared stationary, angrily rapping “New Slaves,” then hitting the crowd with “All of the Lights.” Before launching into “Can’t Tell Me Nothin’,” the most famous new daddy west of Prince William had a message. “Not many rappers would do this for their city,” Kanye said. “Me and Hov never would’ve done Watch The Throne if it wasn’t for this nigga putting the pressure on."