Before either rapper appeared on the First Midwest Bank Amphitheater stage in Tinley Park, IL, an animated, Street Fighter-inspired video built the tension for the conflict between the two. Utilizing the Drake Vs. Lil Wayne Tour app– which enables fans to pick a side (Drake or Lil Wayne) and “power up” the impact of their performances in real time — fans chose Lil Wayne to kick off the evening, effectively making him Player 1.
Wearing Jordan 1’s in honor of the occasion, Weezy began his opening set with “Blunt Blowin’ and “John,” to the delight of the crowd, as they erupted and sang along word for word. Player 2, Drake, dressed in a Capcom x OVO hoodie, countered with “Crew Love” and “Show Me A Good Time,” further elevating the energy. It was clear that the fight was on.
The two then began to trade words, with Drake, who’d already been defeated in the tour’s first two stops, saying, “I don’t know if he rigged this shit, but I am not losing in Chicago tonight.” Wayne, confident that he had the Chicago crowd in his corner rebutted with, “I been doing this shit since he was Jimmy. And, I been to Chicago more times than he been to the bathroom.”
The words died down and the two got back to the music, with both running through a playlist of hits and fan favorites. Wayne breezed through tracks including “Pop Bottles,” “Leather So Soft,” swaying the momentum in his direction. Drake then becomes the first player to put in a “cheat code,” or perform a verse he laid on another rapper’s song, spitting his bars from French Montana’s “Pop That” before getting into “0 to 100.” He then went through his verses for A$AP Rocky’s “Fuckin’ Problem” and Migos’ “Versace,” upping the ante yet again.
A few moments later, after pointing out that he can sing and Wayne can’t, Drizzy began crooning the lyrics to “Marvin’s Room” while floating through the crowd on a device attached to a cable; a device that Weezy joking referred to as a stripper pole.
Not to be outdone, Wayne returned with an artistic rendition of “Mrs. Officer” with a backdrop of a Lichtenstein-inspired female officer. In an effort to win over the fairer sex in the audience, he followed it up with “Every Girl In The World” and “Lollipop,” getting loads of love from the ladies.
Taking things up a notch, the two faced off, hit for hit, bragging that they gave hit songs to other artists. In an attempted KO, Wayne said “I recently gave a hit to your best friend,” before dropping Chris Brown‘s “Loyal.” The crowd erupted and it looked like Wayne would take it. But the Toronto emcee shrugged it off, replying by laughing and saying “that shit sounds like a car commercial.”
Both would finish with a furry of hyped hits, Wayne with “6 Foot 7 Foot,” “A Milli” and “No Worries” while Drake performed “All Me,” “Trophies” and “Worst Behavior.” In the end, the self proclaimed “light-skinned Keith Sweat” took home his first victory, as fans voted Drake the evening’s best. The two then performed a set of duets, including “The Motto” and the new track “Grindin'” from Wayne’s upcoming Carter V before closing out the night with a rousing performance of “HYFR.”
The classic video game concept worked well for the YMCMB pair, as the two continue to impress, putting on an almost 3-hour show on what could possibly be the best hip-hop tour of the year.