Kanye West covers Drake hits as he steps in for Canadian rapper at Wireless Festival

London leg of festival sees West replace the ill Drake (July 6)

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Kanye West covered three Drake songs as he stepped in for the Canadian rapper on the second night of Wireless Festival in London tonight (July 5).

Drake was forced to cancel his headline appearances at the London and Birmingham legs of the festival this week, with West stepping in for him in the capital. The performance marked West's second straight appearance at the event after he also headlined on Friday night.

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In a set almost identical from the previous night, West opened with 'Black Skinhead' and a cover of Chief Keef's 'Don't Like', West then said: "My homeboy Drake can't be here but we still gotta rep for him tonight," before performing brief versions of Drake hits 'Headlines', 'We Made It' and 'All Me.'

Later in the set West was again booed as he embarked on another rant, this time talking for over 20 minutes during 'Runaway.' His latest divisive rant saw him rally against the paparazzi and one specific photographer whom he claims targets celebrities when they are at their lowest.

During his speech, West said: "Most of y'all won't believe this but I'm actually very shy in real life. I work one year on 12 songs. If you're really shy then what kind of song would you need to get on stage? You'd need a Kanye West song."

Moving on to the way he is portrayed in the public eye, West continued: "The media paint me as if I'm some sort of villain. I'm really more of a porcupine or a blowfish. They only talk about me when I'm angry. What does a blowfish when they're angry? They go 'Aaargh!'" The rant then moved on to comparing paparazzi invasion into West's life to rape and also the rapper's guilt at the fact his daughter North has no choice but to being born into a celebrity life.

Wearing a white beaded mask over his face for the majority of his performance, West performed in front of a huge red LED tower and wore an acid washed denim jumpsuit with a denim jacket. The rapper ended his performance of 'Black Skinhead' laying on his back before moving on to 'Mercy' and 'Cold' in the opening segment.

Later on in the set, which came after performances from Rudimental, Azealia Banks, Chance The Rapper and Earl Sweatshirt on Day Two of the festival, West played a number of hits from his 2013 album 'Yeezus.' Among the new material was 'New Slaves, 'Bound 2' and set closer 'Blood On The Leaves.' Whipping the crowd up as he played the latter, West said: "This ain't no radio shit, this is for the motherfuckers who bought the album."

Older material played in the set included 'All Falls Down', 'Touch The Sky' and the Daft Punk sampling 'Stronger.'

West will perform at Wireless in Birmingham again tomorrow (July 6). Bruno Mars will close the London leg of the festival on the same day.

Kanye West played:

'Black Skinhead'
'I Don't Like'
'Headlines' (Drake cover)
'We Made It' (Drake cover)
'All Me' (Drake cover)
'Mercy'
'Cold'
'Clique'
'Can't Tell Me Nothing'
'New Slaves'
'Power'
'Stronger'
'Runaway'
'Run This Town'
'Diamonds From Sierra Leone'
'Heartless'
'Jesus Walks'
'All Falls Down'
'Touch The Sky'
'All Of The Lights'
'Good Life'
'Bound 2'
'Blood On The Leaves'

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