Drake had a big day yesterday (February 24). First he showed up in London to perform alongside Rihanna at the BRIT Awards, giving ‘Work’ its first live, public outing.
Then he reportedly travelled straight from the O2 Arena in Greenwich to Village Underground in Shoreditch, where South London rap crew Section Boyz were performing. It wasn’t just the Best Newcomer winners at the MOBO Awards 2015 he saw there – he and Skepta both shared pictures of their meeting, with Drake also claiming he’d signed to Skepta’s label Boy Better Know, also host to Wiley and JME. He already has a tattoo of the label’s initials.
“Big up my brother Skepta, yeah?” Drake said to the crowd, some of whom had paid just £10 to see the Section Boyz – only to be confronted with the Canadian star as well. “Big up Section Boyz.” After playing 2015 Future collaboration ‘Jumpman’, Drake stepped back while the Section Boyz launched into ‘Trapping Ain’t Dead’ – but he wasn’t just an onlooker. Up on stage with the boys, he proved just how into British grime he is, so engrossed that he was mouthing along to pretty much every word. What an endorsement.