HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Two of hip hop’s biggest superstars Drake and Lil Wayne lit up Hartford last night, with a rap competition where an app allowed fans to chose “the best rapper in the world.”
Despite the earlier rain, thousands filled the Xfinity Theater in Hartford, an amphitheater where many were willing to sit in muddy, soggy grass to see Drake Vs. Lil Wayne.
The show, set to the “Street Fighter” video game theme, is a competition between both popular rappers where fans decide who’s the better performer.
“I love the old school video game concept, married with Lil Wayne and Drake battling it out with their top hits,” said Amanda Baggetta, a fan.
Drake is signed to Lil Wayne’s Young Money label, making this the student taking on his master. While the two tease each other and are competitive during the show, it is obvious to the crowd that there is mutual respect, if not a full blown “bromance.”
In addition to the two rappers egging the audience on to chose their side over the other, audience participation was more than just cheering fans. At the beginning of the show, fans were asked to download an app so they could be completely in control of how the show went, from choosing who would come out first, down to who won the battle.
The Drake Vs. Lil Wayne app prompts you to pick your side (which performer), pick your city and build the artist’s “power meter”, sending your energy to the stage. And of course the app allows you to take decorative seflies.
“It was amazing. There is really no other way to put it. They both killed it,” said Dante Parisi, a fan.
Lil Wayne was chosen to perform first for Hartford. He took the stage performing many of his classic hits from 2008’s “Lollipop” to newer songs like 2013’s “Love me.”
After a few songs from him, Drake took the stage, also performing songs off older albums, like 2010’s “Over” to his recent hit “Trophies”. And true to Drake style, he proved he can not only rap, but sing too in slower songs like “Marvin’s Room” where he glided over the crowd below on a moving block.
The rappers took turns owning the stage, then appeared together in a “rap battle” of their hit verses in the second half of the show. And it wasn’t just fan favorites. Towards the end of the show Lil Wayne gave fans a peak at his new album the Carter V, as did Drake with his fourth album, “View from the 6.”
But what’s a concert without surprises? Farmington’s own 50 Cent surprised fans on stage performing his 2003 hit song, “In da Club” leading the crowd to go wild with this cameo appearance.
“As if two platinum-selling rappers weren’t enough, they brought down the house with special guest rapper 50 Cent,” said concert goer, Marina Hojnacki.
Of course, eventually it was time to pick a winner. And even though, Lil Wayne was leading in the tour over Drake 3-1, it was Drake stealing Connecticut’s heart. Drake won the title in this show, gathering most votes on the app. But there were no hard feelings between the two friends.
The last portion of the show was the two performing the songs they did together like the recent hit “Believe Me.” While the show may be called Drake Vs. Lil Wayne, it was more Drake & Lil Wayne that made the show great.
“Very high energy and they kept the audience entertained the whole time,” said Baggetta.
Two mega star’s for the price of one, a surprise appearance, and the palpable energy from the huge crowd made this one of the hottest shows this summer.