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A Recap Of The #FreeLarryHoover Benefit Concert With Kanye And Drake

Drake and Kanye

On November 22nd, Kanye and Drake promised to come together to support a common cause. On December 9th, the duo delivered on that promise.

Kanye and Drake have a complicated past, to say the least. The two have had an on-again-off-again friendship for the better part of a decade. Fans were ecstatic to find out that Kanye and Drake had seemingly put an end to their feud just in time for the new year. With the end of their feud, came a concert like nothing the music world has ever seen before. The aim of the concert was to free Larry Hoover. In fact, Kanye and Drake were even sporting merch that honored Hoover. Other than that, there was little to no mention of Hoover during the concert, despite him being the reason that they came together in the first place. Nevertheless, this concert was a once in a lifetime moment. It all started at 9:30pm PT at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (although it was originally scheduled for 8:00pm PT). The Sunday Service Choir got the show started with a few songs including a cover of Adele’s “Easy On Me” and ultimately Kanye’s hit “Ultralight Beam”, which he then walked out to, accompanied by Champagne Papi himself. The crowd was electric as the DJ played “Praise God”, a song off of Kanye’s Donda, which has gained significant traction thanks to Tik Tok. Drake briefly exited the stage as the Louis Vuitton Don worked his way through his tremendous discography. Kanye’s setlist was as follows:

  • "Jesus Walks"
  • "All Falls Down"
  • "Gold Digger"
  • "Touch The Sky"
  • "Stronger"
  • "All Of The Lights"
  • "Black Skinhead"
  • "All Day"
  • "Mercy"
  • "Good Life"
  • "Flashing Lights"
  • "Say You Will"
  • "I Wonder"
  • "Runaway"
  • "Can't Tell Me Nothing"
It's worth mentioning that the majority of these songs haven't been performed by Kanye since his Saint Pablo Tour in 2016. Kanye's performance has been making headlines for a number of reasons, the first of which is his surprise cover of a Drake song. The song in question is "Find Your Love", one of Drake's first commercial hits. Drake could be seen off stage singing along and smiling. This cover came towards the end of Kanye's set before his performance of the song that many consider to be his magnum opus: Runaway. The moment that turned some heads and got people talking was during the outro of the song when Kanye added the lyric: "Run right back to me. More specifically, Kimberly." This is an obvious reference to his wife, Kim Kardashian. Before the audience got a chance to process the emotional moment, Kanye finished his set off with an explosive rendition of "Can't Tell Me Nothing". Then, it was time for Drake to match Kanye's energy. The Toronto pop rap superstar took a bit of a different approach. Firstly he started off with a beautiful rendition of Kanye's "24". Then, instead working his way through his own equally sizable catalogue, Drake played it safe by performing a few cuts off of his critically acclaimed Certified Lover Boy. Drake's setlist consisted of:
  • "Wants And Needs"
  • "No Friends In The Industry"
  • "What's Next"
  • "Life Is Good"
  • "IMY2"
  • "Laugh Now Cry Later"
  • "Girls Want Girls"
  • "In The Bible"
  • "Way 2 Sexy"
  • "Knife Talk"
  • "God's Plan"
In true Kanye fashion, the rapper then hit the stage for an encore to perform a few hits that he seemingly had missed the first time around including "Father Stretch My Hands" and "Bound 2". Everything came together for the finale in which the duo brought the house down with their collaboration, "Forever". Nobody knew what to expect from these two, but it's safe to say that in the end, Yeezy and Drizzy accomplished what they set out to accomplish. The #FreeLarryHoover Benefit Concert with Kanye and Drake is available to stream now on Amazon Prime Video.

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John Sileo

John is a Communications student at Marist College, with concentrations in Advertising and Public Relations and a minor in Theatre.

John is a Communications student at Marist College, with concentrations in Advertising and Public Relations and a minor in Theatre.