Cash Money Records fans were in for a treat at Lil Wayne’s Lil WeezyAna Fest in New Orleans this weekend.
Lil Wayne graced the stage Saturday night for his headlining set, and late into his performance, he asked the audience, “Can you please make some noise for this foreigner? Let’s show him a good time in America.”
That person was Drake, who joined Weezy on stage at Champions Square. “New Orleans is one of the few cities that shaped my career,” Drizzy said. As we know, Lil Wayne took the Toronto native under his wing and helped catapult him to superstar status—and New Orleans producers were pivotal in the early days of Drake’s career. He was previously a surprise guest at one of the annual Lil WeezyAna Fests.
According to Nola.com, he played an 18-minute set, where he and Wayne performed “She Will.” Drake then did renditions of “The Motto,” “In My Feelings,” “God’s Plan,” “Nonstop,” “Jimmy Cooks,” and “Knife Talk.” He also told a story about how he knew his career had taken off when he saw a guy in New Orleans selling bootleg copies of one of his first albums.
Lil WeezyAna Fest was initially supposed to take place on Aug. 27 for its sixth installation, however, it was delayed at the last minute. Wayne first launched the festival in 2015 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The last festival, in 2019, didn’t go well, with hot temperatures, vendors running out of water, and crowd surges ending in injuries. Lil WeezyAna has since been on a hiatus due to the pandemic and returned to Champions Square Saturday night.