Drake, Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar have been booked to perform at the 40th Anniversary of the most prestigious event in hip-hop on Friday and Saturday. The duo will each perform two concerts at the Paramount lot in Los Angeles and include a tribute to music icon, Chi-town legend, “Ice Ice Baby”, Larry Hoover.
Hoover was the leader of the Gangster Disciples, one of the most violent gangs in Chicago, known for their slogan, “I’m the coldestest”. They were eventually shot at a home invasion where they were being held hostage by an opposing gang. A few years after his death in 1997, this slogan began to become the theme of rap tracks.
Drake in June 2018. Photograph: JB Lacroix/WireImage
Last year Kanye West, who says he is a spiritual father to the Black Disciples, performed the song, Free Hoover, at his Saint Pablo Tour in Chicago.
Kanye West and Jay-Z went to Chicago to perform the song at a benefit concert for the Larry Hoover Youth Academy, which helps young people stay in school and stay away from violence. The city held a moment of silence for Hoover, who died in the home invasion where he was being held hostage.
However, Kanye didn’t mention the topic in his live set and performed new tracks by Migos and artists from G.O.O.D music, a group he runs with Jay-Z.
Drake in October 2018. Photograph: Andrew Kelly/Reuters
Since launching his Just Being Honest Tour, Drake has been an outspoken critic of US President Donald Trump, producing some of the most notable images and dialogue of his political rise. At the time of the viral backdrop for his Stronger album, when fans were faced with an image of Trump’s head being chased by federal marshals wearing Obama masks.
Drake last performed at the venue in 2013, when he was a surprise guest at Tyga’s Calabasas show. Over the years, Kanye has also performed numerous times at the venue.