Drake continues to harvest secondhand shine.
Drake is a master of associating himself with whoever’s next. Cardi B is the hottest rapper currently running, with no qualifications. So it was only a matter of time before the Great White North’s most-famed schemer found a way to associate himself with Cardi and her rising star. He brought out the “Lick” rapper to perform her undeniable summer smash “Bodak Yellow” at OVO Fest and gamely danced around to the hit before using the opportunity to take a break.
Later, shots of the rapper show him being just as into the stomping HBIC anthem as everyone who has ever heard it, continuing to dance in the background as Cardi showed the massive crowd that she deserved to be on the stage, much in the same way that she did at the BET Awards.
Cardi Performs ‘Bodak Yellow’
The crowd might have been there for Drizzy, but it takes about three seconds of the instantly recognizable beat of “Bodak Yellow” to play before everyone in the area is ready for Cardi B.
I recently saw a drunk man stop to shuffle in front of a Shell station for a solid minute just because somebody was filling up and listening to Cardi at the same time. She’s magnetic and her music has that effect on people. The OVO Fest crowd were already in a good mood, so you know they were ready for her performance.
Not that she needs it, but Drake gave Cardi some praise and advice backstage following the performance. “That’s the best thing you can possibly do,” he said. “I’m proud of you. That’s why everyone keeps saying that to you like ‘Oh, I’m proud of you. I’m happy for you.’ Because you’re you, you know? You get to be yourself.”
“You don’t have to be somebody else or some sh*t,” he said. “Just keep it up.”
Cardi B said as much in a tweet earlier this week. “I can’t believe I am what i always wanted to be :’),” she wrote. “I used to dream about being this.”
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Watch Drake give praise to Cardi B up top and keep reading for more on Cardi’s wild week.