The OVO Sound hitmaker was due to close out the third and final night of the São Paulo festival on Sunday (March 26), but pulled out earlier that day. Skrillex was drafted in as a last-minute replacement.
In a statement announcing the cancelation of his set, festival organizers blamed “unforeseen circumstances” involving members of the rapper’s sound and production team.
“Drake was excited to perform for his fans in Brasil. Unfortunately, this is beyond his control,” the statement added.
The bad news may have been met with mere disappointment rather than anger had Drake not been filmed partying with 50 Cent at a strip club in Miami just hours before he was supposed to hit the stage roughly 4,000 miles south in Brasil.
In footage shared on social media, the rap superstars could be seen dapping each other up and sharing a laugh as 50’s 2007 hit “I Get Money” rings out through the speakers inside the club.
— HipHopDX (@HipHopDX) March 26, 2023
“DRAKE CANCELLED HIS HEADLINING SLOT AT LOLLAPALOOZA BRAZIL SO HE COULD GO TO THE CLUB IN MIAMI WITH 50 CENT,” one upset fan vented on Twitter. “GRINGOS IN FUCKING LATIN AMERICA. I HATE Y’ALL.”
“@Drake I’m dropping by to say that you are the worst artist in the whole world,” another fan wrote. “Over 100,000 people have bought tickets to see your show today and you just cancel hours before because you’re hungover after a night out with 50 Cent.”
This isn’t the first time Drake has rubbed South American fans the wrong way of late. The 6 God headlined the Argentina and Chile editions of Lollapalooza earlier this month, but both of his sets clocked in at around 40 to 50 minutes — significantly shorter than most headlining festival performances.
Drizzy also faced criticism for cutting the live feed of his Argentinian performance just moments before his set began, upsetting loyal fans who were tuning in.
“Wow Drake’s lollapalooza Argentina performance was complete trashhhhhhh [sneezing face emoji], ended the set 30 min early, cut the livestream 5 mins before the show… [thumbs down emoji],” one fan complained on Twitter.
Fans in North America will have no shortage of stage time with Drake this summer as the Toronto native is set to embark on his first headlining tour in five years.
Co-headlined by 21 Savage, the It’s All a Blur Tour kicks off in New Orleans on June 16 and wraps up in Glendale, Arizona on September 5, with over 40 additional stops in major cities in both the U.S. and Canada along the way.
The U.S. version of Lollapalooza 2023, meanwhile, takes place at Chicago’s Grant Park from August 3 to 6, and will feature performances from Kendrick Lamar, Pusha T, J.I.D, Lil Yachty, Joey Bada$$ and many more.