On Sunday, March 26, the OVO Sound hitmaker was scheduled to finish off the third and final night of the So Paulo festival, but he cancelled earlier that day. Skrillex was substituted in at the final minute.
The rapper’s sound and production team members were involved in “unforeseen circumstances,” according to a statement from the festival’s organizers explaining the cancellation of his show.
“Drake was excited to perform for his fans in Brasil. Unfortunately, this is beyond his control,” the statement added.
If Drake hadn’t been caught partying with 50 Cent at a strip club in Miami just hours before he was set to take the stage nearly 4,000 miles south in Brazil, the bad news could have been welcomed with disappointment rather than anger.
The rap icons can be seen laughing and dapping each other in videos posted on social media while “I Get Money,” a song by 50 Cent from 2007, plays over the club’s speakers.
“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.”
Drake has lately offended South American fans on several occasions, including this one. The 6 God performed as the headliner act at the Lollapalooza events in Argentina and Chile earlier this month, but each of his sets lasted only 40 to 50 minutes, which is much less time than normal headlining festival performances.
Drizzy also received criticism for interrupting the live stream of his performance in Argentina just before it started, upsetting the viewers who were paying attention.
“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.
Drake, a Toronto native, will be performing on stages across North America this summer as part of his first headlining tour in five years.
The ‘It’s All a Blur Tour’, which features 21 Savage as co-headliner, begins in New Orleans on June 16 and concludes in Glendale, Arizona on September 5, making over 40 additional stops in significant U.S. and Canadian cities along the route.