It all started in the summer of 2015, when Skepta joined Drake on stage at Wireless Festival to perform Shutdown. This was the start of something special for the grime scene. Drake somehow created a platform for grime artists to showcase their music. Whether this be him playing songs on OVO Radio or remixing their songs.
Drake himself walks around with pride showing support to the grime scene. Earlier in the year he was repping a ‘Lukey World’ tee; these t-shirts are a tribute to one of Skepta’s friends who was stabbed to death in June 2015. He also took it among himself to get a BBK tattoo (Boy Better Know is the collective which features major grime artists such as Skepta and JME). So, to return the favours, Drake claimed to have signed to BBK, meaning that he was the only non-british, non-grime artist in the collective.
Drake has made some decisions which has shown how dedicated he is to the culture. February 2016, Drake chooses to ditch The Brits Awards after party, to instead be a surprise guest at the Section Boyz show, in which tickets were £10. That sounds mad if you consider that Drake tickets are £110…
Fast forwarding to October 2016, Drake does one of the most unexpected remixes on Dave’s ‘Wanna Know’. Only a week before this remix had Dave tweeted saying ‘Seriously. Who’s coming to Drake with me’, then a week later it wouldn’t be surprising if he is up there on the stage.
With all this in mind, it will be interesting to see which UK grime artists make a surprise appearance at Drake’s Boy Meets World Tour in at the O2 in London.