For the sixth year, some of hip hop's finest descended on Toronto's OVO Fest in support of rapper Drake, who once again took the helm in curating and organising the music event. It was certainly one of the most talked-about years, with the Know Yourself hitmaker addressing his explosive feud with Meek Mill and certain surprise guests making appearances. Taking place at the Molson Canadian Ampitheatre, performers made sure it was worth fans waiting in the torrential rain with energetic sets from the likes of Future, Pharrell Williams and the UK's very own MC Skepta. IBTimes UK takes a look at the highlights from the star-studded weekend...
Drake disses Meek Mill (again)
Just when fans thought the feud between the Young Money hitmaker and Mill, 28, had settled down, Drake stormed the stage at the festival and launched straight into his first diss track Charged Up. The 10 Bands rapper then went straight for the jugular, performing Back To Back with a series of hilarious memes mocking Mill displayed on the big screen behind him, much to the amusement of the audience.
A few hours before, Drake was seen rehearsing for his headline set wearing a "Free Meek Mill" T-shirt, referring to the social-media mockery his rivalry has been subjected to of late. It is not the first time that Drizzy has donned this T-shirt, having worn it in support of the Maybach Music Group rapper when he was incarcerated in 2014. However, it is safe to say the T-shirt comes with a different meaning this time round.
Kanye West and Will Smith laugh at Meek Mill backstage?
Not only has the Ima Boss rapper been completely roasted by social media, but two of the biggest stars in music and film have not been able to stifle their laughs. Footage has emerged of Bad Boys and I Am Legend actor Will Smith reportedly showing West, 37, and Drake a meme of Mill on his mobile phone, sending the trio into fits of laughter. The video has gone viral on Twitter and Instagram, and will unlikely soothe Mill's bruised ego. Social-media gold.
Skepta and Krept & Konan fly the British flag
The spotlight also shone on London talent, with sets from grime star Skepta and newcomers Krept & Konan. Boy Better Know MC Skepta had the pleasure of performing in his own slot during the festival, storming the stage with his latest club hit Shutdown. The rapper's appearance should not come as a surprise, as he and Drake formed a friendship while the Canadian rapper spent time in London in July. Rap duo Krept & Konan made a surprise appearance during Jeremih's set to perform their hit single Freak of the Week, which went down well with the audience.
Pharrell Williams applauds Drake
There are only a select group of music stars whose words would mean the most, and Happy hitmaker Williams is one of them. The 42 year old heaped praise on OVO Fest host Drake, telling the audience: "This guy holds your city and your country down in a way that's so unbelievable."
Before launching into his new single Freedom, the music producer went on to deliver an inspiring speech addressing the injustices of contemporary society: "We're having a tough time in America. Tonight, I wanna talk to you all about this word called 'freedom'. There is such a divide out there in the world right now, I feel like no matter who you are and where you come from, you deserve your freedom." He continued: "It's crazy to be talking about this in 2015... so tonight, I just want your energy. I just want your help. I want you all to scream so loud when I say that word 'freedom'. I want to know what your freedom looks like, what your freedom sounds like, and what your freedom feels like. Toronto, are you with me?"
Drake returned the compliments by hailing Williams for his unmatched contribution to the music industry over the last two decades. The rapper said: "We all look up to you. Thank you for everything that you've done for music, man, for real. You are the king. We look up to you – the way we dress, the music we make, the beats we wanna make, the hooks we write, everything that you've ever done. And now you're on a mission to change the world and we appreciate that." Who said bromance was dead?
Kanye West performs epic 45-minute set
He may have a Yeezus complex, but West was nothing but humble for the opportunity to perform at Drake's festival. The rapper stated: "I'm so happy my brother Drake brought me out to your city tonight," before shining the spotlight on up-and-coming talent Travi$ Scott. The hip hop icon also filled his slot by reeling off some of his most memorable hits, including Stronger, N****s in Paris and Power, plus more recent tracks including All Day, Wolves and his acclaimed remix of Chief Keef's Don't Like.