Drake has offered to open for SZA at her next Toronto concert after the latter had to cancel her recent show at the last minute.
The St. Louis singer is currently on the second leg of her “SOS” tour across North America. She was scheduled to perform at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena last Wednesday (October 4), but a sound check revealed she was too ill to continue performing. Hours before the concert, SZA informed fans via Instagram that she was too ill to continue with the concert.
“Hey gang, I’m here in the arena. I just tried to do a sound check and I sound terrible,” she said. “I only want to give you 100 percent and that’s what you deserve and I won’t give you anything less. I promise you that I will come back, Toronto, and make up for lost time. I’m really sorry.”
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She continued: “I really wanted to succeed. I take as many medications as possible. I love you and I promise I will come back. I have tried. I came. I did hair and makeup and everything. I love you and I’m so sorry.”
Drake then commented on her announcement, telling the Put It Down star, “We’ll do this shit together, when you get back let me open the (angel emoji) for you.”
The proposal comes just weeks after Drake and SZA collaborated on “Slime You Out.” The song became controversial due to lyrics alluding to slavery (“You drove my mind to a terrible place/You were whipped and chained like American slaves.”), and the cover features Halle Berry covered in slime. The actress publicly stated that she did not give the Canadian rapper permission to use her image.
Last December, SZA released her highly anticipated second album, SOS. NME gave it five stars, calling it “a phenomenal record that hardly went wrong and raises the bar even higher than she had previously set it.”
Elsewhere, SZA supported her “beautiful” friend Lizzo amid her ongoing legal troubles. The latter is currently being sued for bullying and harassment by her former dancers Arianna Davis, Crystal Williams and Noelle Rodriguez. In another lawsuit, designer Asha Daniels said Lizzo employees were forced to work in a “racist and sexualized” environment. Lizzo called their claims “outrageous” and plans to sue them for “malicious prosecution.”
The 33-year-old artist also commented on the Grammy ceremony, calling the ceremony a “thirsty dark space”: “The Grammy room is one of the weirdest rooms ever. There’s so much to use there.
Drake released his eighth studio album, FOR ALL THE DOGS, today (October 6). Last night (October 5), he shared the tracklist and information about the album.