Fans dubbed last night’s (Dec. 9) Free Larry Hoover Benefit Concert an “unofficial Verzuz” after watching Drake and Kanye West go hit-for-hit at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum. While Kanye held down most of the show, with Drake being the event’s “special guest,” fans of the two spitters were glad to see their Verzuz battle mashup dreams almost become a reality.
“Drake and Kanye giving us the Verzuz we needed,” another added.
Dressed in the event’s Balenciaga “Free Hoover” merchandise, Kanye kicked off the performance around 9:30 p.m. PST with hits off his latest album, Donda. The Chicago native transitioned from “Praise God” into his older classics, including “Gold Digger,” “All Falls Down” and “Stronger.”
Later on, the 44-year-old energized the crowd with “All of the Lights,” “Good Life” and more before paying tribute to Drizzy, covering the Toronto native’s “Find Your Love.”
It wasn’t long ago that the two artists were sending subliminal shots at one another, so fans were overjoyed to see Drake start his set with a cover of Kanye’s “24.”
Performing Certified Lover Boy cuts “Wants and Needs,” “What’s Next,” “Way Too Sexy” and other hits, Drizzy remembered to give his co-performer his props.
“I appreciate Kanye for having me up here tonight,” he said. “It’s important that we make this happen. When we were walking through the arches right there it felt like a dream. It felt surreal. It was something I always wanted to do — being on stage with my idol as he’s running through one of the best catalogs in music, period.”
On Twitter, fans joked that Kanye invited Drake to perform at the concert under the guise of a benefit event, only to trick him into the unofficial Verzuz.
Unofficial Verzuz battle or not, fans did agree that the concert was one to remember. See other Twitter jokes about the performance below.
drake and kanye giving us the verzuz we needed
— šírśłÿ (@sirslyetrue_) December 10, 2021
— HANK (@dm0ney) December 10, 2021
Swizz Beatz watching Kanye and Drake have a VERZUZ without him. pic.twitter.com/rsIf9WHrnO
— NUFF (@nuffsaidny) December 10, 2021
We should just count this as a Kanye Drake Verzuz.
— HipHopWired (@HipHopWired) December 10, 2021
Swizz watching Kanye and Drake do a Verzuz on Amazon pic.twitter.com/AZaB86kAm2
— Future Of The Retro (@TraeK_) December 10, 2021
kanye after drake refused to do a verzuz pic.twitter.com/vv15ZnNnIF
— TPG ™ (@traffi___c) December 10, 2021
Someone said Kanye tricked Drake into a verzuz and called it a benefit concert and I- pic.twitter.com/Ea66YjuUdh
— 𝖕𝖑𝖆𝖞𝖑𝖎𝖘𝖙 𝖒𝖊𝖗𝖈𝖍𝖆𝖓𝖙. (@NorthMamacita_) December 10, 2021
Kanye really Trojan horsed Drake into doing a live verzuz under the guise of a charity event just to prove how much better he is.
Joker arch complete. https://t.co/sv3PxBeMYY
— T.D. (@shakazuluburner) December 10, 2021
— yani ☈ (@shadyfenty_) December 10, 2021
So this drake and Kanye event was just a expensive Verzuz 👀👀🤔🧐🤔🧐 pic.twitter.com/40xALhZLZn
— Elgin Eltrain Foster (@_Eltrain) December 10, 2021
Kanye told Drake lets do this concert to Free Larry Hoover just to pullup & switch things up with a secret Verzuz battle
That mf is a evil genius lmaooooo pic.twitter.com/QqU6JbRhmj
— . (@IovelsX) December 10, 2021
— Kyles (@lilginapamish) December 10, 2021