Drake performs “I Want It That Way” on stage with the Backstreet Boys
From his origins as a Canadian teen soap actor Degrassi to the presence of the CN Tower on the cover of his album Views, Drake has always worn his Toronto roots on his sleeve. So when the Backstreet Boys arrived in town for a gig on Saturday night, they couldn’t pass up the chance to bring in the rapper — and the band’s honorary “sixth member” — for an impromptu performance.
In footage captured by the screaming audience and uploaded to YouTube, Drake takes the stage and recounts how he met the Boys at a restaurant and told them how much one of their songs meant to him when he was in middle school. .
“I was 13, a clumsy kid, and I was in love with this girl at the time,” he said. “When I was 13, I had a bar mitzvah…and at my bar mitzvah, for the first time in my life, this girl I was in love with came to me, and one of the greatest songs in the world was playing, and she asked me if I wanted to dance with her, and it was the first time I felt recognized, and it was the first time I felt, you know, like I had a chance to be cool. , the song she wanted to dance to with me was one of the best songs of all time.”
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“I want you to make some noise, and I want you to sing this song as loud as you can,” he continued. “Like I said, it’s one of the greatest songs in music history. I’ll be on stage for that, I’ll try to sing too.”
The crowd erupts in applause once more at the sound of those first guitar strings, and the Backstreet Boys launch into a performance of their hit song “I Want It That Way”, which included an interlude with lyrics from their own track. from Drake’s ‘Hold On, We’re Going Home.’
This is nothing but a collaboration made in heaven.
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