By Amanda Wicks
Drake and Future’s Summer Sixteen Tour, arguably one of the biggest tours of 2016, kicked off last night (July 20) in Austin, TX. The Canadian rapper known for his many and varied beefs used the stage to criticize all those fake “Controllas” out there.
When Drake performed “Summer Sixteen,” he switched up one of the lines. Instead of saying the track’s original, “All you boys from the new Toronto wanna be me a little,” he shouted out the rappers trying to copy his new island style. “All you boys doing fake ‘Controlla’s’ wanna be me a little,” he rapped (via XXL).
Drake’s song was intended as a diss against Meek Mill, but that initial line was said to recognize and simultaneously warn Torontonian rapper Tory Lanez. Listeners used to refer to Lanez as Drake’s little brother because his style emulated Drake’s so much (via Fader). Lanez’s mixtape The New Toronto helped fueled those comparisons, but to make matters worse Lanez remixed Drake’s “Controlla.”
Lanez, for his part, has admitted the influence Drake has had over him. “I said I was a fan of his music before. No one’s ever took that from him. That doesn’t mean that I’m not here to take that crown,” he said in an interview in June.
One audience member captured the “Summer Sixteen” moment and shared it on Twitter.
What did he say? I know it was shade😦 https://t.co/bYh8DGzPNi—
#UKnowUCanDoBetter (@Kymrizzy) July 21, 2016