Billboard - Kanye West is set to perform his first headlining show in five years at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Thursday (Dec. 9) at the Free Larry Hoover benefit concert, which will feature a special guest appearance by Drake.
The longtime feud between Drake and West will be put to rest, or at least set aside, for the charitable event, which aims to raise awareness for Larry Hoover’s incarceration and grow support for prison reform. The co-founder of Gangster Disciples was found guilty of murder, extortion and money laundering in 1997 and is currently serving six life sentences. West has been working to free Hoover for years.
The two of them were going at it for a few years now. All stemming from rumors of Drake and Kim Kardashian having a fling. Drake didn't actually deny it, which pissed Kanye off, and started the volley of veiled shots back and forth. That was followed by diss lyrics in songs, though never any official diss-track.
All in all it was pretty lame beef.
But everybody's glad to see they've put it behind them, and teamed up for a concert together (even though it's to support a gang leader).
It's the first (actual) live concert performance Kanye is giving in five years. Sounds crazy to think it's been that long.
Larry Hoover Jr., who was featured on Kanye's Donda, weighed in today saying that his dad has concerns about tonight's event-
"Yeah, he’s aware of it and he has to be concerned because he doesn’t know how it may affect him,” Hoover Jr. said. “He’s concerned that it may affect him negatively because it’s showing his influence, but his influence is positive. Him being an influential person, it just won’t disappear.”
He added, "I didn’t think it would happen, but it was possible, but not probable."
There should be plenty of guest appearances, given that it's the two biggest names in hip hop, and they're in L.A., so don't be surprised when Kendrick, Dre, Snoop and that whole crew show up.
Luckily for those who won’t be able to fly out to the City of Angels for the big event, the benefit concert (including the Kanye and Drake performance) will be free to stream on Amazon Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories across the world.
The stream begins at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT.