In a 2011 interview with Billboard, Drake announced his intent to challenge his mentor Lil Wayne to a sound clash, in a monumental nod to Jamaica’s musical culture. “Me, I go to Jamaica a lot — I love Jamaican culture — so what I’m gonna do, I’m challenging Lil Wayne to a sound clash,” Drake said at the time. “I want Wayne to come out on stage with a mic and I’m gonna have a mic, and we’re gonna have both our DJs, and we’re gonna battle song-for-song and see who the people love more. And that’s how it’s gonna go.” Three years later, the “clash” came to fruition, in a sense, on the “Drake vs. Lil Wayne” tour of 2014.
It didn’t entirely follow the blueprint of a Jamaican soundclash — in which DJ crews go head to head in a war of song selections, words and exclusive dubplates— but the tour saw the artists performing their hit songs in a similar back-and-forth battle style, with one artist emerging on top each night based on fan response. The Capcom-sponsored tour was modeled after a classic Street Fighter video game, from the big screen behind the artists, to the promotion, which included an app for concertgoers to vote for who starts each show. — Nadine White and Richard “Treats” Dryden