Grammy award winner Drake was scheduled to take the stage at Harlem’s Apollo Theater in New York City for a special show this Friday (11/11) for SiriusXM. However, after receiving the news of Takeoff’s death and how his funeral has been arranged to take place on the same date, Drake has decided to reschedule.
“The Apollo show has been moved to allow us to pay respect to our dear friend this weekend,” he wrote in an Instagram story. He’s also added a second date at the venue, and the shows now will be taking place on December 6th and 7th.
Since opening in 1914, the Apollo Theater has hosted some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix, Little Richard, Aretha Franklin, and Ella Fitzgerald.
This is why the Apollo show was different from traditional concerts in that fans couldn’t just buy tickets. Instead, if they wanted to attend the show, they had to listen to Sound 42 (founded by Drake and his OVO co-founder Oliver El-Khatib) on SiriusXM to enter for a chance to win tickets.
However, on November 1st, Migos rapper Takeoff died upon receiving multiple gunshot wounds at a Houston bowling alley. The music industry was shocked by the untimely loss of the rapper, including Drake. The rapper shared his heartfelt thoughts about Takeoff’s death in an Instagram post. “I got the best memories of all of us seeing the world together and bringing light to every city we touch,” he said. “That’s what I’ll focus on for now.”
A week later, Takeoff’s funeral was announced to be taking place on Friday, November 11th, and it is expected to be a big event. Takeoff held a beloved place in the world of rap and hip-hop, and so his departure is set to be big to honor his life and contribution to music.
The funeral will take place at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena, home of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks. The venue holds more than 20,000 people, and thousands are expected to attend to pay their respects.