BRIT Awards: Drake makes surprise appearance in Hackney

Drake. Pic: Lunchbox LP (Flickr)

Drake. Pic: Lunchbox LP (Flickr)

Hundreds of grime fans were left stunned last night when Grammy-award winning rapper Drake made a surprise appearance on stage with rap group Section Boyz at Shoreditch’s Village Underground.

Only hours after his acclaimed BRIT Awards performance with Rihanna, the Canadian rapper rushed to Hackney to squeeze onto a packed stage at the venue, along with Skepta, for an impromptu performance of tracks like Jumpman, Jumpman.

He also showed his appreciation for London grime by rapping along to every word of Section Boyz’ Trapping Ain’t Dead.

Drake has made no secret of his love and support for the South London group, most notably by promoting their mixtape Don’t Panic to his 19 million Instagram followers in September 2015.

With tickets for the show priced at only £10, the Hackney crowd were certainly not expecting VIP guests of Drake’s calibre to grace the stage.

Janice, 17, from Croydon, was one of the lucky few to have experienced the show: “The whole evening was incredible, very live! The energy was insane.

“The special guests were so surprising, no one expected Drake to emerge on stage, let alone Skepta! When he did everyone lost control, it topped off the whole Sectioned Tour experience.”

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