The venue was lit in fan-adoring cell phone splendor when Drake started to sing the first verse from their collab track, which hails from Scott’s third album Astroworld and features guest vocals from Drizzy. It took fans a second to realize Scott had bounded onto the stage. Then they broke into screams as he yelled, “Houston!” before digging into the verse.
Sporting a Rockets jersey bearing the name of his friend James Harden, Scott skipped across the stage with one arm in and one arm out of his jacket, belting lyrics and pumping up the crowd. As he ended his verse and Drake took over again, Scott commanded, “Houston, make some noise! Everybody, two hands up!” (Watch a fan-captured video of the performance above).
Travis Scott’s Toyota Center appearance marked a return home for the Houston native rapper. It also followed two previous appearances by Scott on Drake’s Aubrey and The Three Migos Tour. Per Billboard, he also surprised audiences in Toronto and New York City. A hometown visit always gives cause for extra excitement, though, and “Antidote” singer brought plenty of energy with him to share with the ecstatic Houston crowd.
Drake’s previous-night opening show bore a somber note when he dedicated the evening to Sabrina Herrera, a 19-year-old fan who had bought tickets to attend the Sept. 29 show but was brutally murdered by her boyfriend. He told the audience, “I don’t want to bring the mood down. I don’t want to make this like a downer. I want to celebrate her life tonight, Houston, Texas. She was from Houston. I want to try to make some noise. We’re going to do this for Sabrina tonight …” (Watch a video of Drake’s heartfelt dedication below).
Scott will appear as musical guest on the Oct. 6 episode of SNL, along with folk music legend Paul Simon. Drake’s Aubrey & The Three Migos Tour will include a three-night stop at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California on Oct. 12 (Tickets), Oct. 13 (Tickets) and Oct. 14 (Tickets).