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The phenomenon of Drake lands on the Strip

Drake will be at Hakkasan for his official concert afterparty on September 11.
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The inescapable sounds of Drake take over the Las Vegas Strip this weekend, when his Summer Sixteen Tour rolls into T-Mobile Arena Sunday, followed by an official afterparty at Hakkasan Nightclub at MGM Grand. But this is nothing new; Drake is always in Vegas, his music permeating every dancefloor in practically every club, every weekend. Unbelievably, his star continues to rise: After the release of his album Views in the spring, Drake set an almost inconceivable Billboard record with 20 tracks simultaneously charting on the Hot 100.

Looking deeper at his most recent work, it’s worth noting that somehow, Drake turned his homage to his hometown Toronto—a mostly wintery-sounding record, with so many sparse, icy beats composed by longtime producer Noah “40” Shebib—into summer’s hottest soundtrack. Injecting bubbling Caribbean rhythms into the mix on tracks like “Controlla” and “With You,” and especially current smashes “One Dance” and “Too Good,” effortlessly brings the heat to Views, which over the course of the summer and Drake’s opening tour stops has packed as many hits as any of the rapper/singer’s projects. You’ll see for yourself (if you landed a ticket) Sunday night at one of the biggest T-Mobile concerts thus far. Drake Official After Party at Hakkasan at MGM Grand, September 11.

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