What a time to be in Miami. New Year's Eve in the Magic City is always a big deal, and this year is no different. Pitbull, Questlove, and the Weeknd are but a slice of the artists coming to town on December 31, but the biggest name on the 2016 marquee will be none other than the six god himself, Drake.
Miami's 24/7 nightclub E11even announced this weekend that Drake will perform for its New Year's Eve party. General entry tickets are going for $300 and include hors d'oeuvres, an open bar from 9 to 11 p.m., and the very slim chance of running into Drake in the bathroom. No other artists have been announced yet, but a surprise guest or two is more than likely. DJ Irie will be in the house as well to get things started.
2015 was unquestionably the biggest year of Drake's already very impressive career. Let's recap briefly:
In February, he dropped the surprise album If You're Reading This It's Too Late, which was very warmly received with a collective Ayyy from fans and critics alike. He started working out a lot, beginning a successful process of shedding his image as rap's dorky younger brother who kisses Victoria's Secret catalogs when his parents aren't home. Meek Mill tried to start a "beef" with Drizzy in July after Drake didn't Tweet about Meek's new album. That feud left Meek within an inch of his life and taught us all that Drake is a ruthless man who will behead your cat if it poops in his garden. After that, Drake continued to capture hearts and minds when he teamed up with Future for another hugely popular mixtape, What a Time to Be Alive. Then, when most normal people would have probably taken a much-deserved nap on a mattress made out of $100 bills and supermodel hair extensions, Drake decided to release a music video for "Hotline Bling" that proved once and for all it is impossible for Drake to look uncool. Oh, he's also putting the finishing touches on his fifth album, Views From the 6, that's rumored to be dropping in January and will probably be so good it'll make you break up with your girlfriend just so you can feel the music more deeply.
In short, Drake is unstoppable. "Last name ever, first name greatest" turned out to be a self-fulfilling prophecy.
So how exactly does one end a year like that? It's going to be tough. But surrounded by nipples and Champagne in Miami is a noble effort.
Drake. 9 to 11 p.m. Thursday, December 31, at E11even, 29 NE 11th St., Miami; 305-829-2911; 11miami.com. Tickets cost $300 plus fees via 11miami.com/nye.