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Drake’s The Ballet is a strip club with a dress code, and that’s perfectly fine.

There is such a thing as Drake overload.

From Friday to Monday, Drake took over the city of Houston. It’s not an old thing, he’s done this for two consecutive years now. But, it felt like a week more than four days. Everywhere you went, there were reminders. “HAW” sounded more like a Frat Party Entry Pass than three letters that signaled “Houston Appreciation Weekend”. The give back supported the TJ Ford Foundation and other local charities on Sunday.

He performed twice (three times if you count his impromptu appearance at Warehouse Live Monday to support DVSN’s headlining show). He brought out Bun B & Lil Wayne as guests, the latter of which proclaimed he was cool with Rap-A-Lot some two years after they picketed him at the first HAW. Parties were had, hookah pop up shops, an actual pop up shop. Drake essentially established his own economy this weekend. Even if none of the money directly went to him, his presence caused transactions to occur.

The finale of Houston Appreciation Weekend 3 involved one more pop up. The kind of adult pop up that Drake’s fancied himself on for years now. Only it wasn’t advertised as such. “The Ballet” was revealed under a stroke of mystery. “A New Dance Experience” it was called. When the plans finally began rolling out and Drake’s motives became clearer, he was once more checking off an item from his “Jay Z list”.

“The Ballet” is a strip club.

Not Just An Ordinary Strip Club

When you walked into the venue on Fannin, there were DJs in tuxedos. There were bottles of fine alcohol passed around. Dancers swung from hoops much like they do at VLive. As much love as Drake has shown to VLive over the years, it makes perfect sense for him to take a few ideas.

“The Ballet” professes to reign in an upscale type of atmosphere. Yet, judging from last night, it’s still a strip club with a fine tuned dress code. There were dancers twerking in fishnets. There was a DJ barking out commands for men and women to throw out dollars. Drake wanted to create the old Playboy Clubs of the 1960s and 70s. With a 2017 grand opening in mind, he’s got plenty of time to iron out how he wants his strip club to look.

“It’s not about no strip club shit. It’s about these amazing women that we’ve got in one spot, this music we’ve got, this Houston culture that we got,” he told the crowd last night. “And I just wanna let you know that, me, I’m going to bring it to you in the most honest and genuine way possible.”

But Drake opening a strip club up in his adopted home? Under the guise of it being upscale and “classy”? Only the most Drake thing of all.

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