You may have noticed groups of people aren’t planning as many Vegas club crawls for Dance Music as a few years ago, when it seemed like DJ weekend lineups were stacked on an off week and Memorial Day weekend was about as stressful of a choice as hour 3 of a music festival. Sadly, the trend is on the decline, and Hip-Hop may be returning to the main slot at many Vegas nightclubs.
According to a report from Hip Hop DX, Victor Drai himself takes issue with booking DJs who end up playing the same music. “When I built Drai’s, I realized I didn’t want to go with DJs because it didn’t make sense to get them for what you paid them for and I find the performances of the DJs boring,” he says. The new iteration of Drais is essentially built to suit more of a live performance environment, with artists like Fat Joe, Future, and Kendrick Lamar leading the charge. It would be nice to see some dance music still under that big disco ball still, but we definitely would not be opposed to some rappers hitting up the strip.
Kendrick Lamar recently kicked off New Year’s Eve at the venue and even brought out Young Thug. Previously, Big Sean, Travis Scott, Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill, G-Eazy, T.I., Future, Fabolous, 50 Cent and Machine Gun Kelly (among others) have performed at Drai’s. Even frequent Future collaborator DJ Esco enjoyed a residency there at one point.
These performances aren’t just brief club appearances either, according to Victor Drais’ son and Talent Coordinator Dustin Drai.
“When we were looking to make a statement into the club life out here, we realized we couldn’t just have a Hip Hop artist come and do two or three songs,” said Dustin Drai. “We really needed the artist to do something different and bigger. So, we had to do the full live concert. We turned into a space where not only do you have a fun nightclub experience, but you get to see your favorite Hip Hop artist do a full show. Not just a one or two song thing and they’re off the mic. This is a full production from 45 minutes to an hour.”