Hear Me Out: The Perfect Drake Playlist for NBA All-Star Weekend

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    1. “Trophies”

    Whatever your plans are, be sure to NOT stay at the Intercontinental. But seriously, how hard is this beat? Trophies represents the flight, bus, train or whatever transportation you are going to use to get to Toronto. It’s the anticipation, the feeling you get when you just drove seven hours and can now smell the fresh Toronto air.

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    2. “We Made It”

    “We Made It” continues the high energy trend that “Trophies” has instilled in you and your boys. This is the track you play when you are five minutes away, about to reach your destination. As soon as Soulja Boy’s verse starts, swing the door open, kiss the ring ground, and yell, “We made it!”

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    3. “Started From the Bottom”

    The crew is all checked in, the luggage is pushed up against the two double beds, and you’re ready to get it. Depending on who grabs the coveted aux cord, the next song that should come on is “Started From the Bottom.” This playlist, in a way, is also for the guys playing in the All-Star Game, so keep that in mind. Either way, you started from somewhere and now you are here, in Toronto, for what is sure to be an epic weekend.

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    4. “Energy”

    Night One is about to start. Put on this song and you will feel invincible, I promise. Don’t let your enemies take away from your energy. Go out there and have fun with your boys.

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    5. “0-100 / The Catch Up”

    This is the perfect song to help rally the troops. It’s probably somewhere between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and you guys are just getting up. No time to sleep, it’s All-Star Weekend in the 6! Time to wake up, get excited, and go see Steph go from 0-100 in the 3-Point Contest.

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    6. “Change Locations”

    The boys are back at it. By this time you guys are in the middle of your vacation at All-Star Weekend in Toronto, feeling really good so far. You might even feel as good as Drake and Future, who have probably already bought out half the city. If they are changing locations, you must follow. You and your friends have money to spend, so go wild. Cop a fresh fit.

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    7. “Forever”

    Game day. It’s Sunday, the last day of the trip, and the game that everyone is in town to see is about to tip off. The 2016 All-Star Game is going to be lit. Is Kobe going to drop 30? Is the West going to dominate? Is Westbrook going to win back-to-back MVPs? “Forever” kind of represents how the All-Star Games are played. It gets continually better throughout, while the last quarter is riveting and competitive.

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    8. “5AM in Toronto”

    The All-Star Game was everything you wanted it to be. LeBron got his revenge and blocked Kobe on the potential game-winner. You and your boys hit the town one last time in hopes of grabbing one last selfie with an NBA player. Now, you are back in the room reminiscing on the epic weekend, promising each other the next time the crew is back in Toronto it will be for OVO Fest.

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    9. “Over”

    The trip is over. You came, you saw, and you conquered. All-Star Weekend 2016 was everything you wanted it to be and more. The stories you experienced will not be repeated at work on Tuesday.

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    10. “Legend”

    Put this song on repeat and you will feel like a million bucks. Close your eyes, go to sleep, and remember you are a legend in your own right.

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As I am sure you are all aware, this year’s NBA All-Star Weekend is taking place in Drake’s home city of Toronto. Before I go on to explain the significance of this, let me bring it back to a year ago when the All-Star festivities took place in the greatest city on Earth, New York City.

February 12, 2015.

Kanye West, in collaboration with Roc Nation, threw a free concert in the Flatiron District for upwards of 10,000 people. Kanye was premiering his first Yeezy collection with adidas that same weekend. It was a BIG weekend. What a time to be in New York.

The concert was chaotic yet amazing, with Kanye bringing out the rest of his starting lineup–Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Pusha T, and Travis $cott. Unamused by most, ‘Ye also brought out this unknown rapper at the time, Fetty Wap, who was bubbling in the streets with his song, “Trap Queen.”

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For all of you non-New Yorkers, Jay Z happens to own a club in that area called the 40/40 Club. Once the show ended it felt like the entire audience wanted to get through those doors. Don’t ask me how but I got in. Rihanna, Beyonce, Jay Z, Drake, and every other musician walked by me to get upstairs into the VIP section. It was almost overwhelming. Somewhere between midnight and 4 a.m., long after I had left, Drake decided to steal the spotlight of NBA All-Star Weekend…before the weekend had even started.

He dropped a mixtape called If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. It eventually went platinum.

The Drake effect is real, whether you want to admit it or not. Drake is the Chris Paul of rap. Before you yell blasphemy think about it for a second. What do French Montana, 2 Chainz, Kendrick Lamar, Meek Mill, YG, Migos, and many other artists have in common? A Drake verse put them on the map.

Don’t get me wrong, a lot of these artists had been in the game a while and relatively known, but Champagne Papi catapults them to another stratosphere. You think people really knew Migos before “Versace” dropped? C’mon now.

Drake’s presence at last year’s ASW, along with his continued support towards the NBA, the Raptors, and his home city of Toronto are the reasons why tons of people will be traveling to Canada to see Kobe suiting up in his final All-Star Game. It’s certainly possibly, actually probably, that Drake will steal the spotlight yet again at another All-Star weekend. The 6 God will have club appearances, hosting commitments, and a celebrity team to coach…all while riding the wave of his latest smash, “Summer Sixteen.”

I was tasked with coming up with a 10-song Drake playlist that would encompass every feeling a fan deals with during ASW in Toronto. The anticipation. The excitement. The late nights. The slow mornings. The quiet before the storm. The finish. Any Drake playlist limited to 10 songs is tough–this one was even harder. Scroll through and read this as if you are in Air Canada Centre watching Kobe one last time. This is the Perfect Drake Playlist for NBA All-Star Weekend.

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