A couple days prior to the release of Migo’s highly anticipated album Culture II, a friend who worked on production mentioned via text that I was shouted out on the album. Finding it too good to be true, I didn’t inquire about it – although I was screaming on the inside and beyond anxious to know what it was. When the album dropped at midnight, I got a listen and was beyond honored at Drake’s nod to me and… “Santos.”
What is Santos? The long story? It was a hangout for downtown’s finest and weirdest, tourists in the know, celebrities seeking thrills, starving artists on the brink – and all at once, and all under the same roof. In short, it was a nightclub that was the closest thing our generation has had to a Studio 54 type of energy – minus the disco, couture and quaaludes.
Just one search in this Vashtie.Com search bar and you’ll find many many many posts and images from a party that I did with Q-Tip from 2008-2009 (almost 2010). Every Friday night for almost 2 years, the line for entry was a madhouse and the club was always packed to the brim.
Also worth mentioning, this was a time when girls COULD NOT show up to the club in t-shirts and sneakers. Trust me, part of the reason why I started my parties was because I was not a heels girl and I got denied entry to many-a-club because hoodies and jordans didn’t fit their dress code. Thankfully, in 2018, we have more options…but back then, Santos was also a one-of-a-kind in that area. You could show up in whatever and no one hassled you.
It was common to see Mick Jagger hanging out in the DJ booth, Diddy on the dance floor battling in the circle, Kid Cudi performing (then unknown), Ben Stiller and Tracy Morgan walking through, Busta Rhymes and Nas chilling in VIP, Fab 5 Freddy and Steve Nash randomly taking photos, etc…
The Drake reference, if I am to Rap Genius it, is that he has actually been down (as he is saying in the beginning of the verse)…naming my party at Santos really illustrates that he has been down, as far back as 2009. Tommy Campos was cool with the downtown scene and maybe was the one who introduced him to that world, hence the follow up line.
Drake and Vashtie
It’s interesting to point out – that at the moment of the party happening, no one knew the legacy he would carry. But, you were either there or you weren’t. It was one of those movements that was bigger than could ever be share with words or pictures.
See below for some of my favorite photos of the Open Party at Santos Party House. But, before that – Genius did a great little video about the verse!
Harry McNally, Scott Williams & Nick Poe
DJ Clark Kent
Q-Tip, Mark Ronson & Theophilus London
Fab 5 Freddy & Steve Nash
Fab 5 Freddy & Steve Nash
Hollywood Holt & Promise
Chris Gibbs, Erin McGee, Luke Meier & Angelo Baque
Chike and Coodie
Guest, Suz P, Irene & Grace Ladoja
Deemhelow and Oscar
Consequence & Drake
It was always blazing hip hop and r&b
Mimi & Plain Pat
Q-Tip & Kid Capri
Tracy Morgan & Q-Tip
Shayne Oliver & Oscar Sanchez
Dave 1 of Chromeo & A-Trak
We threw an Obama Party for when he won the election!
Kid Cudi and Puff were there…
Mark Ronson and DJ Soul
Kunle Martins aka Earsnot
Pos & Q-Tip
Bevy SMith, Liya Kebede and Kyle Hagler
Lupe Fiasco, Vashtie and Q-Tip
Rosie Perez & Q-Tip
Kid Cudi & Q-Tip
LL Cool J
Rich Medina, Q-Tip and Vashtie
Ebro, Amanda Seales (Amanda Diva) and gang
A fuzzy image of Mick Jagger
Angie Martinez and Vashtie