*This post was originally posted in January 2018, when the song debuted – but, it felt like a good time to revisit. Also, yes I am still excited about my mention which is why I want to revisit it!
A couple days prior to the release of Migo’s highly anticipated album Culture II in 2018, 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, but more importantly… “Santos.”
What is Santos? The long story? It was a nightclub that served as 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/dress girl and I got denied entry to many-a-club because hoodies and Jordans didn’t fit their dress code. Thankfully, in 2020, 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…literally!
At the party I did with Q-Tip, 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 basically means that he has actually been down with cool/underground things, like my Santos Party – which goes as far back. as 2008. He goes on to mention “Tommy Campos”, who was apart of that downtown scene, who maybe introduced Drake to it all. Whatever the case, I’m thankful to have been mentioned!
Drake and Vashtie
It’s interesting to point out – that at the moment of the party happening, no one knew the legacy Drake would carry. I don’t even think his mixtape had come out and no one knew he was. But, none of that mattered at that party…because you were either there or you weren’t. It was one of those movements that was about the feeling, rather than “who was who”.
See Genius.Com for a video explaining the verse perfectly!
See below for just SOME of my favorite photos of the Open Party at Santos Party House…
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 of Union, Erin McGee of MadeMe, Luke Meier of OAMC & Angelo Baque of Awake
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 of Hood By Air & 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
Santos Party House was originally Santas Party House, but I think there were copyright issues.
Rosie Perez & Q-Tip
Kid Cudi & Q-Tip
LL Cool J
Rich Medina, Q-Tip and Vashtie
Ebro, Amanda Seales and gang
A fuzzy image of Mick Jagger
Angie Martinez and Vashtie