Las Vegas has long been known as a world-class destination for electronic dance music, bringing some of the top DJs from around the world to perform, and, now, it is about to make its mark as a topnotch destination for hip-hop music.
Hakkasan Group has secured residencies with some of the top hip-hop artists, including: Lil Jon, Lil Uzi Vert, and DJ Drama, who will play at their various nightclubs—Hakkasan at MGM Grand, Omnia at Caesar’s Palace, and Jewel Nightclub at Aria Resort & Casino. MGM Grand Garden Arena is getting in on the action, too. Last October, they even hosted the Bad Boy reunion tour. Sean Combs—Puff Daddy, Puffy, P. Diddy—was joined onstage by Ma$e to perform “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down” and “Been Around the World”. The two were just the beginning of the evening’s entertainment—former Bad Boy recording artists that included French Montana, Lil’ Kim, 112, Faith Evans, Carl Thomas, and The LOX took the stage, making for an epic night of hip-hop.
Now, many professional athletes are coming to Vegas to enjoy the hip-hop scene. The biggest weekend for NFL players to take over the Strip is Memorial Day Weekend, the end of their off season before summer training camp. Drai’s Beach is where you are most likely to catch them.
Where should you party in Vegas if you want to take part in the hip-hop scene?
Drai’s Nightclub is widely hailed as the top spot for hip-hop in Las Vegas. It is easy to see why with upcoming performances by Snoop Dogg, T.I., Fat Joe, 2 Chainz, and Big Sean, to name a few. Drai’s is 65,000 square feet of fun and music, situated on the roof of the Cromwell. The nightclub, itself, not including the dayclub, is 25,000 square feet, split over two levels. Together, the indoor and outdoor areas total 150 VIP tables, and being a top choice for football players, you never know who may be seated at one of those tables.
Phil Loomis, the man behind entertainment at Drai’s, told Vegas Seven the nightlife scene had gotten “a little bit stale”. Drai’s decided to host 45-minute hip-hop concerts, instead of churning out the same EDM concerts that other clubs in Vegas were hosting.
Ling Ling Club at Hakkasan
Inside of Hakkasan, on the second level, you’ll find the Ling Ling Club. This club within a club is a departure from the EDM played through the rest of the club. Rev Run even celebrated his birthday at Ling Ling Club, performing a set with DJ Ruckus.
Heart of Omnia
Heart of Omnia is an intimate space that was “envisioned as a seductive lair”. Like Ling Ling Club, Heart is a club within a club, an ultra-lounge located within Omnia in Caesar’s Palace. Some of the names you may see at Heart include: DJ Jazzy Jeff, Eric D-Lux, D-Nice, DJ Irie, and Questlove.
1 OAK at The Mirage seeks to bring the experience of a New York night out to Las Vegas. At a club opened by Kanye West—who performed a three-hour set as DJ Yeezy World Peace— and Fergie, expectations for musical guests are high. Memorial Day Weekend, 1 OAK will be welcoming blackbear, YG, and Tory Lanez.
Light Nightclub at Mandalay Bay
Light Nightclub at Mandalay Bay has become a popular spot for hip-hop. On New Year’s Eve, Ludacris, T-Pain, and Metro Boomin all performed. Memorial Day Weekend, Ludacris and Metro Boomin will be back, and Rick Ro$$ will also be performing.
The hip-hop scene is on the rise in Vegas, and it shows no signs of slowing down. Just as Vegas became the U.S. answer to Ibiza when the electronic dance music scene took off, so, too, will it become the West Coast answer to Atlanta. Las Vegas has the biggest and best nightlife scene in America, and it’s not just headliner house DJs—hip-hop is big in Las Vegas, and we do it better than anywhere else.