If Mayor Latoya Cantrell has any more keys to the city, like the one she gave to Jay-Z and Beyonce earlier this month, she should polish one up for Mr. Aubrey Drake Graham, right? The mayor visited the Toronto-born rapper during his last visit and expressed our collective love in a Tweet. But we should be sure he’s received the official, municipal key to our hearts as well, right?
After all, Drake, whose Aubrey & The Three Migos tour slides into the Smoothie King Center tonight (Sept. 24), has done more for the Crescent City than any Canadian since Bienville.
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When #OTRII came to @CityOfNOLA, I surprised Jay-Z with a Key to the City to highlight both his and @beyonce collective humanitarian work. The Carters recently launched scholarship funds that will benefit cities on their tour. The #CityOfYes embraces you both with love! 📸 @ravieb
The Toronto-born rapper isn’t just a star, he’s a supernova. So when Drake chose to set his beyond-popular cinematic video “In My Feelings” in New Orleans – with references to local icons from Big Freedia to Lil Wayne to Alvin Kamara (I think) to Gene’s Po-Boys — he did more for the tourist industry than city boosters could imagined in their wildest dreams. “In My Feelings” has been as important to our little town as the whole tricentennial celebration.
Will the Queen Diva or Mr. Carter or Number 41 make appearances at the show tonight? There’s no telling … but if any of you are near St. Louis Cathedral, it wouldn’t hurt saying a little prayer to that effect.
Who joins Drake on stage tonight is completely unpredictable, but when the crowd in the big blender hears the first beats of “In My Feelings,” we can predict pandemonium.
Let’s get in the spirit. No matter where you are right now (okay, not on the Causeway or I-10 or the Crescent City connection, etc.), jump out of the car and dance … “Kiki, do you love me? Are you riding? Say you’ll never ever leave from beside me, ’cause I want ya, and I need ya and I’m down for you always …”
Drake, New Orleans is down for YOU always. C U 2 night!
Drake with the Mayor of New Orleans pic.twitter.com/EnvDNg8fIS
— Drake Direct (@DrakeDirect_) August 3, 2018
Attention fellow Crescent Cityites, if you snag any Drake cellphone shots or videos, send them my way with permission to share on NOLA.com. Online glory will follow.