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Drake dined at Azumi Thursday night, requested new Jay-Z album be played on speakers

Drake attends the 2017 NBA Awards live on TNT on June 26 in New York.

Be prepared for a serious case of F.O.M.O (a.k.a. Fear Of Missing Out).

If you were at Harbor East restaurant Azumi on Thursday night, you could have listened to the Jay-Z album and met Drake.


The "Six God" himself was dining in Baltimore, and like most hip-hop heads, the Toronto rapper was listening to Jay-Z's recently dropped "4:44" album.

Drake and five of his friends went to Azumi in Harbor East around 11:55 p.m., requesting to sit outside on the patio, according to Joe Sweeney, spokesman for Atlas Restaurant Group, which owns the Japanese restaurant.


Sweeney wrote in an email to The Baltimore Sun that the friends enjoyed grilled octopus, the Rock Shrimp Tempura and the Lobster Tempura. Drake, in particular, requested the Lychee Martini, the Maryland Signature Roll, and the A-5 Wagyu Ribeye, before asking that Jay-Z's album — which dropped at midnight on Tidal, just moments after he arrived — be played over the patio speakers, Sweeney wrote. (The album is available exclusively on music streaming platform Tidal, co-owned by Jay-Z, and to customers of Sprint.)

"While we normally have our own DJ's music playing through the speakers, we were able to accommodate him and they listened to Jay Z's 4:44 album in its entirety," Sweeney wrote.

Sweeney wrote that bartenders, servers and management commented on how nice Drake was.

"Several people walking along the Harbor East promenade approached him for photos and he was more than happy to take pictures with them," Sweeney wrote, which likely resulted in this picture the restaurant used on their Twitter page from Candice Law, @XOXOCandiice.

The Baltimorean, a fan of Drake, recaps her moment meeting the rapper in a thorough Twitter thread, which can be viewed below.

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Drake's publicist did not immediately respond to a request for comment.



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