Even though you're surrounded by palm trees and sand, Art Basel can occasionally -- and oddly -- feel placeless. With the flurry of over-the-top hotel parties, glitzy dinners and art shows filled with well-dressed international nomads whose BFA photo counts number in the thousands, it can sometimes take you a minute (or a walk to the beach) to remind yourself that you're in Miami and not, say, at Frieze or the Venice Biennale (or even a club in Manhattan, such is the overwhelming number of New Yorkers who converged on the city). This was not the case last night at the PPP Muzik Mansion's final party. The Parisian collective Pigalle, Pompon and Pain O Chokolat, in collaboration with Dazed Digital, Muzik headphones, Bud Light Platinum and talent management/creative agency Grit Creative Group, had taken over the insane house on Miami's Palm Island for three days of parties that featured DJ sets, live performances and food from NYC-based Ghetto Gastro amidst a backdrop that included marble floored rooms straight out of MTV Cribs, a massive infinity pool, and a yacht parked on the bay. Much as the setting felt like it couldn't belong anywhere but Miami, so too did the crowd feel more eclectic than a lot of the Art Basel bashes we attended. Sure, there were a bunch of the usual models/celebrities/socialites/DJs like Chanel Iman, Jourdan Dunn, Joe Jonas, Adrian Grenier, Hannah Bronfman and Mia Moretti but there were also a ton of folks who appeared to be local, giving the party some South Florida flash and extra-special people watching (like the woman who we swore looked like the the subject of that documentary, Queen of Versailles).

And then there was Drake.

He may be Toronto's favorite son (sorry, Bieber) but he's kept homes in Miami and celebrated birthdays in South Beach and last night he turned up to the mansion for a surprise DJ set. The first clue that Drake and the OVO crew were maybe, possibly en route was the spotting of Dennis Graham -- a.k.a. Drake's dad and a person you should DEFINITELY be following on Instagram -- and shortly after we saw him descending a marble staircase filled with models, his son came through the door. Drizzy & friends made their way to the DJ booth in front of the pool where the rapper (with some help from his longtime DJ, Future the Prince), got behind the decks to play a set that included lots of his own hits, lots of Makonnen, and lots of rumbling, bass-heavy hip-hop tracks that gave him the chance to press the machine gun-sound button on his laptop. From where we were standing, we caught sight of one very-excited kid who kept Face-Timing his friends to show them what was going on. At first we thought the incessant Face-Timing (he must've called like 15 people) was irritating but then we started to get a kick out of seeing these kids' shocked reactions as soon as they got a glimpse of Drake. Ultimately the set lasted for a little under an hour at which point the OVO gang headed to a corner table for some drinks before heading back out into the Miami night. Take a look at photos by Rebecca Smeyne, below.

Drake x PPP Muzik Mansion

Drake x PPP Muzik Mansion

Drake x PPP Muzik Mansion

Drake x PPP Muzik Mansion

Drake x PPP Muzik Mansion

Drake x PPP Muzik Mansion

Drake x PPP Muzik Mansion

Drake x PPP Muzik Mansion

Drake x PPP Muzik Mansion

Drake x PPP Muzik Mansion

Drake x PPP Muzik Mansion

Drake x PPP Muzik Mansion

Drake x PPP Muzik Mansion

Drake x PPP Muzik Mansion

Drake x PPP Muzik Mansion

Drake x PPP Muzik Mansion

Drake x PPP Muzik Mansion

Drake x PPP Muzik Mansion

Drake x PPP Muzik Mansion

Drake x PPP Muzik Mansion

Drake x PPP Muzik Mansion

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