Drake’s Team Denies Rapper Was Arrested in Sweden


There was social media speculation Thursday that the Grammy winner had been arrested.

Internet speculation suggested Drake had been arrested by local police at a Stockholm nightclub. His team categorically tells THR that the Grammy winner was in his hotel in the Swedish capital and had not been arrested.

As documented in a series of Instagram posts, the Canadian rapper landed at Sweden’s Arlanda airport Wednesday lunchtime, flying via his personal baby blue Boeing 767 dubbed “Air Drake.” Since he touched down in Sweden, local media reports say the rapper visited the trendy Ostermalm district of Stockholm and hit up Ciccio’s restaurant.

As documented in a series of Instagram posts, the Canadian rapper landed at Sweden’s Arlanda airport Wednesday lunchtime, flying via his personal baby blue Boeing 767 dubbed “Air Drake.” Since he touched down in Sweden, local media reports say the rapper visited the trendy Ostermalm district of Stockholm and hit up Ciccio’s restaurant.

It is unclear whether the rapper is in Sweden to record music or for personal reasons.

Last month, Drake released his house-inspired seventh studio album Honestly, Nevermind, which debuted at the top of the Billboard 200.

On Wednesday, Drake revealed details of a music festival in his hometown Toronto later this month. The rapper’s October World Weekend is set to take place July 28-Aug. 1, with a lineup including a Young Money reunion featuring Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj, as well as appearances from Lil Baby and Chris Brown.


STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – Drake’s team has shut down rumors the rapper was arrested in Sweden on Thursday (July 14).

Internet speculation built steam Thursday night suggesting the Honestly, Nevermind hitmaker had been detained by authorities at a Swedish nightclub on marijuana charges. (Weed is illegal in Sweden.)

Drake is currently visiting the Swedish capital of Stockholm, with his “Air Drake” Boeing 767 private jet having been spotted landing at an airport in the Scandinavian country earlier this week.

But the rumors turned out to be false, with both Drake’s camp and Swedish police confirming the rapper has not been arrested. According to his team, Drake was at his hotel on Thursday night.


“FYI: I talked to Swedish police and they told me Drake is not currently in their custody. (That was the only info they would give),” HuffPost senior editor Philip Lewis tweeted at midnight on Friday (July 15).

Drake wouldn’t have been the first rapper to run into legal trouble in Sweden. In 2019, A$AP Rocky spent most of July behind bars in the Scandinavian country after being involved in a scuffle on the streets of Stockholm between him, his entourage and two local men.

The Harlem native was found guilty of assault after a high-profile court case, but avoided jail time and was given a suspended sentence. Earlier this month, it was revealed former President Donald Trump, who called for Rocky’s freedom at the time, threatened trade restrictions against Sweden over the rapper’s arrest.

In 2018, G-Eazy was arrested in Sweden for assault, possession of drugs and use of narcotics. After pleading guilty, the Bay Area native was sentenced to probation and slapped with a $10,000 fine.

With the rumors of his arrest debunked, Drake can look ahead to his recently-announced October World Weekend: Road to OVO Fest Tour. Taking over Toronto’s Budweiser Stage on July 29 and August 1, the festival promises performances from Lil Baby and Chris Brown, as well as a Young Money reunion with Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj.

Drake to Hold Young Money Reunion Performance with Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj at Toronto Festival

The October World Weekend festival will also feature performances from Chris Brown and Lil Baby

Get ready to see the “BedRock” performance of a lifetime.

On Thursday, Drake announced a brand-new festival set to take place in his hometown of Toronto, Ontario, from July 28 to Aug. 1 titled October World Weekend with a stacked lineup of A-list performers — including a Young Money reunion set featuring the “Hotline Bling” rapper’s longtime friends and collaborators Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne.

The festival kicks off Thursday night with a performance from “All Canadian North Stars” at Drake’s History venue, followed by a Friday night concert headlined by Chris Brown and Lil Baby (previously announced as part of the duo’s One of Them Ones Tour) at Budweiser Stage. October World Weekend concludes Sunday night with the Young Money reunion, which will also take place at Budweiser Stage.

Whether or not Drake, 35, will appear alongside Minaj, 39, and Lil Wayne, 39, at the Young Money reunion is still TBD, though it’s hard to believe he wouldn’t hop onstage to perform one of their many hit collaborations. The trio first appeared together on 2009’s “BedRock” alongside Gudda Gudda, Tyga, Jae Millz and Lloyd, which marked both Drake and Minaj’s breakthrough hits. They’ve since collaborated on many other songs including 2014’s “Only” with Brown, 33, and “Truffle Butter” as well as 2021’s “Seeing Green.”


Drake announced October World Weekend via Instagram and revealed in the post’s caption that he plans to launch and OVO Fest tour next year in honor of his OVO Sound record label’s 2012 launch.

“I am currently working on bringing OVO FEST around the world in 2023 for the 10th Anniversary but of course we wanted to turn the city up for the summer!!!” the “Toosie Slide” performer wrote before teasing “more event announcements to come.”

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Minaj posted the festival poster on her Instagram Story and captioned it with a lyric from 2018’s “Chun-Li,” writing, “Ayo I BEEN Storm! X-Men BEEN formed!”

In March, Minaj spoke about the idea of touring with Drake and Lil Wayne during a Twitter Q&A. “Yes, of course — that’s been discussed many times,” she wrote in response to a fan. “Really a matter of timing. Also, IDK how all 3 of us would have enough time on stage to please all of our diff fans.”

The “Anaconda” performer added, “Those are some pretty large catalogs.”

Minaj previously appeared as an opening act on Lil Wayne’s I Am Music II Tour in 2011, while Drake and the “How to Love” musician hit the road together in 2014 for the Drake vs. Lil Wayne Tour.

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When “Seeing Green” dropped on the rerelease of Minaj’s Beam Me Up Scotty album in May 2021, she took to Twitter and joked about her collaborators outperforming her on the track.

“All I know is that they washed me on #SeeingGreen,” tweeted Minaj. I’m a woman enough to admit when I’ve been washed on a track by the Greats … and it’s ok #Barbz I’ve washed them b4. We’ll live through this one. I was still a lil rusty … I washed them in my head on #Fractions.”

Last month, Drake released his seventh full-length studio album Honestly, Nevermind, which became his 11th project to top the Billboard 200 chart and spawned a No. 1 single on the outlet’s Hot 100 chart with “Jimmy Cooks.”

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