Buying a ticket for OVO Fest feels a lot like gambling—you’re not quite sure how big your investment is going to pay off until the cards fall. Every year, Drake pulls out all the stops to assemble the hottest lineup in music, showcasing the OVO squad, welcoming hip-hop’s heavy hitters, and facilitating mind-blowing throwback performances from artists who can only be described as legendary. There’s a reason this thing sells out in a matter of minutes every year.
As soon as OVO Fest concludes, speculation about next year’s lineup begins. With 2015’s festivities fast approaching, we decided to put together a definitive list of special guest predictions. We looked at previous OVO Fest lineups, Drake’s recent discography, the general state of Drake's relationships, and artist tour schedules in order to calculate the odds on whether or not 50 potential artists will show up this year. We’ve included the hypothetical (see: completely fabricated) Vegas odds for each artist, so you can call your local bookie and drop a band on the likelihood of Norm Kelly showing up and telling the crowd to watch him whip, and then subsequently watch him nae-nae. Here’s what we came up with.