Drake interrupted one of his concerts to harass a fan after a vape was fired at him during the performance.
The incident happened on Thursday night, July 20, during the rapper’s concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Halfway through his performance, Drake began speaking to an attendee who decided to vape him, telling him he had to “do a real-life assessment.”
“Did you drop a vape up here? Come on,” Drake told the crowd at the show, looking at the object at his feet. “Uh… who shot this? Who shot the vape?”
He continued: “There’s no way you’re taking life seriously if you think I’m going to pick up the vape and vape with you at the fucking Barclays Center.”
“You need to do a real-life assessment, smoking this fucking lemon mint vape here, thinking I’m going to vape with you at Barclays.”
The venue shared images of the moment on its social media, along with the caption: “Reminder: You can’t vape at the Barclays Centre.”
This is not the first time the artist – whose real name is Aubrey Drake Graham – has found an object thrown by the public during his travels.
Earlier this month, he was hit on stage in Chicago during the opening night of his “All a Blur Tour” with 21 Savage. The object was a mobile phone, which hit him in the hand during the performance, although he did not comment on the incident during the show.
Unfortunately, this tendency for audiences to throw things at performers on stage has gained momentum in recent months. One of the most exciting and dangerous cases happened last month, when pop star Bebe Rexha was seen falling to her knees after being hit in the face by a mobile phone.
The incident required him to receive stitches above his eye, and it was later reported that the concertgoer who wore the artifact did so because he thought it would be “funny”.
In addition, P!nk was left confused after fans threw her dead mother’s ashes on her stage in London, Harry Styles was hit in the eye by a mysterious object thrown at him in Vienna, and someone running on stage during an Ava Max concert in Los Angeles hit him in the face.
Other influenced artists included Lil Nas X, Taylor Swift, and Lil Uzi Vert.
Billie Eilish also spoke out against this trend during the premiere of the film Barbie earlier this month, saying that although it is “infuriating”, it is nothing new.
“I’ve been guessing on stage for six years,” he explains. “I have mixed feelings about it, because when you’re up there, it blows you away. But you know it’s out of love and they want to give you something.”
Adele also spoke out against him during a live show, jokingly warning her audience that she would “kill” them if they tried to throw things at her. Latto, for his part, warned fans to stop throwing things at him on stage at a recent concert, threatening to “break his face in.”
To highlight this worrying trend, NME has looked at why fans would want to throw things at their favorite artists, and the negative impact it has on live performances.
“The desire for a unique and memorable connection with the pop gods is understandable, especially in an age when the wealthiest among us can almost buy a pre-show meeting with them,” he read. “But it must be said that the fame of TikTok is not worth risking your personal interest, the concert itself, and gorilla boots against your troubles.”
“We have entered an era where fan-artist interactions must return to the boundaries of respect,” he said. “It’s an expression, not a baby shower or a messy selfie queue, so let’s let the stars continue to dazzle us without the basic war zone creepiness.”