In a surprising yet recurring incident at music events, a fan tossed an object at the star performing on stage. This time, it was the turn of famed rapper Drake at a concert on Thursday, July 20, at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. The fan opted to hurl a vaping device at Drake, causing an unplanned interruption in the performance.
The venue shared the unfortunate event on its social media platforms the day after, along with a cautionary caption: “Reminder: You cannot vape at Barclays Center.”
Spotting the item on the stage floor, Drake expressed his surprise, “Did you throw a vape up here? Come on” He glanced at his audience disapprovingly and inquired, “Hey … Who threw this? Who threw the vape?”
With a touch of incredulity and reproach in his voice, he remarked, “There’s no way you’re taking life seriously if you think I’m gonna pick this vape up and vape with you at the f—ing Barclays Center.”
“You got some real life evaluating to do,” said Drake, taking a closer look at it and continuing, “throwing this f—ing lemon mint vape up here, thinking I’m about to vape with you at the Barclays.”
This isn’t the first time this month that Drake has had an object hurled at him during a concert. At the launch of his All a Blur Tour with 21 Savage in Chicago, he was struck on the arm by a mobile phone, an incident he chose not to comment on during the show.
Regrettably, the trend of unruly concertgoers lobbing items at artists during live performances has been on the rise in recent times, causing unnecessary danger and disruption. In June and July alone, Bebe Rexha was hurt when a phone was flung at her face, a fan shockingly scattered her deceased mother’s ashes on P!nk’s stage, Kelsea Ballerini was struck by a flying object mid-performance, an unsavory item was aimed at Lil Nas X, Harry Styles was hit near the eye by an unidentified object causing visible discomfort, and Latto issued a warning after an item was thrown at her. Even Taylor Swift had to protect her face and dodge flying friendship bracelets when she approached the crowd to wave at fans during a recent concert.