Fans attending Drake’s Apollo Theater shows in Harlem over the weekend were greeted by New York Police Department officers awkwardly filming them leaving the famous venue.
According to TMZ, NYPD sources relayed that the cameras were for a promotional social media video to showcase the security process behind concerts rather than for any sort of facial recognition program.
They went on to claim that the community affairs officers shooting the concert venue with cameras don’t associate with the detective bureau and aren’t involved in the investigation of any serious crimes around the Big Apple.
here’s the video pic.twitter.com/xeCB96veU0
— Jon Caramanica (@joncaramanica) January 22, 2023
Drake graced the Apollo stage to a sold-out show for two nights in a row on a bum ankle where he ran through plenty of fan-favorite b-side cuts from his catalog that he hasn’t performed in years.
At one point on night two, the 6 God temporarily paused the show after a fan scarily fell from the balcony, knocking out one of the lights.
The incident occurred on Sunday night (January 22) when Drake was about to bring out 21 Savage as a special guest to perform tracks off of their joint album Her Loss.
As the introduction to “Rich Flex” began, a man suddenly fell from the middle balcony and hit a light fixture on his way down. Drake asked the packed Apollo Theater if they were ready, but a group of people waved to him, screaming for help where the fan had landed.
Drake & 21 Savage stopped their performance after someone reportedly fell from the balcony during his show at the Apollo pic.twitter.com/rizX2YYwwM https://t.co/p4pqZIt7Gm
— Tony M. Centeno (@_tonyMC) January 23, 2023
In footage circulating online, Drake and 21 looked into the crowd to see what was going on before realizing what had happened. They then told the audience that they needed to make sure the fan was okay before they could resume the show.
The man was escorted out of the theater to seek medical attention, while an Apollo staff worker began to fix the broken light fixture. The crowd filled the air with boisterous “MVP” chants once the light was fixed before Drizzy and 21 returned to the stage to finish their set.
Plenty of special guests made appearances, including Dipset and Lil Uzi Vert on stage and athletes such as Odell Beckham Jr., Kevin Durant and Yankees star Aaron Judge in attendance.[via]