As an introduction to “Rich Flex” began, a man suddenly fell from the middle balcony and hit a light fixture on the way down. Drake asked the packed Apollo Theater if they were ready, but a group of people waved at him and screamed for help where the fan had landed.
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 crowd 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 employee began repairing the broken light fixture. The crowd filled the air with raucous “MVP” chants once the lights were fixed before Drizzy and 21 returned to the stage to finish their set.
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Despite the hiccups, Drake’s concert was another special night for New York City. The Toronto megastar followed the same career-spanning set list as his first show on Saturday (January 21) as he brought out Lil Uzi Vert as a surprise guest.
“I love this guy so much,” Drizzy told Uzi. “Before you go, I just want to say… this guy right here, anytime in life, I’m feeling down or whatever, I always get a message from him checking in—he never asks anything, just checking.
“You’re not only one of the greatest artists of this time, I’m so excited to exist at the same time as you—how experimental you get, how genius you are—but this guy checks up on me. He’s a damn right one.”
The diplomats there graced the Apollo stage during night one, appeared again. This time, the Harlem natives have “Hey Ma” and “Crunk Muzik,” with Drake joining them and wearing the pink American flag leather jacket designed by Jeff Hamilton that Cam’ron wore in the “Get Em Girls” video.
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge and NYC Mayor Eric Adams were among the famous faces attending the second show, while three-time NFL Pro Bowler Odell Beckham, Jr. and Brooklyn Nets star forward Kevin Durant were back in the house after they showed up the first night.
The Dipsets’ performance at the first show came with a gift for Drake. After breaking through with “I Really Mean It,” “Dipset Anthem” and “We Fly High (Ballin’),” gifted Drizzy a custom OVO x Dipset braceletwhile The Boy paid tribute to the NYC crew’s influence.
“These guys right here from Harlem made us dress different, talk different, walk different, rap different — all the way in Canada,” he said.