Drake amazed fans when he performed beside a young holographic image of himself during his concert in Chicago on Thursday. 

The rapper opened his It’s All a Blur tour with 21 Savage at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois on Wednesday and delighted fans with an extensive set of more than 40 songs from his chart topping catalogue of hits. 

Yet his performance of Take Care especially stood out and left fans gasping in shock – as he sat on a sofa with a hologram of his younger self.

Drake’s childhood self was seen nodding along to the beat as he sat on the couch before turning to the real Drake and handing him a book, which the rapper then opened and flipped through.

The creative stunt has left many of the Hotline Bling’s fans in disbelief after the performance with many even questioning whether it was real or indeed an actor. 

Is he real? Drake fans were AMAZED as rapper performed with a live hologram of his younger self  during his concert in Chicago on Thursday night

Is he real? Drake fans were AMAZED as rapper performed with a live hologram of his younger self  during his concert in Chicago on Thursday night

Is he real? Drake fans were AMAZED as rapper performed with a live hologram of his younger self  during his concert in Chicago on Thursday night

Meeting your childhood self: Young Drake was seen nodding along to the beat as he sat on the couch before turning to the real Drake and handing him a book

Meeting your childhood self: Young Drake was seen nodding along to the beat as he sat on the couch before turning to the real Drake and handing him a book

Meeting your childhood self: Young Drake was seen nodding along to the beat as he sat on the couch before turning to the real Drake and handing him a book

Fans are shocked: The creative stunt has left many of the Hotline Bling's fans in disbelief after the performance with many even questioning whether it was real or indeed an actor

Fans are shocked: The creative stunt has left many of the Hotline Bling's fans in disbelief after the performance with many even questioning whether it was real or indeed an actor

Fans are shocked: The creative stunt has left many of the Hotline Bling’s fans in disbelief after the performance with many even questioning whether it was real or indeed an actor

Taking to Twitter fans had lots to say about the hologram, with one writing: ‘Thatdrake hologram is crazy no wonder the tickets cost so much.’

One wrote in a post on Twitter: ‘Everyone saying Drake performed with a hologram got me tweaked out … If it was, I’m lowkey shocked because I looked at that boy with my own eyes and thought he was real.’ 

In complete disbelief at the technology, another said: ‘that drake hologram just made me realize how close we really are to that sci fi dystopian world.’

Yet some fans weren’t convinced, with one tweeting: ‘A lot of people confused by the Drake ‘hologram’ it’s just a real dude and they deepfake on the live screen feed.’

Another wrote: ‘The drake hologram was just some kid.’

But it wasn’t the only stunt in Drake’s show after the 36-year-old caused outrage after also performing with a giant inflatable sperm hovering above the stage.

The rapper put on the rather graphic display while performing his 2016 hit Child’s Play bringing a very different meaning to the title of the track as dozens of holographic sperm began swimming around him.

The visual spectacle accompanying the number – which loosely chronicles a conflict with a girlfriend – apparently took a biologically literal spin on the refrain: ‘Girl, that’s just some child’s play.’

Horrified: Drake's live rendition of Child's Play on the rapper's It's All A Blur World Tour apparently took the title  with biological literalism as the set design for the number

Horrified: Drake's live rendition of Child's Play on the rapper's It's All A Blur World Tour apparently took the title  with biological literalism as the set design for the number

Horrified: Drake’s live rendition of Child’s Play on the rapper’s It’s All A Blur World Tour apparently took the title  with biological literalism as the set design for the number 

What is going on? A swarm of holographic sperm flew in a circle above the audience's head

What is going on? A swarm of holographic sperm flew in a circle above the audience's head

What is going on? A swarm of holographic sperm flew in a circle above the audience’s head 

For better or for worse, the extravaganza certainly seems to have left an impression on fans and haters alike – and ensured that the opening night of Drake’s It’s All a Blur tour certainly received some buzz online. 

‘WHY TF DRAKE HAVE A SPERM FLYING ABOVE HIS HEAD,’ queried one baffled Twitter user.

‘[A]verage draketivities,’ mused a more nonchalant fan. 

Another emphatically expressed disappointment at having to sit out on seeing Drake, born Aubrey Drake Graham, perform live, writing, ‘WHY AM I BROKE I SHOULD BE ABLE TO SEE AUBREY’S SPERM.’ 

‘It’s a semen bro … whatever my brother. Drake is so crazy,’ another chimed in. 

‘[Y]eah drakes fully lost it,’ agreed someone else.  

‘[H]e doin some weird s**t lately,’ echoed yet another.

Others readily offered up speculation on the symbolic meaning of said sperm. 

‘Drake going through a mid life crises rn,’ wrote someone else. 

Still others were openly critical of the sperm-ridden sight. 

Many were baffled at the biologically realist display

Many were baffled at the biologically realist display

Many were baffled at the biologically realist display

Some couldn't resist bringing up Drake's hot-sauce-in-condom debacle

Some couldn't resist bringing up Drake's hot-sauce-in-condom debacle

Some couldn’t resist bringing up Drake’s hot-sauce-in-condom debacle

One armchair culture critic lamented, ‘There’s too much sexual s**t in the media man, why tf is drake performing and there’s a floating sperm cell ova there wtf.’

Some couldn’t resist bringing up Drake’s hot-sauce-in-condom debacle. 

In the January 2022 incident, an Instagram model who claimed she had slept with the rapper alleged that he added a packet of hot sauce into a used condom in order to kill his sperm after the two had sex.

After he disposed of the condom she admits that she took it out of the trash and attempted to impregnate herself inside of the bathroom, not realizing what it contained. 

The woman revealed the accusations to the Too Much Hot Tea blog, saying that after she screamed due to the burning sensation, Champagne Papi – as he’s known on Instagram – ran into the bathroom and allegedly admitted to pouring hot sauce in the condom. 

‘Where’s the hot sauce?’ one user cheekily wrote in response to the sight of sperm swimming above the audience.  

Elsewhere, an enormous statue of late designer Virgil Abloh towered over the stage

Elsewhere, an enormous statue of late designer Virgil Abloh towered over the stage

Elsewhere, an enormous statue of late designer Virgil Abloh towered over the stage

Drake’s tour is set to play across the US and Canada before winding up in Columbus, Ohio on October 9.

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