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NYPD commisioner labels all rappers gangsters in the wake of deadly concert shooting

May 28, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
NYPD commisioner labels all rappers gangsters in the wake of deadly concert shooting

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Bill Bratton, the NYPD police commissioner, is clearly not a fan of rap music after Thursday night’s chaotic shooting at a concert at Irving Plaza.

The commissioner expressed his frustration in a radio interview with 710 WOR radio in New York.

“The crazy world of these so-called rap artists who are basically thugs, that basically celebrate violence they did all their lives, and unfortunately that violence oftentimes manifests itself during their performances, and that’s exactly what happened,” said Bratton.

He continued: “The background of a lot of these young people, they are significant artists in that world … but unfortunately, the lifestyles that they lived … often follows them into the entertainment world and the success they have in it.”

The Police commissioner continued to bash the music genre during his rant, explaining that the music emphasizes violence, drugs, and degradation of women.

Legendary rap artist Darryl DMC McDaniels, from the group Run DMC, was not pleased with Bratton’s overgeneralization of rappers.

McDaniels told the New York Daily News that “He should have kept it specific to what happened.”

“All rappers ain’t gangsters. I went to St. John’s University, so I took it personally,” said McDaniels. He also came down on both radio and television for portraying the downside of rap music.

Others also supported McDaniels’ side of the argument. The executive director of the Center for Hip Hop Advocacy, Manny Faces, added: “This was not a rap problem, this was a people problem.”

Faces went on to say: “Lumping people together based on some kind of cultural commonality and making comments that broadly vilify a community of people based on the actions of a few is practically the definition of bigotry.”

The Daily News reported just moments before the world-famous rapper T.I. came on stage to perform, shots were fired. However, the rapper was not involved in the gun violence.

According to reports, Troy Ave, whose real name is Roland Collins, shot himself in the leg accidentally during the show on Wednesday.

The Brooklyn-based rapper who was scheduled to perform at the concert was caught by video surveillance firing shots backstage during the show, resulting in one death and two other individuals seriously injured.

Sources say that the cause of the dispute was due to a feud with a fellow rap artist, Maino, who had just exited the stage when Troy Ave used his 9mm handgun to fire at least five shots at his rival.

Ronald Edgar McPhatter, who was only 30 years old, was shot in the abdomen and died soon after at Mount Sinai Beth Isreal Hospital.

The gunman, who was arrested at NYU Langone hospital, did not indicate whether he intentionally shot McPhatter.

According to McPhatter’s mother, Rose, her son had known Troy Ave since junior high school and was confused as to why Collins didn’t call her to offer condolences. In a statement, she said: “If he cared about my son as much as he alleged he does, I would’ve received a call from him.”

Another bullet struck 34-year-old Christopher Vinson in the abdomen. Following the incident, he was taken to Bellevue Hospital and refused to comment on the situation. Subsequently, 26-year old Maggie Heckstall was hit in the leg, and even received a visit from rapper 50 Cent on Thursday morning.

The Daily News has reported that Collins has been charged with attempted murder and weapons possession. However, he has had no prior arrests. Ironically, he tweeted in 2012 “man I’d rather accidentally get a b—h pregnant than catch a gun charge.”

Interestingly, the Daily Mail reported some of Collins’ other tweets regarding guns. He once wrote: “U shouldnt Carry A Gun If u are scared 2 Use It. You’ll only end up hurting yourself or a Innocent Person Real Talk.” While another one said: “Man i jus had a Nightmare that i got arrested with a Gun, i was mad upset.”

Collins also wrote that he was regularly told as a child to not carry a weapon, but other tweets about firearm laws suggest he was against restrictions on gun ownership.

Authorities believe that the weapon was snuck in through the back either by performers themselves or through members of their entourage, given the tight security presence at the main entrance of the venue.

Police Commissioner Bratton apparently felt disgusted when discussing the incident, saying in a statement that “He’s now described as a rap artist. Basically, I described him as a thug. And thug, in my parlance, is a violent person, a criminal. And quite clearly we saw a violent person there.”

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio was not so quick to blame rap music for the unfortunate events that occurred that night.

In an interview for Power105, de Blasio explained “I think the commissioner was talking out of frustration that we’re losing good young people…I have a great respect for the commissioner, but I have a (different) vantage point on hip-hop culture because I see it through the eyes of my kids,”

T.I. was reportedly unharmed during the shooting and sent out a tweet shortly after that said: “Our music is intended to save lives, like it has mine and many others.”

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