4 New York City Hip-Hop Shows Canceled After T.I. Concert Shooting
An investigation is ongoing surrounding a May 25 shooting at New York City’s Irving Plaza that left one man dead. At last week’s concert billed to feature T.I., Anderson .Paak, Maino, and others, a green room altercation injured at least three, and killed one. On May 26, following widely circulated surveillance footage of the green-room shooting, Brooklyn, New York rapper Troy Ave has been officially charged with attempted murder and possession of a firearm—to which he has plead not guilty. Troy Ave remains in police custody without bail. The deceased, Ronald “Banga” McPhatter, was a longtime friend of Troy’s, said to be serving as his bodyguard at the event.
In the aftermath of the Manhattan concert shooting, the New York Police Department Commissioner spoke out against the violence, laying blame to the Hip-Hop culture and lifestyle. New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio disagreed with the blame in those statements, and publicly stated that he holds greater popular culture accountable.
Repercussions of the fatal shooting are already taking effect. Live Nation—the country’s largest concert promoter has canceled six June New York City concerts. Four of those concerts are headlined by Hip-Hop artists. Mac Miller, YG, Joey Bada$$, and Vince Staples are just several of the headlining Rap performers whose shows were now canceled.
Rolling Stone reports that Joey, a native of Brooklyn, New York responded online—before apparently retracting his statements. “On [June 1], Joey Bada$$ tweeted, and quickly deleted, that the New York Police Department had canceled his Thursday show at Irving Plaza. But the NYPD has refuted the rapper’s claim and Live Nation’s statement, telling Rolling Stone, ‘There was no NYPD involvement concerning the cancellation of the show at Irving Plaza slated for Thursday evening.'”
The other two shows canceled are by Guns N’ Roses cover band Appetite for Destruction, and Canadian outfit, Black Pistol Fire, respectively.
The cancellations span two venues: Irving Plaza and Gramercy Theatre. The concerts, three at each place, were scheduled from today (June 2) through next Monday evening.
Live Nation maintains the lease on Irving Plaza, and is reported to own the Gramercy Theatre.