Young Money artist Drake, who released his debut album “Thank Me Later” today, was scheduled to perform at a free show at South Street Seaport in New York City. However the concert was shut down by police, after violence erupted in the crowd.
I myself being an eyewitness to the violence at the scheduled outdoor show on the pier, saw some fans waiting for the rapper to come out and perform throwing bottles, money and chairs(off the balcony of a restaurant) into the crowd below.People were also pushing and shoving one another leading to risk of stampede. Police claim that “overcrowding” was another reason for shutting down the show besides the outbreak of violence.
Eventually the NYPD shut the show down before Drake was even able to make it to the stage. About the canceled gig the rapper stated through a spokeswoman, “I am humbled by the crowd that showed up in support of my performance. “Unfortunately, the show was canceled by the NYPD due to overcrowding, leaving me without the chance to give my fans a real show.”
Police officials said they received a number of 911 calls, but they did not immediately confirm Drake’s claim that cops cleared the stage and sent thousands of fans packing.
Earlier on Tuesday, Drake signed copies of his debut album at a Best Buy location in New York City’s Union Square.