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Drake Concert Cancellation Sparks Near Riot

All hell broke loose in Manhattan last night after police pulled the plug on a free concert by singing rap megastar Drake. South Street Seaport staff had been expecting 10,000 people to attend the event celebrating the release of Drake's debut album, Thank Me Later. When an estimated 25,000 turned up, the NYPD shut the show down amid fears that the crowd was too large to be safely policed. Their worst fears were realized as angry fans took matters into their own hands, fighting, flinging bottles and chairs, surging barricades, and breaking sound equipment. Armed police dispersed the crowd using mace. Numerous injuries were reported. Two arrests were made.

Drake immediately issued an apology. "I love performing for my fans but unfortunately the show was canceled by the NYPD due to over crowding, leaving me without the chance to give my fans a real show," he said. "I'm thankful for the support that the fans have been giving me... I thank you now." Openers Ninjasonik and Hanson (I know, right!) also weighed in. "We are really bummed," Hanson brother Isaac tweeted last night. "I wish we could have played!" Ninjasonik member Jahjah criticized the event's lack of security: "You can't integrate a free show when a guy's album is dropping and have 15 security there." Paper Magazine, who sponsored the event as part of their Sounds Like Paper concert series, have been shockingly silent about the event since the show went belly up, which is unfortunate. Their shortsighted event planning got a lot of kids hurt last night.





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Ugh, my generation is so full of animals. Were these people raised in barns? It seems like it.


You can blame the kids for the behavior, sure, but Paper Mag not having the presence of mind to put this in an appropriate sized venue with decent police and security presence is far worse. Throwing a free album release show for the country's biggest rapper in the country's biggest city in that cramped little space with only a handful of security guards was seriously asking for it. They're not animals, they were put in an impossible situation and lashed out the only way they knew how.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/LongestWinter/moonjpg.jpg CraigJenkins

actually this generation of animals is the most sedate and conceding generation to ever be born.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/Al/batmulletjpg.jpg Al

Agreed^^ If this was '96 shots would've been fired. Fact.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/LongestWinter/moonjpg.jpg CraigJenkins

they got what they deserved. act like an idiot and you dont get nothing. learn to behave and grow up


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