The New York City Police Department reportedly has a special hip-hop unit. Yes, you read that right.
According to Page Six, NYC’s boys in blue have organized a group of officers that specifically monitor shows and appearances by artists including Drake, Fabolous, French Montana, Lil’ Wayne, Young Jeezy and Chris Brown. They are not so cleverly known as the “Hip Hop Police,” and have just beefed up their numbers in light of Suge Knight’s recent shooting.
“All New York club owners are required to inform the Hip-Hop Police in advance if anyone on the watch list is coming in. They want to be there to monitor the crowd and in case any trouble starts,” and “insider” told Page Six. “They don’t want any situations like the Suge Knight shooting. If something does go down, they want to already be on the scene.”
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The report describes the unit as plain-clothes officers who attend shows and appearances by notable hip-hop acts in order to monitor the scene. They allegedly investigate crimes involving artists and monitor “beefs” between them. They also supposedly try to space out set times between rap artists to avoid any altercations.
“It’s better to have them on hand. They’re not there to bother any of these artists, but make sure things run like they’re supposed to run,” the source says. “The other part of it is, there’s a lot of really street-leaning gangster guys on the fringes of the industry… The police task force keeps tabs on who is around certain rappers and what movements they are going through.”
As ridiculous as this sounds, sadly we would not be surprised. Read the full report here.