According to a source, the NYPD has a "Hip-Hop Squad!" That's right, and they're making a list and watching it twice!
Cops want to notch up their surveillance of certain hip-hop stars and their parties in lieu of the scary Suge Knight shooting in El Lay!
Locally known as the "Hip-Hop Police," this Untouchables-esque law enforcement group will be monitoring these performers and more, including Fabolous, Wiz Khalifa, Young Jeezy, Fat Joe, Jim Jones, and Lil Wayne.
"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. They don’t want any situations like the Suge Knight shooting. If something does go down, they want to already be on the scene.”
Well, we certainly think these precautions are required and overall a good idea.
In addition, another source dished on how these plainclothes cops are not there to make a scene, but to serve and protect:
"[I]f there is a show going on, they are there. Their job is to investigate crimes and curtail violence in the hip-hop industry. So when they find out there is a beef between rappers, they monitor it. They are plainclothes cops, they go to clubs and shows. They were at J.Lo’s show in The Bronx because French Montana and Fat Joe were coming…Let’s say there is a show… and they know there’s a beef going on that could escalate to a fight or shooting. The police rmay say they need to change set times and they don’t want two artists like French Montana and Jim Jones to perform too close together. Then they’ll go and watch. They’ll go backstage. 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 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.”
We hope these cops will help end the certain nightclub violence that has reared its ugly head of late.