Drake, Lil Wayne, Jeezy, And More Are On NYPD’s Special Watch List
The shooting of Suge Knight shook up many people in the industry and has raised red flags concerning certain artists. According to Page Six, the NYPD has a special department catered to the surveillance of special Hip-Hop artists, including Drake, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, French Montana and more.
This special unit is often referred to as the "Hip-Hop Police." They closely monitor nightclub appearances and show performances held by the upper echelon of Hip-Hop artists. Artists like Fabolous, Young Jeezy, and Wiz Khalifa, are also said to be on the list.
A source told Page Six : “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.”
The insider then delved into the reasoning of the excessive watch, dating it back to Suge's shooting.
“They don’t want any situations like the Suge Knight shooting. If something does go down, they want to already be on the scene.”
Another source explained how they were even in attendance for Jennifer Lopez's show in the Bronx, a couple of months back, simply because French Montana and Fat Joe were slated to appear.
“If 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.”