Drake’s Free Show Shut Down Leading to Near Riot

The New York police department canceled Drake’s free performance at New York City’s South Street Seaport yesterday (June 15) after an estimated 25,000 fans showed up and poised a risk to concertgoers.

According to ABC News, the turnout was more than double than expected and officers were ordered to disperse the massive crowd. Several fights were reported and chairs and bottles were thrown as fans waited for Drake to arrive. Two people were arrested and six suffered minor injuries.

“I am humbled by the crowd that showed up in support of my performance and the release of Thank Me Later,” Drake said in a statement. “I love performing for my fans but unfortunately the show was canceled by the NYPD due to overcrowding, leaving me without the chance to give my fans a real show. I’m thankful for the support that the fans have been giving me… I thank you now.”

“Our primary concern is always the safety of our guests,” reps for the South Street Seaport added. “Unfortunately, by the announced show time, both the Seaport management and NYPD estimated that the onsite crowd had greatly exceeded this safe capacity, was still rising, and the show could no longer be presented in a safe atmosphere. By 7 p.m., a decision was made in consultation with the police to cancel the event in order to foster the safe dispersal of the over-capacity crowd.”

The concert was put together by Paper magazine and sponsored by Ray-Ban Sunglasses for the celebration of the release of the Young Money star’s highly anticipated debut LP, Thank Me Later, which officially hit stores yesterday. —Kamaria Gboro

  • Panoramic

    dang drizzys shits gettin crazyy…..
    stoked for the show in vaan city! keep reppin canada hard Driz….

    • ph

      NUMBERS DONT MEAN NUTIN..THIS DRAKE IS A CREATE A PLAYER BORN ON TV…WE NEED PROGRESSION ON A REAL CONSCIENCE STRUGGLE 4 DA POOR RAP..THIS IS BANDWAGON AT ITS FINEST.LIKE BI.G SAID”NIGAS IS FAKE THESE DUDES DESERVE OSCERS” DISNEY RAP LOL

      • DV8

        “NUMBERS DONT MEAN NUTIN..THIS DRAKE IS A CREATE A PLAYER BORN ON TV”

        ^^^^^^^^

  • Drake fo real??

    Drake sucks, we already knew that but fo real? That was weak even coming from him. He should have said F THE POLICE !!!

    • Stuckfresh

      I must say you are a joke! I got the album and the shit is hot! If you dont think its good then you dont like good music! And when I went to Target to get it there were like 10 other people buying it! he will sell at least 600,000 1st week!
      *Fireworks
      *the resistance
      *Over
      *Show me a good time
      *up all night
      *Fancy
      *Unforgettable
      *light up
      *Miss me
      *find your love
      *thank me now
      All hot tracks! The album is good! XXL! Fuck the haters! Get a life and find somone you like to comment on!

  • Capostatus

    Fuck this light skinned bitch nigga

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  • Anonymous

    how in the hell would start a riot to see drake, well i guess the shit was free lol

  • Jhon da Analyst

    Fuckin NYPD………never want a nigga to do shit……….Swine ass motherfuckas!

  • NAPTOWNNUISANCE

    Damn I bet there was all kinds of girl fightin goin on there.Chicks get rowdy over Drake.Weaves flyin everywhere.

  • annoyed guest

    sadly I stood there for 4 hours waiting for him. it started because noone was performing and they werent telling us where drake was. he was supposed to perform at 6, found out he went to 106 & park and changed the time to 8. some girls weave did get wet. there was only two physical fights lol people threw water bottles from above. people were getting aggravated and there was no security stopping it until someone threw a chair over.

  • El Tico Loco

    How do you shit on a NYC audience? Bad move

    • Stuckfresh

      Wtf are you talking about? The NYPD shut it down! wtf can Drake do about that? El Tico Loco you really say anything! Why cant we have people that make comment off reality and not just say anything because they are a fucking lame ass hater!

      • El Tico Loco

        If by the end of the week he doesn’t address the incovenience he caused his fans and the bitches like yourself, then that means ho you been shitted on. If he did it while he was on 106 and kraP and I missed it oh well good for him. Sorry I got your panties in a bunch about it, I hope you’re a girl so your emotions can be justified, otherwise you sounding like some hoe ass nigga defending another nigga that could give 2 fucks about you.

        • Stuckfresh

          And you sound like a bitch that worry’s about a another nigga because he’s better then you! Im a fan of Drake and the whole Cash money Yes!Thats the only reason I Click on the link! You are to you just a Hater! If its someone I Hate or think is wack I dont even want to read or hear anything from them! If you dont like Ass why go to the Strip Club? And im a keep shiting on people talking crazy on the net? What else to do with my 8 hours at work? Fuck you!

        • El Tico Loco

          Your dumb brainwashed ass addressed me directly so who else am I worried about? If you shit on people talking crazy on the net then shit on yourself and lick your fingers when you finish. All you can do is call me a hater while I’m stating facts, and you’re at work e thugging for Drake? Homoerotic Fail

        • http://thisismarlow.blogspot.com The Fuck

          El Whatever, He/She Got You On That One Just Give Up Because You Obviously Don’t Like This Nigga Yet You Suckin His Dick By Hoppin On This Shit Just To Say Somethin Negative Dont Bother To Respond Because You Will Just Be Furthering My Logic

        • translation = the crazy Costarican

          I must be getting to both of ya’ll it seems, cuz for one asides from the darts I’ve been throwing at the girly man I’m the furthest from being a hater, am I hater of oversaturation? yes
          Is Drake g.o.a.t. material? no. Is he better than the other 3 rappers not named b.o.b. that they play on the radio 10 times an hour? yes. If all you got from that I’m hating or even jumping on his dick for being here stating an objective opinion? At the end of the day is MY opinion and YOUR logic you don’t like it get f*** outta here and tell xxl to shut down the comment section.

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  • http://emdottie.com EmDottie

    Well that’s unfortunate….

  • Mel DGAF

    I think the whole situation would have been controlled better if security was placed through the “venue”. The idea of having a FREE concert the day of an artist (of this magnitude) CD release date was a mistake on the Promoters. Not to mention the Line up. What were they thinking Putting Hanson and Drake on the same show? Had it been a Free Hanson show this would NEVER have ended the way it did. Seemed like a majority of Drake fans were like caged animals that were let out for the day. I’m not being racist because I saw people of all colors acting a fool yesterday. My advice, Go home and learn some manners.

  • Brizzy

    I just gotta say Im rootin for Drake. I used to consider myself a fan of only Gansta Rap but thanks to artists like Drake, and Weezy I consider myself a fan of Hip Hop period. I must say Young Money / Cash Money is on top of their game right now and puttin out nothing but fire. THANK ME LATER is a good ass album, something I haven’t heard before which is exactly what hip hop needs right now. My bets on Drizzy to kill em’ wit the numbers….Middle fingers to the haters!!! FREE WEEZY!!!

  • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

    Who here’s been to South St. Seaport?

    IT’S WIDE OPEN SPACE, YOU NEED SUPER SECURITY TO HOLD THE PEACE, YOU CAN GET YO ASS PUSHED IN THE WATER IF YOU DON’T WATCH IT. TRANSPORTATION IS BLOCKS AWAY, YOU CAN GET IT ANYWHERE OVER THERE. AND THERE’S A MALL THERE SO OF COURSE NYPD AIN’T HAVING IT. AND POLICE CASTLE (1 POLICE PLAZA IS DOWN THE BLOCK.

    THEY SHOULD HAVE USED CENTRAL PARK.

    BLAME THE MUFUKKAS WHO DECIDED TO PUT A WHOLE BUNCH OF YOUNGIN’S IN ONE PLACE AND COULDN’T GUARANTEE AN APPEARANCE.

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