NYC Hip-Hop Venue Shut Down Due to Drug Charges, Just Blaze Party Canceled
Trick or treat? Looks like Just Blaze got tricked, as his pre-Halloween bash set for tonight (October 29) in NYC won't be happening as planned. Last night the NYPD shut down the planned venue, Chinatown’s multi-level Santos Party House, due to “criminal sale or possession of controlled substances/marijuana,” reports the Village Voice.
"I don't know anything, I'm away dealing with some family issues," the DJ/producer told XXLMag.com. "Hopefully it gets resolved soon and Santos is re-opened. Pun intended"
The raid took place right before Ninja Tune’s 20th anniversary party, which was promptly moved to another venue, was set to take place. Police ushered everyone out of the venue before sealing the building and posting court ordered notices on the front door. With Santos closed until further notice, the RE-OPEN-ED party, featuring Just Blaze, DJ Soul, DJ Gravy, Micro Don and Max Glazer (Federation Sound), scheduled for tonight has been canceled.
Since opening in 2008, Santos Party House has featured hip-hop performances from the likes of Kid Cudi, Mickey Factz, AZ, and Lil B, among others, as well as featured celebrity DJs like Q-Tip and ?uestlove. No word on whether or not the venue will be shut down permanently, but based on the allegations there won't be many house parties at Santos for a while. Stay tuned as more information develops. —Anslem Samuel, with additional reporting by Nicki Nahmeanez