Posted in music | pictures on June 15, 2010

photos by Leia Jospe

Drake show @ South Street Seaport (more by Chris La Putt)
Drake

Senseless violence marred a Drake concert at South Street Seaport Tuesday night, prompting police to pull the plug on the show before the rap phenom ever had a chance to grab a mic. "Everybody was pushing up, trying to get to the front," said Tamika Johnson, 31, of East New York, Brooklyn. Johnson and her 6-year-old daughter were among thousands who turned out for the free show, part of a publicity blitz marking the release of the up-and-coming Canadian rapper's debut album, "Thank Me Later." "People in the front started leaving because they were getting crushed," Johnson said. "Then they started throwing bottles from the balconies." Fights broke out as rowdies tossed flower pots from the upper floors of the Seaport down onto the crowd on the street, said Jasmine Arroyo, 23, of Brooklyn. Arroyo said the scene turned into "a madhouse" as people on the street began firing plastic bottles and "any object they could find" at the flower-pot-hurlers. [Daily News]
Video of stuff being hurled from Pizzeria Uno into the crowd (and vice versa), and a second set of pictures from the "show" (the first set was HERE), below...

PICTURES OF A MAN DOING HANGING OFF PIZZERIA UNO, HERE.



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Comments (87)

wow, what assholes.
please, no more free concerts in NYC. charge $5 if you must, just don't make it free. especially not with one of the hottest hip-hop artists around today. what a horrible idea for this event to occur.

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2010 10:55 PM

woooo! wooooooooooooooo!

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2010 10:57 PM

the throwing of the chair is such a classic move for a wild video [via palace at auburn hills brawl [ subvia allen iverson bowling alley high school brawl ]]

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2010 10:59 PM

This wouldn't ever happen if it were some boring, white, indie band we all like...

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2010 11:06 PM

This can only happen when a rap act is involved. I've been to quite a few free shows and nothing like this ever happened. Since it was a hip hop show, you get the hip hop crowd and because it's free all the flat rimmed hat wearers come out...

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2010 11:09 PM

Drake's PR people knew a free show would cause a huge scene and get shut down before he even needed to show and thought it would be free publicity. He wasn't ever planning on performing at the Seaport tonight.

Welcome to the wonderful world of hip-hop street teaming.

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2010 11:11 PM

thats flatrimmedhatcism!

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2010 11:13 PM

would be nice if indie kids showed a little passion every once in a while.

And this has nothing to do with rap. Justin Beiber had a concert shut down not that long ago.

Kids get excited. Get a life, grandpa!

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2010 11:13 PM

I heard Hanson fans were hardcore, but I never imagined them to be so calm and lawful!

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2010 11:16 PM

Old 97's- 4th of July, a bunch of WFUV listeners in plaid and sandals are going to fuck shit up!!!! HOLLA!

Posted by KC | June 15, 2010 11:19 PM

kiss your free rap shows gbye idiots

Posted by anonymoose | June 15, 2010 11:19 PM

you people make me sick.

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2010 11:21 PM

Scenes like this encourage me to keep on the indie track, even if you have to deal with the often apathetic crowds. Mainstreamers are too crazy, y'all!

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2010 11:22 PM


"Kids get excited. Get a life, grandpa!"

Great! It's this kind of excitement that's going to make them want to cancel free shows at seaport and elsewhere. Thanks a lot assholes!

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2010 11:26 PM

You think Jay-Z and Beyonce show up at indie shows in Williamsburg for no reason? Nobody wants to be at hip hop shows anymore.

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2010 11:27 PM

You never saw this shit happen at a Pat Boone show. Just sayin'.

Posted by The Mighty KC | June 15, 2010 11:29 PM

"Great! It's this kind of excitement that's going to make them want to cancel free shows at seaport and elsewhere. Thanks a lot assholes!"

Don't cry, grandpa. I'll find you a nice chair in the shade for the Apples in Stereo and Beer in Heaven, Seaport shows.

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2010 11:29 PM

Who the f is Drake?

A licky boom boom down.

Posted by Snow | June 15, 2010 11:30 PM

OMG I HOEP THIS DOESNT HAPPEN 4 FREE ENERGY IN JULY

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2010 11:31 PM

id rather sit in the shade for a talented act like apples in stereo then stand around for some lame ass, flash in the pan, kanye wannabee.

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2010 11:41 PM

It wouldve been worth it to see Drake.

Posted by Drake | June 15, 2010 11:44 PM

White kids will never go to a Drake show again.

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2010 11:49 PM

(Mmm)BOP!!! a mother fuckin chair just landed on my head.

Posted by Venkman | June 15, 2010 11:49 PM

This crowd would have pelted Hanson with bottles and chairs.

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2010 11:51 PM

I think i saw this episode of Degrassi before. Where's the kid in the wheelchair when u need him?

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2010 11:53 PM

channel 7 just said the organizers were expecting 10,000, but 25,000 showed up.

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2010 11:53 PM

A Slayer show would have been calmer and more orderly

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2010 11:54 PM

Dan Deacon was fucking amazing tonite. you guys suck.

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2010 12:04 AM

would it have been the worst thing in the world if that pier had just collapsed?

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2010 12:13 AM

what time did daft punk come on?

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2010 12:13 AM

Bunch of crazy monkeys I say

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2010 12:19 AM

That Hanson's so hot right now...

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2010 12:20 AM

Imagine this crowd during Hanson's set.
It would've been awesome!

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2010 12:24 AM

LOL @ Venkman

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2010 12:28 AM

who the f**k is drake? maybe someone can answer this now, but no one will in a year. i've been to plenty seaport shows, never saw that...

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2010 12:48 AM

FUCKIN RACIST!
HATE HATERS, ANY OVERLY PACKED CROWD WHO HAVE BEEN WAITING AROUND IN SHITTY CONDITIONS WLD END UP RIOTING IF THE ACT DIDN'T SHOW
ONLY LAME ASS PUSSIES WOULD LEAVE QUIETLY WITH OUT LEAVING A MARK SAYING NOT TO FUCK UP LIKE THIS AGAIN

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2010 12:51 AM

"FUCKIN RACIST!
HATE HATERS, ANY OVERLY PACKED CROWD WHO HAVE BEEN WAITING AROUND IN SHITTY CONDITIONS WLD END UP RIOTING IF THE ACT DIDN'T SHOW
ONLY LAME ASS PUSSIES WOULD LEAVE QUIETLY WITH OUT LEAVING A MARK SAYING NOT TO FUCK UP LIKE THIS AGAIN"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIR3XFuY4Qs

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2010 12:57 AM

that drake concert was worse than the oil spill.

Posted by j | June 16, 2010 1:02 AM

what oil spill?

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2010 1:23 AM

Seaport? We off that.

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2010 1:23 AM

wow, thinly veiled racism on brooklyn vegan. nice you guys, nice.

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2010 1:57 AM

I wish these people would show up to one of Amanda Palmer's things where she covers Radiohead or something. Throw chairs, PLEASE!

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2010 2:13 AM

@1:57AM- how is it racism? There's clearly a bunch of stupid fucking idiots at this show and most of them appeared to be white. This is about dumb ass white kids who want to be black trying hard to be tough when they're all just pussies. when the litigation and arrests start the culprits will all be tearful white kids from the 'burbs. I'm white...am i being racist? yeah, i didn't think so cause it don't work that way in this double standard world. shut the fuck up!!! BV RULEZ!

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2010 2:42 AM

wtf were the organizers thinking on this one? free drake? when he could sell out the garden for a few nights? this was born to be a disaster...I agree w/ 11:11AM, this was a fucking publicity stunt like that stupid Lady Gaga ticket fraud thing a few days back.

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2010 2:49 AM

Is it racist to say that hip hop is and has been for years completely artistically, intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally bankrupt, which makes it perfect lingua franca for a country which as a whole is in the same state? Get off your high horse. This shit sucks. And yes, it does promote shitty behavior. What is mainstream hip hop about other than sexual predation, materialism, chauvanism, casual homophobia, willful stupidity, emotional vapidity, etc. Is it any wonder its fans exhibit the same qualities? this wasn't the way it always was. Even in the 80s. Especially in the 70s and 60s. The leaders of black pop culture from those eras are rolling in their graves right now.

Racist my ass. what's racist is the double standard that what would be considered dumb frat boy behavior by white kids in considered "authentic" in some people of color, in the eyes of the very same milieu of arch, blithe quasi-hipsters that write music reviews and think Pitchfork is where it's at.

Posted by whatever | June 16, 2010 2:51 AM

i was at this event and smartly headed to Dan Deacon after there were no performers for over an hour a half in between acts. I knew something bad was going to happen. Looks like it did.


poor planning + lack of hip hop shows in the city + commoners = bad idea

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2010 2:55 AM

oh man, I remember my first concert...

fucking n00bs

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2010 3:57 AM

Jesus christ if only this had taken place during the Puerto Rican Day Festival and you threw in a jogger getting attacked then the NY Post would collectively explode in one giant orgasam.

Wilding 2010 motherfuckers


Seriously though, all the people who went to this show deserve what they got. Fucking fake ass music fan losers. Yeah i said it.
You got the lowest form of hipster band
A teen group who sucked a long time ago and suck even more now. The worst most vapid kind of pop music the world has to offer
and a guy who can't rap to save his life. His record is straight GARBAGE.

The pier collapsing and Red Hook park being engulfed in flames would have really gone a long way in helping to save the music scene in this city.

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2010 5:14 AM

Cake shop > Drake slop

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2010 6:38 AM

I'd hit it

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2010 7:19 AM

Drake is for bitches, just look at all of 'em in the pictures. Too bad the Seaport didn't sink cuz you know those people can't swim...

Posted by dixxxie | June 16, 2010 7:45 AM

tits mcgee

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2010 7:49 AM

Will someone please arrest that acrobat doof with the hat.

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2010 8:49 AM

laugh out loud. i'm not racist, i just don't like black people.

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2010 8:52 AM

is drake the cripple from degrassi tng?

Posted by beast | June 16, 2010 9:51 AM

i konw that was going to happend ok nexttime don,t do anymore show because there won,t be a nexttime ok people will deid ok and younng kids to and with there baby ok

Posted by carmen santiago | June 16, 2010 10:03 AM

did nobody realize the absurdity of the line-up?

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2010 10:33 AM

Jeez, I wonder whose record was released yesterday?

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2010 11:00 AM

with their culture of commercial hip-hop & stupid music, ghetto culture, hate for books and anything intellectual, addiction to tv, sneackers, and gadgets, disrespect for language, etc, well, some blacks in this country and the white frat trushers out there are caving their own tombs.

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2010 11:15 AM

nothing like a good rap mishap to crank the racism meter way up. fuck all of you.

Posted by jeff | June 16, 2010 11:41 AM

I want to bang those angry white chicks. I love white women.

Love,
A Brown Guy

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2010 11:55 AM

I think 12:51 threw the chairs!

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2010 12:28 PM

While there is some real good casual racism here...it's more comments denouncing STUPID, IDIOTIC behavior by fucking amateurs who don't know how to behave in a crowd.

Nothing excuses violence and stupidity. I hope that dude hanging from the awning got a bottle to the face.


Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2010 12:29 PM

whats a swell looking crowd

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2010 12:31 PM

This reminds me of the AniCo show I was at at the Seaport a few years back.

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2010 1:24 PM

This pretty much puts the kabosh on any future hip hop or rap acts at this venue.

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2010 1:38 PM

Why are Hanson fans so fat?

Why do black crowds go crazy?

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2010 1:39 PM

Two Drake fans can easily occupy the space occupied by one Hanson fan, therefore there had to have been twice as many Drake fans there as Hanson fans.

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2010 1:41 PM

the only thing more hilarious than that video is the voice of the douche who filmed it.

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2010 3:29 PM

^ i meant the video on the bottom with the stupid girls whining about piss.

I saw that before I saw the video of people throwing chairs into a crowd. Utterly senseless. I really hope that person got arrested.

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2010 3:35 PM

NYC... keepin' it CLASSY!!

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2010 4:16 PM

Love that bottom video, THERE'S PISS ON THE FLOOR

Posted by Slob | June 16, 2010 4:20 PM

Who the fuck is Drake?

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2010 5:15 PM

Everyone posting 1. "wait, are we talking about THE Hanson???" and 2. "Who the fuck is Drake?" can just save time and not bother from this point on.

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2010 5:23 PM

Dan Deacon didn't fuck anyone up & it was an amazing show. Hats off to Dan Deacon for being one rad dude. Who decided that Hanson should join Drake though? Also, that fake blond in the last video is seriously funny. Thank god none of those people were at the Dan Deacon show.

Posted by casey | June 16, 2010 6:54 PM

niggers actin like niggers

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2010 7:18 PM

HANSON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!HANSON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by She Bangs | June 16, 2010 7:20 PM

@Anon7:18pm - An ignorant coward on an anonymous music blog thread actin like an ignorant coward on an anonymous music blog thread.

Posted by blackhat | June 17, 2010 8:04 AM

When did all this happen to the concert scene anyway? I agree with comments here about Rap crowds, but you get crazy behavior at a lot of rock events too. It just seems like at Rap concerts it is much more common. But, is Rap really about listening to music? Sadly no. It is all about social commentary, and since the Rap crowds are mostly violent it is not surprising to see this kind of thing going on. Rap ... it's a lot of crap. Get real.

Posted by JB | June 17, 2010 12:10 PM

Drake eat da poo poo

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2010 3:20 PM

Dude with the neck tribal is a total Vice Do.

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2010 3:44 PM

That blonde chick's prolly 25 with 4 kids. Her milk jugs are just waiting to pop out.

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2010 3:48 PM


Ahh yes, but it all starts with educating the parents, which dr rick is doing with this very post.

Posted by دروس فوتوشوب | June 20, 2010 6:46 PM

1) A SEA OF VICE DON'TS

2) The majority of rap concerts are disasters.

Posted by LKJ | June 22, 2010 6:46 PM

too many blacks make it violent. aggressive, extroverts those kids.

Posted by monkeybones | June 26, 2010 4:41 PM

This reminds me of the AniCo show I was at at the Seaport a few years back.

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