This weekend during the taping of the BET Awards, multiple media outlets reported a scuffle between the entourages of Rick Ross and Young Jeezy. By scuffle, I mean grown ass men got into a shoving match with each other and needed to be separated by BET security and bodyguards. In a video released by TMZ (because they have the connections apparently), you can see a shirtless Rick Ross, yelling and being pulled away, but it doesn’t show much after that. There were also reports of an incident between members of 50 Cent’s G-Unit crew and Ross’ Maybach Music squad. Although there were reports of gunshots in the parking lot of the Atlanta Civic Center, according to a statement released by the Atlanta Police Department to TMZ, that didn’t happen:
“Shortly after 7:15 pm Saturday, a fight broke out in the parking lot at the Atlanta Civic Center (where the BET Awards were being taped) between two groups. Atlanta Police Department officers on scene responded to break up the fight and used OC spray in the process. Individuals fled the scene. There were no arrests or reports of serious injuries. Reports of shots fired appear to be untrue.”
BET also released their own statement in regards to the incidents:
“BET Networks works very hard to bring the best in entertainment to the city of Atlanta. For the past 7 years BET has celebrated the true art form of Hip Hop. Due to some misjudgment of select attendees, it is unfortunate that certain incidents took place. BET Networks does not condone any type of violence. Local authorities are working to resolve the situation as quickly as possible.”
Here we have a bunch of rich ass grown men. Jeezy, that didn’t have the greatest upbringing from being in and out of foster homes as a kid. Then Rick Ross, who once received a football scholarship to Albany State University, then turned correctional officer, and ended up on the wrong side of the law a few times. Lets not forget 50 Cent. Gunshot wounds to the face, multi platinum records, Vitamin Water money and even a Oprah interview. Each of these men have managed to make a name for themselves in the music business, despite their troubles. Why are they fighting like 10th graders on a playground?
But is it them doing the fighting or their entourages? A more apropos term would probably be hanger-ons. Also known as the ones who’d probably take the rap or bullet for their ‘boys’. Who knows how many these rappers travel with, but when entourages attack each other, the outcome is never good. It turns into some hip-hop version of the West Side Story, but instead of knives being pulled out, it’s usually guns and stray bullets flying. If rappers can’t keep their individual entourages in check, maybe they shouldn’t have an entourage. Use some of those millions to hire real bodyguards. Stop running with goons. You’re multi-millionaires. Act like it. It’s sad that the people perpetuating the stereotype of violence in hip-hop are the people actually making millions from it.