The night was supposed to be one of pure joy, marking the return of Smif-N-Wessun with Soul Brother #1 Pete Rock. But while the rap duo, best known for their 1994 Brooklyn ode “Bucktown,” was inside of New York’s Tammany Hall celebrating the release of their collaborative album with P.R., Monumental Experience, along with a photo exhibition, a melée was brewing on the street.
According to various reports, some on the outside wanted in, and they got raucous when it didn’t happen. Rather than quelling the noise or diffusing the crowd, the police brought it inside and started smashing heads. Legendary producer Pete Rock tells MTV his wife and daughter were injured in the scuffle. "My stepdaughter said the cop was hitting her leg and she jumped in the way for her mother, which is my wife, to take the hits.”
While neither one of “the original gun clappas” nor Pete were harmed, this is surely not the kind of the night they wanted to reminiscence over. Speaking with Channel 7's "Eyewitness News," Steele (of Smif-n-Wessun) says, “Police are supposed to protect people, and this is obviously the adverse of that.” The news station reported that five officers and five patrons were hurt, although the number of hip-hop heads injured could prove to be more than that. The NYPD can expect a fight, as a source tells BET.com one of the witnesses is a lawyer and also a close friend of all three men.