This video was posted on Davey D’s Tumblr via Lady Jay Diamond. Last night was to be a huge night, the Pete Rock produced Smif N Wessun album release party/ Photography exhibit at Tammany Hall celebrating the release of Monumental and photos by Fubz of the making of the record. We’re not too sure what happened in the course of the night, but the video submitted by Lady Jay shows a very large police presence outside the club, what appears to be some police brutality, and the shutting down of an otherwise epic night of celebration of the collaboration of Pete Rock and Smiff N Wessun. Alleged reports that Pete Rock’s wife and daughter were beat down by police were quelled by Rock himself, who stated on his Twitter page (read from the bottom up):
It’s a sad state of affairs when a great collaboration between two of Hip Hop greats gets together peacefully to celebrate the fruits of their labor and the party gets shut down just like that. Rock went on to state further on his Twitter that “this is not the kind of publicity I wanted, not @ all, and i didn’t expect it to go down like it did!” Rumors, I’m sure will be flying all over the internet today, so when something official is released, I’ll keep you updated. Until then, Hip Hop held back again. More to come…..
****UPDATE**** Official Statement from Duck Down
Official Statement: “On Tuesday, June 28th, Pete Rock, Tek & Steele (of Smif N Wessun) were celebrating the release of their collaborative album, ‘Monumental.’ It was a peaceful gathering inside of a sold-out Tammany Hall (lower-east side Manhattan, NY) to see the group perform new music from the project. Earlier in the evening some guests wanted to enter the event but were turned away by the management and bouncers employed by the club. A minor argument ensued, but eventually was diffused by the bouncers. Thirty minutes after that minor skirmish 15-20 uniformed Police Officers from the 7th precinct arrived at the venue. Shortly after even more uniformed officers arrived. The officers then hurried into the club and began macing and assaulting individuals inside the club, dragging one of them out and pummeling him directly in front of the club. Present at the event were artists, industry tastemakers, fans, photographers, and cameramen. Several people began filming and recording the unprovoked brutality, much to the dismay of the police. The officers then began to mace and assault anyone within arms length, including several women. Kenneth Montgomery, the group’s attorney, who was in attendance at the event, stated that the Police “behavior was unjustified, unprovoked, and simply barbaric considering there was no provocation.” Pete Rock, Tek and Steele fortunately were not harmed, however some of their friends & family were assaulted by the Police. The group’s attorney, Kenneth Montgomery, is addressing the situation now with local community leaders & is available for comment with more detailed information.”
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Smif N Wessun and Pete Rock Monumental Launch via Lady Jay Diamond
Pete Rock and Smif N Wessun Monumental
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