A sad day for us as artists at EP-NYC, when a man for no apparent reason gets shot for enjoying a rap concert. Perhaps there are unforeseen circumstances surrounding the incident, but there’s no doubt some serious business happening ’round these parts.
New York is no stranger to crime. But it also has it’s fair share of heroes too – and T.I. is one of them. A few years back he helped remove a child from a car that was on fire with locked doors.
Troy Ave, identified as the gunman showed up from the VIP room right behind his close pal and bodyguard Ronald McPhatter, who in the recently released video collapses to the ground with a fatal gunshot to the chest.
Better known as Roland Collins, the gunman then fires two shots as concertgoers fear for their safety, and duck for cover.
T.I. however, is no stranger to violence. In 2009, T.I. was found guilty to possessing 3 federal weapons, and charges we’re made during a 2007 undercover sting operation. T.I. was caught red hand was witnessed purchasing 3 machine guns and two silencers through a middleman. He served a total of 1 year and 1 day in prison.
Along with performing more than 1,000 hours of community service as part of his sentence, he participated in the MTV reality series “T.I.’s Road to Redemption,” in which he stressed the danger of guns. In 2010, he returned to prison after violating his probation.
The rapper’s life has been chronicled in recent years on the VH1 reality show “T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle.” He announced in February that his 10th album, “Dime Trap,” would be released by his own Grand Hustle label in partnership with Jay Z’s Roc Nation. T.I. is also an artist-owner of Jay Z’s music streaming service, Tidal.
“My heart is heavy today,” T.I. tweeted Thursday evening. “Our music is intended to save lives, like it has mine and many others. My heartfelt condolences to the family that suffered the loss & my prayers are with all those injured.”
While there is still information coming in from various news sources, one thing is for certain: some things will forever in our hearts as born and bread New Yorkers – we always overcome.
These incidents paint our city with a negative vibe, and it’s been home to some of the most horrifying terrorist attacks in history. But at the same time, it’s also events like these that make us appreciate how lucky we are to be part of such a rich cultural fabric that is seen by millions of people worldwide.
In fact, we also have an old painting of the twin towers in the Extra Place green room to remind us of how much we can come together and overcome negative events like these.