Over 90 People Hospitalized During Chance The Rapper Show, DO NOT Blame Hip-Hop
Chance The Rapper is one of the most righteously wholesome MC’s you’ll find in the game. However, over 90 people attending one of his shows got too lit and ended up being hospitalized for intoxication in Connecticut.
What sent so many people to the ER was heavy duty alcohol drinking after attending the Hot 93.7 Hot Jam concert at Xfinity Theatre on Friday night (July 21).
According to the Hartford Courant:
The number of people taken to the hospital on Friday night far exceeds what is typical for a concert in the city, Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley said.
“A ‘typical’ concert is around 20-30 transports. 60 would be very bad. We had 70 once and 90 last night,” Foley said. “It depends on the act that is in town and the fan base age.”
Hartford Fire Capt. Raul Ortiz said the “constant cycling of transports” overwhelmed the department.
Ortiz also believes over 100 people were taken to local area hospitals.
What kind of hooch did these kids get their hands on?
Now lets keep in mind that Chance the Rapper didn’t get on stage and tell underage kids to get hammered.
The underage-drinking arrests were made in the parking lots surrounding of the concert, which featured headliner Chance the Rapper. Foley said about 21,000 people attended the concert.
“The fan base last night appeared to be in the late teens and early 20s,” he said. “Tailgating, partying and excessive alcohol consumption was extremely prevalent.”
Brancato said there were more patients Friday night than he’s used to seeing after a concert, with conditions ranging from mild slurring and unsteadiness to severe intoxication.
He acknowledged that 90 patients out of thousands of concertgoers represent a small minority of out-of-control drinkers. But that makes it no less dangerous, Brancato said, noting that some of Friday’s patients were found unconscious.
Do not blame Hip-Hop for this struggle. That said, call their parent.
1:2 HPD has made a high number of Underage Drinking Referrals. I'm told there was an extraordinary number of EMS transports of severe ETOH. pic.twitter.com/22oqv5OCUk
— D/C Foley (@LtFoley) July 22, 2017