2 Chainz was supposed to have a listening party for his new album, Pretty Girls Like Trap Music, on Wednesday, Jun 7, but things didn’t go as planned. Reportedly, the NYPD’s infamous “Hip-Hop Cops” got the event shut down.
Reports Page Six:
The Atlanta rapper had invited a host of top music writers from outlets including Billboard and BET, record execs and friends including Fabolous to a swanky listening party for his new album,
“Pretty Girls Like Trap Music,” at a Soho gallery on Wednesday night.
But before the doors opened at 7:30 p.m., we’re told police were parked outside, ready to swoop in. Just 15 minutes later, the NYPD, a fire marshal and a rep from the Department of Buildings shut the doors with the venue a quarter full. 2 Chainz wasn’t even allowed inside, he spent 45 minutes desperately pleading with cops, who said he didn’t have a permit for the party.
The “Hip-Hop Cops” are said to be a small unit of officers that monitors events to curtail violence in the hip-hop world.
A source said, “The police seemed to get joy out of shutting down this event for one of the hottest hip-hop artists. There were 200 industry people invited to the party, but they shut the doors once 74 were inside. Police threatened those in line with a summons if they did not vacate the area. 2 Chainz arrived with an entourage of 20, and they wouldn’t let them in. He waited outside for 45 minutes and tried to reason with the cops and the DOB to let his guests inside. He wasn’t screaming and yelling — he was disappointed.”
After finally making it inside, 2 Chainz apologized to those in attendance.
Another listening session went down the next night (June 8) without a hitch.
Pretty Girls Like Trap Music is in stores June 16.