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History's ROOTS - Atlanta Influencer Advance Screening

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T.I. was set to take the stage last night at New York’s Irving Plaza, but when shots rang out everything was shut down. The shooting left one dead, several injured, including Troy Ave.

In a press interview with WCBS Newsradio 880, NYPD Commisioner, William Bratton, addressed the shooting calling the rappers, “thugs”.

“The crazy world of these so-called rap artists who are basically thugs that basically celebrate the violence that they’ve done all their lives. Unfortunately that violence often times manifests itself during their performances, and that’s exactly what happened last evening.

“It’s unfortunate…You’d like to think that with all the wealth that comes from the fame, that they’ll be able to turn their lives around but they continue hanging out with the same people they hung out with when they came out of that world of desperation, poverty, and crime.”

“There’s no denying that to a lot of people … they enjoy the music…But the music unfortunately often times celebrates violence, celebrates degradation of women, celebrates the drug culture and it’s unfortunate that as they get fame and fortune, some of them are not able to ‘get out of the life.’”

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