Fist Fights at TC Hip-Hop Awards

Chris Riemenschneider is reporting

I can’t remember the last time I saw a fight break out at First Avenue or even at a hip-hop concert. In fact, the last bad fight I saw was out in the Home Run Porch at a Twins game. So it’s somewhat shocking to report that last night’s TC Hip-Hop Awards at First Ave reportedly erupted into a brawl on and around the stage. It started when some bozo bum-rushed the stage after Illuminous 3’s set got delayed due to technical glitches, and host Boima Freeman started throwing punches at the guy. Franz Diego of Ill 3 recounted it this way in a Facebook posting:

Next thing I know, they get closer and the host is swinging on the man and then all hell breaks loose people rush security and the stage, grab bottles and other objects and just start punching and kicking. Well, security gets in eventually, separates folks, the curtains come down, mics unplugged and everyone is just kind of confused what just happened.

Here’s what happened. One person’s actions, or depending on how you look at it, 2 peoples action destroyed the entire event and evening for everybody, as well as the reputation of these sort of events at a place like First Ave. My disappointment is directed at the host who is always the number one person in control at an event, the control the crowd, how folks are feeling and keep things right and moving. To me, what he did was panic, in a situation where he did not know what to do, he did one of the poorest things possible and used violence.

One Strib commenter points out

Not a true showing of TC hip hop
this event has never been much of anything most of the big name acts that are deserving of an award for the past year don’t even show or aren’t provided with an award. Where was Atmosphere , POS arguably had the most well received album in Minnesota period yet he received no recognition, Brother Ali obviously made it a point to be thousands of miles away from this “premier” hip hop event. Needless to say this award show is worthless and a means for no name acts to receive recognition for the lack of publicity they’ve received the rest of the year.

posted by CityRiderRT19

I have to admit I’m suprised, in my experience, the T.C. Hip Hop community has always been a peaceful group.

Were you there?

Is this a case of one bad rapper spoils the whole bunch?

Commenter Elvis poins us to this video.

2 Comments so far

  1. Elvis Presly (unregistered) on January 24th, 2010 @ 11:59 am
  2. David (jacc) on January 24th, 2010 @ 1:22 pm

    @Elvis What a mess.

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