Though this event should have been a celebration of southern rap music and Memphis rap music with the people who enjoy it, it was evidently not. A promoter of the "Crunk Fest", Rickey Cole of S & S Entertainment was said to state, "The crowds at these shows have got to learn to control themselves.
In a recent report from the Commercial Appeal, it is stated that the recent Crunk Fest was full of hysteria, and quoted by one concert goer as "Not A Crunk Fest, But An Out of Control Fest." There were numerous fights reported, blood shed and gunfire during and after this event. According to sources, kids were running from commotion scared for their own well-being and that of their friends. There was even a report of a young girl who suffered an asthma attack due to the commotion and some people were even carried away in stretchers. This is something that should not have happened and should not be tolerated at any event.
Any artists and/or concert goers who provoked negative activities should think about this. Ask yourself, "What kind of message are you giving about the rap genre and/or the city of Memphis itself?" Memphis will not support the rap genre and/or any activities associated with Rap/Hip-Hop if others persist to give the rap genre and Memphis a bad name. We encourage emerging artists and promoters to take note of this, because it will not only effect the city of Memphis, but the careers of the emerging talent our city has to offer. We must show the city, and the people around us who support us, that we can hold a Rap/Hip-Hop event without violence. If we don't, then who's going to support us?
Though this event should have been a celebration of southern rap music and Memphis rap music with the people who enjoy it, it was evidently not. A promoter of the "Crunk Fest", Rickey Cole of S & S Entertainment was said to state, "The crowds at these shows have got to learn to control themselves. Beefed up security is a must." This may be true but it must first start with non-tolerance from all, the promoters, the fans, the artists, everyone.
"It is just sad that teens can't go out and have fun anymore," says concert-goer Jahresha Barnes, 16, who along with Britneishia Woods, 17, waited inside the quiet Coliseum (as the crowd thinned) for their friend who suffered the panic-induced asthma attack during the commotion. Both agreed that this was their last Crunk Fest. Woods added, "This wasn't crunk, it was out of control."
"We (the staff of MemphisRap.com) would like to strongly point out that MemphisRap.com will never tolerate or support any such activities for any MemphisRap.com events or happenings that we are planning now or in the future. You should expect a great time, stated Littlejohn." In particular, our parties will mainly be Member Only parties to ensure that we are somewhat familiar with those who attend. As for fans and artists, we hope that you attend our events to have fun and not to cause turmoil.
In light of the recent event "Crunk Fest," we send our sympathy out to anyone who was injured during or after this event and we hope that this does not cause an unfair judgment on the entire rap and urban community because of any unfortunate incidents that was caused at this event. We hope that the next event such as those who planned this event, take even more precautions during his/her planning and put the fans safety first before all."
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Source: Commercial Appeal