Things can get gritty and contentious at times in hip-hop especially when you're in a genre of music whose major players are so competitive. Tempers will flare and, unfortunately, sometimes violence occurs. A few weeks ago, a fight broke out between the crews of Baton Rouge rappers Kevin Gates and Boosie BadAzz when they clashed at a show in Louisville, Ky. Both the rappers were billed to perform at the same show and things were running smoothly until the brawl broke out off stage as Gates ended his set. There’s been a longstanding tension between Gates and Boosie that dates back a few years.
Whenever there are fights between rap crews, there's always a fear that things can escalate into something deeper. Hip-hop's nightmare was realized last week when a shooting broke out at T.I.'s show at Irving Plaza in New York City. Troy Ave's crew got into a scuffle backstage, which resulted in the Brooklyn rapper's BSB member dying and three others shot, which included Troy himself.
This sad incident is what hip-hop heads don't want to see. However, it likely won't be the last time a rapper's crew gets out of hand. There will be countless others and now with cameras on every smart phone, the fights will always be recorded for the world to watch. Check out a list of rappers' crews getting into fights that were all caught on camera.
Future’s Freebandz Crew Fights Man Outside RSVP Gallery in Chicago
After Future was aggressively approached by a man in Chicago in February during a sneaker boutique visit, the Freebandz crew took action into their hands and beat him up. The incident was captured on video as it happened outside the RSVP Gallery. The heckler reportedly spat on Future and was accused of making remarks about his ex-girlfriend Ciara. No official statements were made by the rapper or after the video surfaced.
DJ Mustard’s Crew and Mistah F.A.B.'s Crew Brawl in San Francisco
While at a club in San Francisco in 2014, a fight between DJ Mustard’s crew and Mistah F.A.B.’s crew took place. Former Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, who is F.A.B.’s cousin, was in the club but did not partake in the fight.
G-Unit's Crew and Slowbucks Fight at Summer Jam
At Hot 97's Summer Jam in 2014, G-Unit finally reunited during 50 Cent’s set. Tony Yayo, Lloyd Banks and Young Buck performed together with Fif for the first time in years. Unfortunately, things weren’t all celebratory. A fight broke out onstage as G-Unit was performing. Slow from Slowbucks was apparently angry because security refused to let him join G-Unit onstage. As things escalated, Lloyd Banks also looked upset about the situation. Fabolous attempted to calms things down and walk Slow off the stage. Hot 97 host Ebro Darden also had to talk with Bucks to calm the situation. A source at Summer Jam claimed that Slow had problems with one of the members in 50 Cent's crew, which would explain why the fight broke out.
T.I. and Shawty Lo's Crews Get Into It at Dirty Awards
T.I. and Shawty Lo's crews got into a brawl in 2008 at the Dirty Awards in Atlanta. Sources say things got heated when Shawty Lo performed “Don’t I,” a diss version of Grand Hustle artist Young L.A.’s “Ain’t I” in front of the Grand Hustle crew. The self-proclaimed “Grand Hustle Muscle” Alfamega then lost his cool and threw a chair onto the stage. Yung L.A. and other Grand Hustle artists then reportedly rushed the stage, but cops quickly intervened.
Moments later, Tip took the stage to accept an award and asked that his beef with Lo is squashed during the acceptance speech. Tip’s plea apparently fell on deaf ears. Another altercation took place while Tip and Grand Hustle performed “Ain’t I.”
A$AP Rocky's Crew Brawls With Crowd at SXSW
A$AP Rocky and his crew got into a brawl with a drunken crowd at a Vice party in 2012, during the closing day of SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas. The "No Problems" rapper had about a dozen A$AP Mob members onstage. After one member of the crew had his do-rag stolen by a person stage diving, the concert was stopped while the Mob demanded its return. When cans of beer were thrown on stage, Rocky and crew leaped into the crowd with fists flying. The brawl lasted for several minutes until security cleared the room and shut the party down.
Gunplay Fights With 50 Cent’s Entourage
In 2012, Gunplay fought with Fif’s entourage at the BET Awards. Days later, a picture surfaced of 50 Cent rocking the Maybach Music Group artist’s chain while bowling. Also backstage at the award show, Ross and Jeezy's crew reportedly got into an altercation.
Rich Homie Quan’s Entourage Involved in Altercation That Leads to Shooting Outside Club
In Sept. 2016, Rich Homie Quan's entourage got into an altercation following the rapper's club performance in North Carolina at the Diamond Club in New Bern.
The altercation turned ugly and broke out into a shooting in the parking lot around 3 a.m. Five people sustained injuries after the shooting. Rich Homie was not directly involved.