Embed of "What I Do" by Mental Mid, blog post by John Hoff
JNS blog has now confirmed with more specificity the reason a rap concert by "Young Dro" was cancelled yesterday at The Venue. Using a "Who Is Talking" search device I managed to find Facebook conversation by Getdown Theprinceknati Olahdenn, who is involved in the music industry and appears to have some direct or indirect role with the cancelled Young Dro concert...
"Getdown" labels himself as the business owner and manager of Top Notch Boss Gorilla Muzic LLC. (Sic)
On Facebook, he wrote the concert was cancelled "due to threats of retaliation from incident @ last yo gotti concert at epic in Mpls MN." (Sic) In a second posting, he also duplicated the information I was provided by somebody answering the phone at The Venue; that the new place to party on Saturday night was Hunan's in St. Paul.
This still does not confirm where, specifically, the threats were aired but everything I can see points to conversations on this blog between warring gang factions upset over (take your pick) the death of Tyrone Washington or a perceived "diss" in two music videos by Mental Mid, one of which clearly references the death of Washington.
Indeed, this new information links the threats which shut down "Young Dro" with the specific incident at Epic: the homicide of Tyrone Washington, known on the streets as "Ty Crack."
A word of explanation about the embedded video, above. This is "What I Do" by Mental Mid, which can be fairly described as a less controversial song. It does not have the mad genius of "Kobe Diss" and "No Competition" which smashes the line between art and evidence, yet "What I Do" is the same incredibly polished music video product.
JNS blog has also confirmed the Facebook page of "Prince Kibbie," who was one of the individuals featured in the music videos has gone offline. I have also been directed to some music by allies of Tyrone Washington referencing his death which I intend to air in the near future to give both sides fair exposure of their artistic expression.
JNS blog continues to urge political and/or religious leaders of stature (as opposed to self-serving bums) to step up to the plate and broker a truce.