A police force tasked with monitoring personal appearances by controversial hip-hop stars to prevent violence is stepping up its surveillance in the wake of Marion 'Suge' Knight's shooting.
The elite squad, known as the 'Hip-Hop Police', reportedly works off a watchlist of potentially troublesome stars which includes Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, Fabolous, Wiz Khalifa, Fat Joe, Drake and Chris Brown.
They are charged with monitoring rap concerts and nightclub appearances by any artist suspected of attracting trouble, and editors at New York Post gossip column Page Six report the team is now ramping up its efforts following the shooting involving music mogul Knight in Los Angeles at the weekend (23-24Aug14).
A source tells the publication, "All New York club owners are required to inform the Hip-Hop Police in advance if anyone on the watch list is coming in. They want to be there to monitor the crowd and in case any trouble starts. They don't want any situations like the Suge Knight shooting. If something does go down, they want to already be on the scene."
Another source adds, "Their job is to investigate crimes and curtail violence in the hip-hop industry. So when they find out there is a beef between rappers, they monitor it. They are plainclothes cops, they go to clubs and shows."
Death Row Records boss Knight was reportedly shot six times, in the stomach, chest and arm, at a party hosted by Brown at an L.A. nightclub in the early hours of Sunday (24Aug14). He was taken to hospital for treatment but has since been released.