(AllHipHop Rumors) So, lets get this out of the way. The headline should say: "The Hip-Hop Police Are Back BECAUSE They Never Left! That certainly seems to be the case. A new report confirms that water is wet! The Hip-Hop cops have been following rappers like 50 Cent, Tekashi 69, Remy Ma and more. When you read up, you get the gist of why the cops were following some of these people. I'll keep it a buck. I definitely don't think they need to be following rappers are not doing any wrong, but (isn't there always a but?) you should expect that the cops are going to be on your bumper if you are into something. The cops were dead wrong a decade or more ago when they were at peaceful events like AllHipHop Week, the yearly event we used to do. They were all in our events and outside of them too. It made the situation very uncomfortable! I was there on the sneak! Nobody even knew ol' Illseed was in the building! Anyway, this is a different era. You had people like Tekashi out there with a crew that allegedly caused mayhem at high profile spots like prize fights in Brooklyn! This is and was bad business for everybody. You better believe the "Rap Cops" are coming. Here is a piece of that report.
Remy Ma thrilled the hundreds of fans who packed Irving Plaza last year for a concert that featured surprise cameo appearances by more than a half-dozen other New York rappers.
The parade of guest stars climaxed with an appearance by Grammy winner Lil’ Kim, who joined Ma onstage for a performance of their 2017 collaboration, “Wake Me Up.”
Billboard said Ma more than lived up to her “Bronx Savior” nickname.
But Ma’s devotees weren’t the only ones who showed up for the sold-out March 16, 2018, event.
The NYPD secretly planted an undercover cop inside the venue to keep an eye on the crowd — as two dozen of the officer’s uniformed colleagues patrolled outside the historic, ballroom-style theater near Union Square.
A special branch of the department’s Intelligence Division had been secretly keeping tabs on Ma — who had served six years in prison for a 2007 shooting — and a member of her entourage, Jahmeek “Jah” Elliot, according to internal police records exclusively obtained by The Post.
The documents are among hundreds of pages that reveal the inner workings of the NYPD’s Enterprise Operations Unit, also known as the Rap Unit.
Officers assigned to the unit draw up weekly entertainment reports about scheduled hip-hop shows at city clubs, and designate each as posing a low, medium or high risk for violence or other crimes.
That information is passed on to local precinct commanders and intelligence officers in the field, with local cops in turn flagging shootings and other incidents associated with clubs in their precincts.
The records tie the cops assigned to the Rap Unit to a program called the New York/New Jersey High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, which uses federal money and resources — including Drug Enforcement Administration agents — to crack down on narcotics production and sales.
At the time of last year’s concert, neither Ma nor Elliot was wanted for a crime, although Ma — whose real name is Reminisce Mackie — was busted earlier this month in an alleged attack on her “Love & Hip Hop New York” co-star Brittney Taylor backstage during a benefit concert at Irving Plaza this past April 16.
Ma, who’s still on parole for the shooting, has pleaded not guilty in the assault case and rejected a plea deal offered by prosecutors last month. Her misdemeanor trial is set for July 12.
But the NYPD documents show cops considered Elliot a “person of interest” due to his suspected gang ties and a rap sheet listing 26 arrests.
In 2012, Elliot was among three reputed leaders of the Bronx-based Dub City drug gang who were indicted in connection with a violent turf war that authorities said involved 15 shootings, including one that killed a Dub City member.
Elliot later served a prison sentence of 2½ years for felony drug possession before being paroled in November 2016, according to state records.
An undated memo written by two NYPD intelligence officers assigned to Manhattan’s 13th Precinct, which covers Irving Plaza, said that before joining Dub City, Elliot had “previously been associated with a known crew known as the ‘Mac Ballas.’ ”
“Intel revealed that Jahmeek’s new crew association has caused tension with the ‘Mac Ballas,’ and there may be possible retaliation against [him],” the memo says.
A phone number in Elliot’s name was no longer working and he couldn’t be reached.
Ma’s lawyer, Dawn Florio, denied any connection between Elliot and her client.
“Remy does not know Jahmeek Elliot. Never heard of him, doesn’t know him,” Florio said.
“She does not travel in an entourage. She travels with her husband and security guards.”
Florio also said she’s “not a fan” of the NYPD’s Rap Unit, which she disparagingly referred to as the “hip-hop police.”
“My impression of the hip-hop police is they’re this shadowy, specialized unit that conducts overly aggressive investigations,” she said. “They’re constantly stalking high-profile rap artists and monitoring their every move.”
Sgt. Jessica McRorie, an NYPD spokeswoman, said, “The Enterprise Operations Unit focuses on venues or entertainers that have been connected with past acts of violence — regardless of musical genre. The primary goal of EOU is to anticipate, based on past incidents, where there is a significant likelihood of violence, and to take steps to prevent people from being hurt, or worse.”
McRorie also credited the unit with aiding “several major prosecutions,” and said it “continues to gather additional intelligence by responding to shootings and assaults that may occur at all kinds of entertainment venues.”
The documents obtained by The Post show the Rap Unit helped plan policing strategies at a since-shuttered nightclub in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, where records show Ma hosted an afterparty following the Irving Plaza concert.
Club Lust was a popular spot for big-name rappers, including Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, who celebrated his birthday there in 2017.
The previous year, he was scheduled to perform at the club, prompting a sergeant at Patrol Borough Brooklyn South to reach out to several high-ranking officers at the local 72nd Precinct, an email shows.
“Any plan being put into effect for 50 Cent appearing on Thursday at Club Lust?” the sergeant asked.
It’s unclear what police action, if any, the inquiry prompted.
Rainbow-haired rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine — who is locked up and awaiting sentencing on federal racketeering charges — was another Club Lust patron.
He appears in a YouTube video standing in front of a bar piled high with stacks of cash and making it “rain” money by tossing bills at scantily clad dancers.
Tekashi, born Daniel Hernandez, also made headlines in the rap world by posting an Instagram video shot outside the club that shows him and rapper Casanova “squashing a beef” between them in May 2018.
NYPD records show that months earlier, a New Year’s Day email was circulated among members of the Rap Unit ahead of a scheduled appearance by Tekashi at Club Lust the following night for its “Trap Tuesdays” event.
The email included an image of a promotional flier and noted that both the desk sergeant at the local 72nd Precinct and an unidentified field intelligence officer had been alerted by phone and email, respectively.
Another hip-hop artist who came under scrutiny in connection with Club Lust was Jersey City rapper AlBee Al, real name Albert Robinson.
When Al was slated to appear at Club Lust in July 2016, the Rap Unit compiled a five-page report linking him to “multiple shootings in the New Jersey state area.”