A January 24 hip-hop show at 4th & B reportedly ended in a melee after an onstage comment by rapper Tony Yayo (whose debut CD Thoughts of a Predicate Felon was mostly written while he was in jail on a gun-possession charge).
"The place was full of Bloods," reports an attendee. "Yayo saw all the red in the crowd and was saying, 'That's cool, you're reppin' for your 'hood, but I got a buncha Crips back here with my homies.' Right then, [performer] Spider Loc comes marching onstage with a bunch of his Crips, his buds in blue, and people in the audience start throwing drinks up on them." The attendee says another performer on the bill, Royce Da 5'9", jumped into the crowd with several of his security guards to fight with patrons. "Cops showed up and people were throwing punches at them, too."
San Diego police Lt. Lawrence McKinney says, "We're looking into it as a matter for vice.... I don't think any arrests were made onsite, but it's an ongoing investigation."
A 4th & B employee who identified himself as "Junior" says, "It wasn't a big deal; it was just some rowdies."