Rapper Drake was scheduled to perform in New York City Tuesday (Jun 15) to support the release of his debut album Thank Me Later. But the free concert was canceled by the NYPD after over 15,000 fans showed up to see the rapper take the stage.

The Young Money artist was scheduled to perform during Paper Magazine‘s “Sounds Like Paper” concert series at the South Street Seaport in NYC yesterday, along with recording artists Hanson and Ninkasonik. Drake covers the latest issue of the magazine and was due to take the stage last night, but police, concerned with the safety of concert-goers, decided to shut it down once the crowd grew unmanageable shortly after the free event kicked off. Someone at the concert told All Hip-Hop:

β€œIt was just too many people! Over 15,000 people and it was just too unmanageable.”

Drake himself also spoke on the incident and expressed how sorry he was about the situation. Continue reading below to see what Drake had to say about his concert getting shut down…

“I am humbled by the crowd that showed up in support of my performance and the release of Thank Me Later. I love performing for my fans but unfortunately the show was canceled by the NYPD due to over crowding, leaving me without the chance to give my fans a real show I’m thankful for the support that the fans have been giving me. I thank you now.”


Drake’s first album Thank Me Later was released yesterday (Tues. Jun 15) and marks the first release from a Young Money artist. It’s currently holding down the #1 spot on iTunes, the largest retailer of music and retail outlets say that the album is flying off the shelves. Some are even selling out because the album is in such high demand.

Damn Drake! Trying to do it big huh?

How many albums do you think Drake is going to sell?

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