EXCLUSIVE: Fat Joe Calls Troy Ave Shooting “Ironic” As New York Rappers Unite

Yesterday (May 25) shots rang out at a T.I. concert in Manhattan, leaving several people wounded and one dead.

(AllHipHop News) The gunfire occurred on the third floor green room of Irving Plaza as rapper Maino was exiting the stage.

The violence ultimately killed a 33-year-old man associated with Troy Ave named Ronald “Banga” McPhatter.

Three others were hospitalized, including Troy Ave, who reportedly accidently shot himself in the deadly skirmish

Fat Joe has been working to settle his old beefs with other New York rappers, as evidenced by his recent collaboration with former foe, Jay Z.

It’s one of the reasons Jay Z jumped on Fat Joe’s “All The Way Up” remix with French Montana, Remy Ma and Infared.

“The reason we did this sh-t [the ‘All The Way Up’] was so the sh-t that happened last night where people got shot in the middle of a concert doesn’t happen,” Fat Joe told AllHipHop.com. “We’re trying to show people you can have your differences but it can actually end peacefully. It doesn’t have to end with death and destruction.”

Up until the shooting, Fat Joe, 50 Cent, Cam’ron, N.O.R.E, Nas and other respected veterans of the New York rap scene were settling old issues.

“That’s pretty ironic that [shooting happened] while we’re doing this symbol of unity. I hope these young kids see it and follow suit. Cause ain’t nothing really worth it. You gotta understand most of us grew up in poverty with a dream and all the stripes against us. The fact we’re able to make music, make money, have fans, and make our dreams come true – we really gotta appreciate that.”

Troy Ave is facing an attempted murder charge and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.

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