Clubs aren’t places normally associated with quality decisions. Look at most faces when the final tab arrives and the question of “how much you got on this?” starts circulating. More importantly, you’re always a minute away from something terribly wrong breaking out. The same can be said for damn-near any setting like schools, airports or grocery stores, but with clubs come the unique mixture of alcohol and ego (and occasionally a cover charge).
Also included in the concoction come club security, in some cases the most high-strung individuals in the venue. All three combined to form an ugly scene outside Los Angeles’ Supperclub, eventually bringing T.I. and Game into the commotion.
A group of guys — who we’re told are “mutual acquaintances” of both Game and T.I. — were denied entrance at Supperclub. The guys began arguing furiously with security when one member of the posse threw a punch at a security guy. You hear the punch at the beginning of the fight video.
Security for the club then descended on 2 members of the posse, beating them to a bloody pulp … at one point kicking one of them in the face while he was down.
As is standard procedure, TMZ cameras captured both the fight with security and Tip and Jayceon’s involvement thereafter. Yelling, cursing and finger pointing make following along difficult at times. The two multi-platinum rappers even mistakenly place blame on the LAPD for caving their “acquaintances” faces in.*
Tip’s track record of legal woes in The City of Angels is well-documented. While Clifford wasn’t shying away from settling the situation one way or the other, he wasn’t necessarily eager to see things escalate either. It’s tough to blame him, being that his television prophyte, Heathcliff Huxtable, never found himself in situations similar to the one seen here.
Game, on the other hand, appeared Marshawn Lynch-ready for whatever action, boss.
The underlying factor in all this is at some point fighting at the club has to be left alone, especially when the normal return on the investment are legal fees. Club promotion and appearances are part of the game, as are rappers having images and crews to uphold. And with TMZ around at every crevice and corner of America, coming off as less than your on-wax image isn’t profitable in today’s world where a career can be derailed by a blitzkrieg strike of meme’s, .GIFs and trending topics.
To be fair, all I’m privy to about the scuffle is what’s seen here and the information provided. But there’s nothing wrong with texting your homeboys telling them, “If you don’t get here by (insert time), I can’t do anything for you.” I’ve had it done to me and I’ve done that to others. It’s a club. The bottles are interchangeable, as are the groupies. And fighting security? Tip, more than anyone in rap, can attest to drama at the club leading to life-altering moments.
Thankfully, this Boondocks or Chappelle Show skit waiting to happen ended in nothing more than hurt pride. The two injured men were taken to LAPD’s Hollywood division and later released after no charges were filed.
As an aside, for all the annoying and semi-invasion of privacy debauchery TMZ earns their money in, rap sure could’ve used their “investigative journalism” in the ’90s. Pac and Biggie’s murders would’ve been solved by now.
* – Ironically, yesterday was the 22-year anniversary the LAPD being found not guilty in the beating of Rodney King.