Hot 97 Fights Eviction, Sues Building Owners
As previously reported, the New York District Council of Carpenters, which owns the Hudson Street building that houses Hot 97, filed a lawsuit last week demanding the eviction of the infamous hip hop radios station after the recent shooting of Brooklyn based rapper, Gravy. Gravy (born Jamal Woolard) was shot in the buttocks outside the Hudson Street building on Wednesday night (April 26) after arriving for an interview at Hot 97.His shooting was the third shooting in five years at the building involving rappers and their entourages who were visiting Hot 97's studios.
The Carpenters Union lawsuit accused the station of promoting violence and put tenants' lives at risk. The suit cited three shootings, two bomb threats, and various altercations and also stated a complaint from Thomson Financial, which is another tenant in the building.
Emmis' lawsuit, which was filed in a Manhattan Supreme Court on Friday (May 5), seeks a court order declaring the The Carpenters Union in violation of the lease.
The suit also accuses the Union of unfairly banning visitors from coming to Hot 97 and its other two stations in the building, Kiss-FM and CD101.9.
Hot 97 claims the ban has hurt its ratings and advertising revenue because they are unable to host artists of interviews and performances.
Emmis' suit also responded to the eviction lawsuit saying, "It's not responsible for the string of violence outside the studio, which it blames on criminal acts perpetrated by third persons in the public street, outside of tenant's control."
Robert Abrahams, the Union's lawyer, responded to the Emmis lawsuit via The New York Post, saying that it was "utterly without merit" and that they agreed in writing to the restrictions on visitors.
Since Gravy's shooting, The New York Police Department has installed a video camera and stationed extra police cars outside the Hudson Street building.
Hot 97 has been plagued with shooting incidents in the past few years. Back in 2001, a shooting took place in front of the station between the entourages of Lil' Kim and Capone-N-Noreaga. When questioned about the shooting, Kim later denied the presence of two of her associates, which eventually led to her perjury and conspiracy conviction. She's presently still serving a one year and a day sentence in the Philadelphia Detention Center.
Last year, another shooting took place when The Game and his comrades attempted to enter the station to confront 50 Cent. 50 had announced to listeners that Game was being kicked out of his crew G-Unit minutes earlier. The incident resulted in Game's friend, Kevin Reed aka P-nut being shot in the leg.
On a lighter note, the station recently announced the lineup for its annual Summer Jam concert. This year's event will take place on June 4th and will boast performances by artists including Busta Rhymes, T.I., Three 6 Mafia, Mary J. Blige, Young Jeezy, Mobb Deep, Remy Martin, Sean Paul, Dipset and Jamie Foxx, among others.