2005/04/04

And, a fight broke out ...

Somehow, this sounds familiar, doesn't it?
Kanye West Escapes Brawl
byJosh Grossberg Apr 4, 2005, 1:30 PM PT

The College Dropout got out--just in the nick of time.

Rap superstar
Kanye West had to cut short a promotional appearance at the grand opening of a new urban boutique in Fresno, California, on Saturday, after a fight broke out.

According to published reports, the Grammy winner was 40 minutes into an autograph-signing session at an FTK store for about 1,000 fans waiting patiently in the parking lot, when an unruly attendee got into a brawl with a security guard.


Not taking any chances, store owners abruptly scrapped the event, while
West's security team ushered the Grammy winner out the back door and into a
waiting van. With the aid of a chopper hovering above to monitor the situation,
authorities took nearly half an hour to quell the disturbance and clear everyone
away from the scene.


"Once security couldn't control it, we had to shut it down," store employee Aron Hekimian told the Associated Press.

It's unknown what sparked the fracas or whether the unidentified troublemaker will face charges. A rep for West declined to comment. But fans of the hip-hopster weren't exactly happy to have someone rain on their parade.

"Everybody's chance to meet Kanye West was ruined," said 19-year-old Anna Reyna, who was one of those unlucky enough to be standing outside when the fracas erupted.


The store's co-owner, however, noted that the incident did not interfere with the producer-rapper's appearance later that day at a nearby club.


West, who previously produced records for the likes of
Janet Jackson, Ludacris, Alicia Keys, Jay-Z and Britney Spears, hit the big time last year with the release of his multiplatinum-smash debut, The College Dropout.

The Chicago native took home three
Grammy Awards in February, including Best Rap Album. He also earned props at last fall's Source Awards, walking away with Best Breakthrough Artist and Best Video for his hit "Through the Wire."

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