Drugs and Music Intertwine at Jay-Z Performance

At a Jay-Z concert, you would think that the iconic rapper would suffice as entertainment. From what I saw, this was not the case.

Alcohol, marijuana, and even cocaine use flooded the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey one recent Saturday at the Hova (Jay-Z) concert where I sat in the audience.

Everywhere I turned I would see a lit blunt (a cigar with the tobacco taken out and replaced with marijuana) followed by a cloud of smoke with the potent smell of marijuana mixed in.

Simon Zimmerman talks about his concert experience. Photo by Dessie Jackson

I would also see clearly underage young adults sipping on some brewskies while bobbing their heads to the beat.

I am not one to pass judgment on others, however, I was very surprised that authorities, security guards, or the Izod Center staff were not putting a stop to this illegal activity.

For instance, the row behind me was filled with a group of guys who were smoking a blunt. Their activity had not been called to anyone’s attention until a hysterical pregnant woman came running in with three police officers, her finger pointed directly at the men behind me.

The officers then pulled them out in the hall. When the men returned they told my friend and I that the only thing the cops said was, “Everyone is doing it and we are only bringing you out so that woman will stop complaining.”

This amused and shocked me at the same time.

It amused me because they completely got away with what they were doing.

It shocked me because the officers didn’t do a single thing to discipline them.

But I suppose that the fuzz wouldn’t be able to arrest  about 1,000 people participating in the same exact commotion.

It would be like a huge chain gang walking out of the stadium.

I guess  that when citizens outnumber authorities, illegal acts might  just have to be tolerated.

By Simon Zimmerman

Comments

  1. Well you went to a Jay-Z concert. What do you expect. He doesn’t necessarily attract a clean cut crowd.

  2. That really gets you thinking….

    If the entire student body stopped coming to school, what could anyone do?

  3. Yeah all of this is really surprising. 😮

    @Ben you have a very good point.

  4. It’s kind of surprising that the officers didn’t care.

  5. Moodle Mammal (: says:

    The use of illegal drugs at a concert is not any news. However, the fact that authorities stand by and watch the activity of drug consumption is honestly not that shocking. It would be predictable that if a large crowd took part in something they see as fun and entertaining, and the authorities do not have the power to bring it to a complete stop, nothing would be done. I think that the authorities were only there to prevent any conflicts or altercations, seeing as they were not ready to efficiently put a stop to illegal drug consuming during the concert.

  6. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35915897/ns/entertainment-music/

    His concerts are LOADED with troublemakers.

  7. I would have been angry..not everybody wants to get a contact high..why don’t people leave their drugs for their own free time.

  8. @Kay

    Or, yano, they could just be law abiding citizens and NOT smoke any illegal drugs!

  9. I think Jay Z is a great music artist, and in music videos now days, you always see DRUGS no matter what rapper it is. So going to a HOVA (JAY Z) rap concert, you cannot doubt seeing marijuana use before, during, around, and after a Jay Z concert.