Detroit police try to broker peaceful resolution between rivaling rappers

Detroit police wasted no time trying to diffuse the potential for explosive violence following a viral video that showed east-side rappers and their friends beating Jeezy’s artist HBK of Doughboyz Cashout on Thanksgiving eve. 

“We are trying to work with both sides to negotiate a peaceful resolution,” Detroit Police Sgt. Michael Woody told me Monday.

Police immediately reached out to both sides as fans flooded social media with threats of violence and retaliation.

But HBK, who was knocked out and robbed of his coveted chain necklace when he was attacked by a mob of men that included east-side rappers Icewear Vezzo and Green Guy Webbie, tweeted that he doesn’t want to cooperate with the police. 

“Come on now the last thing I would do is press charges I dont even like da fucking cops myself,” HBK tweeted. “da hating dont work so they tell lies….”

HBK said he’s doing well following the attack, which happened at Cobo Hall following a Floyd Mayweather party.

Twitter threat
Twitter user Worthyboy77 publicly threatened Green Guy Webbie.

The widely viewed beating has stoked fears of retaliation and a return to the old rivalry between west-side and east-side rappers. In 2004 and 2005, the rivalry led to the shooting deaths of promising rappers Blade Icewood and Wipeout.

Young Jeezy, who signed the Doughboyz to his Atlantic-distributed CTE label earlier this year, is performing at the Masonic Temple on Dec. 28.

The threats continued Monday and early Tuesday on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

  • Andre Ford

    Everyone has negative things to say, I can clearly hear the racism in your tiny little voices. Where were your voices with the sandy hook shooting (white shooter) Columbine Shooting (white shooter) movie theater shooting (white shooter)? You should as the PEOPLE help with solutions instead you only offer 2 bit criticism. Personally I believe its an eye for an eye and so does our government! words are one thing, but if you hurt me am I not to defend?

  • Twan Cold’Cash Perry

    if yall aint from them ways stfu..

    • Dust Buster

      hey douche bag whats up? yall going to get 20 to 30 years for shooting another idiot over some stupid necklace and some circus respect based on youtube and twitter class structure?

  • Marissa Jade Mewitz

    This is great publicity for both sides of the rivalry. I’m guessing sales/illegal downloads of albums have risen because of it. They are ‘criminals’ probably, but they aren’t monsters. They are human beings responding to their environment, where criminal behavior is both normalized and the only means most see to enter the middle class. In poor communities, cops aren’t trusted, this is a cultural fact, and not irrational if you look at it from their perspective. Is the photo and whole thing rediculous from the outside? Yes, but so is any other culture from the outside. All in all, one guy got beat up and the rest are trying to look tough so the same doesn’t happen to them. Tell me you wouldn’t do the same once you walk about 17 years in these kids’ shoes.

    • Ricky Bobby

      Could be thee most uninformed post of the year here folks.

      A> They are monsters and criminals. Anything but that description is myopic.

      B> They will never represent the middle class. They are not even lower class. They are “NO CLASS”.

      C> Human begs do not “respond to their environment” in this manner. Animals do. We left that sort of caveman instinct in the past when we became a CIVILIZED species.

      • Tre the truth

        stay in West Bloomfield and shut your mouth…keyboard gangster.

        • Ricky Bobby

          Don’t you have an album drop party to attend this evening?

    • Dust Buster

      nice excuse making. they are trash and punks. i dont care what color the are. look at the videos of them hitting those women in ypsi. look at their videos of them throwing chairs at people in public places. dont make this sound like its some cultural thing that needs to be understood. furthermore, people like you that use “poverty” as some excuse or rationalization do a real dis to the millions that are poor that dont shoot, rape, kill and steal

      • Marissa Jade Mewitz

        I made no mention of color. Wasn’t accusing you of being racist and I made no excuses. Those that actually committed a crime should be punished. However acting like some people you do not understand are not people is wrong. That’s the point I was making. Everything else you said was basic conservative trolling so I’m not engaging it. Have a nice day. Its a beautiful day here in Detroit 🙂

        • Dust Buster

          not trolling, just truth. you are young enough and probably indoctrinated on pc and liberal talking points in school. look at how these idiots treat women and others. funny how you can semi excuse and defend them but if you got stuck near them at a party or some other place they decided to act out and you would be just another bi&ch, ho-e, snow bunny, skeezer and piece of meat.

          look at some of their other videos like throwing chairs at people and assaulting that girl in the hotel. i can also bet you support fetus murder but you would do a candle light vigil for a cop killer on death row

          • Marissa Jade Mewitz

            Fetus murder lol thats quite the strawman you built there…yes i do support a woman’s right to choose whether or not to use her body to bring a new life into the world.  I’m educated not indoctrinated. I did not say that what they are doing is cool. I’m not even a fan of their music. I don’t hold candlelight vigils for anyone who killed anyone. I don’t think killing anyone is OK.  Now, why does it bother you so much that I reffered to these individuals as human beings?

          • Dust Buster

            you dont think killing “anyone” is ok. but, you dont think a really small human that hasnt been out of the womb yet counts as a human. curious to know when you think it goes from an unsustainable fetal mass to “anyone” like 3rd trimester or do you think it isnt “anyone” until it is delivered outside the body?

          • Marissa Jade Mewitz

            An early term abortion does not kill a fetus…it eliminates a blastocyst from the woman’s uterus. Please learn science. Also I’m done arguing with you because you refuse to stay on topic and use so many logical falacies

          • Dust Buster

            you just proved my point. you use parsed words to support your feeling that it isnt a baby or human until you decide it is. the same way you would claim in one of your liberal bullshit classes that mean conservatives use words and terms to define people and marginalize them.

            you are not dumb enough to miss this point but you have placed a baby in the womb in the same category as wisdom tooth, hangnail or diseased appendix. your coddling liberal teachers have given you a false sense of intellect.

            also, i think you meant to write Illogical fallacies, not logical fallacies.

          • Marissa Jade Mewitz

            Ok so lets see here…the term is logical falacy..illogical falacy would be something one thinks is illogical and is in fact not illogical…google it…you could learn how to argue better. I classify yes, its human nature, if we didn’t make classifications, our minds could not possibly process our world. I base this classification however on a deep and through understanding of the reproductive process from a legal, biological and societal stand point. My professors due to the fact that I hold a business degree were overwhelmingly conservative. You are completely off topic and attacking

    • Tre the truth

      Love you and your insight…you aight with me 🙂

      • Marissa Jade Mewitz

        Aww thank u 🙂

  • A Chami

    I respect these young men who sacrifice their lives without concern. The things worth dying for are the very things worth living for.

  • The Missing Link

    Doughboys might not be as street as Team Eastside but they are not dumb, they will go out of town and let the goons do the cleaning up.

  • Underyoskin Ashford

    Sprinkle crack on em..#davechapelle

  • DIRK DIGGLER

    Fuck em, let them kill each other as I said before …

  • Samuel Hoadley

    Just let them do what they want to do, who cares. These guys are not musicians they are criminals who are aspiring rappers. That has been a major problem with rap over the years, you have serious artists like Nas,Jay-z and eminem and then you have this crap. It goes past music, it’s almost a competition to see who can find not the best rapper but the biggest criminal and sign them. The “realist” rapper is something for children and ignorant Mf’ers to look up too at the end of the day.

  • Samuel Hoadley

    Just let them do what they want to do, who cares. These guys are not musicians they are criminals who are aspiring rappers. That has been a major problem with rap over the years, you have serious artists like Nas,Jay-z and eminem and then you have this crap. It goes past music, it’s almost a competition to see who can find not the best rapper but the biggest criminal and sign them. The “realist” rapper is something for children and ignorant Mf’ers to look up too at the end of the day.

  • Rap Stallion

    don’t negotiate. round them all up. lock them in a room well stocked with rotten fruit and let them figure it out.

  • Rap Stallion

    don’t negotiate. round them all up. lock them in a room well stocked with rotten fruit and let them figure it out.

    • GP For Life

      Arrest and charge everyone who made a threat of violence with specific or implied targets.

      • disqus_vhLozcit3f

        I’m in complete agreement. ‘Negotiating’ in this instance is nothing more than validating this brutal behavior. What I’d like to know is if the assailants in the initial video have been arrested, and, if not, then why not? When you pander to these sick fucks in cases like this with ‘negotiating,’ you do nothing more than to justify their actions. Pathetic. Come down on them like a hammer.

  • bebow

    The DPD is pandering to and negotiating with terrorists. Why are we funding this useless dinosaur? Dissolve it.

  • Dust Buster

    look at this clown in the pic. proof of the ignorance. he has 2 pistols (illegal i am sure) with extend hi-cap magazines. and he is facing the person that took the pic with both hands on the trigger. gun 101 says NEVER place finger on trigger until you are ready to shoot…..especially not when facing someone for a picture.

    now lets say one of the guns went off and hit the fool taking his pic. we would read how an aspirin rapper that was a good boy was killed by accident when one of his friends found his mammas baby mammas uncles gun and was playin with it.

  • Beck

    Cute picture, but seriously what are these idiots doing with guns? They’re just provoking more trouble at this point by posting threats and pics to Twitter accounts. You got your butt kicked, they embarrassed you and if you don’t want to go to the cops that’s fine I get it, but it’s time to grow up.