Hot 97, the city's biggest hip-hop and R&B radio station, will get the once-over 24-7 by the police as the NYPD is going to install one of their rather conspicuous surveillance cameras outside Hot 97's Hudson Street studios. "We'll keep it in place until Hot 97 is evicted or cleans up its act" is how a police sources explains the decision to the Daily News, as last week the rapper Jamal "Gravy" Woolard was shot in the bum by someone in his entourage who was upset he couldn't sit in on the interview. And the studio has had its share of incidents - a shooting outside Hot 97 while 50 Cent was inside, the whole thing that eventually sent Lil' Kim to jail...and there was that Tsunami song, which isn't really cause for police surveillance, but still, it's not a great moment in Hot 97's history. The owners of Hot 97's building will be meeting this week to discuss whether or not to keep the radio station on as a tenant. At any rate, the police assigned to monitor that camera will have to be well-versed in the rap world figures - we suppose Commissioner Kelly has instituted the "Hip-Hop 101" course for cadets?
The NYPD started to install these cameras earlier this month, focusing on high crime or high risk areas.