Diddy Swizz Beatz Celebrate Damiond Rocbutlers Freedom Nyc Party
NEW YORK — [artist id='1244169']Diddy,[/artist] [artist id='1161216']Swizz Beatz[/artist] and members of [artist id='21725']Junior M.A.F.I.A.[/artist] were among the many in attendance at Imperial nightclub Thursday night for Damion 'D-Roc' Butler's welcome-home party.
Butler was released from prison late last year for his involvement in a shootout between members of Lil' Kim's and Capone-N-Noreaga's camps . C-N-N had collaborated with [artist id='1073']Foxy Brown[/artist], with whom Kim was embroiled in a feud at the time.
The 2001 incident resulted in the imprisonment of Butler and another shooter, as well as Lil' Kim . The female rapper was sentenced to one year and a day in prison for perjury and conspiracy. The shootout and aftermath fractured the relationships among many in Biggie's Junior M.A.F.I.A. circle .
New York radio station Hot 97 [artist id='1579067']DJs Mister Cee[/artist] and [artist id='21435']Funkmaster Flex[/artist] spun sets at Imperial. 'If you lived in Brooklyn for more than five years, put one hand in the air for [artist id='13432']B.I.G.[/artist],' Cee told the crowd. Memphis Grizzlies players Darius Miles, Rudy Gay and Hakim Warrick were also in attendance.
Diddy arrived near 1 in the morning in his Maybach and quickly entered the venue past 'hip-hop cop' Derrick Parker , who was working security for the club. Butler and his entourage immediately followed.
Butler grew up in Brooklyn with Biggie , and in the B.I.G. biopic [movie id='360770']'Notorious,'[/movie] his character is shown taking the fall for his friend on a gun charge in order for Big to try his hand at a professional music career. The Junior M.A.F.I.A. member was later released before being imprisoned again years later following the Manhattan shootout with C-N-N.
Butler had a hand in the production of the popular DVD 'Chronicles of Junior M.A.F.I.A.,' but he hasn't spoken out much since his release or in support of 'Notorious.'