From bottom left: Jay Brookinz, Oreo Jones, Chris Gnarly (who will compete Saturday) and Crookshanks
You've caught up on all the producers headed to the Jay Brookinz Beat Battle this Saturday at the Vogue, right? And you thought that was all? Of course that's not all. Jay Brookinz never does anything halfway. That's why he's set up in front of the Vogue right now, with a tent and a Stop The Violence t-shirt, camping out for 48 straight hours before the Beat Battle gets underway. He's exchanging meals for a ticket to the Battle, and from what I saw when I stopped over this morning, he's had tons of visitors already.
So, why is Brookinz out there? To tell the people Broad Ripple isn't the violent, dangerous place it's been depicted as in the month following a July 4 shooting on the Strip.
"[The Stop the Violence movement] is very important to me. We want everybody to have peace and love, and to have a good time," he says. "Some people are scared to come to Broad Ripple. I'm out here for 48 hours by myself in a tent, saying it ain't that bad. It's fun out here. ... Bring the people back."