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(AllHipHop News) Drake’s highly anticipated performance in New York was unceremoniously shut down by the New York Police Department.

Sources with say the show with cancelled because of the tremendous swell of fans that came out to see the rapper.

The Toronto rapper was scheduled to perform during Paper’s Sounds Like Paper concert series at the South Street Seaport with artists Ninkasonik and Hanson.

“It was just too many people,” the source said. “Over 15,000 people and it was just too unmanageable.”

“I am humbled by the crowd that showed up in support of my performance and the release of Thank Me Later,” Drake told in an exclusive statement. “I love performing for my fans but unfortunately the show was canceled by the NYPD due to over crowding, leaving me without the chance to give my fans a real show.”

Drake, who is on the cover of Paper’s summer music issue, was supposed to kick off the Sounds Like Paper series from 6:00-9:00 PM.

The crowd grew unmanageable shortly after the event kicked off, due to the rapper’s free appearance, prompting the NYPD to cancel the entire event due to safety concerns.

“I’m thankful for the support that the fans have been giving me,” Drake told “I thank you now.”

The rapper’s album, Thank Me Later, was released today.

According to retail outlets contacted by, the freshman album has sold out and has been highly demanded at brick-and-mortar outlets.

Drake’s album is already in the No. 1 spot on Apple’s iTunes, which is the largest retailer of music.