Man Stabbed Before Busta Rhymes Record Release Party

Victim in stable condition after early evening dispute outside New York club.

NEW YORK — A man was stabbed Wednesday outside the Midtown Manhattan club where a record release party for rapper/actor Busta Rhymes' new album, Anarchy, was to get under way.

Street team members of two record labels got involved in a dispute while hanging posters at 7:15 p.m. A 22-year-old man stabbed an 18-year-old man in the back and fled the scene, according to Detective Caroline Chew of the New York Police Department. As of Thursday morning, the victim was in stable condition at St. Vincent's Hospital, Chew said. Police would not release the names of either the victim or suspect in the incident.

New York's Hot 97FM reported that the two labels involved were Tommy Boy and Elektra. Tommy Boy did not return phone calls, and an Elektra spokesperson would only acknowledge that an incident took place.

According to Chew, no arrests have been made.

The release party event went ahead as scheduled at the club, Exit, with performances by Busta Rhymes, fellow Flipmode Squad members Rah Digga and Spliffstar, and rap group M.O.P.