By now, you’ve probably seen an Associated Press report about how an unauthorized music-video shoot Saturday turned into an impromptu street party of 300 people — including lowriders and twerkers — that shut down Route 66 in Albuquerque.
It seems like a silly story for AP to distribute around the globe. But the news service chooses to highlight a few stories each week labeled as “odd” because — you guessed it — because they’re odd. It’s sort of a lighthearted man-bites-dog thing.
The source of this, near as I can tell, was a news report by KRQE-TV in Albuquerque. And, yes, there’s video.
KRQE gave the Cliff Notes video version. There’s more footage from the ABQ RAW account on YouTube:
The gist is local rapper Jandro put out the word he needed locals for a music video he was shooting at the old-school Firestone station at Seventh and Central (aka Route 66). He — and local police — got more than they bargained for.
KRQE reported Albuquerque police took a largely hands-off approach to the spectacle. That’s probably because Albuquerque remains under a Department of Justice consent decree for overaggressive police conduct that spurred protests more than two years ago — before anyone heard of “Black Lives Matter.”
So the local cops understandably have taken a “no harm, no foul” stance.
Another observation: I’m a sucker for lowriders, and I have to admit a couple of those shown in the videos are pretty cool.
(Video image capture of lowriders during the Jandro street party in Albuquerque)