Organizers of a hip-hop competition going down in New York this weekend mentioned Saturday they’ve dropped 5 rappers from the lineup on the request of police.
The New York Occasions reported that the performers have been faraway from the Rolling Loud competition after a New York Police Division official despatched the organizers a letter citing security considerations if the rappers took the stage.
The touring Rolling Loud competition was scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at Citi Discipline in Queens on Saturday and Sunday and included main acts like Wu-Tang Clan and Meek Mill.
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The performers who have been dropped are 22Gz, Casanova, Pop Smoke, Sheff G and Don Q. The police letter mentioned they “have been affiliated with current acts of violence citywide.”
The Occasions mentioned Rolling Loud confirmed receipt of the letter and mentioned the artists wouldn’t carry out.
Every of the rappers cited by the police has had encounters with regulation enforcement, the Occasions mentioned. Jeffrey Alexander, who performs as 22Gz, was charged with homicide in Florida in 2017, however the costs have been dropped after police recognized one other man because the gunman. Casanova, whose given title is Caswell Senior, has served jail time in New York on a theft cost. The opposite three artists have confronted weapons costs.
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Don Q blamed “misinformation” for his removing from the competition lineup in an announcement on Instagram. “I really like my metropolis and I by no means been in any gang actions or had points at any of my earlier reveals,” he wrote. Casanova added within the feedback that the choice “actually hurts.”
Tariq Cherif, a founding father of the competition, wrote on Twitter that the canceled artists could be paid their full reserving charges and invited to carry out at future competition websites.