There's more drama surrounding Chief Keef and his hologram concert. The rapper's planned Bang 3 Part 2 release party on Friday (Sept. 18) has apparently been moved from Henry Fonda Theater in what his reps are describing as a “cover up brutal assault by its security forces.”
According to a statement, one of the rapper’s producers with his label FilmOn Music was allegedly hurt during a Sept. 16 prep meeting for the show. Now, Keef’s team says the venue’s owner AEG has blocked the concert.
Alki David, CEO of FilmOn and Hologram USA, blasts AEG for the incident in a statement, which Keef’s reps say is the subject of a report to police.
“AEG and the Fonda Theater have continued the shameful cycle of blaming hip-hop and the artistic expression of urban youth for their own corporate malfeasance,” says David. “This follows on the Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s attempts to silence Keef and scapegoat him for his city’s complete inability to solve the war-zone like crisis on the South Side, and on the Madison Square Garden Company’s bumbling attempt to back out of a tri-city peace concert to benefit the family of a murdered baby.”
In response, a rep for AEG sent Billboard the following: “We strongly dispute the allegations made by Chief Keef’s associates of the events leading to the legal cancellation of his show. After a walk through at the venue with Chief Keef’s production team, based on strong concerns for the safety of our employees and the public, we exercised our contractual right and canceled the show. Subsequently, they filed a police report and therefore no further comment can be made."
Keef shared a cryptic Tweet which, in light of this latest situation, has new meaning: “Fuck Henry Fonda. And fuck Jane Fonda too.”
If it all sounds a little dramatic, well, it doesn’t stop there. David has acquired a parking lot next to the Fonda Theater, where the release concert will now take place. The event, a spokesperson says, will feature the same special guests, holograms, pop up shops, arcade games and laser tag.
It's not the first time a planned Chief Keef hologram shows has come unstuck at the last minute. Shows were announced for New York and Chicago, which failed to deliver.