New York police remove 3 rappers from music festival

The New York Times reports three drill rappers have been removed from the Rolling Loud music festival this weekend after concerns were raised by the New York Police Department. The NYC-based 22Gz, Sha Ek and Ron Suno will no longer perform at Citi Field during the three-day event, which will be headlined by Nicki Minaj, Future and A$AP Rocky. 22Gz was among five rappers previously pulled from Rolling Loud New York in 2019 over “public safety concerns.” According to Vulture, 22Gz was arrested earlier this year outside Hot 97′s Summer Jam on attempted-murder charges from a March nightclub shooting; Suno got in a fight last year at Rolling Loud, but no charges were filed; and Suno and Ek both have no criminal record. “How can a person who has no criminal record and no gang ties — the kid never even made a diss record — be denied to perform in his hometown after all his hard work?” Suno’s manager told the Times.

Syracuse police similarly intervened at a hip-hop concert at the War Memorial earlier this year over alleged threats of violence involving a local rapper who claimed he was the opening act, which promoters denied. Headliners Lil Durk and Toosii rescheduled the show for next week at the St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview, but canceled it again after Lil Durk suffered an eye injury during an on-stage accident at Lollapalooza this summer.

New music

TGIF: New music out this week includes Cardi B’s collaboration with GloRilla, Lil Baby’s update of Tears for Fears’ “The World is Yours to Take” for the 2022 World Cup, and more from Lil Nas X, Smashing Pumpkins, DaBaby, Sam Smith , Khalid, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Shania Twain. Oh, and there’s a new duet version of Benny Mardones’ “Into the Night” with Julio Iglesias Jr.


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