As the world turns and media outlets are reporting Rick Ross backed out of his show last night at the Hot 107.9 summer jam show at Detroit’s Chene park. Not because of illness caused by an over indulgence of lemon pepper wings but due to the fact that 100 goons blocked his entry into the venue. Now this is nothing new in hip hop. With Hip hop/Rap comes a different element with ties to the streets due to the lifestyles that many of these entertainers led before making it big. Rick Ross (who is 38 which I find crazy) is no exception. Usually when coming into hood it is customary for artists to pay what is called “The Hood Tax” which is usually compensated in the form of doing tracks with some of the local standouts or in terms of cash. The self proclaimed and unofficial mayor of Detroit (Trick Trick) is the one who imposes these taxes in The city of Detroit as evident in his track No Fly Zone featuring Royce Da 5’9. Rick Ross must have refused to pay the tax electing instead to show up with beefed up security because upon his arrival he was met by 100 members of the Goon Squad and decided to turn tail and run. Not to mention this is his second time being confronted in the city.
Now while this is a common occurrence I feel that is is a bad look for the city for multiple reasons. One not only does it make the artist who (disregarding his past as a police officer turned drug dealer) brings in jobs and revenue with his presence. The people who staff these events get a check that they otherwise wouldn’t have gotten if the star were not to come or a lesser star were to come in their place. Two for those who actually like to go to shows to see their favorite artists perform are robbed of that opportunity and may never get that chance again because the artists feels that its not worth it to come back. For example it took a while for Tyler, the Creator to come back to Michigan after the bottle throwing incident at the Magic Stick a few years ago and it most likely would’ve been longer if he hadn’t been on tour with Kid Cudi at his DTE appearance. Three it causes other artists to think about coming to the city on a tour or random show because who honestly wants to deal with that level of hostility when they’re just trying to have a good time and get paid.
What happened to collaborating and growing a brand outside of your region? What happened to building long lasting connections? What happened to rapping your way to a better situation? There’s no point in doing such if your going to keep doing the same shit over and over again, its self defeating. I’m a young man from the old school I understand about earning respect but who has ever paid for respect and had it last? Like I said this is a bad look for Detroit and these actions have far reaching implications. What I believe is that while the city will suffer in terms of bringing in outside talent to perform cities such as Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Lansing, & Pontiac for example will flourish while Detroit for all its splendor and excellent venues with amazing histories of performers will suffer. The bigger picture is being ignored and people are being affected by the pride and entitlement of others.
I know I’m a little late but I’m hesitant to post new music from Wiz. His albums have had some bright spots but since ‘Deal or no Deal' none have been consistent. The one constant bright spot come in the form of his mixtapes and though he has yet to recapture that Kush &OJ feel this is definitely worth downloading for the free ball.
Includes features from:Berner, Juicy J, Currensy, & Thundercat. WIth production form Sonny Digital, Sledgren, Metro Boomin & Zaytoven to name a few.
I appreciate that over time she is showing more of herself instead of all of the over the top theatrics The music seems more personal and as a fan I appreciate it. But the Game as her love interest? #WestSideGetTheMoney
The visuals for Chuck Inglish’s third single (which you can pick up from iTunes HERE)from his Debut album Convertables. If you haven’t heard it yet make sure you head over to Spotify and stream it, definitely an experience.
Make sure you catch today’s Summer Jam Festival presented by Hot97. The lineup is crazy Personally I’m Looking forward to Action Bronson’s performance after missing him at the Detroit Electronic Music Festival last weekend.