NYPD Removes Three Rappers From Rolling Loud Festival

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According to the New York Times, the NYPD has removed rappers Sha Ek, Ron Suno and 22Gz from the 2022 Rolling Loud New York Festival. The removals follow the police department's previous arrest of five rappers (including 22Gz) from Rolling Loud New York in 2019, citing "public safety concerns."
Diamond "Bo" Brown, Suno's manager, tells Rolling Stone that Rolling Loud organizers texted her the news Thursday. "I was informed by Rolling Loud that NYPD is pulling us from the show. Without explanation,” she says via text message. “How can a person with no criminal record and no gang activity be denied performing in their hometown after all their hard work? Brown says festival organizers have assured her that Suno will still be paid for the booking "and will hopefully be able to perform at future events."
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Representatives from 22Gz and Sha Ek did not immediately respond to requests for comment, but several representatives confirmed to the Times that "at least three artists" had been removed from the bill a day before the festival began. It's unclear if any other artists have been removed from the festival. A Rolling Loud representative declined to comment.
Suno fought with fellow Bronx resident Kay Flock backstage at last year's Rolling Loud, but he has since expressed regret over the incident. "I wasn't planning on fighting at Rolling Loud," he told On The Radar media personality Gabe P in March this year, adding, "We make money, we have to support our families, it's just about the big picture." Rolling Loud organizers saw fit to give him and at least two other artists this opportunity, but the NYPD has stepped in for unknown reasons.
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The NYPD has not responded to requests for comment on the removals. In 2019, the NYPD sent a letter to Rolling Loud officials requesting the removal of 22Gz, Sheff G, Casanova, Don Q and the late Pop Smoke from the three-day Citi Field Showcase.
"The performers listed above have been linked to recent acts of violence across the city," said the letter from NYPD Deputy Chief Martin Morales. "The New York Police Department believes there is a higher risk of violence if these individuals are allowed to perform." 22Gz performed at the 2021 Rolling Loud Festival without incident. Neither he nor Sha Ek, Ron Suno, or the previously removed artists have had incidents of violence at their shows, despite the stigma of violence placed on the scene by the city's horn section.
This is breaking news that will be updated.
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