Casanova, Pop Smoke and Don Q have been effectively blackballed from performing in their own town by the NYPD, getting nixed from Rolling Loud after a mere request, TMZ report.
The report on Saturday stated that a letter that’s purported to have been written by the City of New York and signed off by Assistant Police Chief Martin Morales surfaced over the weekend, and it appears to show the NYPD asking Rolling Loud organizers to block Casanova and co. from getting on stage
The letter addressed to the company behind Rolling Loud, Insomniac, LLC reads:
“The New York City Police Department requests that the below individuals be removed from performing at the ‘Rolling Loud Festival’ taking place at Citi Field on Saturday, October 12, 2019, and Sunday, October 13, 2019, due to public safety concerns.“
It goes on to list 22GZ, Casanova, Pop Smoke, Sheff G and Don Q as artists who shouldn’t be allowed to perform with cops citing affiliation to recent acts of violence in the city.
They say it quite clearly “The New York City Police Department believes if these individuals are allowed to perform, there will be a higher risk of violence. I look forward to working with you in an effort to keep this event safe.”
It would seem the letter — and the not-so-subtle plea — was taken to heart, because Casanova announced he was, in fact, not performing and wasn’t happy about it.
On IG, the rapper who’s had past beef with Tekashi 6ix9ine wrote in part: “My last felony conviction was in 2007. I lost everything I ever loved and I’m STILL losing. So much so that ‘they’ won’t allow me to perform at Rolling Loud NYC on Sunday.”
Casanova added, “It’s unfair and unfortunate that my past, which I’ve dealt with legally and personally, continues to stigmatize me and my career as a recording artist.”
It’s a bummer for sure, but if there is a silver lining … it’s that Casanova and the others are going to get paid for this despite being canned. Rolling Loud co-founder Tariq Cherif said as much on Twitter, but wouldn’t elaborate further. TMZ report had stated.