Chuck D defends Travis Scott and blows up Live Nation in an open letter the Public Enemy rapper wrote to concert promoters in the wake of the Astroworld tragedy.
With Scott among the defendants in dozens of lawsuits from hundreds of victims seeking billions of dollars, Chuck D wrote that Scott “is being accused of a crime while the old white men lead the corps, which Travis and his fans trusted with their life, remain silent in the shadows. “
“I can not believe we are at the point where I have to say this out loud: Travis Scott is a performer, an action, not a concert promoter,” Chuck D. wrote “He does not run the sound or venues or festivals or their staff. He does not build stages or coordinate logistics, he is not an expert in crowd control or security or emergency medical services. But he trusts Live Nation and all the other concert organizers that are supposed to do all this. And yet we are here, 10 deaths and counting. 10 broken families. “
The Public Enemy rapper added: “I’m tired of these companies relinquishing their most crucial responsibility. These people are simply saying Rest in peace and move on. This negligence can not continue. People want answers. I do not buy, the young black man did it. “
While Scott had a history of concert violence, Chuck D wrote that Live Nation should have planned to know its audience better; Rolling stones reported that ScoreMore, Live Nations’ partner for the Astroworld event, had previously been accused of disorganization and unprofessionalism. Chuck D also wrote that because of the monopolistic entities that largely drive the concert industry, his fellow artists are afraid to speak out.
“The excuse for Scott’s irresponsible actions does not hold – if his action had a history of that behavior, why then promote him to bigger venues, why partner with him in the first place and let him head a larger audience? Live Nation controlled this show,” he wrote. Chuck D. “They control almost every concert venue. Artists do not speak out because the same cats have already been bought by these companies. No one can say a word against them unless they want to be blacklisted and damage their careers.”
Despite the pandemic shutting down live music for a year, as Chuck D noted, Live Nation stock has risen; it recently reached a record high, coincidentally hours before the Astroworld tragedy.
“I urge the entire Michael Rapino team at Live Nation and a consortium of all the major concert promoters out there to do the right thing,” added Chuck D. “To step up and step out of the shadows to rectify these situations and save lives. To stop letting a young black man take the blame, hate, fall. We do not know everything that happened, or exactly what went wrong. “But concert organizers have all the power to make the changes to keep everyone safe and alive.”
Read Chuck D’s open letter to concert organizers below:
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