Chicago rapper Chief Keef’s album release concert scheduled for Sept. 18 at Los Angeles’s Fonda Theatre has been canceled.
The show, set to celebrate the release of Chief Keef’s new album “The Bang 3,” will instead take place in the parking lot next to the theater, which was bought by Alki David, CEO of the rapper’s label FilmOn.
Fonda and entertainment company AEG canceled the performance following disputes between theater staffers and representatives for the rapper, whose real name is Keith Cozart.
Chief Keef had filed complaint with LAPD that a member of his team was assaulted by the theater’s staff during a prep meeting on Sept. 16, according to David.
“We strongly dispute the allegations made by Chief Keef’s associates of the events leading to the legal cancellation of his show,” AEG said in a statement to TheWrap. “After a walk through at the venue with Chief Keef’s production team, based on strong concerns for the safety of our employees and the public, we exercised our contractual right and cancelled the show. Subsequently, they filed a police report and therefore no further comment can be made.”
Representatives for the Fonda have not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.
“AEG and the Fonda Theater have continued the shameful cycle of blaming hip hop and the artistic expression of urban youth for their own corporate malfeasance,” David said. “This follows on the Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s attempts to silence Keef and scapegoat him for his city’s complete inablity to solve the war-zone like crisis on the South Side, and on the Madison Square Garden Company’s bumbling attempt to back out of a tri-city peace concert to benefit the family of a murdered baby.”
The rapper previously had a concert banned in Chicago and Indiana due to his outstanding criminal warrants. The concert, a hologram show to raise money for the family of a friend of Cozart who was shot and killed.
“fuck Henry Fonda and fuck jane Fonda too”
– AlmightySo (@ChiefKeef) September 18, 2015