Rapper Chief Keef’s LA Parking Lot Concert Shut Down by LAPD (Exclusive)

The music artist’s show was cancelled by the Fonda Theater due to safety concerns on heels of July’s hologram controversy


Rapper Chief Keef’s concert in a parking lot outside the Fonda Theater was shut down on Friday night by the LAPD, TheWrap has learned.

Chief Keef, whose real name is Keith Cozart, was scheduled to perform at the show to promote his new album. According to a representative for FilmOn, Cozart’s record label, around 1500 people were in attendance with 80,000 watching the show on the company’s website.

“Just pathetic. The city of Los Angeles was clearly doing the dirty work of corporate giant AEG by shutting down Chief Keef’s festival, Alki David, CEO of FilmOn and Hologram USA, told TheWrap in a statement. “It was shaping up to be a great night at the lot and we had 80,000 fans watching on FilmOn.com. We are so pissed off we are planning to build a permanent venue for hologram concerts next to AEG’s Fonda Theater.”

Rapper Queen Kyi, an Air Force veteran that Cozart discovered, had just finished her set and rap battle rounds were underway. Slim Jesus was to perform next followed by Cozart when LAPD officers shut down the show. The crowd dispersed without incident.

The LAPD did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

Cozart was originally scheduled to perform at the Fonda Theater, but the Fonda and entertainment company AEG canceled the performance following disputes between theater staffers and representatives for the rapper.

Cozart 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. AEG has disputed those allegations.

In July, Cozart was scheduled to appear at an Indiana concert via hologram due to outstanding criminal warrants in the Midwest. That show was also shut down by police after he had performed only one song.