Chicago rapper Chief Keef has revealed plans to hold another hologram concert, this time simultaneously in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. There’s just one problem—finding a venue.
The latest announcement, which was made this morning, initially said Keef would be performing the “All-Star Stop The Killing Now Hologram Benefit Concert” at Madison Square Garden Co. venues, including the Chicago Theatre. But a Madison Square Garden spokesperson denied involvement in the shows, saying in a statement, “We are not involved in this in any way.”
A spokesman for Hologram USA, the company that partnered with Keef for the shows, later said the performances would not be held at those venues and said the location was still being worked out.
According to spokesman Owen Phillips, Keef partnered up with Grammy-winning producer Detail, who has worked with artists like Beyonce, Lil Wayne and Drake, and recruited an “all-star hip hop line up who will appear live via Hologram USA's technology, beaming from city to city.” A spokesperson for Detail could not immediately be reached for comment.
Phillips told NBC Chicago they are planning the shows for late September.
The event will once again be streamed live on FilmOn.com and will raise money for the families of rapper Capo, who was fatally shot in Chicago earlier this month, and Dillan Harris, a 13-month-old boy who was killed when a car fleeing the scene of that shooting crashed into his stroller. It will also benefit other charities working to stop the violence on Chicago’s South Side.
The announcement claims that Shatrelle McComb, the mother of Dillan Harris, will “advise on the event.”
Keef ran into trouble while trying to host similar hologram performances in the Chicago area earlier this month, with Redmoon Theatre canceling the event and a performance at Hammond’s Craze Fest being shut down after a few short minutes.
Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott told the New York Times that he knows "nothing about Chief Keef" but said the concert was shut down because Keef has "been basically outlawed in Chicago, and we're not going to let you circumvent Mayor Emanuel by going next door."
Eariler this week, Keef took to Twitter to express his frustration at Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who he has claimed “banned” him from the city.
Keef, whose real name is Keith Cozart, said he plans to run for mayor of Chicago and called for his fans to call the mayor’s office and tell him to “stay the f--- off the people’s music.”
“My unsolicited advice is that he should think fast and hard about the residency requirement,” Emanuel said at a press conference Wednesday.
Keef also had harsh words for Emanuel in an interview with Billboard published Thursday, telling the publication, “F--- the mayor with a sandpaper d---.”
Keef was unable to appear in person for the concert due to an outstanding warrant. A video the rapper posted on Instagram alleges he has been "banned by the mayor of Chicago,” Phillips said.
The warrant against Keef, who grew up in Englewood and has a history of gun and drug charges, stems from allegations that he hasn’t paid child support, according to a spokeswoman for the Cook County Sheriff’s Department.