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Drai’s Nightclub Open On Pro Bowl Weekend

In the first weekend of February, Drai’s Nightclub will welcome football fans to the entertainment capital of the world with a superstar lineup of Drai’s LIVE performances for the weekend of the NFL Pro Bowl. The exciting weekend will be kicked off with a performance by Ludacris on Friday, Feb. 4, followed by DaBaby on Saturday, Feb. 5. Drai’s has also announced that it will be bringing back Sunday night parties to the iconic nightclub during Pro Bowl weekend. On Sunday, Feb. 6, Lil Baby will help Drai’s bring back Sunday nights with a bang by performing an explosive concert after Pro Bowl. 

Ludacris, the American rapper and actor, is a frequent Drai’s performer and a crowd favorite. He is known for popularizing the ‘Dirty South’ style of rap music with his hits like “Stand Up” and “Money Maker,” as well as his iconic features on songs by top artists such as Justin Bieber, Lil Jon, Usher and more.

BET and Billboard Music Award-winning rapper, DaBaby, is known for his popular song featuring Roddy Ricch, “Rockstar,” and collaborations with some of today’s hottest artists, such as Megan Thee Stallion, Jack Harlow and DJ Khaled. Drai’s Nightclub recently hosted the official release party for his new mixtape, entitled “Back on my Baby Jesus Shit Again,” which dropped Friday, Nov. 12.

Three-time Grammy award winner, Lil Baby has recently been awarded the title of “Best Male Hip-Hop Artist” at the 2021 BET Music Awards. His album entitled “My Turn” won “Hip-Hop Album of the Year” at the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards. His most recent album, which was released in July of last year in a collaboration with Lil Durk, debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Drai’s is the only nightclub in Las Vegas that offers full-length concerts by today’s hottest artists. Every weekend, the Drai’s LIVE concert series brings big names like 2 Chainz, Wiz Khalifa and Rick Ross to the rooftop of The Cromwell, with epic performances set to the stunning backdrop of the lights of the Las Vegas Strip. The upcoming Drai’s LIVE concert lineup can be found here.

In February, Drai’s Nightclub will be open Friday through Sunday from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Tickets and VIP table reservations are available on the website.

About Drai’s Beachclub • Nightclub

Drai’s Beachclub • Nightclub takes entertainment and nightlife to new heights in an unmatched setting – 11 stories high on the rooftop of The Cromwell with dazzling views of the Las Vegas Strip. Drai’s Beachclub is a 30,000-square-foot oasis with multiple pools shaded by 10 towering palm trees, a variety of cabanas and bungalows, and two full-service bars. Inside, Drai’s Nightclub is a 25,000-square-foot palatial, multi-level club with an expansive dance floor, massive LED lighting systems, and modern technology featuring more than 7,000 square feet of the most state-of-the-art high-definition LEDs in production, including a towering 80-sided LED disco ball – the only one of its kind. Drai’s Nightclub is home to Drai’s LIVE, an unprecedented concert series that provides fans with the opportunity to see full-length performances by top performers like Wiz Khalifa, Future and 2 Chainz in an up-close setting unlike anything else in the world. Drai’s is located at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Boulevard.

About The Cromwell

The Cromwell – named a Top 10 “Best U.S. Casino” by USA TODAY 10BEST Readers’ Choice, recipient of the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Award and the first standalone boutique hotel on the famed Strip – brings an exclusive, luxury lifestyle hotel experience to the Las Vegas Strip, focusing on hospitality, amenities and personalized service. The Cromwell is the first hotel in Las Vegas to offer mobile key technology for digital, keyless entry to rooms via the guests’ iOS devices. Located on the bustling corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road – directly across from Caesars Palace – The Cromwell keeps it intimate with 188 rooms including 19 suites, a personalized virtual concierge service named Ivy, a 40,000-square-foot casino, Bound – the elevated hotel lobby bar, Interlude – a casino lounge featuring live entertainment, award-winning GIADA – the first-ever restaurant by celebrity chef and television personality Giada De Laurentiis, Drai’s Beachclub • Nightclub – a 65,000 square-foot rooftop pool and nightclub with day and nightlife experiences boasting open-air, panoramic views from 11 stories above the iconic Las Vegas skyline, and Drai’s After Hours – located at its original home beneath the boutique hotel.

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DABABY – BACK ON MY BABY JESUS SH!T AGAIN

DABABY IS IN RARE FORM WITH NEW SURPRISE MIXTAPE BACK ON MY BABY JESUS SH!T AGAIN
Features 21 Savage and Kodak Black

DaBaby dishes out a new six-track EP titled Back On My Baby Jesus Sh!t Again for his ravenous fanbase. The mini music collection pays homage to Baby’s former moniker Baby Jesus and includes features from 21 Savage and Kodak Black. Highlights are aplenty, including his previously teased record “DRAWS” along with his singsongy anthem “5 FOR A DUB.”

Earlier this month, Baby announced his Live Show Killa Tour after doing a mini set during 50 Cent’s headlining performance at Rolling Loud New York last month. Baby’s newest tour will kick off on Nov. 26 and continue throughout 2022. Purchase tickets HERE. Baby will also perform tonight at the renowned Drai’s Nightclub in Las Vegas.

In partnership with Rolling Loud, Baby is primed and ready to prove why he’s the preeminent stage performer of his class. On the music front, Baby previously released his touted anthem “Lonely,” featuring Lil Wayne, with close to 30 million streams on Spotify. He also partnered with Coi Leray on her “TWINNEM” remix several weeks ago, proving why he remains the premier features artist. Other notable records from Baby that dropped in 2021 include “Ball If I Want To” and “Red Light Green Light.”

Earlier this year, Baby earned seven nominations at the 2021 BET Awards and won two Billboard Awards for “ROCKSTAR,” including top rap song.

Tracklisting
1. DRAWS
2. 5 FOR A DUB
3. LEVELS (Ft. Kodak Black)
4. ROOF
5. LOOK LIKE SUMN
6. STICKED UP (Ft. 21 Savage)

2021 Live Show Killa Tour Dates
Nov. 26 – Chicago, IL
Nov. 28 – Milwaukee, WI
Nov. 30 – Albany, NY
Dec. 2 – Philadelphia, PA
Dec. 4 – Atlanta, GA
Dec. 7 – Houston, TX
Dec. 8 – Dallas, TX

SPOTEMGOTTEM – KILLERS ON THEY SHIT

SPOTEMGOTTEM RELEASES BRAND NEW RECORD “KILLERS ON THEY SHIT

WATCH THE OFFICIAL VIDEO HERE

Rising Florida star SpotemGottem is back today with thrilling new single “Killers On They Shit”. On the track, Spotem lays out the ruthless logistics of a hit, rapping menacingly while the record pulsates around him with authentic street energy. “Killers On They Shit” has all the aggression and on-the-ground detail that fans have come to expect from the Jacksonville native. Watch the ShotbyGG-directed video for the track HERE, or listen to all digital retailers HERE.

“Killers On They Shit” marks the beginning of a new era of music for SpotemGottem, as he prepares to follow up his critical and commercially acclaimed project ‘Most Wanted’ which was released earlier this year. Most Wanted was the culmination of a rise that began when SpotemGottem released “Beat Box” last year. With a mellow, but ominous trap beat, ferocious bars, and delivery filled with sporadic shouts, the song picked up serious momentum since its release with established artists like DaBaby, Pooh Sheisty, Polo G, NLE Choppa, and more tapping in for remixes. With the momentum of “Beat Box” still at his back, nearly 6 million monthly Spotify listeners, and Most Wanted hitting streaming platforms everywhere, SpotemGottem remains poised to fully take over. Recently, the young talent also made his television debut during the 2021 BET Awards pre-show where he performed a high-energy minute-long performance of his viral hit “Beat Box” alongside JuneBug. Revisit the performance HERE.

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Blacc Zacc – Dirty Money

The self-anointed 803 Legend Blacc Zacc zips back into the forefront with his truck-rattling anthem “Dirty Money.” In his newest clip directed by Rook, Zacc heads to the Laundromat to show listeners how he and his team clean up money after a long day of work. With washing machines in tow, Zacc takes the proper precaution to ensure his earnings aren’t gone to waste. Zacc’s motor remains intact as he slings punchy bars about his moneymaking efforts, supplied with a slick hook. Watch HERE.  

“Dirty Money” comes on the heels of Zacc’s 2020 album 803 Legend. Released in October 2020, the Carolina Narcos MC tightens his grip on the trap world with his 13-track collection. With features by Kevin Gates, 42 Dugg, Foogiano, Fat Loc, and more, 803 Legend includes a flurry of highlights, ranging from “Tennis” to his bombastic tune “Knew Dat.” 

Since his 11-track debut album Carolina Narcos’ release, Blacc Zacc has emerged from the trenches with his trap-infused raps. Featuring his rap compatriots DaBaby, Moneybagg Yo, Yo Gotti, Stunna 4Vegas, fans have gravitated towards Zacc’s street appeal. The album also boasted production by Young Kio, OG Parker, Romano, and more.

About Blacc Zacc

Blacc Zacc is an up-and-coming rapper from South Carolina. Growing up, his step-father had a studio in his house, and at age 13 Zacc recorded his first song, dedicated to his mother. Zacc will be on MoneyBagg Yo’s tour, A Gangsta’s Pain, where he has opened up for the Memphis superstar.

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Drai’s Beachclub ✕ Nightclub September Lineup

As the summer winds down, Drai’s Beachclub ✕ Nightclub is heating up. The iconic rooftop, which holds rank as the #1 most Instagrammed rooftop bar in the world, is also host to some of the biggest music headliners and events this September. Superstars including Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz and Big Sean top the Drai’s LIVE line-up, while Drai’s partnership with Pollen sets the stage for experiential parties including a takeover by NFL superstar and former Vegas Raider Marshawn “Beastmode” Lynch featuring a special performance by rapper A$AP Ferg, as well as concerts by Jay Wheeler, Rauw Alejandro and more.

Nightclub Lineup

  • Friday, September 3 – Gucci Mane
    • Gucci Mane, a frequent Drai’s performer, recently released his album “Woptober II,” which includes electrifying collaborations with Lil Baby, Quavo and DaBaby.
  • Saturday, September 4 – Lil Wayne
    • Lil Wayne, known as “Weezy” to his fans, is known for hits like “A Milli” and “Go DJ.” His newest album “Funeral” debuted at No. 1 on the 2020 Billboard charts, becoming Lil Wayne’s fifth chart-topping album.
  • Sunday, September 5 – Wiz Khalifa 
    • A multi-platinum selling, Grammy and Golden Globe nominated recording artist, Wiz Khalifa is known for hits such as “We Dem Boyz” and “Black and Yellow.”
  • Friday, September 10 – BEASTMODE Experience- Marshawn Lynch Takeover
    • Lynch will host the Pollen BEASTMODE Experience starting with a Drai’s Nightclub takeover. BET award-winning rapper A$AP Ferg will perform at Drai’s during the takeover.
  • Saturday, September 11 – 2 Chainz’s Birthday Celebration
    • 2 Chainz will be celebrating his birthday on the Drai’s LIVE stage. The Grammy Award winner is known for megahits including “No Lie,” “Birthday Song” and “I’m Different.”
  • Sunday, September 12 – SunDrais with DJ Franzen
    • Sunday at Drai’s Nightclub, Drai’s resident and legendary DJ and producer, DJ Franzen, closes out the weekend with his epic SunDrais experience.
  • Friday, September 17 – Gucci Mane
  • Saturday, September 18 – DaBaby
    • BET and Billboard Music Award- winning rapper, DaBaby, is known for his popular song featuring Roddy Ricch, “Rockstar,” and collaborations with some of today’s hottest artist, such as Megan Thee Stallion, Jack Harlow and DJ Khalid.
  • Sunday, September 19 – SunDrais with DJ Franzen
  • Friday, September 24 – Special Guest
  • Saturday, September 25 – Big Sean
    • Multi-platinum artist, Big Sean is best known for smash hits such as “I Don’t F**k with You” and “My Last.” Big Sean has collaborated with world-renowned artists including Calvin Harris, Wiz Khalifa and Travis Scott.
  • Sunday, September 26 – Special Guest

Swim Night Lineup

  • Thursday, September 2 – Patrick Cornett
  • Thursday, September 9 – Jordan Nold
  • Thursday, September 16 – Chase B
    • The official DJ to the incomparable Travis Scott, Chase B, is also a talented DJ and producer. In addition to Scott, he has collaborated on projects with popular artists such as Gunna, Sheck Wes and Ashton Travis.
  • Thursday, September 23 – Drai’s Swim Night Closing Party: Neon Edition

Beachclub lineup

  • Friday, September 3 – Patrick Cornett
  • Saturday, September 4 – Gucci Mane
  • Sunday, September 5 – NEON Experience with Jay Wheeler
    • Puerto Rican music artist Jay Wheeler will headline the party alongside other talented musicians and DJs including Alex Sensation, Sita Abellán and La Gabi
  • Monday, September 6 – Blueprint Sound Takeover
    • Blueprint Sound will take over Drai’s Beachclub for Labor Day with an incredible lineup of high-energy DJs like DJ Direct, DJ Bonics, DJ CLA and more!
  • Friday, September 10 – Maria Romano
  • Saturday, September 11 – DJ Irie
  • Sunday, September 12 – NEON Experience with Rauw Alejandro
    • Drai’s will host Latin-themed Pollen parties with Puerto Rican music sensation,  Rauw Alejandro, as the headliner
  • Friday, September 17 – Maria Romano
  • Saturday, September 18 – NEON Experience with Rauw Alejandro
  • Sunday, September 19 – DJ Spinking
  • Friday, September 24 – Cyberkid
  • Saturday, September 25 – DJ Irie
  • Sunday, September 26 – Special Guest 

Drai’s Beachclub is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Drai’s Nightclub is open Friday through Sunday from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m, in addition to Thursdays for Swim Night throughout the summer. Tickets and VIP table reservations are available on their website.

About Drai’s Beachclub ✕ Nightclub

Drai’s Beachclub ✕ Nightclub takes entertainment and nightlife to new heights in an unmatched setting – 11 stories high on the rooftop of The Cromwell with dazzling views of the Las Vegas Strip. Drai’s Beachclub is a 30,000-square-foot oasis with multiple pools shaded by 10 towering palm trees, a variety of cabanas and bungalows, and two full-service bars. Inside, Drai’s Nightclub is a 25,000 square-foot palatial, multi-level club with an expansive dance floor, massive LED lighting systems, and modern technology featuring more than 7,000 square feet of the most state-of-the-art high-definition LEDs in production, including a towering 80-sided LED disco ball—the only one of its kind. Drai’s Nightclub is home to Drai’s LIVE, an unprecedented concert series that provides fans with the opportunity to see full-length performances by top performers like Wiz Khalifa, Future and 2 Chainz in an up-close setting unlike anything else in the world. Drai’s is located at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Boulevard. More information, including reservations, tickets and hours, is available at their website. Follow Drai’s on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

About The Cromwell

The Cromwell, named a Top 10 “Best U.S. Casino” by USA TODAY, recipient of the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Award and the first standalone boutique hotel on the famed Strip, brings an exclusive, luxury lifestyle hotel experience to the Las Vegas Strip, focusing on hospitality, amenities and personalized service. The Cromwell is the first hotel in Las Vegas to offer mobile key technology for digital, keyless entry to rooms via the guests’ iOS devices. Located on the bustling corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road–directly across from Caesars Palace–The Cromwell keeps it intimate with 188 rooms including 19 suites, a personalized virtual concierge service named Ivy, a 40,000 square-foot casino, Bound—the elevated hotel lobby bar, Interlude—a casino lounge featuring live entertainment, award-winning GIADA—the first-ever restaurant by celebrity chef and television personality Giada De Laurentiis, Drai’s Beachclub ✕ Nightclub: a 65,000 square-foot rooftop pool and nightclub with day and nightlife experiences boasting open-air, panoramic views from 11 stories above the iconic Las Vegas skyline, and Drai’s After Hours—located at its original home beneath the boutique hotel. The Cromwell is operated by a subsidiary of Caesars Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: CZR). For more information, please visit thecromwell.com  or the Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas media room. Find The Cromwell on Facebook and follow on Twitter and Instagram.

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Can’t Wait Live: A Concert For Jobs, Climate and Care

On Friday, August 13, 2021 DaBaby, Saweetie and Wyclef Jean will perform at Can’t Wait Live: A Concert for Jobs, Climate and Care with additional performances by Mavis Staples, Snow Tha Product and Beach Bunny in Philadelphia at the Mann.

 

The artists and organizers of the conference will call on Congress to pass a legislative package that makes meaningful investments in jobs, climate, care, housing, and immigration, and demand members of Congress stay in session until the package is passed.

 

Throughout the concert, artists, activists and other speakers will uplift a core message: Americans can’t wait for our communities to have a rightful path to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Coming off a year of historic suffering, speakers will highlight the urgency of the intersecting crises Americans face, including climate disasters and unemployment, and remind Democrats in Congress that voters expect them to deliver on their commitments to bold, popular policies that will tackle decades of disinvestment and improve the post-pandemic lives of working people.

 

The concert will be livestreamed on via the Working Families YouTube and Facebook pages. DJ sets by Philly legend DJ Jazzy Jeff and Philly star DJ Diamond Kuts and appearances by political figures and activists.

 

The concert is organized and sponsored by the Working Families Party, MoveOn, National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Green New Deal Network, Patriotic Millionaires and more. The coalition includes local Philadelphia organizations such as PA Working Families Party, 215 People’s Alliance, Unite Here Local 274, Abolitionist Law Center & Straight Ahead, Union of Musicians and Allied Workers – Philadelphia Chapter.

Get tickets here:  VIA EVENTBRITE HERE

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DABABY, HOMOPHOBIA × CANCEL CULTURE

By: Andrew Shibuya

No one thought that the return to normalcy – or at least the path towards it – would be without hurdles. Indeed, the past six months have proven similarly difficult to the previous twelve, and the coming few seem to promise no respite. And so, in the now past and brief interlude in mask mandates and lockdowns in the United States, surely one would think that crowded events such as music festivals would be about celebrating reunion and unity.

Unfortunately, with the precedent of a certain performer at Rolling Loud, it is clear that unity was not the first thing on everyone’s mind. No one has made this more clear than rapper DaBaby. During his performance at the festival, the rapper is reported to have said several homophobic comments including, “If you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, or any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that’ll make you die in two to three weeks, then put your cellphone lighter up,” as well as the peculiar, “Fellas, if you ain’t sucking d**k in the parking lot, put your cellphone lighter up.”

Of course, the Internet had something to say, and the deserved virtual tirade against DaBaby began. Twitter users in particular took up arms against DaBaby’s comments, lambasting the rapper for what they deemed to be some mixture of idiocy and ignorance.

And while fools’ remarks should hardly be considered worth coverage alone, the following onslaught and festivals’ responses are worth discussing. In the past week, numerous notable festivals have pulled DaBaby from their lineups, including Lollapalooza, New York’s Governors Ball, and Day N Vegas. The festivals all shared similar messages to their social media channels regarding the change, citing the need for and value of inclusion and diversity. The former’s message read: “Lollapalooza was founded on diversity, inclusivity, respect. And love. With that in mind, DaBaby will no longer be performing at Grant Park tonight.” Read our coverage of Lollapalooza and its implications with COVID HERE.

These festival changes seemed to have induced an apology from DaBaby, who, at first, was reluctant to apologize or recognize any wrongdoing. In response to the first wave of criticism, the rapper responded on his Instagram Story, stating, “What I do at a live show is for the audience at the live show. It’ll never translate correctly to somebody looking at a little five, six-second clip from their goddamn crib on their phone. Because, regardless of what y’all motherfuckers are talking about and how the internet twisted up my motherfucking words, me and all my fans at the show, the gay ones and the straight ones, we turned the fuck up.”

This was just the first response of many, with each becoming increasingly apologetic as more of his shows were cancelled. The most recent of his apologies, which many on Twitter have dubbed “DaApology,” reads: “I want to apologize to the LGBTQ+ community for the hurtful and triggering comments I made. Again, I apologize for my misinformed comments about HIV/AIDS and I knew education on this is important.” And while some fans online deemed his response to be acceptable, many did not see it as adequate.

Celebrities similarly took to Twitter and other social media platforms to offer their two cents on the situation. Many decried DaBaby’s words, such as his recent collaborator Dua Lipa, who claims to be incredibly taken aback by this side of DaBaby. Other big names in the music industry such as singer-songwriter Elton John and pop legend Madonna have similarly criticized the ignorance and inaccuracy of DaBaby’s comments on HIV and AIDS. Most recently, Miley Cyrus has shared on social media that she has reached out to DaBaby to “learn from each other” in the wake of this incident.

And still, some rappers and other industry names have come to DaBaby’s defense. Some, like rapper NLE Choppa, insist that this is just a slight hiccup in DaBaby’s career, with NLE Choppa recently tweeting, “Dababy Gone Come Out Bigger Than Ever While Y’all Tryna Down Play The Man.” Rapper T.I. similarly called for more equality and fair treatment for DaBaby, seeming to suggest the praise Lil Nas X has recently received. In an Instagram comment, T.I. wrote, “If Lil Nas X can kick his s**t in peace… so should DaBaby.”

DaBaby’s comments come after a recent onslaught of homophobic vitriol directed toward Nas X this past summer. Following the release of the rapper’s successful singles “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)” and “Industry Baby” and brazen accompanying videos, many – both fans and other rappers – took to Twitter. And while many people did support Nas X as T.I. seems to allude to, the openly gay rapper received far from unanimous praise.

In addition to spurring an inundation of homophobic sentiment online from quotidian users, Nas X proved to be similarly divisive amongst other rappers in the hip hop industry. While some voiced their support and praised the rapper’s bravery and bold works, some were similarly quick to voice their disproval. Many condemned the rapper for what seemed to them to be brazen lewdness, though many Twitter users thinly veiled homophobia.

The discourse over “cancelling” is rather interesting in light of so much present discussion over the actual existence of cancel culture and its implications. Especially in the music industry, where the effects of “cancelling” someone seem to be diminished – Chris Brown still plays on the radio, Dr. Luke still produces number-one hits, and most recently “cancelled” country singer Morgan Wallen has seen his popularity grow tremendously despite this year’s earlier controversy. This is in contrast with the film industry, where, although far from free from offenders, certain players have been blackballed far more effectively and efficiently.

Surely, all those people could be an argument against the existence of cancel culture. The consequences to their actions seem to have faded as quickly as people’s memories of their wrongdoings. And so, as to the question of whether or not DaBaby has been “cancelled” is unclear. The action against him – at least at the level of cancelling his headlining performances and shows – has so far managed to induce at least a single apology from the rapper. And while what lies in store for DaBaby remains unclear, one certainty remains – the Internet has at least some power to affect change in the real world.

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LOLLAPALOOZA × DELTA VARIANT

By: Clara Guthrie

Public health experts are warning that the crowded Lollapalooza music festival in downtown Chicago this past weekend may lead to a dramatic surge in Covid-19 cases, especially given the increasing risk of the Delta variant. Festival organizers estimate 100,000 people attended the event each of the four days, and neither social distancing nor mask wearing (for vaccinated attendees) was enforced.

Despite concerns from medical professionals and a steady rise in Delta variant cases leading up the festival, both the Chicago Department of Public Health and Lollapalooza’s health experts approved the production of the festival as planned ahead of time.

Although operating at full capacity, the festival did have certain security measures in place in order to protect its guests; to enter, people had to show either their Covid-19 vaccination card or proof of a negative Covid-19 test from the preceding 72 hours. According to the festival’s website, they also required those who are unvaccinated to wear a mask.

In a statement released Monday by festival organizers, it was revealed that 91% of the attendees showed proof of vaccination, and 8% showed negative Covid-19 tests. The last 1% were denied entry due to a lack of proper documentation.

These statistics are complicated, however, by a claim from a Chicago Tribune photo intern, Vashon Jordan Jr., that fake vaccination cards were being used at the event. On August 1st, he tweeted, “Fake Covid-19 vaccination cards are 100% a thing at Lollapalooza in Chicago. You can get it with a single-day wristband for $50. I have confirmed that it does work.” In a separate tweet he clarified, “And by ‘fake’ I mean it doesn’t belong to the holder.” Jordan Jr. also recorded maskless concert goers dancing in large crowds and boarding public transportation—where masks are explicitly required—after the day’s events.

According to Dr. Tina Tan, a professor at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine who specializes in infectious diseases, the precautions taken by Lollapalooza were simply insufficient given the prevalence of the Delta variant. Tan said that a safer event would have maintained smaller crowds, enforced social distancing and masks, and only allowed vaccinated individuals to attend. “When you have 100,000 or more people who are in a fairly enclosed space and there’s no social distancing, the vast majority are not wearing masks, you are going to get some transmission of the Covid-19 Delta variant,” she said.

As of August 2nd, Chicago was reporting an average of 206 new cases each day, and many of those who are being hospitalized for Covid-19 are not vaccinated. These data reflect a recent and definite uptick in cases as the Delta variant poses a serious threat across the globe. Given the roughly two to 14 day incubation period for Covid-19, it is currently unclear just how Lollapalooza will affect these numbers in Chicago and its surrounding areas. According to Dr. Robert Citronberg, an infectious disease physician with Advocate Aurora Health, “The next couple of days you could potentially see cases. I think by next weekend we’re probably going to be having a good idea about how much transmission occurred because of Lollapalooza.”

What experts already know with certainty is that any transmission from Lollapalooza will not only affect Chicago and its suburbs but also the areas that people return home to after the festival, seeing as thousands of people travelled to Chicago just for the weekend. “The real problem is not so much that a bunch of young people who come into Chicago getting COVID at this event. The real problem is them taking it back to places that have very low vaccination rates,” Dr. Emily Landon, executive director for infection prevention and control at the University of Chicago Medical Center, said.

According to the New York Times, roughly 70% of American adults have received at least one shot: a goal that President Biden set for the country to hit by July 4th but that took almost an extra month to achieve. And many individual states are struggling to vaccinate their population and thus are grappling with new Covid-19 cases and Covid-related hospitalizations. Alabama and Mississippi have the lowest vaccination rates in the country, at 43.2% and 44% respectively. Illinois falls somewhere in the middle with 59% of its adults being fully vaccinated.

Lollapalooza’s controversy did not stop at Covid-19 concerns. On Sunday, the final day of performances, rapper DaBaby was pulled from his headlining spot after festival organizer caught wind of his previous homophobic comments. While performing at the Rolling Loud festival in Miami on July 25, DaBaby made discriminatory and incorrect comments about gay men and HIV, which he later defended in a series of 19 videos on his Instagram stories. “What I do at a live show is for the audience at the live show,” he said. “It’ll never translate correctly to somebody looking at a little five, six-second clip from their goddamn crib on their phone. […] Me and all my fans at the show, the gay ones and the straight ones, we turned the fuck up.”

Lollapalooza officials tweeted to announce DaBaby’s removal, saying, “Lollapalooza was founded on diversity, inclusivity, respect, and love. With that in mind, DaBaby will no longer be performing at Grant Park tonight.” Fellow rappers Young Thug and G Herbo took his place. On Monday, DaBaby took to Instagram to apologize “for my misinformed comments about HIV/AIDS and I know education on this is important.”

Looking beyond the festival’s drama, Rolling Stone took a moment to celebrate the most positive and powerful moments from Lollapalooza, saying, “it was full of life-affirming musical moments.”

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DaBaby × Red Light Green Light

After flexing his directorial muscles with his dazzling new video “Ball If I Want To,” Baby returns to helm his entertaining visual “Red Light, Green Light.” For a second consecutive week, Baby’s fiery rhymes and comedic banter are on display for his eager devotees. Donning a Jheri curl and an Oakland Raiders fitted, Baby skates back to the West Coast with this 1990s-esque style of video. Not only does he sprinkle traces of the classic film Boyz in the Hood, but he makes sure to incorporate his wacky theatrics to keep the fun alive. Watch HERE
Earlier this week, Baby announced his partnership with the popular clothing brand boohooMan. Set to release a 100-piece limited edition collection that embodies Baby’s bold and creative style, the Charlotte MC is ready to dominate the fashion world. Boom! The news is out. I’ve officially partnered with boohooMAN on a fashion collection, and it is dropping real soon! I can’t wait for y’all to see it – stay tuned,” said Baby in the press release. “Set your alarms and go cop it before it sells out!” With price points ranging from $8- $80, the boohooMAN x DaBaby collection will be available on boohooMAN.com and boohoo.com on Wednesday 30 June 2021.
Last Friday, Baby released his newest video, “Ball If I Want To.” Sitting in the director’s chair, Baby’s latest visual earned a whopping 4.2 million views in under three days. With seven nominations in tow, Baby will perform at the 2021 BET Awards this Sunday night. Last month, Baby won two Billboard Awards for “ROCKSTAR,” including top rap song.
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DaBaby – Ball If I Want To

With the summer officially back in action, DaBaby is ready to heat things with his new anthem, “Ball If I Want To.” For his directorial debut, Baby pieces together a larger-than-life visual with video producer Gemini Vision. From the classroom to the playground, Baby proves once again why he remains rap’s most prolific force. Watch here.

After taking home two Billboard Awards (Rap Song and Top Streaming Song for his 5X Platinum smash “ROCKSTAR”) and seven BET Awards nominations, DaBaby’s year-long dominance showcases why he remains pandemic proof and one of music’s biggest superstars. Not only did he conquer the Billboard Hot 100 with his chart-topping single “ROCKSTAR,” but he remained atop of the elusive summit for a smoldering seven weeks. His 2020 proved to be a momentous one, as he secured 32 Hot 100 hits along with his second No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with Blame It on BabyDua Lipa and DaBaby’s smash collaboration “Levitating” remains an active player on the Billboard’s Hot 100, as it currently sits at No. 3 on the charts.

He recently landed a slew of certifications by South Coast Music Group’s CEO Arnold Taylor for several songs that span his career. He is now the proud owner of plaques for “ROCKSTAR” (5X Platinum), “Suge” (4X Platinum), “BOP” (3X Platinum), “VIBEZ” (2X Platinum), “TOES” (2X Platinum), “INTRO” (Platinum), “Goin Baby” (Platinum), and ‘Baby Sitter” (Platinum). The megastar also gained 14 new gold plaques for “Find My Way,” “Walking Texas Ranger, “NASTY,” and “BLIND.”

You can catch him live at Rolling Loud, Lollapalooza, the iHeartRadio Music Festival, Governors Ball, Day N Vegas, and more.

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