The letter, signed by NYPD Assistant Chief Martin Morales, cited "public safety concerns" and stated that the aforementioned rappers were involved with "recent acts of violence citywide."
The note, dated Oct. 9, read:
The New York Police Department requests the below listed individuals be removed from performing at the Rolling Loud Festival taking place at Citi Field on Saturday October 12, 2019 and Sunday October 13, 2019 due to public safety concerns.
22GZ (Jeffrey Alexander)
Casanova (Caswell Senior)
Pop Smoke (Bashar Jackson)
Sheff G (Michael Williams)
Don Q (Lequincy Anderson)
The above listed performers have been affiliated with acts of violence citywide. The New York Police Department believes if these individuals are allowed to perform, there will be a higher risk of violence.
I look forward to working with you in an effort to keep this event safe.
Four of the named acts are from the Flatbush and Canarsie neighborhoods in Brooklyn. Don Q, A Boogie wit da Hoodie's frequent collaborator, is from Bronx's Highbridge.
Casanova, Don Q, and Sheff G confirmed on Instagram that they were no longer performing at Rolling Loud.
"I love my city and i never been in any gang activities or never had issues at any of my previous shows," Don Q said in his Instagram statement. "I hope the city will wake up and see that canceling me and my fellow NY artists isn’t the solution, we just love what we do and want to perform for our fans."
THIS IS MY HOMETOWN. I just found out I can’t perform at @RollingLoud tomorrow in my home city due to misinformation, I love my city and i never been in any gang activities or never had issues at any of my previous shows. I hope the city will wake up and see that cancelling me and my fellow NY artists isn’t the solution, we just love what we do and want to perform for our fans. We won’t give up. #NYCartistsunite #Wewontbecancelled
A post shared by Don Q Tw @Donqhbtl Sc @Donq165 (@donqhbtl) on Oct 12, 2019 at 9:57am PDT
I JUST WANNA LIVE. My last felony conviction was 2007. I lost everything I ever loved and I’m STILL losing. So much so that “they” won’t allow me to perform at Rolling Loud NYC on Sunday. It’s unfair and unfortunate that my past, which I’ve dealt with legally and personally, continues to stigmatize me and my career as a recording artist. I’m at war with my past and the scars that they still leave on me everyday. I will continue to fight against biases and advocate for those facing this same issue. I’ll do what do what I plan to make it up to y’all. In the meantime, you can catch me on my Behind These Scars tour or another Rolling Loud in the future. Drop a 👊🏾 if you’re free from the system and drop a ✊🏾 on behalf of friends and family who aren’t. #BehindTheseScars ALBUM OUT NOW.
A post shared by CASANOVA (@casanova_2x) on Oct 11, 2019 at 7:18pm PDT
This year marks Rolling Loud's inaugural NYC edition. The festival—which features Travis Scott, YG, Pusha-T, DaBaby, DMX, Young Thug, Curren$y, and Megan Thee Stallion—takes place Saturday and Sunday at Citi Field.