21 Savage is receiving legal threats by the apparent trademark holders of FreakNik Festival, who are accusing the rapper of using the namesake to throw a birthday party this weekend.
FreakNik originated in Atlanta in the ’80s and gained popularity in the ’90s as an annual spring break fest. It was revived in 2019 as a three-day event, and the new trademark holders aren’t thrilled that Savage held a b-day bash under the same name.
Via what appears to be the official Twitter for FreakNik, organizers applauded the rapper and co-manager Meezy’s ATL festivities as “super dope,” but decided to make their concerns public.
“Sucks we gonna have to sue them when all we asked that they acknowledged us since it was a free event and they declined,” the account tweeted. “Spending over a million to revive a brand, fighting negative public perception and proving we can do it 2 years with no issues, comes at a cost. We can’t let others just infringe on that. So know when you hear them talk about we tried to work it out very easily beforehand.”
21 hit back, writing, “Y’all better sit down somewhere.”
The user then took to Instagram and shared alleged proof of the trademark, alongside a text exchange reportedly with Savage’s team. They reportedly told Meezy that “After 9 Partners have a trademark for FreakNik” and wanted to find a solution, but Meezy responded by saying he “doesn’t appreciate folks tryna attach themselves to something we are doing for fun.”