Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West is probably having a gloomy Memorial Day weekend as reports claim Baltimore is the latest city to shut down his planned “New Slaves” projection campaign.
According to reports, a Sunday (May 26) night premiere came to a premature end courtesy of local police.
Baltimore officials have canceled outdoor premieres of a new Kanye West video because organizers didn’t seek permits from the city. Police say the events had been scheduled for 10 p.m. at three locations: the Bromo-Seltzer Arts Tower, the Walters Art Museum and the Baltimore Museum of Art. West has been projecting the video for his song “New Slaves” onto walls in public spaces in numerous cities. Baltimore police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says the events were canceled because they had the potential to attract large crowds and organizers had not sought permits. (CBS Local)
Despite the perceived disaster, some reports claim Yeezy’s team managed to come up with a back-up plan.
Update: It looks like West was able to prevail, to an extent: At about 9 p.m., Def Jam Records tweeted that a projection would take place on the Walters Art Museum, 45 minutes earlier than the originally scheduled time in what appeared to be an attempt to buck the cancellation announced by city police earlier in the day. Twitter user @Milly_Esquire posted several pictures that appeared to show just that. (Baltimore Sun)
Chatter about the B-More “New Slaves” projection surfaced online Friday (May 24).
If you live around the BMA, the Walters or the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, Kanye West is coming to a wall near you Sunday night. Or, at least his image, words and music are. West has been using public walls the last two weeks to promote the “New Slaves” song from his next release, which is expected to be released in June. (Baltimore Sun)
Ye ran into a similar problem after he tried to project the catchy song in Houston, Texas a few days ago.
Whatever Kanye West wanted to happen Friday night in Houston — didn’t. The superstar rapper’s plan was to project a new song and visual on the Rothko Chapel, Central Library downtown and the George Bush Monument. He announced it earlier today via Twitter. Houston police shut down the “Yeezus” revival at Rothko. Despite an upbeat, respectful crowd, they pulled several cars onto the grass, flashed lights and sirens and demanded everyone leave or be arrested for trespassing. Folks slowly dispersed when it was clear this wasn’t part of the show. (Houston Chronicle)