On Thursday, May 3rd, A$AP Rocky is scheduled to perform at the House Of Blues in Chicago. Chicago’s L.E.P. Bogus Boys had been confirmed to perform alongside A$AP Rocky, but have since found out that the Chicago Police Department has intervened and threatened to shut down the entire show if L.E.P. takes the stage.
Already, the news has taken the Windy City by storm. All day yesterday, L.E.P. Trended on Twitter in Chicago, and the story has caught the attention of the Chicago Tribune and Time Out Chicago, in addition to local Chicago television station WGN-TV. Yesterday, L.E.P.’s manager, E, took to Chicago radio, appearing as a guest on WGCI’s Tony Sculfield & The Morning Riot show to discuss the situation.
L.E.P., according to E, were initially informed of the ban via email correspondence from the show’s promoter. E went on to say that the ban has come down despite the fact that L.E.P. has already performed at the House Of Blues three times this year without incident, and he attributes the situation to the nervousness of the Chicago Police Department surrounding the recent rise of a number of Chicago street rappers.
The L.E.P. Bogus Boys are searching for more clarity, themselves, but while they continue to spread word of the situation, they don’t expect much cooperation or explanation from the Police Department. When asked if he thought the Police Department would be open to a sit-down with Chicago’s hip-hop community, E replied, “I’m almost sure they’ll try to blow us off,” and continued by saying, “They’re sending emails and envelopes, and by the time we get [to the venue] there’s 100 police officers saying that we can’t come out.”