The controversial rapper DaBaby’s concert at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Friday, September 2, has been canceled.
The promoters of the concert have stated that they are putting together a replacement show on a new date, possibly at a different location, with a more robust talent lineup that will “likely” include DaBaby.
The September 2 show was promoted by Greg Pulver and Euell “7th Ward Shorty” Sylvester through their respective companies, Clear Bizness Entertainment and 70/30.
Sylvester, a rapper, was also scheduled to perform at the event.
They use the term “postponed” rather than “canceled” to describe the event.
On Tuesday afternoon, Pulver stated that plans are being made for a future date and possibly other acts. When asked if DaBaby would still be on the bill, he said, “Most likely, yes.”
Pulver explained why the show on Friday was canceled:
“a number of business reasons why we saw best to do that. We decided to postpone and that was in our best interest.”
Ticketmaster’s seating chart for the concert, which was deactivated on Tuesday, revealed that few advance tickets had been sold, although they cost as little as $35.
Fewer than 500 concert tickets appeared to have been sold for an arena with a capacity of 14,000 or more. Jonathan Kirk, better known as DaBaby, released two full-length albums in 2019.
His first album, “Baby on Baby,” featured the hit song “Suge,” and his second album, “Kirk,” featured the songs “Intro” and “Bop.” By 2020, “Blame It On Baby” had the number-one single “Rockstar,” a collaboration with Roddy Ridch.
Despite his numerous chart successes, DaBaby has also shot himself in the foot. One of the actual shootings in which he took part resulted in a fatality. Then, in the summer of 2021, at the Rolling Loud festival in Miami, he made homophobic remarks that were widely perceived as such.
As a result, DaBaby was dropped from the lineups of several other festivals the previous year, including Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and Governors Ball. His non-apology apology was ineffective. He has since embarked on his own arena tour.
If what happened in New Orleans is any indication, his career as a live performer is at a crossroads.