Chuck D Defends Travis Scott and Blames Live Nation For Astroworld Tragedy

By Kiani Shabazz

Chuck D has addressed his place on Travis Scott and the Astroworld Tragedy in the form of a public letter where the emcee holds Live Nation and concert promoters responsible for the fatal music festival tragedy. 

As Travis Scott is among the defendants on multiple lawsuits from hundreds of victims seeking billions of dollars, Chuck D spoke out, putting “old white men running the corps” at fault. 

“I cannot believe we’re at the point where I gotta say this out loud: Travis Scott is a performer, an act, not a concert promoter,” Chuck D wrote.  “He doesn’t run the sound or venues or festivals or their staff. He doesn’t build stages or coordinate logistics, he’s not an expert in crowd control or security or emergency medical services. But he does trust Live Nation and all the other concert promoters who are supposed to do all of this. And yet here we are, 10 deaths and counting. 10 broken families.”

“I’m tired of these corporations shucking their most crucial responsibility,” The Public Enemy rapper added. “These folks simply say Rest in Peace and move on. This negligence can’t continue. Folks want answers. I’m not buying the Young Black Man did it.”

While Scott has a reputation of chaos at his shows, Chuck D shared Live nation should have been better prepared and staffed knowing Scott’s history. ScoreMoreLive, Live Nation’s partner on the Astroworld event, had previously been accused of disorganization and unprofessionalism at past events. 

“The excuse of Scott’s irresponsible actions don’t wash — if his act had a history of that behavior why promote him to bigger venues, why partner with him in the first place and let him headline a bigger audience? Live Nation controlled this show,” Chuck D wrote. “They control almost all of the concert venues. Artists ain’t speaking out because these same cats are already bought by these corporations. No one can say a word against them unless they want to be Blacklisted and hurt their careers.”

Read Chuck D’s entire open letter to concert promoters below: