Kanye West’s “New Slaves” Screening Cancelled in Baltimore and Houston



The City of Baltimore is the latest entity to shut down screenings of Kanye West’s song “New Slaves”.

Over the weekend Kanye planned a second wave of viewings following the song’s debut on 66 buildings across the world earlier this month. The Baltimore Police Department took to Twitter on Sunday to let Kanye’s fans know that viewing events at three locations across the city were cancelled.


Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tells the “Baltimore Sun” that the city pulled the plug because organizers did not have the proper permits.

Baltimore is the second city to cancel the screening of New Slaves. In Houston on Friday night, all three pre-planned locations (the Rothko Chapel, the Central Library, and George Bush Monument) did not show “New Slaves” due to police canceling the events, as well as “technical difficulties.”

The cancelations seem to expose Kanye and Def Jam’s quasi-“guerilla” approach to this album’s promotion. They pop into a city without permits or too much communication with the city (though all the information is on Kanye’s website ahead of time), and then project the video without consent. In most cities, these events have gone off without problems and concerns over “public safety,” though they make sense, also feel typically hip-hop-phobic. The projections are over and out in under five minutes. What could possibly go wrong?

What do you think about Kanye’s “New Slaves”?

Would you go check it out if they came to your city?

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Source via: Spin.

Photos via: Instagram.



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