Meek Mill, Fabolous And French Montana Rip Off Charity
Via NY Daily News reports:
French Montana may sing about how he worries about nothin’ — but the blinged-out rapper and other hip hop stars defrauded an uptown promoter who was then forced to scrub his fundraising show, the producer told the News.
Our Firefighters Children’s Foundation shelled out $48,500 to rappers Montana, Fabolous and Meek Mill and VH1 reality star Olivia Longott to perform at a “stop the violence” concert slated for Saturday.
But the singers violated a non-compete clause in their contract with foundation CEO John Ruiz — signing up to perform a similar show in the same month, Ruiz said.
As a result, Ruiz says his ticket sales cratered and he canceled the show. In the end, he sold just 200 ducats, far from the 3,300-seat capacity of the United Palace Theater — and he says he’s out $120,000.
“The contract said they couldn’t perform within 30 days of my concert in a 80-mile radius,” said Ruiz. “They didn’t do what they were supposed to do.
“Once they got the money, they were gone,” added Ruiz, who runs the nonprofit out of his apartment in the Taft Houses. “They don’t care about stopping the violence.”
Ruiz, a 59-year-old former FDNY firefighter, will rally Saturday at the mammoth Washington Heights theater to call for a boycott the rappers.
“We wanted to spread the message about violence. The youth look up to these rap stars,” Ruiz said.
So the way to combat violence is by having a concert with rapper that talk about violence and handing out fades?