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Politics to blame for cancellation of Tyga show [News]


Vancouver, BC – Last Wednesday a tweet was sent out from YMCMB artist Tyga’s twitter account renouncing the Vancouver and Toronto dates of Tyga’s Canadian performances, calling them “fake shows.”

HipHopCanada was a co-sponsor for the Vancouver date, so it was important for us to get to the bottom of what had happened. We’ve been told that contractual obligations with ICM (International Creative Management) interfered with Tyga and Mack Maine booking the shows directly, and YMCMB claims that ICM are the ones who sent the tweet, not Tyga himself. The operations manager from YMCMB sent the following apology to the Vancouver promoters:

“Sorry for the incontinence. We can reschedule another time after you receive deposit back, we also had nothing to do with twitter display that was ICM management, Thank You.”

Politics to blame for cancellation of Tyga show [News] -

The email went on to explain, “[The Promoters] were doing greater direct business with TYGA… intentions were to do the shows but ICM got in the mix of everything…we do apologize to each promoter.” It appears that an old contract, signed by Tyga’s mother,”[has] him for a few terms as his agency.”

The YMCMB operations manager also said that “We don’t justify our integrity on disturbed promoters, it was ICM last call on the final task and I am doing too much with my partner to fight it or enable it. Again we are very sorry, and we will be in Canada again soon, just so much album deadline so it won’t get push back again as far as Tyga and a compilation.”

Whether the show will be rescheduled or not is still up in the air, but it can be easily concluded from the message from YMCMB that the bookings were legitimate – with the artist’s knowledge – that the shows were on schedule, and that internal politics behind the scenes are at fault for their cancellation. The Canadian promoters involved had full intention of providing what they were advertising to their audiences.

Written by @Amaliajude for HipHopCanada

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Amalia Judith was born in Winnipeg, MB and quickly whisked away to a childhood of travel throughout California, England, Germany and predominantly Pakistan. In 2006 she completed an honor's degree in English Literature, which left her quite jobless and alone in East Van. Amalia cut her teeth at, Canada's darkest counter-culture magazine, moving on to contribute words and flicks to HipHopCanada: she's currently a member of HipHopCanada's West Coast team and has had the privilege to interview hip-hop icons like Lil' Kim, Pusha T, Big Boi, Three Six Mafia, Yelawolf, Pharrell Williams and most of Wu-Tang. Amalia also works as a Key Worker educator and advocate for families affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, as well as heading up Team Heartbreak, a media production company that pairs community involvement and artistic movements.

  1. Mr. Miller

    This is a pile of HUGE bullshit. Artists don’t just fold on dates, they were never real that’s why they were called “Fake Shows”
    They were never contracted by his agent Scott Mantell at ICM who holds Tyga’s exclusive booking rights. No Artist Manager, label exec, Mom, Dad, Uncle or otherwise can trump that.
    They tried to get sneaky and book direct, it backfired.
    Amateur Night.

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