New York Mayor wants to help Kanye West plan a proper block party
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has offered to help Kanye West plan a proper block party after the rapper scrapped a free performance on Monday (06Jun16) due to overcrowding.
The All of the Lights hitmaker had been due to headline the Big Apple's Governors Ball festival on Sunday (05Jun16), but a heavy storm forced organisers to cancel the final day of the annual event.
Kanye instead headed to New Jersey to join his G.O.O.D. Music artists Big Sean and Pusha T onstage at the Hot 97 Summer Jam bash, which went on as scheduled at the MetLife Stadium after earlier pre-show segments were cancelled due to the heavy rain.
He and his wife Kim Kardashian later returned to New York City and announced plans to stage a free make-up show at Webster Hall in the early hours of Monday, but the ticketed gig was shut down after thousands of fans swarmed the venue, causing chaos for the New York Police Department.
Kim documented the drama on social media site Snapchat, and in one video post, Kanye is featured on his cell phone, urging his aides to speak to de Blasio and seek his approval to close off streets around Webster Hall, so those outside the venue could enjoy the show as well.
"Call the mayor and shut down a block of about four streets and everybody put some screens up so they can have a party outside," he said in the clip. "I know it's sold out already."
They then tried to find another venue to stage the event and accommodate more people, but eventually scrapped the whole idea.
Hours later, Kim tweeted: "Last night was crazy! Kanye wished he could have performed last night!!! He really tried so hard but it was ultimately out of his control! He has the best fans in the whole world! Thank you all for coming out at 2am. Promise he will make up this pop up show".
Now Mayor de Blasio has reached out to both Kim and Kanye on social media, suggesting they get in touch to organise the new gig with city authorities.
"@kanyewest @kimkardashian Great block parties are planned," he tweeted on Monday afternoon. "@Chirlane (wife) & I can throw one w/ (with) you to benefit NYC kids."
The message was accompanied by a black and white photo of the politician on the phone, with a Snapchat-style caption reading: "Does someone have Kanye's number?".
The stars have yet to respond publicly to de Blasio's offer.
- Cover Media