Rakim, the renowned hip-hop artist, is facing backlash and accusations of disrespect after the postponement of his European tour for the second time.
On May 12, Rakim took to Instagram to announce the unfortunate rescheduling of his planned European concerts scheduled for June 2023. He cited numerous scheduling conflicts arising from his involvement in significant events and awards commemorating the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop.
The overwhelming response to Rakim’s announcement on social media was swift and intense, with fans expressing their disappointment and frustration. Many criticized him for moving the shows around and perceived it as disrespectful to his European fanbase.
One commenter stated, “Not good Ra. This is the 3rd time you reschedule. Postponing it for a few months would be alright, but pushing it back an entire year is not good.” Another disappointed fan wrote, “We love you, Rakim, but a second postponement in a row? That’s poor. From September 2022, then June 2023, now May 2024? That’s poor and disrespectful to the European fans. Refund incoming.”
However, there were also supporters who understood Rakim’s situation and expressed empathy. DJ Jazzy Jeff commented, “same here bro,” suggesting that he, too, has experienced a jam-packed schedule. Domingo Padilla, a respected producer known for his work with Kool G Rap, responded with a praying hands emoji, indicating his acknowledgment and respect for Rakim’s decision.
Moving forward, Rakim assured fans that his production partners in the UK, Scandinavia, and the Netherlands have already rescheduled, and the rest of the shows will soon have new dates announced. All tickets will remain valid, and refunds will be available upon request. Fans are advised to check with their local venues for further details.
While opinions on Rakim’s postponements vary, the controversy surrounding his European tour reflects the challenges faced by artists with demanding schedules. Despite the criticism, Rakim remains dedicated to providing undistracted shows that European fans deserve after years of anticipation.