There's no doubt, Rolling Loud was dealt a terrible hand this weekend.
Rolling Loud's PR team is taking measures to distances itself from Kodak Black's arrest, in light of the fact he wasn't apprehended on festival grounds. It's safe to say the 2019 edition of the tourney hasn't gone as planned, and not because of anything they or any of their hundreds of staffers put into motion.
The first knock came as Lil Wayne canceled his set in abrupt fashion after being forced to undergo a spot check. By all accounts, Weezy wasn't the only participant perturbed by officials standing just outside the entrance. In all fairness to Rolling Loud, Lil Wayne did offer a distinction - the so-called "Festival Police" unit wasn't, to his knowledge, employed by the festival, but an outside source.
"The Festival Police (Not Rolling Loud) made it mandatory that I had to be policed and checked to get on the stadium grounds. I do not and will not ever settle for being policed to do my job," Lil Wayne lamented.
Then there's Kodak Black's arrest, creating yet another unforced void in the lineup. Given that Kodak's arrest took place outside festivals grounds, over an outstanding criminal warrant, Rolling Loud was/is in no mood to let their brand integrity slip away - over something outside their control. Their statement reads as follows.
"May 12, 2019 – Miami, Florida - Kodak Black was not arrested at Rolling Loud," the statement begins matter-of-factly. "He was arrested on his way to the festival and we have no knowledge of what led to the arrest since he was not on festival property."