British rapper Giggs has had his UK tour pulled after police warned promoters over safety fears. Giggs, from Peckham, London, and recently signed to XL Recordings, was due to play 10 dates starting tomorrow in Birmingham. However, police confirmed that they warned organisers about security concerns after being contacted by the promoters for Giggs’ London dates.
An official statement read: “Police advised that there were concerns about potential risks to the event, if it took place. It is routine for police to work with licensed venues on a regular basis to identify and manage risk assessments for forthcoming performances, but the decision to cancel an event is a matter for the venue itself.” This isn’t the first time Giggs has run into trouble with the law. In 2003, he spent two years in prison for possessing firearms without licence. Ever since, the rapper has complained that Operation Trident has followed his movements, informing venues and record labels of his past in an attempt to shut down his musical career.
Giggs recently told the Observer’s Paul Morley that Trident contacted XL on the day before he was signed to scare them off. He claimed people from his label were “shaken up” after getting the call and were unsure whether to offer him a record deal. Giggs believes that police phoned venues before the start of the tour, exaggerating security risks. He told BBC 1Xtra: “This is how it’s been from the beginning, it’s just that everyone is hearing about it now. Before it used to be low key, people didn’t really believe me.”
Considering his backstory, though, this kind of publicity may not be too harmful. As the rapper himself said: “I just want to thank police for all this great promotion that they’re giving me, all these cancellations, which are making me more powerful.”