College Promoter’s Double Trouble
The promoter of a college homecoming concert, already stung by the cancellation of rapper Gucci Mane, was arrested on a warrant for violating probation after allegedly entering the Florida A&M campus radio station in Tallahassee to confront a DJ.
Promoter Will McKenzie, 22, of Double Trouble Entertainment, allegedly entered the third-story WANM-FM studio on campus just before 10 p.m. Oct. 15 to confront a student DJ over her comments about the concert lineup.
Campus police responded to a 911 call from the building, where they discovered McKenzie had an outstanding warrant stemming from a suspended driver’s license. Police arrested him and cited him for trespassing, according to the Tallahassee Democrat.
McKenzie and Double Trouble had faced criticism for a homecoming concert lineup some FAMU students said lacked diversity. The original concert lineup was to include Gucci and Fabolous. McKenzie told the media Gucci could not perform because he was under house arrest awaiting a court date involving a parole violation.
Gucci Mane, who raps about his affiliation with the Bloods gang, drew controversy from the student body. The situation mirrors that of North Carolina’s A&T State University, which also had a student body concerned about Mane being booked for its homecoming concert. As in the case with A&T, Mane was replaced at the Florida A&M show with rapper Plies.
Witnesses said that McKenzie was upset with the DJ for what he considered negative comments about the concert, scheduled Oct. 24 but now lacking a headline act.
“[McKenzie] kept saying she’s messing with my money,” a witness told The Famuan campus newspaper.
A student committee hired Double Trouble Entertainment for $150,000 to book and promote the concert, according to the Democrat.