“Unfortunately, the statement made by the promoter in Detroit is simply not true,” the source says on behalf of the producer, saying Timbaland is an “extremely generous person who agreed to a much lower fee for this event to raise money for the Flint, Michigan’s water crisis… The promoter was fully aware that this was not a full band performance on stage, yet still promoted it as such. The club was still able to raise money for charity, which was our goal in doing this event all along.”
The event brought in $3,000 for water bottles and filters for Flint, Michigan.
Timbaland also responded to a fan on Instagram who asked people to consider both sides of the story. The co-owner of Bleu nightclub said the producer refused to perform because the club did not serve Jay Z’s “Ace of Spades” champagne.
“I want everybody to think I wasn’t suppose to perform think about it why would I do that,” Timbaland writes in a comment captured by The Shade Room, “see what I need to do for now on call these promoter out that not rite for the fans and me now I’ve gave money and came and they ask me at last min sorry to the people who lied to y’all but what kills me is that y’all believe anything these days u believe other and not the source u believe a text and y’all are debating over black and white letters.”
View Timbaland’s comment explaining why he did not perform at a Flint, Michigan benefit concert below:
(This article was last updated on January 31, 2016 and is as follows.)
Timbaland refused to perform at a benefit concert for Flint, Michigan Thursday (January 28), the New York Daily News reports.
The site says that Timbaland refused to perform after Bleu nightclub in Detroit replaced his request for two bottles of Armand de Brignac “Ace of Spades” champagne with Dom Perignon. The venue does not serve the brand, which is owned by Jay Z and costs more than $300 per bottle.
Club co-owner Mitchell Jaworski says that the mishap did not stop the producer and his team from ordering more drinks.
“They had about 15 bottles of liquor and champagne, which is extremely excessive especially for a charity event,” Jaworski says. “They seemed more concerned about getting every drop of liquor.”
Timbaland finally appeared on stage after 1 a.m. and nodded his head as another deejay performed.
Timbaland was contracted to deejay a 30-minute set and perform five to eight songs as part of his “King Stays King” tour.
The night brought in about $3,000 for bottles of water and filters for Flint, Michigan. The city’s water is poisoned with lead.
(This article was first published on January 29, 2016 and is as follows.)
Timbaland stopped in Detroit yesterday (January 28) for his “King Stays King” tour and donated the proceeds from the concert to Flint, Michigan.
The producer shared the news on Twitter with a flier for the concert.
“Detroit come out tonight and help me support the#FlintWaterCrisis #givingback #KingStaysKing #TextbookTimbo,” Timbaland writes.
“Proceeds from this event will go to purchasing more supplies for the Flint water crisis,” the event’s flier says.
The city of Flint’s water is contaminated with lead after the water supply was switched from Detroit’s water system to the Flint River in April 2014. President Barack Obama declared a national emergency earlier this month.
Other rappers who have donated to help Flint include The Game, Meek Mill and Big Sean. Flint native Jon Connor released the “Fresh Water For Flint” single yesterday (January 28) to raise awareness for the crisis.
— Timbaland (@Timbaland) January 28, 2016
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