What is the No Fly Zone
For 17 years Hot 107.5 has hosted Detroit’s Summer Jams in the heart of Motown. This event is usually a star-studded event loaded with great music and surprises. Unfortunately this years attendees weren’t treated with the experience they paid for but instead with the recently instituted “No Fly Zone”. Rick Ross was slated to headline this years Summer Jam but ran into 100 fans, or not quite fans, as he attempted to enter the parking area for Chene Park. Claiming to be fearing for his life, rapper Rick Ross and his entourage decided to leave and not return to Chene Park when contacted by the radio station about improved entry conditions.
The crowd that gave Rick Ross difficulty in entering the venue was supposedly enforcing the “No Fly Zone” put in place by Trick Trick. The rough translation is: “If your not messing with the city of Detroit like that then you can’t come into the city make money and leave without first checking with the hip-hop anointed mayor of the city, Trick Trick.” A more thorough explanation of the “No Fly Zone” was discussed during a hip-hop roundtable including some of Detroit’s upcoming artist. “The No Fly Zone” means: As an established, well known artist you should attempt to help prosper the city or the artist in some way. You shouldn’t come into the city make 100 thousand dollars and leave without benefiting the city beyond entertainment. The idea is that if the major artist isn’t doing business within the city or between its artists then they need to collaborate with Trick Trick or his affiliates before they are allowed to make money from the city.
The obvious pros and cons with this idea can be broken down simply in saying even though this idea should encourage artist to help the city of Detroit it could easily deter other artist from wanting to perform or do business with the city. It is a great idea to want those who benefit from our world-class venues to contribute to the continued growth of our music scene but is this genuinely the best way to achieve that? Some may consider this mob-like in nature, hood, gangster or a slew of other terms with negative connotations but the fact of the matter here is shots have been fired and who will respond. Will national recording artist stop doing business with the Motor city? Will others join the “No Fly Zone” movement and force artist and radio to support the city? Please leave your comments and feed back at the bottom.