Rolling Loud Festival co-founder says they didn’t help Offset crash Cardi B’s set

“We were tipped off that something was going to happen, but had nothing to do with the organization or execution of it.”

December 16, 2018
Rolling Loud Festival co-founder says they didn’t help Offset crash Cardi B’s set Offset and Cardi B pose backstage at the Jeremy Scott show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on September 6, 2018 in New York City.   Theo Wargo/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows

The co-founder of the Rolling Loud Festival says the festival did not help Offset crash Cardi B's set last night. Offset's public campaign to get his wife back continued last night when the rapper crashed Cardi's set to publicly apologize, appearing on the stage with flowers that read "Take Me Back Cardi."

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In a statement released to Complex, Tariq Cherif, co-founder of the festival, said the organizers were not involved in planning the moment.

The statement reads:

"Headliners and their teams have full control of the stage and who is allowed on it during their set at Rolling Loud. The festival does not interfere with or influence a headliner’s set list. We have never and will never do anything to change a headliner's set. We were tipped off that something was going to happen, but had nothing to do with the organization or execution of it.
Rolling Loud is proud to provide the platform for a queen like Cardi B to absolutely slay her performance. Despite the stunt, she performed hit after hit and electrified the crowd with her talent, energy, choreography, and set design. Cardi B proved herself as a top tier headliner last night, and that should be the story. We look forward to continued business with her in the future."

The co-founder also clarified the deleted tweet from the festival that seemed to hint at the festival's involvement.

"We were tipped off that Cardi was going to have multiple surprise guests, corroborated by what she said in her IG Live," Cherif said about the now-deleted tweet. "One of specific guests we were told about didn’t end up showing up so we deleted the tweet, which is standard for us when things change as the night goes on. For example, there’s an earlier tweet about a special surprise guest for Tyga’s set that we also deleted upon learning that it wasn’t happening. Deleting old tweets with bad intel isn’t usually alarming but once we realized that we were getting dragged for the surprise interruption, we panicked and deleted the tweet bc we knew it was going to make things look worse. In hindsight, deleting those tweets actually made us look worse. We recognize that it was a poor decision."

Offset has also commented on his surprise appearance during the festival.

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Rolling Loud Festival co-founder says they didn’t help Offset crash Cardi B’s set