Travis Scott broke ground on his Cactus Jack newsstand pop-up this week in West Hollywood and to celebrate, the rapper made an in-person appearance. Once fans heard the news of the rapper’s attendance, people flooded the streets in order to catch a glimpse of him. The crowd ended up getting so massive that it broke LA’s COVID-19 restrictions and as a result, Scott is now reportedly under investigation by police.
Per a report from TMZ, Los Angeles’ Department Of Public Works did not receive a permit from Scott’s team for the event. The city has supposedly been conservative with granting permits lately, as they frown upon non-essential gatherings in order to combat the spread of the virus. Because of the huge crowd Scott attracted, the Public Works department is planning on consulting with the City Attorney’s office to discuss how to reprimand the rapper, which may include some potentially hefty fines.
Scott’s initial plan for his pop-up was to promote the “Utopia Issue” of i-D Magazine, which features an in-depth cover story with the rapper shot by Spike Jonze. Scott appeared at the newsstand to pass out a limited number of physical copies of the magazine, but the event ended up turning into a mob of sorts.
Travis Scott, that’s it that’s the tweet pic.twitter.com/ttyNarNI59
— TRAVI$ (@IafIamee) February 24, 2021
Travis Scott arriving at his Cactus Jack pop up in LA today 🌵 pic.twitter.com/cSJPKElo9T
— STRAPPED! | Hip-Hop/Rap News (@STRAPPEDUS) February 23, 2021
Travis Scott at the LA pop up for Cactus Jack x ID Magazine pic.twitter.com/Tcmx76OLOL
— Marco 🇲🇽 (@MarcoHovey) February 24, 2021
If he does end up having to pay a fine for the event, Scott wouldn’t be the first musician to be reprimanded for breaking COVID protocol. Back in November, UK pop singer Rita Ora broke London’s COVID restrictions when she threw an indoor birthday party at a restaurant for a group of friends. Along with facing backlash for the event, Ora was hit with a $12,000 fine by the government.
Check out photos and fan-captured footage of the pop-up crowd above.