Tallahassee, FL – The City Girls’ brought the city out when they stepped on stage in front of a packed Tallahassee nightclub on Friday (January 29). It also drew the wrath of social media in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic.
JT and Yung Miami were booked at Bajas Beachclub and at one point in the night, the two began performing their verses from Moneybagg Yo’s “Said Sum” remix featuring DaBaby. A fan captured the footage and uploaded it to Twitter on Saturday (January 30), highlighting the lack of social distancing, mask-wearing and how packed it was inside the venue.
Rappers performing in clubs during the pandemic isn’t a new phenomenon. The potential superspreader events have occurred frequently in states like Texas, Florida and Georgia, where COVID-19 restrictions regarding venues are relatively lax. On January 15, Bow Wow was spotted briefly on stage at a nightclub in Houston, Texas, leading to fans openly wondering who would risk COVID to see him. On January 16, a party featuring Fabolous and Trey Songz was shut down amid COVID concerns as well as being overcapacity.
The irony of a packed City Girls’ concert comes as JT professed their music had more impact when there wasn’t a pandemic and records such as “Act Up” and “Twerk” were frequently played in clubs and outdoor venues.
“If the world was open we would’ve had HITS Foreal cause we make outside music,” she wrote on January 18.
The White House Coronavirus Task Force on Wednesday (January 27) called for bars, restaurants and gyms in Florida to be closed to help curtail the spread of COVID-19. Hospitalizations in the state have increased dramatically over the past few weeks, placing the state in the so-called “red zone” for COVID-19 threat levels.
As of January 30, the Florida Department of Health reports there have been over 1.7 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Florida since the beginning of the pandemic with over 26,000 deaths. See some of the reactions to the City Girls’ concert below.