On a rare occasion, such as this past weekend, I happened to be listening to the radio. I was tuned into 107.5 WGCI and there I heard an ad for their annual concert, The Big Jam. This event takes place next month on 12/23 at The All State Arena. The lineup includes Mindless Behavior, Young Jeezy, L.E.P Bogus Boys, and headliner, Chicago’ own, R. Kelly. Growing up as a teenager, GCI was my favorite radio station and I made it my duty to attend several Big Jam concerts. They always featured some of my favorite artists and stars including Beyonce, LL Cool J, Ciara, Ludacris, Shawnna, Twista and others.
I was very excited to hear that Mindless Behavior is performing because I’m actually a supporter of their music. These are young pop/R&B boys whose music and message is directed towards young people and teenagers. I’m a HUGE supporter of Young Jeezy and would willingly go to his concerts, any day of the week. However, I must admit that I found it disturbing that Clear Channel (parent company who owns 107.5, 103.5 and 102.7) would book a concert featuring R.Kelly as the headlining artist especially with his controversial background with young women. R. Kelly was acquitted of all charges brought against him based off pictures found in his Florida residence, as well as the infamous sex tape that floated around the country in 2002 which showed someone that resembled the singer having sex with an underage girl. This past is not to be overlooked.