What was set to be a homecoming show for Miami's favorite son, Denzel Curry, will have to wait a bit longer. Unfortunately, Zeltron World Wide — the scheduled rap battle between Curry and Atlanta's J.I.D. — has been postponed until February 29 due to illness.
This past Tuesday, J.I.D. tweeted, "Tour fucked my voice.. I’m otw to the otalaryngologist [sic] wish me luck." Well, it seems like the news wasn't good, because Wednesday night, he followed up with, "I’m fina try to learn sign language in 2 weeks and rap wit a head set like Janet Jackson while i sign language at shows."
While J.I.D. seems to be taking the news in stride, fans who were expecting him and Curry to face off in Miami this Saturday are no doubt disappointed.
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Curry offered his own well wishes to J.I.D. on Twitter: "Ya’ll keep @JIDsv in y’all prayers & wish him a speedy recovery!" He also sympathized with J.I.D.'s circumstances: "Everyone know my history with my voice over the last few years so if anybody feel him i do... health is wealth." Most recently, Curry was forced to cancel his September performances at Listen Out in Melbourne, Australia, because his voice was "gone," according to a statement on the festival's Facebook page.
Red Bull, the presenter of Zeltron World Wide, confirmed the event's postponement and rescheduled the date this past Wednesday night. The good news is that tickets purchased for Saturday's show will be honored on the new date. Ticketholders who cannot make the new date may request a refund through Eventbrite.
Curry was featured in this week's issue of New Times discussing his Carol City upbringing, the inspiration behind Zeltron World Wide, and his new mixtape, 13LOOD IN + 13LOOD OUT.
Red Bull Zeltron World Wide. With Denzel Curry and J.I.D. 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, February 29, in the Magic City Innovation District, 6301 NE Fourth Ave., Miami. Tickets cost $15 to $25 via redbull.com.