21 Savage Reacts To Lawsuit Threats Over FreakNik-Themed Birthday Party – ‘Y’all Better Sit Down Somewhere’

21 Savage is being threatened with a lawsuit following his FreakNik-themed birthday party he had over the weekend. His response? Bring it. More inside…

 

 

 
 

 

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Rapper 21 Savage could be fighting a lawsuit soon.

The trademark holders of the FreakNik Festival has threaten legal action against the "Bank Account" rapper for the use of the namesake to promote his birthday party that went down over the weekend.

In case you’ve never heard of FreakNik, its an annual Spring Break festival for HBCU students that orginated in Atlanta back in the 80s. By the 90s, it gained popularity and became one of the biggest festivals for young, black students. The last FreakNik festival happened in 1999 before it was revived in 2019 as a three-day event.

 

 
 

 

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When the new trademark holders caught wind of 21 Savage’s FreakNik bash, they reached out to the rapper’s co-manager, Meezy, to figure out a way they can come to a solution that benefits everyone. Well, nothing was solved before 21 Savage’s party, so the FreakNik Festival organizers decided to air out their grievances on social media.

Y’all better sit down somewhere https://t.co/EK4aP4phXg

— Saint Laurent Don (@21savage) October 25, 2021

"Saw @21savage and @megameezy #Freaknik21 last night at @underground_atlanta and looked like a super dope event. Sucks we gonna have to sue them when all we asked that they acknowledged us since it was a free event and they declined," the organizers tweeted.

“Spending over a million to revive a brand, fighting negative public perception and proving we can do it 2 years with no issues, comes at a cost. We can’t let others just infringe on that. So know when you hear them talk about we tried to work it out very easily beforehand.”

 

 
 

 

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21 Savage caught wind of the tweet and responded, "Y’all better sit down somewhere."

Then, the FreakNik Festival organizers shared receipts, showing proof of their trademark. They also shared screenshots of an alleged text message exchange with Savage’s co-manager, Meezy. In the texts, the organizers shared they have a trademark for "FreakNik" and wanted to find a FREE solution that benefits everyone.

 

 
 

 

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“We knew to bring this event back in a safe, respectable (non-family friendly ) way, we needed to control how it was done and we had to obtain the rights,” the organizers wrote. “The Federal Government granted us this EXCLUSIVE rights to use Freaknik."

"Now can we stop everyone who does a themed, concert, party, or sell Freaknik merchandise? YES we can. But it would take millions to go after everyone. For the people big enough to make it worthwhile, we could be on some money shakedown ish, but we not even tripping," they continued.

"We saw @saweetie event earlier this year and thought it was dope…we learned about it afterwards too and she didn’t promote it in Atlanta. We saw @quavohuncho and @yungmiami305 and we love it, but haven’t decided what we want to do. But @21savage and @megameezy event was another level. Super dope also so congrats to @mshannahkang for the dope layout, but that event was a smack in our face to all the hardwork we put in. We said we will give you license for FREE and was gonna ask to make sure it has a nonprofit presence there. They said no…I didn’t want this smoke…again we said "man put on for the city just acknowledge us and we will give you the license FREE." Meezy said he would just change the name. He didnt…"

In another IG post, the organizers said their lawsuit isn’t about money. They said they decided to take legal action in an effort to protect the namesake because at this point, their hands are tied.

 

 
 

 

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The full caption reads:

"#1 This isn’t a money play. We haven’t even asked for money."

"#2 Folks keep saying we’re mad that @21Savage event was hotter than ours. That’s not it. I mean come on, in 2019 we had 18K People. Also this man pack out arenas so a few thousand people with 2 weeks of promotion is expected. But just because they are celebrities does NOT mean they are above the law and can do what they want. If we posted @21Savage name on a flyer his Legal Team would send us a cease and desist. If we go through with the event, rather it’s free or not, they will sue us. We warned them, they declined, now we have to go through with our word."

"Crazy thing is, we reached out this morning and told @megameezy and @21Savage we dont want money. We still want to work it out for the benefit of the Atlanta Community. We offered to drop the suit, if they agree to work with us to correct the public perception "THAT ANYONE CAN DO FREAKNIK," and we do a FreakNik in 2022 for EVERYONE and make it Free. I’m sure they gonna decline that too."

"The pandemic caught EVERYBODY with their pants down, and we tried to complete a show we started in Feb 2020 BEFORE Covid shutdown the country. Was it tough, yeah…did we lose 300K yeah….was the turnout lighter than we expected yeah….but it wasn’t about the money as it was about completing the 2020 version before REBUILDING the 2022 Version." "#3 Why dont we sue everyone most of yall say? Do yall know how much law suits cost? How mentally draining they are? If we was about money we’ll be suing EVERYONE and not going to social media. We’ll just handle our business. But when we offer you a no-cost solution to doing it the right way and you say F%*K us, you dont leave us with many options…"

"…and here we are. Damn why black folks gotta fight all the time instead of working together."

Apparently, partygoers were being charged to get inside 21 Savage’s party and the FreakNik organizers weren’t happy about that.

 

 
 

 

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"In 2019 our #Freaknik did over 18K People. We barely broke even and realized the venue, which has a non-black owner benefited the most."

"In 2020 we tried to bring Freaknik and all the revenue it generated , back to the BLACK Community. First we did it on Cascade Road at an All Black Owner Golf Range. We had challenges there so we had to move it where we took it to a HBCU. We wanted the money to benefit them. We had issues there with securing our permits, so we went to another venue, that was black owned. But our production team advised us that location was not safe due to stage structural issues and malfunctioning AC."

"So finally we moved to to another all-black location in East Atlanta."

"Our goals for Freaknik was to let the revenue benefit our community. We created a non-profit, fed the elderly and kids during the pandemic, partnered with none profits to do a back to school drive, worked with local radio stations and celebrities to also do a March on Old National for Black Lives Matter, with a free concert."

"All this money grab claims is BS. We brought back #Freaknik for the culture and spent considerable resources doing so. So yes we gonna defend our brand and our trademark versus an allegedly free event where folks were being charged $75 to get in AND had to be invited to enjoy. That’s not our vision for Freaknik and as such we have to defend it from others trying to do the same…"

On social media, 21 Savage hopped in the comments on a Shade Room post about the FreakNik drama, writing, “F*ck it all y’all kids who tattoo knifes on they face for Halloween getting sued this year.”

As of the time of this post, a lawsuit hasn’t been filed, but it appears it’ll be coming down the pipeline.

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Photo: 21 Savage’s Twitter

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