Boston Calling got into a Twitter spat with Talib Kweli

"We asked for half. Y’all said no. Prove me wrong."

Talib Kweli. Anna Sian

Back in March, Boston Calling Musical Festival announced that hip-hop duo Black Star was no longer able to perform at the festival due to “unforeseen circumstances.”

On Tuesday, Black Star member Talib Kweli tweeted that the reason the duo wouldn’t be playing was because Boston Calling did not offer enough of Black Star’s fee prior to the festival, which will be held at the Harvard Athletic Complex from May 24-26.

“It’s simple. Black Star asks for 50% deposit in order to guarantee a show,” Kweli tweeted. “Boston Calling refused to pay that. So we had to cancel. They replaced us with Lil Nas X. Enjoy!”


That prompted the festival’s official Twitter account to call Kweli’s tweet “factually incorrect,” though it did not specify which part of Kweli’s multi-sentence tweet was inaccurate.

“The comment from Talib Kweli regarding Black Star’s cancellation is factually incorrect,” Boston Calling wrote on Wednesday. “We wish him and Black Star the best as they continue their successful careers.”

Kweli responded to the festival’s “factually incorrect” claim on Wednesday, tweeting, “No it’s not. We asked for half. Y’all said no. Prove me wrong.”

When asked about the Twitter back-and-forth, a spokesman for Boston Calling said the festival had no comment. A representative for Kweli did not respond to a request for comment.

Boston Calling has had to replace several artists on its three-day lineup since announcing the festival slate back in January. Along with Black Star, previously announced acts Janelle Monae, Sasha Sloan, and Young Fathers will no longer be performing. The festival has announced additional acts in recent days, with Lil Nas X, Chvrches, Betty Who, and Bear Hands now added to the lineup.

Although Black Star will not take the stage at Boston Calling, Kweli announced on Thursday that he will perform a solo show at the Middle East Downstairs in Cambridge on Aug. 31.