After just one month and 55 performances, the Tupac inspired musical, Holler If Ya Hear Me, closed earlier this week. Producer Eric L. Gold explained that it was the “financial burdens of Broadway” which led to the shows demise, but Saul Williams, who stars in the play as a former convict trying to turn his life around, thinks there are other reasons the theatre performance did not work out.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Williams stated that the closure was not a surprise and that people working on the production had the mentality that it might be hated. While he says that the people who saw it loved it, the problem was everything from ticket sellers who didn’t recommend the performance, media who gave it bad reviews and American culture as a whole.
“There is no disconnect between this and Iggy Azalea,” says Williams. “An Australian girl rapping with a southern accent, being Number One on the charts. It’s all related to where we are right now as a culture and within the culture of the arts.”