Atlanta-based rapper Ludacris just booked a show at Guantanamo Bay for the Fourth of July
The rapper will perform in front of roughly 6,000 people who either work or live at the infamous prison over the holiday.
While many entertainers have appeared on stage at naval and military bases before, “Gitmo hasn’t seen a star with as big a name as Ludacris in several years,” Navy Chief Monique Hilley told the Miami Herald.
This isn’t the hip-hop star’s first event in front of troops. Chris Bridges, the artist’s real name, put on shows “at Fort Meade in Maryland in 2010” and “Fort Hood in Texas in 2004,” according to the Miami Herald.
The event is free and will happen at a venue miles from the Detention Center Zone, so that the “Dirty South” music will not be audible for the detainees.
Guantanamo Bay has been a hotbed for political debate since the Cuban island holds terror suspects. President Barack Obama promised to close it down, and despite renewed talks, has yet to do so.
This isn’t the first time a rapper’s music will play on the island. Inmate Binyam Mohamed was reportedly forced to listen to Eminem’s “Slim Shady” for 20 days, according to statements made to his lawyer.
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