*Timbaland has rescheduled a planned fundraiser at Bleu Detroit – to help the residents of Flint with their water crisis. Reports claim that the rapper/producer dropped out of the original event at the last-minute because he was supplied with the wrong alcoholic refreshment backstage. Timbo has denied the claim, saying he didn’t perform because he wasn’t scheduled to.
“It’s kind of ironic that we were butting heads over champagne at a fund-raiser about water,” nightclub owner Mitchell Jaworski said, adding that Timbaland’s contract carried “a pretty big hospitality rider of liquor and champagne, although I guess he was traveling with about 20 guys.” It called for “a certain brand of champagne, Ace of Spades, which we later found out is one of his sponsors,” Jaworski said.
That particular booze is “super dry and expensive,” and Bleu Detroit didn’t have it available that night, Jaworski added.
Hip Hollywood notes that despite Timbaland’s no-show, the event still raised $3,000. Last Thursday (02-04-16), he announced through his Big Apple publicists that he will return to Bleu Detroit on March 4, again to benefit “the people of Flint,” and this time he’s confirmed to hit the stage for a performance. Proceeds from ticket sales will go toward purchasing bottled water for Flint residents while Timbaland will make a personal donation “to those who are in immediate need for clean water,” said a statement from the nightclub.
“It has always been about the people of Flint, Michigan,” Timbaland said in his own statement. He is the latest star to work to help the people of Flint, Michigan, who are suffering a devastating crisis after high lead levels were found in the city’s water.
Beyonce established the #BeyGood fund, which will support local United Way programs, which “are distributing thousands of filtration pitchers, faucet mount filters and truckloads of water to Flint residents,” a statement released Monday said. Other celebs who are contributing to the water relief efforts are: Aretha Franklin, The Game, Madonna and Jimmy Fallon, Eminem, Wiz Khalifa, Pearl Jam Big Sean and Meek Mill.