This past weekend, Summer Jam was in full effect at Metlife Stadium in New Jersey. Aside from the big performances from Kendrick Lamar, Fabolous, 50 Cent, Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj, Travis Scott was one of the big names performing on the main stage. But it wasn’t his performance that ended up in headlines—it was his rude response to a Summer Jam cameraman.
Travis was very bothered when he saw Jameer Pond (a cameraman employed by the festival) filming his set onstage. Scott stopped the show to boot him off with an extended tongue-lashing, calling Pond a “nerd.” The incident was caught in full thanks to TIDAL’s live stream, and social media began to catch fire.
Only a few days after the incident, Scott stopped by Power 106 in Los Angeles to clear up what happened and explain his side of the story. As he tells it, he does not like people on stage when he’s performing because it takes away from the fan experience.
He was also bothered that Hot 97 didn’t allow him to use a screen for his show and express his full artistic vision. At the time, he didn’t understand why there was someone behind him shooting the show when there’s a press pit already and multiple camera angles as it is.
Check out the incident, as well as Pond’s interview after the show in the clips below. Travis has since apologized to the cameraman for his actions.