Rick Ross was all set to play a show in Detroit last weekend when over 100 protesters reportedly prevented the rapper from entertaining the venue.
Ross was among many performers who signed on to take the stage during Summer Jamz at Chene Park Amphitheater on Saturday. Instead of belting out a few songs for the folks in attendance, WENN claims that a “human blockade” ultimately cancelled these plans. Other reports claim that Detroit rapper Trick Trick masterminded the mob.
Chene Park rep Shahida Mausi explained:
“Reports from our venue operations and security teams indicate 100-150 individuals orchestrated a human blockade around the service entrance to the venue, preventing Mr. Ross and his entourage from entering the premises. A decision was made from Mr. Ross’ team [that] the conditions were becoming threatening and posed a security risk.”
While reports suggest that anywhere from 100 to 150 people gathered to toss insults and threats in Rick Ross’ general direction at Summer Jamz, TMZ has a slightly different version of the events. According to Ross, he was never confronted by an unruly mob of protesters in Detroit. Instead, the rapper and his crew were thwarted by a locked gate.
“Me and whomever this gentleman is, we never crossed paths. He never spoke with Rozay, and I expect him to clarify that. I expect him, you know, to y’all ‘We never talked to Rozay; we never spoke to MMG (Ross’ Maybach Music Group),” the rapper said during a radio interview on Monday.
However, Rap Basement claims Rick Ross was allegedly barred from performing at the event since he didn’t get permission from Trick Trick. The self-proclaimed “Mayor of Detroit” didn’t sign off on Rick’s involvement with the show, resulting in something Trick’s manager Arthur Alston called a No Fly Zone. Alston also said more information about the situation should arrive later this week.
Meanwhile, yet another press release from a different venue spokesperson claimed that the confrontation happened outside of Chene Park at around 11 pm Saturday evening. David Rudolph said in a statement:
“And it’s unfortunate that this was a tactic to prevent another artist performing. After nearly four hours of hip-hop groups and emcees rocking the mic the audience was informed by Jay Hicks, HOT 107.5 FM’s program director, that headlining artist and Miami-based rapper Rick Ross would not be performing — as a result a band of individuals led by a local rapper who prevented and threatened to harm Ross if he entered the grounds to perform at Chene Park Amphitheater.”
What do you think about all the drama that took place ahead of Rick Ross’ performance at Summer Jamz in Detroit?
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