Rick Ross 'Prevented And Threatened' From Performing At Hot 107.5 Summer Jamz: Report
Rick Ross was reportedly denied entry to Detroit's Hot 107.5's Summer Jamz concert on Saturday (June 21), where he was scheduled to perform.
When he approached the Chene Park Amphitheater, Hot 107.5's program director Jay Hicks says Rick Ross was "met by 100 individuals outside."
"I'm going to be real with y'all. I'm going to be real as fuck. We had Rick Ross right outside here tonight," said Hicks, via HipHopDX. "At about 11:00, when he was pulling up to come into Chene Park, he was met by 100 individuals outside. We have tried to pull every resource together and asked him to come back. He is in fear of his life."
Rick Ross took to Twitter to tell his followers that although he was ready to perform, there was a "protest" outside the venue.
Detroit Police tell Billboard that Ross didn't file a complaint on the matter, therefore there will be no investigation.
There's allegations that the incident is connected to Detroit native, Trick Trick. On his song, "No Fly Zone," featuring Royce Da 5'9, he warns artists about coming into the city without permission. ("I'm just a phone call away/ Come in without permission/ I don't wanna hear shit you got to say," he raps.)
Regarding the matter, Trick Trick tells Billboard (through a statement sent from management): "To all those who want to know what the No Fly Zone is please go to 1:17 on this video and quote me there."
Trick Trick has a new single, featuring Eminem, coming later this month or early July. This will mark Trick and Eminem's third collaboration.
Shahida Mausi, president and CEO of The Right Production (which handles Chene Park Amphitheater) has released a statement on the matter (via HipHopDX):
"This incident greatly saddens me and our entire team at The Right Productions who work so diligent to host and produce outstanding entertainment performances at Chene Park. Reports from our venue operations and security teams indicate as a result of between 100-150 individuals lead by a local rapper, prevented and threatened to harm Ross if he entered the grounds to perform at Chene Park Amphitheater. The band of 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 the conditions were becoming threatening and posed a security risk.
We want to extent our deepest regrets to our patrons who attended Summer Jamz17 who should have been treated to an outstanding performance from Rick Ross. We have the upmost respect for our guests at Chene Park and they deserve better. This is the fifth Summer Jamz event we have hosted with our partner Radio One and Host 107.5 FM – and until this point with no incident. Acts of intimidation, bullying, threats or violence of any kind that compromises the security and enjoyment of our shows will not be tolerated at Chene Park.
I will be reviewing this matter with our collective team and sponsoring host to ensure the integrity and respect we hold for our patrons and artists is upheld for future acts performing at Chene Park Amphitheater."