UPDATED: Rick Ross Reportedly Threatened Out of Summer Jamz Concert Appearance
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 06.23.2014
Ross denies it...
UPDATE: Rick Ross is now denying that he was threatened by a mob from attending the Summer Jamz concert. TMZ spoke with Ross, who said that he wasn't confronted by over 100 people as reported but instead found that the gate to the facility's entrance was locked.
Ross says no one form Maybach Music was confronted by an angry group and "laughed off" claims that he was afraid for his life. He added that he felt bad for the fans who waited in line and didn't get to see him, saying, "Somebody is deceiving the people of Detroit like Kwame Kilpatrick did."
ORIGINAL: Rick Ross didn't perform as scheduled at Saturday's Hot 107.5 Summer Jamz concert in Detroit after he found a group of over 100 people waiting for him outside of it. HipHopDX quotes the station's program director Jay Hicks as saying that Ross was afraid for his safety and left the venue before performing.
"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. "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."
Ross posted on Twitter that he was ready to perform but that there was a "protest" outside the concert venue. Billboard spoke with Detroit police, who said that there was no complaint filed and no investigation will be conducted as a result.
The site nots that the protest was allegedly connected to Detroit rapper Trick Trick, who has warned artists about coming to Detroit if they don't collaborate with hip-hop artists from the city. When contacted for comment, Trick told Billboard to refer to the line in his track "No Fly Zone" that goes, "I'm just a phone call away/ Come in without permission/ I don't wanna hear shit you got to say."
The president and CEO of The Right Production, who handles the Chene Park Amphitheater where the concert took place, issued the following statement:
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.