Rick Ross Run Out of Detroit by "100 Individuals Led by a Local Rapper"
The Bawse got beef in the Motor City.
Over the weekend, Rick Ross was set to headline Hot 107.5's Summer Jamz concert at the Chene Park Amphitheater in Detroit.
But according to the promoters, when big homie rolled up in his tour bus, he was turned away by "100 individuals led by a local rapper."
Of course, though, Ross denies the existence of any "mob gang," saying, "That's totally false."
The "local rapper" who allegedly organized the blockade of the Bawse and his Maybach Music crew has been reported to be Trick Trick, a Detroit native who's just released a song, "No Fly Zone," warning out-of-towners about encroaching on his turf without paying tribute.
"I'm just a phone call away," Trick Trick raps on the track. "Come in without permission/I don't wanna hear shit you got to say."
Of course, though, this isn't the first time that Ross has been threatened while on tour. In 2012, he received death threats from a North Carolina chapter of the Gangster Disciples for "using [the gang's] honorable chairman's name [Larry Hoover] in a disorderly fashion," which caused promoters to cancel eight shows.
Following this past weekend's Detroit cancellation, Shahida Mausi, president and CEO of the promoter, The Right Production, released a 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.
But in an interview with 99 Jamz, Ross claims that no "100 individuals" and no one named Trick Trick ever confronted him in Detroit.
He says, "Just to make it clear, I never even made it to the venue. Me and whoever this gentleman is, we never crossed paths. He never spoke with Rozay ... And I expect him to tell y'all, 'We never talked to Rozay. We never spoke to MMG.'
"But anyway, the caravan is on the way to the venue. They get there and somebody has locked the gates ... So the promoter himself said, 'Let's get it fixed' ... So we went back to the casino and chilled. And that's when I got the story that there was supposed to been a mob gang. And you know, that's totally false.
"Somebody being misled," the Bawse insists. "The whole city being misled."
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