Rapper Rick Ross (Harry How / Getty Images)
Detroit â€” Miami-based rapper Rick Ross apparently couldnâ€™t get into his own concert in Chene Park on Saturday after he received threats and was confronted by a human blockade of more than 100 people, according to the venueâ€™s operator.
About 3,000 people who turned out to Summer Jamz 17 on Saturday saw four hours of performances from hip-hop artists B.o.B, A$AP Ferg, Sevyn Steeter Rico Love, Icewear Vezzo, Boldy James and Scarface, according to Chene Park Amphitheater operator The Right Productions.
But when it came time for Ross to perform, WGPR-FM (107.5) program director Jay Hicks told the crowd the rapper was a no-show â€œas a result of a band of individuals led by a local rapper who prevented and threatened to harm Ross if he entered the grounds,â€ according to a release from The Right Productions, which manages and operates entertainment events at Chene Park.
â€œThis 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,â€ said Shahida Mausi, president and CEO of Right Productions Inc., in a statement. â€œReports from our venue operations and security teams indicate nearly 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. Rossâ€™ team the conditions were becoming threatening and posed a security risk.â€
David Rudolph, spokesman for The Right Productions, said the blockade, which occurred outside of the venue on Atwater Street, was orchestrated by local artist Trick Trick, otherwise known as Christian Mathis, as a part of a â€œno-fly zoneâ€ territorial battle he applied to Ross.
â€œFor this to happen is concerning because Trick Trick is a Detroiter,â€ Rudolph said. â€œWe all owe it to Detroit to make sure our national and international reputation is preserved … the biggest loser was the people.â€
Arthur Alston, Trick Trick’s manager, told The News his client will address the matter in interviews â€œthis week,â€ releasing this statement Monday from Trick Trick.
“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 said.
Ross, also known as William Roberts II, seemed to pooh-pooh the situation with a tweet shortly after the incident.
Detroit Police Officer Jennifer Moreno said she was unaware of any arrests made in connection with threats or the blockade. Rudolph confirmed there were three or four squad cars at the event.
Mausi warned Monday that â€œacts 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.â€
On July 22, 2012, Rossâ€™ tour bus was burglarized at Lafayette and Brush when he was in town to promote his album â€œGod Forgives, I Donâ€™t.â€ No one was on the bus at the time, but an undisclosed amount of money and personal items were taken, police said.
The Right Productions is expected to offer those who bought tickets to Summer Jamz17 tickets an opportunity to receive a discounted ticket for a future show at Chene Park, which includes two-for-one tickets for the T.I. show on July 19 through the Chene Park Box Office.
Additional discount information will be announced on www.CheneParkDetroit.com.