SUNDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE: Detroit Police Sgt. Eren Stephens told MLive.com she is unaware of any arrests that took place in or outside Chene Park on Saturday night that were involved with the scheduled Rick Ross concert.
A spokesman for a company that works with the city-owned Chene Park said the venue did all it could to ensure safety inside it during the show.
DETROIT, MI — Miami-based rapper Rick Ross says he’s “War Ready” in a song with Young Jeezy, but reportedly wasn’t prepared for what he faced Saturday night outside Detroit’s Chene Park.
Ross decided not to perform at Detroit radio station Hot 107.5 FM’s Summer Jamz 17 concert at the venue because he was reportedly “in fear of his life” after 100 individuals threatened him that night as his camp pulled into the venue.
Jay Hicks, Hot 107.5 FM’s program director, told the news to the crowd inside Chene Park during a concert that was expected to also have performances from B.o.B., A$AP Ferg, Rico Love, Sevyn Streeter, Scarface and more.
Then Hicks told fans the show was over.
Video of Hicks’ comments that claim “100 individuals” were threatening Ross was posted Sunday on the station’s Facebook page and website.
An excerpt from Hicks’ announcement that starts at the video’s 3-minute mark:
“It took me nine months to put this show together,” Hicks told the crowd. “I do this for y’all; I was at work negotiating contracts, putting (expletive) together.
“I’m going to be real with y’all; I’m going to be real as (expletive). We had Rick Ross right outside here tonight at about eleven o’clock. As he was pulling in to come into Chene Park, he was met by 100 individuals outside. By 100 individuals outside!
It’s was unclear Sunday if the Detroit Police Department made any arrests and can confirm there were indeed 100 individuals who threatened Ross outside the venue.
More from Hicks about the incident captured in the video:
“We will try to pull every resource together and ask (Ross) to come back (to the stage for the show Saturday night),” Hicks said. “He is in fear of his life. I’m just being real; real talk. This is some real (expletive). He was in fear of his life and he is not performing here tonight.
“And he may never come back to Detroit, and that’s no (expletive).”
You can view the video in the player below (WARNING: There’s explicit language).
It’s unclear why Ross would be threatened by a group outside the show.
A spokesman for The Right Productions, a company in charge of booking events at Chene Park, told MLive.com in an e-mail sent 9:31 a.m. Sunday that the company “will be issuing a statement on the Rick Ross issue.”
Ross has appeared to take everything in stride on his Twitter page, and insists he still has plenty of love for the Motor City.
But Ross doesn’t mention if he’ll return to the city anytime soon.
Before Saturday’s booking, Ross’ last show in Detroit was Nov. 12 at the historic Masonic Temple.
It was peaceful one that promoted his most recent Mastermind album and included his 1500 Or Nothin’ Band.