Rick Ross’ Detroit death threat caused by 100-plus ‘human blockade’ led by local rapper, venue says
Saturday night’s 107.5 FM Summer Jamz 17 at Detroit’s Chene Park was a dangerous gig for Miami-based rapper Rick Ross.
So dangerous he couldn’t get inside.
At least that’s what the venue claimed Sunday afternoon in a press release e-mailed to MLive.com.
The city-owned amphitheater said Ross was forced to cancel his show there because a “human blockade” of up to 150 people threatened his life and prevented him from stepping foot on the venue’s grounds.
Chene Park claims in the press release the blockade was formed by “a band of individuals led by a local rapper,” but doesn’t mention a name.
Despite reports of threats directed at Ross, Detroit Police Sgt. Eren Stephens said no 911 calls were made from the Chene Park area Saturday night at the time of the incident.
The only officers at the venue were those who were normally assigned to provide security before, during and after the show, Stephens said.
“We were not notified,” Stephens said of the Ross concert incident. “There were no calls pertaining to that.”
David Rudolph, a spokesperson for The Right Productions and Chene Park, said there where no problems inside the venue during the show before, during or after the human blockade threatened Ross.
“This issue didn’t happen within Chene Park; it happened outside,” said Rudolph, who noticed a crowd outside the venue as Ross’ camp tried entering around 11 p.m. “And it’s unfortunate that this was a tactic to prevent another artist performing.”
More from the Chene Park press release:
After nearly four hours of hip-hop groups and emcees rocking the mic the audience was informed by Jay Hicks, HOT 107.5 FM’s program director, that headlining artist and Miami-based rapper Rick Ross would not be performing – as a result a band of individuals led by a local rapper who prevented and threatened to harm Ross if he entered the grounds to perform at Chene Park Amphitheater.
A statement from Shahida Mausi, president and CEO of Right Productions, a company that manages Change Park and books events:
“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 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. Ross; team the conditions were becoming threatening and posed a security risk.”
More from Mausi:
“We want to extent our deepest regrets to our patrons who attended Summer Jamz 17 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.”
The Right Productions will offer patrons who purchased Summer Jamz 17 tickets for Saturday’s show the opportunity to get a discounted ticket for a future show at Chene Park.