The cancellation of Rick Ross’ expected performance at Detroit’s Hot 107.5’s Summer Jamz concert, due to a crowd of people threatening to harm him if he did show, has been addressed by Hot 107.5’s program director, Jay Hicks. According to Hicks, the rapper was, in fact, confronted by over 100 people outside of Chene Park Amphitheater.
“[Ross] is in fear of his life,” Hicks said.
It has been reported that the threats were the result of Trick Trick’s “No Fly Zone,” an unofficial declaration that prevents artists from making money in Detroit without getting clearance from Trick himself.
The Right Productions, Inc., which manages Chene Park released a statement to AllHipHop.
“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,” says The Right Productions CEO Shahida Mausi. “Reports from our venue operations and security teams indicate [that] between 100-150 individuals led 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 that the conditions were becoming threatening and posed a security risk.
We want to extend 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 utmost 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 – up 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.”