Rap music is a bit–okay, a lot outside of my comfort zone, but last night a story broke in Detroit that as of this writing, among mainstream media sources, only Michigan’s Bay City Times has reported on. Rapper Rick Ross, the scheduled headliner at Hot 107.5 Summer Jamz 17 in the one-time Motor City. But a mob of 100, apparently fans of a rival rapper, Detroit’s Trick Trick, threatened Ross outside the performing venue, which Ross said caused him to fear for his life.
The show was organized by the radio station’s program director Jeremiah J. Hicks, whose remarks after Ross’ departure were reported by the Times:
“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!
“We will try to pull every resource together and ask him to come back (to the stage for the show Saturday night). 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).”
Here’s the uncensored video.
Ross has a unique background for a rapper; he’s a former Florida correctional officer and he says he is a committed Christian, although many of his YouTube videos are labeled “explicit.”
Say what you will about Ross or hip hop music, but where were the Detroit Police last night?
While details are still fuzzy, it appears that a group of thugs prevented an artist from performing at a major music festival, where tickets ran from $40 to $150–this was not a back yard gig. And the Detroit media as of this writing is ignoring the story. Why? Is it because of political correctness? Or laziness?
John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.