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Rick Ross cancels gig after encountering mob of protesters

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Jun 23, 2014 | 12:54pm EDT

Heavyweight rapper Rick Ross had to cancel his set at a hip-hop concert in Detroit, Michigan on Saturday (21Jun14) after an angry mob blocked his entrance to the venue and reportedly made threats against his life. The Hustlin' hitmaker had been due to perform for fans at the Summer Jamz gig in the Chene Park Amphitheater, but upon arrival, he was faced with a "human blockade" of around 150 people. The demonstration was reportedly sparked by local rapper Trick Trick's song No Fly Zone, which encourages fans not to support stars who fail to collaborate with artists from Detroit, but the activists took the fight one step further by allegedly hurling abuse and threats at Ross and his associates, prompting them to axe the show. A statement released by venue representative Shahida Mausi reads: "Reports from our venue operations and security teams indicate 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 (that) the conditions were becoming threatening and posed a security risk." However, Ross has brushed off the incident. In a post on Twitter.com, he wrote, "Luv #Detroit I wuz ready to killm (kill them, put on a great performance) 2nite,heard it wuz a peace protest wit picket signs and locked gates haa (sic)".

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