One of the most popular hip hop artists in the country has canceled concert stops in Charlotte and Greensboro for this weekend following death threats.
A Maybach Music Group concert tour headlining Rick Ross was scheduled to appear Friday in Greensboro and Saturday at the Bojangles Coliseum. Rappers Wale and Meek Mill were scheduled to appear as well.
The theats stem from the Gangster Disciples, who have a beef with Ross. The North Carolina Chapter recently put out a YouTube video warning him to stay out of Charlotte.
Tickets can be refunded starting Friday, the Live Nation Entertainment group said in a statement. No specific reason was given for the cancellations.
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"I think fans should be concerned. I think the parents should be concerned because you never know," said Paul Scott, a minister from Durham who is also a Hip Hop journalist.
Scott has been highly critical of the violence sparked by rap artists. “Hip Hop does not represent the real street, the commercial Hip Hop that Rick Ross promotes represents Wall Street and Wall Street cares nothing about the loss of human life if they can make a dollar."
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police released a statement Wednesday before the cancellation, saying officers would remain vigilant to ensure safety..
Deon Cole is a friend of Ross and is the Assistant Programming Director for Power 98. He didn’t believe that fans have anything to worry about.
In the rap video the Disciples are upset because Ross mentions the name of the founder of the street gang and uses the Star of David to promote himself.
That symbol is used by the gang. Cole believes that one day Ross and the Disciples will work out their problems.
Scott says he wouldn’t take the chance and if his kids asked to go he would say no.
"No one took the Tupac Notorious BIG beef seriously until they were both dead."