Rick Ross’ safety is still up for concern, apparently. Promoters canned his Canada show over alleged “safety concerns,” AllHipHop.com reports.
Lately, Ross has been targeted by gang members, and activists alike, which is exactly why the show couldn’t go on. Students at the University of Ottawa spearheaded the cancellation by protesting the 37-year-old’s appearance over his controversial lyrics dubbed a promotion of “r@pe culture.”
The cancellation of his Ottawa show may be the least of Rick Ross’ problems now that a New York-based women’s group is pressuring footwear maker Reebok to drop the American rapper over controversial lyrics that glorify date rape.
The 37-year-old Florida rapper was supposed to roll into the capital city on Tuesday for a concert at the Ernst & Young Centre, but “security concerns” prompted the show’s promoter, Urban Jamz Ent., to pull the plug on Friday.
Tickets had ranged in price from $20 for students to $500 for VIP access.
It remains unclear how much the rapper, who escaped unharmed from a drive-by shooting in January, stands to earn even though the show has been cancelled and full refunds are being issued.
Ross’ scheduled appearance created a storm of controversy on campus as many reacted strongly to what they saw as the promotion of r-pe culture.
According to student, Dillon Black, Ross was paid $100,000-$250,000 for the gig. Concert organizers covered costs for lighting, sound, and promotion.