A Rick Ross show at the newly renamed Bayou Music Center (formerly Verizon Wireless Theater) was cut short on Saturday night because one thing was missing: Rick Ross.
The show, which included Ross understudy Ace Hood and Alief's own Tank Law, was presented by promoters Real Uprizing. Conflicting reports continue to stream in as to the true reason for the absence of the Maybach Music boss.
After arriving to the venue and receiving my press credential, I was escorted backstage and got to view the set times. The headliner was set to perform at 10:45 p.m., which in rap terms usually means closer to 11:30 p.m. I spoke to a member of the security team, who advised that the venue's curfew was midnight.
The openers took the stage as scheduled, but after an extended set by Go DJ Big Tho, the crowd became restless. At about ten minutes until midnight, an announcement was made that Rick Ross had suffered a seizure at his hotel and would be unable to perform.
As you may remember, Ross suffered a series of seizures on his way to Memphis last October.
The crowd wasn't buying it. Many immediately began accusing the promoters of being "janky" ("jacked up and stanky," according to Urban Dictionary). Emails to the promoters for more information have been thus far unanswered.
No one in Ross' camp has commented publicly on his medical condition at this point. We are also waiting for a response from Warner Brothers Music Group, the distributor for Maybach Music Group, Ross' label.
Big Tho wasn't buying it, and took to Twitter Sunday with the following:
I did contact a trusted source by text message with the following:
"Ross was a no-show at the concert"
"Is the seizure stuff true?"
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