Several reasons have been cited over the last few days, including lack of organization on the part of the promoter, as well as rumors of death threats from Gangster Disciples, a street gang that originated from the Chicago area.
The MMG tour included Meek Mills, Wale, and more recently Machine Gun Kelly. The tour was originally scheduled for 23 days, but was extended to Dec. 16.
Representatives for the promoter, Live Nation, have not commented.
The cancelations started with two shows in North Carolina, where the death threats were rumored. Soon after that, the remainder of the shows were canceled.
The Gangster Disciples posted their threats on YouTube about a month ago, warning Ross and everyone who was signed with Mayback Music Group that they were coming after them. Since then a number of videos have surfaced on YouTube threatening the singer.
Their beef started back when Ross was better known as Teflon Don, when he released the single “B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast), where he mentioned the gang’s imprisoned leader Larry Hoover.
It doesn’t stop there! Gangster Disciples are also upset, or should I say pissed off, that Ross is using a design similar to their gang symbol on his Black Bar Mitzvah mix-tape.
Oh . . . one more thing. There’s also something about the pressure being on until the gang receives “the check”. Apparently the check is for providing protection for Ross in the way of security/body guards.
Do any of these people have anything better to do?
What’s the worst part about the cancelations?
Machine Gun Kelly is not going to be able to build up his fan base! As the opening act for the MMG Tour, he has stolen the show. Look for him headlining his own show next year, minus all the death threats and other crap that seems to follow Ross around wherever he goes.
Before the tour was canceled, Ross brought the MMG tour to the Sacramento area. You can read the review here.
What a night out at Sleep Train Amphitheater!
Singer, songwriter, producer, and ex-con, Lil Wayne played at Sleep Train Amphitheater in Marysville on Friday.
Lil Wayne has a new album that was just released after the MTV VMA awards Tha Carter IV.
Less than three weeks ago Jax-Z and Kayne West released their collaboration Watch the Throne. Their album broke iTunes single-week sales record. However, Tha Carter IV trounced the record selling over 300,000 downloads via iTunes in only its first four days, outpacing the 290,000 that Throne sold in an entire week.
So the timing for Sleep Train Amphitheater couldn’t have been better!
The evening started with R&B artist Loyd. His first album was released in 2004 and this budding giant hasn’t looked back. His wonderful ability to croon with the best of them and still hit the high notes has earned him the nickname Young Goldie.
Dressed in an NEFF T-shirt, camouflaged shorts, and knee high socks, Loyd hit the stage with the crowd cheering. Much of the audience members were still making their way to their seats or milling around waiting for the concert to begin. By the end of his set there were more people in their seats, but still pretty sparse.
Next up was Far East Movement also known as FM. This quartet blends elements of hip-hop, pop, electro and dance to create an original sound and lifestyle they call “‘Free Wired’.
Kev Nish, Prohgress, J-Splif, and DJ Virman, jumped up on stage donning stylish shades, and skinny ties. They were nothing but high energy bouncing from one side of the stage to the other. They played a number of their hits including “Like a G6″
Keri Hilson entered center stage with her dance crew all dressed in pink overalls. By this time the amphitheater looked pretty full, but you could tell it wasn’t a sold out crowd.
Hilson gave a great high energy performance and the crowd loved it. It was great to see her bring on some younger members of the audience to sing along with her. You could tell these kids were thrilled at the chance to be onstage with one of their heroes.
What I really liked about Hilson was her guns! Seriously her microphone was shaped like a gun. Quite cool! What did you think I meant?
At this point in the evening everyone was fully engaged, so I thought ““ When Rick Ross popped out on stage everyone went nuts. There wasn’t a single person sitting and everyone was clapping and cheering him on.
His set started with pyrotechnics that could rival a fourth of July celebration. This guys performance was not for the faint of heart, with booming fireworks and F’ing this and F’ing that throughout.
It took Lil Wayne about twenty minutes to take the stage due to the major set change that had to occur. Weezy, as his fans refer to him, has quite the set with lots of lights, smoke, and pyrotechnics.
When Wayne came out on stage wearing a maroon hoody, sweat pants, and his signature shades, the audience erupted in thunderous applause. He came out twirling around a skateboard and eventually tossed it to the side. A couple of weeks ago Wayne ended up in the hospital getting 9 stitches over his left eye due to a skateboarding accident. If there was any residual damage it was hard to tell due to the large number of tattoos covering his face.
The audience was treated to a special guest appearance by Mack Maine singing along with Wayne to the tune “Got Money”. A little later in the show Birdman also made an appearance, singing along with Wayne to “Fire Flame”.
The hoody finally became too much in the heat. The ladies in the audience really made some noise when they saw him baring his chest for all to see. Completely covering his entire upper body are tattoos, front and back.
The crowd was happy to hear Wayne perform hits like “Lollipop”, “Prom Queen”, “Drop the World”, and “Mrs. Officer”, as well as his most recent hit, “6 Foot 7 Foot”. It was really nice to hear Wayne tone it down with “How to Love”.
All in all it was a good concert. I’m not a huge rapper fan, but I thoroughly enjoyed the opening acts, more so than Rick Ross or Lil Wayne. Their music is just a tad hardcore for me, but the two left the audience wanting more.
Let’s hope for his fans sake that Wayne can stay out of trouble long enough to produce another chart topping album.