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Rick Ross

Saturday Night Concert Cancelled

10/15/2011 3:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Rick Ross will NOT take the stage tonight in North Carolina ... this after his Friday night health scare left him hospitalized twice for seizures.

A rep for the Greensboro Coliseum, where Ross was scheduled to perform, had previously told TMZ they had been contacted by Ross' people and told he would be there.

But when TMZ called the arena again around 6:50 PM ET, the deputy director of the Coliseum said Ross would no longer be performing. He would not elaborate.

Ross also cancelled his show last night in Memphis.

Reps for Ross have not gotten back to us for comment.

52 COMMENTS

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31.

TMZISAPIECEOFSHIT    

i'm guessing a breast reduction is behind the cancellation

1043 days ago
32.

ANNE    

AGAIN.. all you EXCUSERS.... The only 2 words he should live by is SALAD BAR>>>>

1043 days ago
33.

UPYOURS    

Good, he needs to deal with his health issues, a concert is not worth your life

1043 days ago
34.

tony    

This site says he died... http://www.folksalert.com/?p=3404

1043 days ago
35.

C.baxter    

fatty hahaha

1043 days ago
36.

dave    

Dog killer..

1043 days ago
37.

AVO    

A common talking point among Hip Hop insiders today is ‘culture.’ Whether it’s Irv Gotti demanding Def Jam be helmed by someone who “understands” it, or Damon Dash insisting that corporate America has bastardized it (pause), or Steve Stoute insisting that it’s applicable universally, ownership of Hip Hop culture (and who is worthy of it) is the focal contention.

Hip Hop began in the streets, the ghettos, and out of struggle. It embodies the rebellious spirit of the street hustler, the Black man in America, and the underprivileged. It illuminates the violence in the inner-city, celebrates the success of achievement in the face of oppression, and defiantly stands against authority. It denounces (viciously and consistently) law enforcement officials and those who attempt to silence the hustler’s spirit. For millions of people, Hip Hop has literally created the energy to stand against societal oppression, police discrimination, and class hypocrisy. It has been the support structure for resistance and strife. It gave the voiceless a voice, not with peaceful conciliation, but with strength and aggression. It took the spirit of Malcolm X and gave it a beat.

Tony Montana said it best: “All I have in this world is my balls and my word and I don’t break them for no one.” This is the ultimate Hip Hop tag line. It stands for everything that Hip Hop represents: the self-made leader. Hip Hop is the blueprint for taking what you want by any means necessary. It’s the beat of revolution, of power, of integrity. It doesn’t scream “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore.” It confidently tells you, “You’re not going to f*** with me anymore”, as it holds you by your ankles over a railing. It captures the raw emotion that everyone wishes they could employ in their life.

This brings me to my point: Rick Ross. For those who don’t know, Rick Ross is a former corrections officer. For almost two years he actively participated in imprisoning others in Florida, most of all black people. When this fact was discovered, Rick Ross denied it, until employment records and photos of him in law enforcement uniform forced him to recant.

No one expects all Hip Hop artists to be the genuine article. It is entertainment, after all. However, when we talk about Hip Hop culture, we’re not talking about entertainment (cul•ture: the behaviors and beliefs characteristic of a particular social, ethnic, or age group). No Hip Hop artist (that I’m aware of) has been a former law enforcement officer. To welcome a person who actively participated in the imprisonment (enslavement) of others, particularly black people; perpetuating the very abuse that is so central to what Hip Hop is against, is (and I mean this in every possible sense of the word) foul.

The character of Hip Hop resides in the do***entary nature that makes it believable. It’s where the brazen “swagger” stems from; the willingness we see to break the rules in the struggle against oppression. It is the music and the culture of the strong willed; it is the chorus to Darwin’s Natural Selection theory.

Rick Ross is a cancer to Hip Hop culture. He violates the core elements of what Hip Hop stands for at every level. He’s worse than a snitch. Hip Hop wouldn’t (and shouldn’t) let Sammy “the Bull” Gravano rap, or let Donnie Brasco sing a hook. As Hip Hop culture is stretched across all spectrums of society, it is expected that its foundational integrity will be stretched, too. That’s why this is important. Rick Ross is Hip Hop’s litmus test, and the answer is overdue. If you’re an average listener, this isn’t a question for you. But if you love Hip Hop, you need to decide, and make your opinion known: What’s real? Is this keepin’ it real? Is this garbage pail Hip Hop? You know the answer; don’t be shook, “‘cause ain’t no such things as halfway crooks.”

1043 days ago
38.

AVO    

A common talking point among Hip Hop insiders today is ‘culture.’ Whether it’s Irv Gotti demanding Def Jam be helmed by someone who “understands” it, or Damon Dash insisting that corporate America has bastardized it (pause), or Steve Stoute insisting that it’s applicable universally, ownership of Hip Hop culture (and who is worthy of it) is the focal contention.

Hip Hop began in the streets, the ghettos, and out of struggle. It embodies the rebellious spirit of the street hustler, the Black man in America, and the underprivileged. It illuminates the violence in the inner-city, celebrates the success of achievement in the face of oppression, and defiantly stands against authority. It denounces (viciously and consistently) law enforcement officials and those who attempt to silence the hustler’s spirit. For millions of people, Hip Hop has literally created the energy to stand against societal oppression, police discrimination, and class hypocrisy. It has been the support structure for resistance and strife. It gave the voiceless a voice, not with peaceful conciliation, but with strength and aggression. It took the spirit of Malcolm X and gave it a beat.

Tony Montana said it best: “All I have in this world is my balls and my word and I don’t break them for no one.” This is the ultimate Hip Hop tag line. It stands for everything that Hip Hop represents: the self-made leader. Hip Hop is the blueprint for taking what you want by any means necessary. It’s the beat of revolution, of power, of integrity. It doesn’t scream “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore.” It confidently tells you, “You’re not going to f*** with me anymore”, as it holds you by your ankles over a railing. It captures the raw emotion that everyone wishes they could employ in their life.

This brings me to my point: Rick Ross. For those who don’t know, Rick Ross is a former corrections officer. For almost two years he actively participated in imprisoning others in Florida, most of all black people. When this fact was discovered, Rick Ross denied it, until employment records and photos of him in law enforcement uniform forced him to recant.

No one expects all Hip Hop artists to be the genuine article. It is entertainment, after all. However, when we talk about Hip Hop culture, we’re not talking about entertainment (cul•ture: the behaviors and beliefs characteristic of a particular social, ethnic, or age group). No Hip Hop artist (that I’m aware of) has been a former law enforcement officer. To welcome a person who actively participated in the imprisonment (enslavement) of others, particularly black people; perpetuating the very abuse that is so central to what Hip Hop is against, is (and I mean this in every possible sense of the word) foul.

The character of Hip Hop resides in the do***entary nature that makes it believable. It’s where the brazen “swagger” stems from; the willingness we see to break the rules in the struggle against oppression. It is the music and the culture of the strong willed; it is the chorus to Darwin’s Natural Selection theory.

Rick Ross is a cancer to Hip Hop culture. He violates the core elements of what Hip Hop stands for at every level. He’s worse than a snitch. Hip Hop wouldn’t (and shouldn’t) let Sammy “the Bull” Gravano rap, or let Donnie Brasco sing a hook. As Hip Hop culture is stretched across all spectrums of society, it is expected that its foundational integrity will be stretched, too. That’s why this is important. Rick Ross is Hip Hop’s litmus test, and the answer is overdue. If you’re an average listener, this isn’t a question for you. But if you love Hip Hop, you need to decide, and make your opinion known: What’s real? Is this keepin’ it real? Is this garbage pail Hip Hop? You know the answer; don’t be shook, “‘cause ain’t no such things as halfway crooks.”

1043 days ago
39.

krystyle    

Ricky , RICKY, RICKY, SMH.. THEY GOT U OUT THERE LOOKIN LIKE U STUPID.. I heard u smoked 100 blunts n 24 hrs.. Now u Dumb if that's True. What u smoking HomeGrown? lol It shouldn't take that many to get ur buzz! #RealTalk

1043 days ago
40.

bad city    

may be he is not well! I prayin for his speedy recovery - BAD CITY

1043 days ago
41.

gorivergo    

If you don't know who Rick Ross is...and you are obviously on the f***in internet...why are you asking who he is? Are you familiar with GOOGLE??

1043 days ago
42.

Ralph    

Get well Ross,your health comes first but you will be ok God got a work for you to finish

1043 days ago
43.

Dontworryaboutmy name    

ya'll must be living under a rock if some of ya'll don't know who he is....

1042 days ago
44.

cathy    

DROVE HOURS TO GET THERE AND NO RICK ROSS...ARE THEY REFUNDING THE TICKET MONEY?

1042 days ago
45.

cathy    

Drove hours to get there and no Rick Ross. Are they refunding ticket money I hope?

1042 days ago
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