Rick Ross has canceled shows in North Carolina after continued gang threats, Billboard reports. The rapper and head of the Maybach Music Group was the target of YouTube videos posted by the Gangster Disciples, which describe themselves as "Maybach killers" and warned Ross to reconsider his plan to perform in the state.
Ross simply blamed the cancelation on "promoters":
DEC. 10 UPDATE:
Rick Ross has now canceled the remainder of his tour dates for the year. Ross was set to perform in Nashville on Dec. 9, Memphis on Dec. 12, Houston on Dec. 13, Detroit on Dec. 15, and New York on Dec. 16. He has canceled all remaining dates because of "apparent lack of organization and communication on the part of the tour promoter," Ross' reps told Allhiphop.com.
DEC. 11 UPDATE:
According to Rolling Stone, Rick Ross has denied that threats of gang violence were to blame for the canceled shows. He is standing by the claim that the onus falls on the tour promoter, who, Ross told Miami radio station 99 Jamz, "wasn't really handling his business."
The original story continues below.
The Gangster Disciples originated in the South Side of Chicago. Ross mentions Larry Hoover, the gang's imprisoned leader, in the song "Blowing Money Fast." "I think I'm Big Meech, Larry Hoover, whipping work, hallelujah, one nation under God, real n----s getting money from the f--king start," he raps.
Ross also released a mixtape titled "Black Bar Mitzvah." The album art features Ross' face in the middle of the Star of David. The Gangster Disciples also use a six-pointed star as their logo.
The MMG boss is featured on the soundtrack for Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained." "100 Black Coffins" was produced by Jamie Foxx, who plays the title character in the film.
Ross' own history with organized crime is complicated. His reputation as a big-time cocaine dealer was tarnished when the Smoking Gun published photos from the rapper's earlier years as a corrections officer. Though he first claimed the photos were fabricated, he later admitted to having served as an officer.
Late last year, the rapper suffered multiple seizures, which he blamed on lack of sleep.