UMES Cancels Busta Rhymes Concert Due To Police Intelligence Report

Students at

the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) voiced their displeasure today

(Feb. 13), when school officials announced that an upcoming concert featuring

rappers Busta Rhymes and Jim Jones was canceled, after school officials viewed

a Maryland State Police intelligence report. UMES

spokeswoman Suzanne Street said students were notified in a meeting in the UMES

Student Services Center that they canceled the concert, after viewing the undisclosed

report on the rappers, who were scheduled to perform Feb. 21 at the Ella Fitzgerald

Performing Arts Center. "We

pay an activity fee every year, and every year it becomes more and more that the

administrators try and take from us," Mauresha Spencer, Student Government

President told local ABC Channel 47. "Now we’re tired of it, not gonna stand

anymore. It’s our money and it’s our choice, we believe."Over

700 people already paid $20-$35 for the show, which was also to include performances

by Monica, Baby Cham and DJ Nix. A

meeting will be held tomorrow (Feb. 14) between students and school officials

to discuss the contents of the police report, the possibility of rescheduling

another concert and how refunds will be given to those who have already purchased

tickets.Police

accuse Busta Rhymes of refusing to cooperate in the murder investigation of his

slain bodyguard, 29-year-old Israel Ramirez. Rhymes

was among several potential witnesses that police believe saw Ramirez’ slaying,

which took place in front of a Brooklyn warehouse, while Rhymes was shooting the

video for his "Touch It" single.Authorities

believe an argument between Swizz Beatz and Tony Yayo moved to the street. “There

was some pushing and shoving going on when an individual took out a gun and fired

at least eight shots,” said NYPD Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly after

the shooting. Both

Busta Rhymes and Tony Yayo have denied involvement in the shooting."I

didn’t contribute to that negative (in any) shape or form," Busta Rhymes

told MTV UK. "What I did, I offered my man an opportunity to make money to

provide food on the table for his family. We were in a work environment which

was supposed to be a controlled environment, a place where we were supposed to

be productive. We had children on the set. The environment was a completely positive

environment."

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