UMES, Police Say Violence Caused Busta/Jim Jones Concert Cancellation, Not Hip-Hop

Representatives

for The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) said that a concert planned

for Feb. 21 featuring Busta Rhymes and Jim Jones was canceled because of possible

violence and the situations surrounding the artists. Suzanne

Street, director of public relations for UMES, said that a Maryland State Police

Department intelligence report connected the artists to gang activity and cited

recent acts of violent during or after concerts by the artists. "The

decision was made by our Vice President of Administrational Affairs [Dr. Ronnie

E. Holden] and the decision was not based on the genre of music [Hip-Hop] or even

the artists themselves, but the situations surrounding the artists at this time,"

Street told AllHipHop.com. "In talking with Dr. Holden, the University decided

this was not the best time to have them on campus. It’s not to say [that] they

are not welcomed back, but we felt the timing to have these artists was not right."Rhymes

is under investigation by the New York Police Department, who seek to question

the rapper about his knowledge of an early morning shooting in Feb. 2006, that

took the life of his bodyguard, 29-year-old Israel Ramirez.Police

claim Rhymes, born Trevor Smith, may have witnessed the early morning shooting

and accuse the rapper of refusing to cooperate in the ongoing investigation. Ramirez’

family has also been vocal about their displeasure with the rapper’s lack of cooperation

in Ramirez’ murder, which remains unsolved. In

Aug. 2006, Rhymes was accused of assaulting a fan and in Dec. 2006, Rhymes was

accused of assaulting a former driver. Rhymes

has pleaded not guilty to and denies the charges levied against him. Violence

has also erupted at various shows featuring Jim Jones and his group, The Diplomats,

who frequently boost about their affiliation with the Bloods street gang.

In July 2006, a Juelz Santana concert in Allentown, PA turned violent when fights

broke out, causing the rapper to leave without performing for a capacity crowd

of about 1,000 people.In

Sept. 2006, a man was shot dead at a Jim Jones concert in Virginia Beach, VA.Currently,

Diplomat Records’ CEO Cam’ron is in a heated dispute with Queens, NY rapper 50

Cent. Groups affiliated with both G-Unit and The Diplomats have been trading insults

via mixtapes and the internet. Maryland State Police Department spokesman First Sgt. Russell Newell also said that Hip-Hop music was not the focus of the intelligence

report. "The

report that was forwarded was done through our intelligence department,"

Sgt. Newell told AllHipHop.com. "We can’t comment on the nature of the report,

but it was not genre specific and Hip-Hop music was not the focus of the report.

Anytime there is a threat or a perceived threat gathered by our intelligence,

we furnish that information so a decision can be made in the interest of the public’s

safety."UMES’s

Suzanne Street told AllHipHop.com that once the student leaders were privy to

the intelligence report in a closed door meeting, they agreed that this particular

concert should be canceled and rescheduled."They

are going to have a concert in the spring and the students will offer a list of

artists," Street told AllHipHop.com. "Administration will do their due

diligence as usual and the students will have their concert."UMES

started issuing refunds two days ago, mostly to the student population.

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