(AllHipHop News) A representative for the House of Blues has issued a statement denying that the Chicago police forced the venue to cancel a performance featuring rap group LEP Bogus Boys.
The Chicago Hip-Hop group made headlines earlier this week, after they were removed from the lineup of the "Been Trill" concert at the House of Blues on May 3, featuring A$AP Rocky.
Group members Moonie and Count stated that representatives for the House of Blues told them they were pulled from the lineup, because of their gang affiliations.
In a statement released to the Chicago Tribune, the House of Blues denied that the Chicago police forced them to cancel LEP Bogus Boys' performance.
“The House Of Blues made an autonomous decision, one not influenced by the Chicago Police Department, to remove LEP Bogus Boys from the May 3 A$AP Rocky concert,” a House of Blues spokesman told the Tribune. “Unfortunately the decision was initially communicated to the artists’ representation via an e-mail that inaccurately cited the reasons and source of the cancellation. We apologize for any misunderstanding surrounding this decision.”
While the local police department does keep track of rappers who are affiliated with street gangs, a rep said they were not responsible for removing the group from the "Been Trill" lineup.
LEP Bogus Boys' manager Eric "E" Alvarez, told The Chicago Tribune that the House of Blues still owed the group an explanation either way.
“House of Blues has got to tell me why they would cancel us," Alvarez said. "You lied on the Chicago police Department, or you’re trying to cover up for the Chicago Police Department.”