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Trick Trick gives fellow rapper Rick Ross anot so friendly welcome to Detroit

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Detroit rapper and occasional Eminem collaborator Trick Trick is planning to make a video statement "soon" about a weekend incident during which he allegedly blocked another rapper from performing at Detroit's Chene Park Amphitheatre.

According to witnesses, Trick Trick (real name Christian Mathis) and his Goon Sqwad met Ross at the service amphitheater to the venue when he arrived for his headline spot on the Hot 107.5 FM Summer Jamz 17 show on Saturday night, June 21. Shahida Mausi of Right Productions, Inc., which put on the show, said in a statement that "nearly 100-150 individuals orchestrated a human blockade around the service entrance to the venue -- preventing Mr. Ross and his entourage form entering the premises. A decision was made from Mr. Ross' team (that) the conditions were becoming threatening and posed a security risk."

Ross canceled the performance and tweeted that, "Luv #Detroit I wuz ready to killm 2nite, heard it wuz a peace protest with picket signs and locked gates haa." The show went on as scheduled with other performers, including B.o.B., A$AP Ferg, Scarface and others.

Hot 107's web site claimed the incident was part of a Trick Trick's "No Fly Zone" campaign, led by his new single and a verse that demands out-of-town rappers get "clearance" from Trick Trick, who's proclaimed himself the "Mayor of Detroit City," to perform. Trick Trick, 40, is a veteran of Detroit's underground rap scene and has released two national albums, while his single "Welcome 2 Detroit," featuring Eminem, hit the Billboard Hot 100 in 2005, and Eminem guested on another song, "Who Want It," from Trick Trick's 2008 album "The Villain." Trick Trick will be releasing another single with Eminem within the next two weeks.

His representatives did not specify when the video statement would be coming. Detroit Police say no incident report was filed by Ross or anyone else associated with Saturday's show.

Chene Park is offering Summer Jamz attendees a two-for-one tickets for selected shows during the rest of the summer season, at the venue's box office. Patrons must have their Summer Jamz tickets in order to take advantage of the offer.

Web Site: www.cheneparkdetroit.com

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