UMES Cancels Busta Rhymes Concert Due To 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."