Three 6 Mafia Concert Cancelled, Officials Scared Of Violence
A "Welcome Back Concert" for students at Maryland's Towson University which was slated to feature Three 6 Mafia has been cancelled over safety concerns.
According to The Tower Light, the Campus Activities Board selected Three 6 Mafia to headline the event but University officials refused because a concertgoer was stabbed the last time the rappers performed in Towson.
"CAB wanted to have a big hip-hop concert early in the school year and they selected Three 6 Mafia based on which performers were available for early September," explained Bridget Chase, coordinator for programming in the office of student activities. "We went through the negotiation process and we were ready to sign a contract. When the students learned that the show wasn't going to happen, they were pretty upset because we worked to plan this and we put a good amount of time into it."
Chase revealed that the aforementioned stabbing occurred at TowsonCenter three years ago due to lack of proper security and despite assuring the university officials that security guards would be present during the event, they didn't want to risk having the group on campus.
"We would have brought in security and done everything to make sure the event was safe," Chase said. "But the University was concerned that if anything happened, it would have made the University look reckless for letting Three 6 Mafia perform on campus again. [Towson] didn't want to be liable if someone was hurt. They said it was just too risky."
"We met with campus police and members from CAB to talk about this event," said Teri Hall, associate vice president for campus. "We were all clear that we wanted a concert, but after we listened to the pros and cons, I decided to make the decision that we would not bring Three 6 Mafia to campus.
"It wasn't our intention to cancel the concert," she emphasized. "When I heard that [Three 6 Mafia] was the group scheduled to perform, I connected the group's name with the [stabbing] and I was nervous about bringing the group to campus.
The "Welcome Back Concert" was scheduled for September 8.
In related news, Three 6 Mafia are currently working on their upcoming album titled Last 2 Walk. The album will reportedly feature appearances from Chamillionaire, Lyfe Jennings, Paul Wall, 8Ball & MJG, Akon, The Game, Lil Jon and Lil' Wayne, among others.
A release date for the project has yet to be announced.