LELAND -- A promoter for a performance by the rapper Rick Ross is speaking out against rumors surrounding the event.
“There’s really not more to say when an artist is saying that he’s coming,” said event promoter Alonza Mitchell.
A promotional video of the Grammy-nominated rapper was posted on social media Wednesday. In the video, Ross tells viewers to forget the rumors and that he will be performing live April 7.
“The artist doesn’t make a drop unless he has his money,” Mitchell added. “He calls out the date, location, puts his signature off on the end of it, that’s pretty much self explanatory.”
The video was released twice. In the original version Ross says he will be performing live in Navassa April 7. After a fallout with the event’s original location at the Navassa Ballpark Field, promoters relocated the event to the park at 215 Sunnybrook Way SE near Leland.
“The show was never canceled or postponed we just simply found another location,” Mitchell said. “We began promoting that the show would be there.”
The concert is not currently listed on Ross’ official website, which shows dates for Dallas (April 13), Las Vegas (April 20 and May 28) and Chicago (May 18). Ross’ new album, “Rather You Than Me,” which has reached the No. 2 spot on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop chart.
“He has a new album and it’s Azalea Festival weekend, so it was pretty much a no-brainer,” Mitchell said. “Other than there was no venue in Wilmington, with Azalea having everything on lock, we thought it would be something historic to bring it to a town such as Navassa.”
“It’s nothing usual for me, Rick Ross fell in line with those,” he added.
But the event is not just about Ross; many artists are set to perform head of him. Artists like hip-hop artist and Wilmington native ATM Quote, best known for his single “They on Me.” Also performing are New Jersey rapper B Rebel, known for hits “Geekin” and “Don’t Come Around My Way,” and other local artists.
While there may have been concerns in the community about whether Ross will play, Mitchell said his biggest concern is that everyone is safe when they come to the show.
“Rick puts on a great show. What everyone can expect is a safe concert. That’s number one of our priorities that everyone is safe, before, during and after,” Mitchell said. “I think I’ll reserve any other comments until after the show.”
The April 7 show will start at 8 p.m. Advance tickets with the Navassa address will be honored at the show. Tickets are $55 in advance and $65 at the gate. Attendees can purchase tickets at Dr. Stylz, 3111 Market St. or on Eventbrite.com.
Reporter Elizabeth Montgomery