PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — Rapper Lil’ Boosie will not be performing at the Jackson County Fairgrounds on April 18 during Mississippi Gulf Coast Spring Break.
County officials broke off discussions Thursday with the promoter of the event.
“With the event in which they seek to negotiate a contract only two weeks away, they still cannot guarantee the appearance of the artist”, said County Administrator Brian Fulton.
The rapper, whose real name is Torence Hatch, was released from Angola prison in Louisiana last month after being sentenced to eight years on drug charges. He remains on supervised parole until 2018.
Fulton said county officials were informed by the Louisiana Department of Corrections and Parole that Lil” Boosie is on travel restriction and could not get approval to travel between now and the concert date.
County officials originally had a contract for a car show on April 18 as part of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Spring Break, known in social media circles as Black Spring Break. The contract was cancelled when it was learned the promoter was advertising and selling tickets for the Lil’ Boosie concert.
Fulton said public safety was also a concern.
“With such short notice, it would be difficult, if not impossible for local law enforcement to accommodate this type of event with the available staff,” said Fulton. “As we expressed to the promoter in our initial meeting, events of this magnitude take longer than three weeks or a month to plan.”
Fulton said if the promoter wants to try again, he should start contract negotiations at least eight months in advance. Fulton said that allows ample time for contract negotiations and public safety coordination.