Emily DroobySep 2, 2018, 5:46 pmSep 4, 2018, 2:53 pm

Newark hip-hop concert canceled over death threats

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie denies his show was scrapped due to threats of violence


NEWARK — A back-to-school concert at the Newark Symphony Hall featuring popular hip-hop artists was canceled last minute on Friday night because of a death threat.

Dexter Thomas Jr., a Promo Kingz promoter and organizer, says police canceled the concert a day before the event after threats were made against artist A Boogie wit da Hoodie, best known for his 2017 hit “Drowning.” Popular artists PnB Rock, Funkmaster Flex, and more were supposed to join A Boogie with da Hoodie at the New Back to School Jam on Saturday night. Tickets ranged from $42 to $128.

"He called them and said, ‘We're getting death threats for A Boogie wit da Hoodie and we gotta cancel the show.’ We didn't get any type of information as to who threatened or the severity of the threat on anything like that," Thomas said.

Event organizers say they didn't personally receive threats. A Boogie wit da Hoodie responded to the news on his Instagram page, calling it a lie and saying he doesn't have “static with anyone.”

The cancellation was announced by the Newark Department of Public Safety on social media, but officials have yet to confirm the reason to media.

The event promoter says they sold about 1,200 tickets to the event, all of which will now have to be refunded.

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