A Newark hip-hop festival meant to kick off the new school year was canceled this weekend when a reported death threat was made toward one of the headlining rappers, police said.
Bronx rapper A Boogie wit da Hoodie was set to headline the show at Newark Symphony Hall, along with PnB Rock and Funkmaster Flex, but the show was shut down after Newark police received an anonymous phone call Friday saying Boogie would be shot at the concert.
The plan was to host an end-of-summer festival, titled “Leaders of the New School: Back to School Jam,” in an effort to “start this year off the right way” when kids go back to school, Dexter Thomas, the event’s organizer said.
Thomas said he was heartbroken when police called to tell him the event had to be canceled.
“I was shocked,” he said Sunday morning. “I was crying, begging them to keep it on.”
The police department has told media the event was canceled “in the interest of public safety,” and did not have any additional updates Sunday morning. The symphony hall has not yet posted information about ticket refunds and was closed on Sunday.