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Perrysburg hip-hop fest losing some rapping

Several headline acts have pulled from performance schedule

Several big name hip-hop artists promoted to be at Saturday‘‍s Mexican American Hip-hop Festival in Perrysburg will not be there and it’‍s causing some local names to jump ship as well.

The show at the Perrysburg Community Center, in Perrysburg Heights, was expecting to bring in between 5,000 to 7,000 people Saturday at $20 a ticket, which headlines some national artists that won‘‍t be there. 

Raine Wilder, a local rapper, dropped out after hearing Bone Thugs N Harmony won‘‍t be there. Naughty By Nature and J Kwon also won’‍t be there. A spokesman for the booking agency for Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, International Artist Agency, said they canceled the show because of double booking in June. They sent a cease and desist order to the promoters this month to stop advertising the whole group.

“We backed off the show because we don‘‍t want to be connected to it,” Wilder said. “Advertising Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Naughty By Nature, and Coolio is what sold the fans and the bands.”

He said some other local hip hop artists have backed out, too - others are sticking with the show. Coolio is still scheduled to be there Saturday.

Naughty By Nature’‍s booking agent, Nick Szatmari, said he hadn‘‍t heard anything about a Perrysburg show before this week and there was no contract for the group to be there. 

Jason Craig, treasurer for the center helping organize the event, said they hired booking agent Rick Robinson of IMG Recordings, to bring in J Kwon, Layzie Bones and others. He said they want their full refund back of about $7,000 from Mr. Robinson after hearing that he allegedly did not contact some of the agents but said the acts were coming. 

Mr. Robinson cited financial issues as the reason some of the clients are not coming. He would not elaborate, but he said Bushwick Bill is still on his way as well as more of his clients.

Mr. Craig said refunds will not be given for the nearly 1,000 tickets that have been sold. He said the walk up price will now be $20 instead of $30.

“A show with Coolio and other local talent here is worth $20,” he said. 

Mr. Wilder said he was paid for his performance with free tickets that he could sell. He said he sold about $400 worth, but will honor those tickets at one of his performances Saturday at Toledo‘‍s Main Street Bar and Grill.

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.

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