Nas Speaks On Promoter’s Kidnapping
Early this year, Nas was surrounded by some controversy when a concert promoter claimed that he and his son were kidnapped because the Queens MC didn’t show up for a gig in Africa. On MTV’s RapFix Live, which airs at 4 p.m. today (March 28), Nasty speaks on the incident.
“I didn’t want to touch on it because it seemed like he was in grave danger out there,” he told MTV. “He wanted me to come to Africa for New Years which, to me, I thought would be the best way to Spend New Years. He booked the flight, but no return flight. I didn’t have a Visa, and you didn’t send money until after I was supposed to jump on the plane to another country. He was in some crazy danger in Africa, so he threw me under the bus.”
According to MTV, the promoter, Patrick Allocco, refutes that story. “Nothing could be further from the truth,” he said. “Nas put us in harm’s way by not showing up and put my son and I at physical harm and at risk by his inaction to fly to Angola.” Allocco also claimed, according to a previous report by TMZ, that Nas and scheduled opener Jemiah Jai were paid $315,000 to perform two shows. “The hope is that Nas and Jemiah Jai will return all of the monies that were wired to them immediately so that our ransom may be paid and our safe return to the United States may be facilitated,” Allocco said back in January. Ultimately, the Def Jam rapper did just that, and the promoter was steered out of harm’s way.
“That was just all wrong. Any time I’m supposed to go to Africa, it happens,” Nas continued. “When people take care of business, it happens…You booked the flight but no return flight. I didn’t have a visa, and you didn’t send money till after I was supposed to jump on the plane to another country, and that’s just the way it went down.” —Adam Fleischer (@AdamXXL)