Promoter sues Queens rapper Nas for failing to appear at Angola concert
Allocco says he was held at gunpoint and spent 50 days in custody in
African nation after Nas was no-show for 2 heavily-promoted concerts
Rap star Nas was supposed to be performing shows in Angola but instead
spent New Year's Eve at LeBron James' engagement party, lawsuit says.
Queens rapper Nas
has been hit with a breach of contract lawsuit that could cost him $10 million.
The suit filed on Friday claims a New Jersey concert promoter and his
son spent 50 days in custody in Angola early this year after the hip-hop
star failed to show for two heavily-promoted concerts in the southern
Nas is being sued in Manhattan Federal Court by Patrick Allocco who
arranged for Nas to perform two Near Year’s shows in Luanda, the
At the time, Allocco told reporters that he was stuck in Angola and
being held at gunpoint by a local “concert impresario” who put up the
money for the concerts.
Nas got a $300,000 advance and budding rapper Jamiah Jai, who was
supposed to be the opening act, got $15,000. The court papers say Nas
was in Miami to attend a New Year’s Eve engagement party at the home of
hoops star LeBron James.
The lawsuit says after the shows were canceled, Allocco and his son
were taken into custody by Angolan authorities who refused to let them
leave the country until the money was returned.
Nas and Jai did eventually repay the money.
Allocco and his son were released Feb. 18, after the State Department
intervened, the lawsuit says.Nas grew up in the Queensbridge Houses in
Long Island City and burst on the rap scene in 1994 with the hit album
Edited by Random Thoughts - Dec 22 2012 at 12:57pm