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Bad rap? County cancels contract for Lil Boosie concert

Folks planning on seeing rap artist Lil Boosie in a concert at the Jackson County Fairgrounds may be in for a disappointment

An attorney for a spring break promotion group say they are still hoping to host a Lil Boosie rap concert at the Jackson County Fairgrounds despite a contract dispute with Jackson County.

The county has canceled a contract to rent the fairgrounds next month because they say the spring break promotion group made no mention of a concert. County Administrator Brian Fulton said the rental contract negotiated earlier this month was for a car show.

While the county was preparing for a car show, Fulton said county leaders found out flyers were circulating on social media sites advertising a Lil Boosie concert and tickets were even being sold.

“It was a little disappointing to me that this agreement was misrepresented.”

Fulton said there different rental requirements for a concert than a car show at the fairgrounds.

“It must be contacted through the Jackson County Fair Board with a separate negotiated contract to address public safety concerns, fire code requirements, traffic control, police, medical personnel and other public safety concerns,” he said.

Ocean Springs attorney Earl Denham, who represents the concert promoters, said he will meet with county officials Friday to settle the disagreement so the concert can go ahead on April 18.

“Lil Boosie is under contract at the Jackson County Fairgrounds. We are going to renegotiate the contract, and, in the meantime, we feel like we have a valid contract,” said Denham. “I’ve seen the contract myself. This is not a scam.”

Denham said security and other logistics pertaining to the event shouldn’t be a concern.

“We already have all the securities in place,” he said. “We were well along in planning this and spent a ton of money before the question came up.”

Lil Boosie, whose real names is Torence Hatch, was released from prison earlier this month after serving four years and four months in Louisiana for a 2009 guilty plea for possession of marijuana. It was his third offense for marijuana possession.

Last week, he was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service as part of his four-year probation.

In 2011, he pleaded guilty to conspiring to smuggle marijuana, Ecstasy and other drugs into Dixon Correctional Institute and Louisiana State Penitentiary. He was sentenced to a total of eight years, but was released early for good behavior.

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