A scheduled show in Colorado Springs, Colorado for DMX turned into a riot on Friday (October 16), after the rapper wasn’t denied access to the stage to perform by security guards.
According to reports, X arrived at the venue at around 11:00 p.m. — which was put on by non-profit organization American Charities — but he was told he could not perform because he was supposed to be there by 9:30 p.m., so fans were told he wasn’t coming.
When the rapper clashed with security over being denied entry, he became irate. At some point, security threatened to arrest the rapper.
“[Arrest me] for what?! You ain’t no police!” DMX argued. “I’ve been paid to perform.”
Despite warnings, DMX tried to force his way onstage, and this is when authorities tackled him to the ground. His entourage and fans joined the fracas, and DMX’s publicist Pam Pinnock reportedly suffered a minor concussion and face laceration after being trampled on the floor.
The rapper did finally make it to the stage, but wasn’t given the sound system to put on the show.
Details are still sketchy, but some reports say that American Charities denied X from performing because they didn’t have the cash to cover his show rate. He was reportedly paid an $8,000 deposit, with another $7,000 coming after the show’s completion.
Instead of informing DMX’s management, the show promoters allegedly opted to completely cancel the set rather then negotiate a new arrangement.
Below is a clip of some DMX and a security guard arguing backstage: