A controversial Oakland rapper abruptly canceled two gigs in Sacramento this week after online threats of violence reached the clubs’ owners.
Philip Beasley took to the Twitter account he operates under his stage name Philthy Rich to spell out why he wouldn’t be spitting rhymes at Ace of Spades or Blue Lamp as planned this week.
Shout out to Sacramento Ca but I won’t be performing on the 23 or 26 gang task won’t let me in the building they received death threats
— Its Philthy! (@philthyrichFOD) July 15, 2014
In the series of tweets from July 15-16, the underground rapper says he was forced to drop out of the July 23 and July 26 appearances after “[s]ome punk” threatened a drive-by shooting if he performed. He further said local law enforcement wouldn’t let him in the buildings due to the “death threats” and asked his fans to protest his Wednesday show at Ace of Spades, which was absent from the club’s online calendar.
“I’m already banned from Oakland clubs I ain’t do shit but keep it real,” one tweet reads.
Ace of Spades owner Eric Rushing said the cancellation was due to poor ticket sales and the online foofaraw regarding Philthy’s alleged gang affiliation, which the club wanted no association with. “I don’t think he deserves any coverage at all,” he added via email.
Philthy has released multiple albums and mixtapes, including some under late rapper Mac Dre’s Thizz Entertainment label, which federal authorities targeted two years ago in a massive ecstasy- and cocaine-trafficking sting.
Philthy was not one of the 25 individuals implicated in that operation, but he has been arrested on drug- and weapon-possession charges before, and was most recently busted outside of a San Francisco nightclub in 2012 for possessing a stolen Bentley.
Philthy has also earned the ire of local underground rapper Lavish D, or Donald Oliver, who’s being held at Sacramento County Main Jail on a pending assault case.
In a March 6 interview with Siccness Radio, Lavish called out the Bay Area rap scene and Philthy in particular, who he accused of making tracks with his enemies. “Philthy is a bitch, my nigga,” Lavish said at one point. “Nigga, let’s rap battle, nigga. … My squad will gas any niggas from Livewire.”
Livewire Records is one of the labels Philthy has recorded under.
On his Twitter account, Philthy bemoaned the gangster reputation that’s dogged him his entire career.
I’m not in a gang im from seminary we don’t gang bang
— Its Philthy! (@philthyrichFOD) July 16, 2014
According to his website, the hip-hop artist is next scheduled to appear at a Santa Rosa record store for a signing on Friday before taking the stage later that night at Petaluma’s The Phoenix Theater. His July 26 show at Blue Lamp was also still listed as of Tuesday afternoon.
Hopefully, the following track from 2013 doesn’t prove prescient: