Busta Rhymes skips out on Hawaii gig
Star-Advertiser File / 2009
Busta Rhymes, right, and Spliff Star perform at LEVEL4 Nightclub in 2009.<
It's a classic example of how promoting concerts in Hawaii is like big game fishing — sometimes you bag that huge catch, and sometimes it gets away.
This weekend's big catch was Busta Rhymes at the Shack Waikiki. It's been a few years since he's been in town, and the veteran hip-hop star is reportedly working on his next album, "Extinction.Level.Event.2." In recent weeks, the Internet has been abuzz with leaks from his latest studio work, including tracks with Chris Brown and Marsha Ambrosius, plus a song from the vault that features the Notorious B.I.G.
After watching him perform at LEVEL4 back in 2009, it was a good bet the Shack would have been packed to capacity — and Busta would have probably delivered another inspired performance. Unfortunately, it looks like a bigger payday forced him to pull out of tonight's appearance.
According to multiple sources, the rapper has joined an all-star roster of U.S. hip-hop stars in Australia for Supafest 2011. He'll perform alongside the likes of T-Pain, Game, Nelly, Timbaland, Snoop Dogg, Fat Joe, and Keri Hilson in Sydney on April 9 and Perth on April 10, then stick around for another weekend of performances in Brisbane and Melbourne on April 16 and April 17, respectively.
A phone call to the Shack yesterday confirmed the cancellation, although concert promoter DJ Osna did not return a call requesting comment. No word how presale ticket refunds will be held, or if Busta has simply postponed his visit here until after his time Down Under is finished.
Jason Genegabus is Entertainment Editor/Online at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and has covered the local nightlife, music, bar and entertainment scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.