"We were treated like terrorists," rapper Nas says of why he cancelled his May 2 date at downtown's House of Blues.
"We came to the club, all excited," he told Z90.3 FM last week. "Couldn't wait to get here.... Every time I come to San Diego, the energy's crazy. [We] go to the venue, and they ain't let me in. I was outside with my wife, and they treated us like terrorists. It was a little racist and we just don't tolerate that....
We had a whole bunch of security guys rush outside to me and my wife like we were terrorists. It's not like I came with 50 guys or nothing; it was just me, my wife, my DJ, and my staff.... They came at us like we was Osama Bin Laden or somebody.
"It was just a real nasty racist situation.... We deal with racists in a way that they are supposed to get dealt with. We dealt with it in a manner of respect, when they should have been disrespected. We just left it alone, you know?"
Nas left the venue without performing.
"It must be new management or something. I said 'Do you treat Bon Jovi like this?' They said, 'No'.... Anybody that tolerates [racism] is a sucker in my book."