BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Lil Boosie's promoter tells 9News that he is hiring 100 officers from five different law enforcement agencies to provide security for the rapper's concert next week.
"We're definitely expecting a big crowd. We want everyone to know it will be a heavily secured event. It's zero tolerance for any foolishness," says Promoter Terral Jackson of Perfect 10 Productions. "We want to make sure everyone who comes to the concert feels safe and comfortable and we also want parents to feel comfortable bringing their kids."
In addition to the extra security, there will also be a contraflow plan in place to make traffic move as smooth as possible, he says.
Boosie will perform on July 3 at Southern University's F.G. Clark Activity Center. It will be the first time he has performed in his hometown in five years.
"He's extremely excited," Jackson says. "I get texts from him pretty much every day asking about ticket sales and the production. He's even talked about the Baton Rouge concert during his other shows, inviting people to come and see him."
Boosie, whose real name is Torrence Hatch, was released from prison March 5 after serving four years in the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola on a drug conviction. The rapper signed a deal with Atlantic Records and moved to New Orleans. He has fans worldwide. Many of them commonly used the term "Free Boosie" during his incarceration.
"There's been a big misperception that he couldn't come home to perform, but he just wanted to come home the right way," Jackson says. "We're going to put on an amazing show."
Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com or the Southern ticket office at (225) 771-3171.