Jay-Z was recently denied a permission to perform at a free surprise concert atop the roof of New York City’s Ed Sullivan Theater, thanks to security concerns after details of the surprise show leaked to the public.

The rapper had planned a surprise rooftop performance on top of the theater’s marquee during the middle of rush hour before his appearance on “Late Show with David Letterman”, on June 21.

However the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting axed plans for the show, after the film office voiced concerns over security.

“There was discussion of a concert, and ultimately it was decided there would be no permit,” said Julianne Cho, a spokeswoman for the film office.

The New York Post also reported: “The NYPD had already asked organizers to front $100,000 to cover overtime for cops and city workers on the night. The concert was supposed to be a surprise, but word of it leaked out on Thursday, ending any chance at a permit.”

The cancellation of Jay’s performance comes just days after chaos and violence erupted at a free show at New York’s South Street Seaport, where rapper Drake was scheduled to perform.

The chaos ended with six injured and led to two arrests at the scene.


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