Organizers Blame New Jersey Governor For Postponed Wu-Tang Show

Literacy benefit's lineup also included Carl Thomas, Redman, Fat Joe.

Here's one you probably haven't heard before: somebody is accusing a politician of reneging on a promise.

Hip-hop fans who were planning to wild out Friday (May 17) at a charity concert featuring Wu-Tang Clan, Carl Thomas, Redman and Fat Joe will have to wait a few more weeks to bring the ruckus because the show has been postponed.

"They are systematically trying to destroy us," concert promoter Sheldon Wilson said of New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey and Secretary of State Regena Thomas.

Wilson claims Thomas and the governor's office agreed to underwrite the Read to Succeed literacy benefit but that the concert started to fall apart last week when Thomas informed him the state wouldn't be paying a $50,000 tab for the performers and promotion on radio station WBLS-FM.

Wilson said he's worked with state officials since March to bring the show to Jersey's Sovereign Bank Arena and that he also persuaded Wu members to go to area schools and speak to children, teaching them entrepreneurial tactics and encouraging reading. Wilson alleges Thomas used the rappers to talk to the children but had no intention of helping with the concert.

A spokesperson for the governor's office did not return calls. A spokesperson for the arena confirmed that at the state's request it had returned a $25,000 state-issued check used to book the venue.

Wilson said he didn't have enough time to come up with the money on his own so on Thursday he called off the show. He and the RZA are regrouping and plan to have the performers hit the stage in the near future.

"We're going to do this without them," he said. "They deceived us."

The event was going to be used as tool to register kids to vote, and 25 percent of proceeds were to be used for buying books for inner-city libraries, according to Wilson.

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