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Boosie's beef with Black Spring Break just got heated

Boosie Badazz, whose real name is Torrence Hatch, says he will not attend Black Spring Break in Biloxi after a series of posts made on his Instagram account.
Boosie Badazz, whose real name is Torrence Hatch, says he will not attend Black Spring Break in Biloxi after a series of posts made on his Instagram account. AP Photo / File

The dispute between hip-hop star Boosie (Lil Boosie, Boosie Badazz) and promoters of Biloxi Black Beach Weekend heated up over the weekend on social media.

The feud began after Boosie was sprayed with pepper spray by a security guard while shopping at Dillard's at Edgewater Mall after performing during the 2017 Spring Fest concert at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. Several members of his entourage also were pepper-sprayed, and three people who Biloxi police said were associates of Boosie's were arrested April 9 on charges of simple assault on a police officer, a felony, and simple assault on the security officer.

Boosie was not arrested, but he did claim that Biloxi police stole more than $1 million in jewelry. Biloxi Police Chief John Miller disputed the theft claims, and the rapper's jewelry was returned to a member of Boosie's team.

In March, the rapper made a post on his Instagram account that said, “No Black Beach 2018.” He also used the hashtags #theydiduswrong, #notsupporting, #dowhatsrightnpayme, #whycantishop and #becarefulifyougo.

Crystal Whitmore of Arkansas said she shot the video over about one minute in Dillard's department store at Edgewater Mall in Biloxi, Miss. Fans of Lil Boosie were following him around as he was shopping at the mall.

A few days ago, Boosie made more "No Biloxi Black Beach" posts on his social media platforms, even claiming the water in Biloxi has "got stingrays everywhere."

But this time, Biloxi Black Beach Weekend promoters Derrian Burns and Maurice Bryant responded with their own boycott.

In a post made April 7, the promoters said that while they didn't support what had happened to the rapper during last year's festival, they would not be playing his music at any "official events."

They made a post on Instagram with the #NoBoosie hashtag, saying Coast promoters had booked and supported the artist for many years.

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Biloxi Black Beach Weekend's Instagram account posted this over the weekend. It has since been deleted.

"Black Businesses and the black community on the MS Coast are directly affected and offended," the post said. "Boosie your fight is not with Black Beach Weekend, your fight is with Dillard's and the city of Biloxi."

In an expletive-filled reply, Boosie said he was only trying to protect his family, including a niece whom he said was among those that were pepper-sprayed at Dillard's. The Instagram post has so far received more than 15,700 likes.

The Black Beach Weekend promoters have since deleted their #NoBoosie post, and Burns said Boosie is boycotting the wrong people.

"Your fight is not with us," he said.

Boosie, whose real name is Torrence Hatch, filed a lawsuit in Harrison County in October against against Dillard’s, Weiser Security Services, Biloxi Police Department, Jim Wilson & Associates and an unidentified Biloxi officer.

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