Rapper negotiating for the release of Patrick Allocco and his son
Nas‘s concert promoter has been kidnapped in Angola and is being held for a $350,000 (£226,808) ransom.
TMZ reports that Patrick Allocco and his son were captured at gunpoint by a local promoter named Henrique ‘Riquinho’ Miguel after the rapper and his support act Jemiah Jai were given a $300,000 (£194,400) advance to play a New Year’s Eve show but ended up not attending.
Allocco and his son are now thought to be staying at a hotel in Angola after they were freed from custody by the country’s US embassy, but negotiations have allegedly reached a stalemate as Miguel is demanding an extra $50,000 (£32,400) in expenses as compensation.
Nas is apparently willing to repay the original advance, but does not want to pay the extra compensation costs and is also demanding a letter from both Allocco and Miguel releasing him from liability.
Allocco’s team released a statement which said: “The hope is that Nas and Jemiah Jai will return all of the monies that were wired to them immediately so that our ransom may be paid and our safe return to the United States may be facilitated.”
Last month, Nas spoke out about his ‘Like Smoke’ duet with Amy Winehouse. The rapper said that the track, which features on the posthumous album ‘Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures’, was “bittersweet” as it served as a poignant reminder of the late singer’s death.