Afroman set to perform first show in Mississippi since punching incident

Afroman set to perform first show in Mississippi since punching incident

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Afroman will be performing at The Dollar BOX Showroom in Downtown Hattiesburg Saturday despite growing rumors of his retirement.

Afroman was caught on camera punching a woman at a show in Biloxi on Fat Tuesday, and the incident quickly went viral.

After the incident gained national media attention, Afroman announced he would be retiring, blaming TMZ, the IRS, and DEA for his troubles.

The rumor of retirement was short lived when TMZ reported his first show after the incident in Michigan in early March.

The show in Hattiesburg will be his first performance in Mississippi since the incident. However, Ben Shemper, the owner of the Dollar BOX Showroom and Bennie's Boom Boom Room said this performance has nothing to do with what happened in Biloxi.

"This is about the music," said Shemper. "I have known Joseph my entire life. I was DJing a party last night and all the sorority girls were requesting to hear Afroman. He is a well known local musician and friend."

Shemper said that he booked the performance months before the incident, and is contractually obligated to still host it. He said it would be hard to say if he would have canceled the performance had the incident happened before the booking.

"He screwed up," said Shemper. "We don't endorse hitting women, in no way do we endorse that. I don't think he does either."

Shemper said that they will be amping up security for the facility, and will be taking all necessary precautions to make sure the event is safe.

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