NEW YORK (AP) — Organizers of a hip-hop festival taking place in New York this weekend say they have dropped five rappers from the lineup at the request of police.

The New York Times reports that the performers were removed from the Rolling Loud festival after a New York Police Department official sent the organizers a letter citing safety concerns if the rappers took the stage.

The traveling Rolling Loud festival is taking place at Citi Field in Queens on Saturday and Sunday and includes major acts like Wu-Tang Clan and Meek Mill.

The performers who were dropped are 22Gz, Casanova, Pop Smoke, Sheff G and Don Q. The police letter said they "have been affiliated with recent acts of violence citywide."

Don Q blamed "misinformation" in a statement on Instagram .

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Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com

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