The stars were due to headline the Art of Rap Fest stops in Dallas and Austin this weekend (16-17Jul16), but the shows have been pulled.

No official explanation has been given by gig organisers, but reports suggest the concerts may have been cancelled to avoid unwanted controversy so soon after five officers were shot dead by a sniper in Dallas last week (07Jul16).

Both acts have previously released anti-police songs like Cop Killer and 911 Is A Joke.

Ironically, Ice-T has since found fame as an actor, portraying a police detective on hit crime drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Other reports suggest sweltering weather conditions forecast for this weekend may have contributed to festival bosses' decision to ditch the dates. Temperatures are expected to hit 99 degrees Fahrenheit (37 degrees Celsius).

The news emerges days after Public Enemy's Professor Griff spoke out to vehemently deny any association with the alleged gunman, Micah Johnson, who had previously posted a photo of himself and the hip-hop icon online.

The image went viral following Thursday's attack, prompting Griff to take to Twitter on Friday (08Jul16) and declare: "I do not know the shooter. I will not sit back and let these people assassinate my character and tie me to the Dallas shootings."

The Art of Rap Fest's next show will take place in Los Angeles on 22 July (16).