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China cancels rap artist Jay-Z's Shanghai concert, citing "vulgar" lyrics
2006-10-11 01:31:30 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

SHANGHAI, Oct. 11 (AP) -- China's Culture Ministry has nixed a concert this month by rap artist Jay-Z at Shanghai's Hongkou Stadium, citing a need to protect local hip-hop fans from nasty lyrics, a report said Wednesday.

"Some of Jay-Z's songs contain too much vulgar language," the state-run Shanghai Daily newspaper quoted Sun Yun, of promoter KS Production Co., in explaining the ministry's reason for refusing permission for the Oct. 23 concert.

The concert would have been the China debut for the rap icon, whose real name is Shawn Carter.

The New York rapper's use of profanity and songs about drug dealers, pimps and violence apparently offended the culture czars, who have recently allowed other groups with sexually suggestive songs, such as The Rolling Stones and the Black Eyed Peas, to perform in Shanghai.

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