Wednesday, October 11, 2006

By Tashbabe

China’s culture Ministry has nixed a concert by Rap Jay-Z at Shanghai, Hongkou Stadium in order to protect local hip hop fans from nasty lyrics. Some Jay-Z’s songs contain too much vulgar language. The concert was schedule to take place on the 23 October.

The concert would have been the Chinese debut for the rap icon whose real name Shawn Carter. The New York rapper’s use of profanity and songs about drug dealers, pimps and violence apparently offended the culture szars, who have recently allowed groups with sexually suggestive songs, such as Rolling Stones and the Black Eyed Peas, to perform in Shanghai.

The cancellation could not be immediately confirmed but a notice posted Wednesday, online ticket booking Web site Ticket 365 said the concert has been postponed, as the concertgoes would be contacted as soon as a new date was set.

How do you think? Was Jay-Z fairly treated by the Chinese???


At 2:58 AM, Blogger Casey said...

I think they treated him unfairly. If they are so concerned about profanity, they would have just warned him to "tone" it down a bit. And did the people themselves decide? I'm sure Jay-Z chose China because he has fans there. Freedom of choice obviously doesn't count in China. What a shame. They missed out on a great show. I've watched other Jay-Z concerts on MTV Base, and those Chinese really missed is all I can say.

At 1:17 PM, Anonymous auguste said...

I dont think the majority of Chinese people had a problem with Jay-Z music. According to the reliable sources is the Ministry of culture who spoke and decided on behalf of them. Ag shame poor Chinese masses. It seems they can't decide for themselves.


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