Amid Controversy, Ludacris Drops Michigan Gig
Ludacris won't be performing at Michigan's Jackson County Fair in August, amid concerns over his lyrics.Ludacris won't be performing at Michigan's Jackson County Fair in August, amid concerns over his lyrics. The rapper and the fair's manager canceled his planned Aug. 7 show on Monday, a day before the Fair Board, responding to public criticism, planned a special meeting to discuss the rapper's performance.
"It was a mutual cancellation. That's all I can say," said Fair manager Sally Griffis.
Critics and some of the Fair Board's five members said they believed Ludacris' lyrics were unsuitable for the fair. "I just don't want the rotten language," Clifford Herl, a county commissioner and member of the Fair Board, told The Jackson Citizen Patriot.
County commissioner and Fair Board member Gail Mahoney said she would have voted to let the show go on. "To let the squeaky wheel get the attention isn't right if we're trying to present a well-rounded program," she said.
Ludacris is one of the stars of the hit film "2 Fast 2 Furious." His single "Act a Fool" from the film's Disturbing Tha Peace/Def Jam Southsoundtrack is No. 30 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hop-Hop Singles & Tracks chart and No. 57 on the Hot 100.
Also featuring contributions from R. Kelly, Fat Joe, and Joe Budden, among others, the "2 Fast" collection debuted last week at No. 2 on Billboard's Top Soundtracks chart and No. 8 on The Billboard 200.
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