Even though rapper Eminem wanted to participate in this year's Spring Bling concerts at the Black College Reunion in Daytona Beach, Fla., the town's mayor wouldn't allow it.
Even though rapper Eminem wanted to participate in this year's Spring Bling concerts at the Black College Reunion in Daytona Beach, Fla., the town's mayor wouldn't allow it. Last year, Mayor Bud Asher ordered Eminem's performance at the event halted because he cursed and made drug references while performing the song ''Purple Pills," violating an agreement between the city and broadcaster BET that there be no profanity and lewd behavior.
At the time, Asher said Eminem was not welcome back. He repeated that Monday. "I don't care if I ever see him again," Asher said.
A BET spokesperson said the cable channel's officials remembered the incident and decided against bringing back Eminem. "He's actually got a new album coming out later this month and he wanted to come back, but the mayor, well, [BET] had to respect his wishes," the spokesperson said.
BET will again tape the three-day event at Daytona Beach's oceanfront bandshell, which begins April 12, for future broadcast. Artists scheduled to perform include Busta Rhymes, Ja Rule, Ludacris, and Master P. The Black College Reunion draws up to 100,000 spring breakers and generates $145 million in economic activity for the region.
Eminem's new Interscope album, "The Eminem Show," is due May 28, to be preceded by first single "Without Me."
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