A Jackson, Tenn., civic center director stopped last night's (July 17) show by Juvenile after 10 minutes, saying the New Orleans rapper was using too much profanity.

A Jackson, Tenn., civic center director stopped last night's (July 17) show by Juvenile after 10 minutes, saying the New Orleans rapper was using too much profanity.

"We do not usually have rap," said Mose Burton, who runs the Carl Perkins Civic Center, named for the late rockabilly singer who lived in Jackson. "We haven't had one in 11 years. I said I'd try it if it is clean. I told them I would pull the plug if it wasn't. I take full responsibility."

The show drew about 500 people to see several acts headlined by Juvenile, whose 1998 album "400 Degreez" has been certified by the Recording Industry Association of America for U.S. shipments of 4 million copies. His latest set, "Project English," is due out Aug. 21 via Universal.

The rapper had agreed to do a "clean" show, and children were allowed in if accompanied by a parent, Burton said. "When I came in from the office, it got really nasty. I told the sound man to cut the music and we cleared the house. The show was over."

Fans who paid $25 to see the show were not happy. "I think it was unfair," said Slonda Coupeland, 25. "We paid the money for a show and Juvy was giving us what we asked for."

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