Hip-Hop Stars Heat Up Spring Break
As many as 100,000 spring breakers from historically black colleges across the nation descended upon the oceanside city of Daytona Beach, Fla., this past weekend, for free concerts by top hip-hop actsAs many as 100,000 spring breakers from historically black colleges across the nation descended upon the oceanside city of Daytona Beach, Fla., this past weekend, for free concerts by top hip-hop acts such as Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Ludacris, and Missy Elliott. Black Entertainment Television (BET) produced the shows, which will air on the network April 12-13.
However, the concerts didn't go quite as smoothly as planned. After Friday's show, rapper Eminem was banned from return engagements because he cursed and made drug references while performing the song ''Purple Pill.''
Daytona Beach Mayor Bud Asher said the rapper's actions violated BET's lease for use of the city-owned bandshell, which included an agreement that there be no profanity and lewd behavior.
''As the mayor, I'm not going to tolerate anybody coming on to city-owned property and encouraging the use of drugs,'' Asher said.
The mayor met with Snoop Dogg before the performance and explained the city's desire for a show free of drug references and swearing. ''He's got a job to do, he's got a city to represent, so I respect that,'' Snoop said of Asher. ''And the way he did it, the way he came over here and acted, I respect that. He could've just shut us down.''
Daytona Beach police have arrested 160 people on misdemeanor charges, mostly for possession of marijuana, and 74 on felony charges, said Sgt. Al Tolley. Nine firearms have been confiscated, he said.
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