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RAPPER NAS UNDER FIRE

 

A  Canadian venue, which had agreed to hold an election drive, has reportedly backed out after rapper Nas was added to the event, claiming the rapper's lyrics promote violence.

 

According to CBC News, the Ottawa Congress Centre had agreed with student groups from Carleton University and the University of Ottawa to host "Rock the Vote," an event to encourage students to vote in the upcoming Ontario election.

 

However, after learning that Nas was serving as their headlining act, the student groups were told the concert could not go on as planned. The event was scheduled to take place on October 1st.

 

Isaac Cockburn, vice president of student issues for the Carleton University Students' Association, told CBC News that the students were told the Ottawa Congress Centre has a policy against rap music and that Nas' lyrics promote violence.

 

"He in fact said that he'd had over 200 requests for hip-hop shows that he's turned down over the past couple of years," Cockburn explained. "He said that it was an increased security risk and that it was a vulnerability that the Congress Centre was not willing to take on."

 

Cockburn says the students had been negotiating with the centre about the event since July and did not think picking Nas would be an issue because the hard rock band Alexisonfire played there last September.

 

Lynne Martichenko, the Congress Centre's spokesperson, denied that neither Nas nor hip-hop was the problem. She said the event was not suitable for the Congress Centre room the students tried to book, which has new carpets and chandeliers.

 

She went on to add that the center is designed for meetings, trade shows, and conventions. She also revealed that the students had not signed any contract with the Congress Centre and they should find a venue which was more appropriate.



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