Twista Too Hot For Alabama, Bumped From Festival

County government declined to fund appearance by rapper they deemed misogynistic, insensitive.

Don't look for officials from Jefferson County, Alabama, to be

rocking Twista's "Slow Jamz" anytime soon.

Organizers of City Stages, an annual music festival held in downtown

Birmingham, have removed Twista from the lineup of their Father's Day

Weekend concert after the Jefferson County Commission threatened to

withhold $200,000 in public funds if they kept the Chicago rapper on

the bill.

In recent years, the rap night has been the biggest draw of the music

festival, with artists like Outkast and Ludacris having performed as

headliners. But the five-person commission, the governing body of the

county, agreed at a meeting Thursday morning that they could not

provide public money in support of an artist they found to be

misogynistic and racially insensitive, according to a spokesperson.

"[The commission] has made us aware they do not regard the hip-hop act

Twista as appropriate for this year's festival," organizers for City

Stages said in a statement. "We have listened to their concerns, and

Twista will not perform at City Stages, even though he was to have

played a clean show."

A spokesperson for Twista had no comment.

Twista was scheduled to perform on the last day of the festival, which

is being held June 18-20. Ruben Studdard, an artist with whom the

commission ostensibly did not have a problem, will keep his headlining


For more on Twista, check out "Twista: Fast Talk, Slow Climb."