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
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."