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Rapper's Spring Fling Performance Canceled After City Receives Complaints

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Crocker admits some of his music is not suited for children, but said he wasn't planning to perform those songs at Spring Fling. (Facebook) Crocker admits some of his music is not suited for children, but said he wasn't planning to perform those songs at Spring Fling. (Facebook)
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -

The city of Spartanburg has removed a local rapper from the entertainment lineup for this weekend's annual Spring Fling.

Stephen Crocker of Spartanburg was scheduled to perform on the Underground Stage at 5 p.m. Sunday. However, the city decided to cancel that performance after receiving multiple calls and emails from people who were concerned about whether the content of Crocker's music was appropriate for the family-friendly event.

"We just felt like it was in the best interest of the city to not have talent on the stage that would be questionable," said Mandy Merck, special events manager for the city of Spartanburg.

Crocker admits some of his music is not suited for children, but said he wasn't planning to perform those songs at Spring Fling. In a letter he sent to WSPA, Crocker also questions why he was singled out when so many other performers are still on this weekend's event schedule.

"They're not protesting acts like V.I.C. or John Hart, who openly promote the objectification of women and the denigration of hip-hop culture. Simply put, they just don't want hip-hop music presented in an intelligent manner during the city's festivities," wrote Crocker.

The rapper said he was led to believe that First Baptist Church of Spartanburg was behind the push to get his name removed from this weekend's entertainment lineup. However, Eddie Robinson, minister of recreation and evangelism at the church, has denied that accusation.

For more on this story from our coverage partners at the Spartanburg Herald-Journal, click here.

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