Chinese Government Denies Performance By Rapper Jay-Z

A proposed concert

in Shanghai by rapper Jay-Z has been denied by the Chinese government. by the

country's Ministry of Culture.The

rapper was supposed to make his debut in China at Hongkou Football Stadium on

Oct. 23, but the country's Ministry of Culture denied local promotional company

KS Productions the needed permits.Government

officials banned Jay-Z's performance because of the vulgar language contained

on some of his recordings. Critics

of the decision noted the Ministry of Culture's decision to allow recent performances

by rap group The Black Eyed Peas, citing the suggestive nature of some of the

group's racier lyrics and rock group The Rolling Stones, who gave their first

concert in the country in April as part of their "A Bigger Bang" tour.Jay-Z

has ten dates left on his 27-date world tour, which started in Amsterdam, Holland

and winds down in Melbourne, Australia.He

is currently finishing his tour of Africa, with upcoming shows in Cape Town, Durban

and Johannesburg, South Africa. On

Oct. 18, Jay-Z will head to Thailand, followed by dates in South Korea and Taiwan,

before wrapping his world tour with a run of dates through Australia. In

related news, the video for Jay-Z's "Show Me What You Got" is expected

to debut on television next Monday. The recently leaked single is from his comeback

album Kingdom Come.