Florida Atlantic University Cancels Ying Yang Twins Concert Over Lyrics

Due to explicit lyrics,

the Ying Yang Twins will not be bringing the crunk to Florida’s Pro Player

Stadium as previously scheduled.

Florida Atlantic

University officials, citing obscene and sexually overt lyrics on the Twins’

three albums, canceled the rap duo’s planned concert for a Dec. 4 football

game versus Florida International.

The announcement

came a day after the school confirmed that the Twins would perform.

Several students

had expressed their approval of the Atlanta duo's appearance, upon hearing the


“That's a

pretty good group,” defensive back Quincy Skinner told Florida’s

Sun Sentinel. “They should draw a nice crowd."

But despite the

welcomed reception, university authorities were firm in their judgment. "It's

the right decision," said Mary Cameron, director of FAU's Women's Studies

program. "Everybody recognizes those lyrics are offensive and degrading

to women."

Before the performance

was called off, Dexter LaMont, head of marketing for the athletic department,

said the Twins had a number of radio-friendly hits and clean versions of songs

available. The group, he added, would capture the attention of college students

the school desired to reach.

In drafting the

show contract, FAU Athletic Director Craig Angelos, who helped book the Twins,

said the agreement required that the performance be suitable for all ages.

"We were assured

that the concert would be a family-friendly show," Angelos said. "But

the university does not want to appear to be endorsing the kind of language

found in their other songs [on the albums]."

FAU is currently

seeking a replacement for the Twins, but according to Angelos, it is improbable

with less than two weeks until the game.

The university

will likely reimburse the Twins for airline tickets already purchased.

The Ying Yang Twins

are famous for their hit “Get Low” with fellow Atlanta native and

crunk specialist Lil Jon.

Both have played

a major role in the explosion of crunk, whose origins lie in Atlanta. Because

of its high energy and club-oriented style, crunk songs are increasingly favored

at sporting events to rally fans and to introduce athletes.