Canadian Venue Bars Nas Performance

nas3.jpgAdministrators for the Ottawa Congress Center in Canada recently told a group of students that they would no longer be allowed to use the venue for a Rock The Vote event on October 1 that Nas was scheduled to headline. According to the CBC News, the Ottawa and Carleton University students who organized the show claim the venue’s officials cancelled the event because Nas is a hip-hop artist. Isaac Cockburn, vice president of student issues for Carleton University’s Student’s Association, says that when the students confirmed Nas as the headliner, they were told they could no longer hold the event. According to him, Peter Seguin, vice president of food and beverage for the venue, said that the Center has a policy banning hip-hop and rap acts altogether. “He in fact said that he’d had over 200 requests for hip hop shows that he’s turned down over the past couple of years,” Cockburn said. “He said that it was an increased security risk and that it was a vulnerability that the Congress Centre was not willing to take on.”

Cockburn also claims to have received a phone call from Paul Keogh, the center’s vice president of client services, in which he stated that the decision to cancel the concert was not because of such a policy, but rather was because of Nas’ violent lyrics. Lynn Martichenko, a spokeswoman for the center who refused to be interview on record by the CBC, said neither Keogh or Seguin were available for comment. Martichenko’s official stance is that the event was cancelled because the center was intended for meetings and conventions, not concerts. On Thursday (August 30), OCC president Pat Kelly continued to deny the alleged comments made by his employees, and announced that musical events of any type will no longer be allowed at the center. Meanwhile, Cockburn and the students organizing Rock The Vote have reportedly found a new venue.

  • Mike Patch Fortworth,TX

    Fucking hip-hop police! At least they found another venue. 1st. Cop that UGK.

  • REBELWITHACAUSE

    Im sick and tired of all these attacks against hip-hop.We need to stand up and do something about it!

  • kritiq

    see what that bitch oreilly gone and done, now nas can’t even shine in canada fuck all these mother fuckers blaming hiphop for they own troubles I hope they choke on a dick.

  • Worley

    Why don’t they just hang a sign “No N*ggas Allowed.”

  • LOL

    THIS IS WHAT IM TALKING ABOUT..

    WHEN EVEN HIPHOP HEADS START MAKING HIPHOP RESPONSIBLE FOR RAISING THE WORLDS CHILDREN

    THEN IT ALLOWS PEOPLE TO ATTACK ARTISTS EVEN USE A LITTLE FOUL LANGUAGE.

    THIS IS WHAT IM TALKING ABOUT (NO BILLY X.)

  • http://bybi99hi5.com yves b

    man… i live in ottawa and i was xcited about Nas comin to my hometown… but hey, this is Canada, land of ignorant m*fkrz, ruled by the queen… racist faggots!
    ottawa, ON. CANADA

  • Durty

    THE MORE THEY BAN THIS SHIT THE MORE PEOPLE GON WANT IT. THE MORE THEY WANT IT, THE MORE RAPPERS GON MAKE $$$$, THE WORLD IS AH GHETTO

  • canuspareadime

    nas has been havin the worst year ever. everybody is trying to ban his ass. i feel bad for nas’ weedcarriers like jungle, nashawn and wiz. what are these fools gonna do when nas can’t pay their rent anymore.

  • http://LOL LOL

    hahahahaha cockburn common people its eaaaase to change yo name

  • http://www.xxlmag.com Haze

    maaan, fuck these Canadian officials, it good that they found a new venue and shit but what do they think these rappers are gonna do. Go rob people and sling crack. Fuck outta here, hes there to preform

  • teddy

    where the fuck is the hustlers video already is it ever gonna come out

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    “i feel bad for nas’ weedcarriers like jungle, nashawn and wiz. what are these fools gonna do when nas can’t pay their rent anymore.”

    Best. Comment. Evar.

  • RLW

    Nas … I hope you got yourself a gun.

  • Big Marc

    And to think I was going to attend Carleton this September. I’m happy I’m going to Wilfrid Laurier. WLU STand Up.

  • RastaRook

    this is another one of the white devil’s tricks to stop us from gettin truth to the masses…damnation to babylon…JAH will bring his people into exodus…Jah Bless

    ~Garnett Jordan~

  • Ryan

    YO MAYBE IF I TYPE IN ALL CAPS PEOPLE WILL THINK MY OPINION IS LEGIT.

    ANOTHER CRACKA RUINING HIP HOP.

    SMH

  • grapes

    FUCK HIP-HOP DISCRIMINATION.

  • AeM

    These hypocrites and haters are banning Nas left and right.

    I feel for him.

  • Nas is welcome

    Great, now let’s ban black people was well for being a security risk. While we’re at it, let’s ban Jews, French and Germans as well. Heck, we should even ban Liberals as well.

    Now that’s what I called ignorance. Don’t listen to that m*otherf*cker, Nas, you’ll always be welcome to Canada.

  • http://yahoo BIG HULK

    they have been trying to fight hip hop since day one but they don’t understand that hip hop is here to stay. it’s the last true form of music and can’t be denied !!!!!!

  • http://www.xxlmag.com TonyBee

    Rappers need to start speaking out about these attacks on hip-hop.That racist Ted Nugent said he wanna shoot Obama and Hilary,the media politely ask him why did he said that.He said (that’s rock-n-roll)now leave me the hell alone and they left him alone.Rappers gotta speakout!!!!

  • http://WWW.MYSPACE.COM/MACSLEEPY66 MAC SLEEPY

    IT’S LIKE HE SAID… N-A-S, MEANS : NI66AZ AGAINST SOCIETY! THIS AND THAT VIRGINIA TECH SHYT IS GONE MAKE NAS A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH ONCE AGAIN. CAN YOU IMAGINE HOW HE FEELS? THIS MAN IS GETTIN HATED ON TOO MUCH. HE GONE TURN THAT PAIN INTO SOME BEAUTIFUL MUSIC. HE’S ALWAYS BEEN NUMBER ONE IN MY BOOK, 2PAC, SCARFACE, JAY-Z AND RAKIM… HIP-HOP WILL NEVER DIE!

    SLEEPY DA BOSS

  • Taylor McCarthy

    Typical shit man, u get an event actually worth going to and security feels the need to tighten up just because its a rapper. U fuckers gotta get over this “gangster” label that everyone gibes to rappers. I’m sure they have had acts like Metallica or other heavy metal or rock acts that carry a bigger risk of a riot or random shit that give more of a threat to the city. U people have got to wake up and smell the coffee and realize that rap music isn’t all about just “fuckin bitches and hoes” and realize it has a more positive message than than the shit u see on mtv and shit like that because u are the people living in the past and need to realize that your fucked up

  • BklynBandette

    Alright, I’m tired of this already. If Nas is not wanted at Virginia Tech or the Ottawa Congress Center, then he shouldn’t be there. The thought of HipHop being wasted on those who don’t Want It, Overstand It, or Appreciate It sickens me. Instead, what he needs to do is take His Talent, His Message, and His Black Ass somewhere else (Newark, New Jersey for instance) and give a free benefit concert over there. Our neighborhoods and communities need him most. We’re so busy spreading the love abroad that sometimes we forget that we’re killing ourselves in our own backyard. Nas- and other Positives of the HipHop community- need to step up and speak out at a city near us. If we don’t look after our own who will?

    And PLEASE … let us stop Worrying about everybody else. Especially when everybody else ain’t worrying about US!

    Quick Question: Where were the free concerts when Sean Bell was Murdered?

    Just A Woman’s Perspective.
    Holla If Ya Hear Me …