Saint Kitts and Nevis: US rapper arrested, fined for profane lyrics
Local police in the Caribbean island nation of Saint Kitts and Nevis arrested US rapper 50 Cent (real name Curtis Jackson) on 25 June 2016 for using “indecent language” onstage during one of his songs. The rapper later pleaded guilty to the offence, paid a fine of USD $1,100 and was released, reported Rolling Stone on 26 June 2016.
50 Cent’s representative stated that the rapper was originally hired to host the St. Kitts Music Festival, but festival organisers asked if he could perform and used a DJ at the festival who didn’t have clean versions of his tracks. According to the nation’s Small Charges Act it is illegal to use profane language in public places.
In 2003 a similar incident happened with US rapper DMX who was detained for using profanity and later paid a small fine.
» Billboard – 28 June 2016:
50 Cent’s St. Kitts arrest is water under the bridge
» Rolling Stone – 26 June 2016:
50 Cent paid $1,100 fine for profanity-laced concert in St. Kitts
» The Guardian – 26 June 2016
50 Cent detained for cursing during concert in St. Kitts and Nevis