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Upstate rapper cut from Spartanburg's annual Spring Fling

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SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

An Upstate rapper got cut from making an appearance at Spartanburg's annual Spring Fling this weekend.

Stephen Crocker, who's known on stage as "Crocker", was set to perform on what's called the underground stage Sunday, but the city has pulled the plug. The city said they got a number of phone calls and emails so they made the final decision to cut his act.

The Spartanburg native admits his rap lyrics are edgy, but he believes he got cut from Spring Fling because of one song.

"I know one of the songs they took issue with was American Way," he said.

He said the lyrics in his song don't really mean kill someone even thought the word "kill" is in the lyrics.

Crocker is known to rap about everything from religious bias, sociology, his struggles and coming of age. City leaders said they made the decision to cut his act after getting a number of phone calls and emails about his racy lyrics.

"We were a little concerned about some of his work and how it relates to this weekend," said Spartanburg Director of Community Services Mitch Kennedy.

Crocker admits some of his music isn't suitable for kids, but he says he wasn't going to perform those raps at Spring Fling.

He said he will continue to rap around the Upstate and he will still attend the Spring Fling events this weekend.

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