"Banned From T.V." is no longer just an N.O.R.E. album, it's what China is doing to Hip-Hop.
A report in TIME Magazine says the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television of the People's Republic of China or SAPPRFT "specifically requires that programs should not feature actors with tattoos or depict hip-hop culture, sub-culture, and dispirited culture."
They even call the genre "vulgar" and "low taste."
Some say the ban is in response to content that could potentially be seen as threatening to the Communist Party. In case there is any confusion, SAPPRFT went as far as to publish rules, including:
"Absolutely do not use actors whose heart and morality are not aligned with the party and whose morality is not noble. Absolutely do not use actors whose ideological level is low and have no class. Absolutely do not use actors with stains, scandals and problematic moral integrity."
The crackdown is also fueled by the absence of Rapper GAI from China's popular reality show, "Singer."
Hip Hop culture is somewhat new in China. However, that is not the only genre targeted. The Daily News says several artists, including Selena Gomez, Lady Gaga Maroon 5 and Justin Beiber have been banned from being allowed to perform in the country.