After eight years, New Zealand has lifted a ban on Tyler, The Creator entering the country.
The move paves the way for the rapper to headline the annual Bay Dreams music festival across two dates in Tauranga and Nelson in January 2020.
Tyler’s visa has been approved and he “is no longer deemed to be a potential threat to public order and the public interest,” Stuff reported, quoting New Zealand’s Immigration officials.
Tyler, The Creator was twice denied entry to New Zealand.
The first one time was in 2012, when he was stopped from playing at the Big Day Out festival due to the hip hop collective’s lyrical content.
Two years later, Tyler and his team were banned from the Rapture Festival, saying that they were “a potential threat to public order.”
Tyler refers to the ban in his Cherry Bomb song “Smuckers,” released in 2014.
“I got banned from New Zealand, whitey called me a demon/And a terrorist, God damn it, I couldn’t believe it,” Tyler raps in the song.
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