Swollen Members’ Madchild announced recently the upcoming release of digital EP, titled Banned From America, following reports earlier this month that he was denied entry into the U.S.
The rapper, known as a member of Vancouver-based hip-hop group Swollen Members, was attempting to enter the States to catch up with his group members as they toured in support of their forthcoming album, Dagger Mouth.
After waiting hours, Mad Child was eventually denied entry.
“It’s extremely disheartening to me to know that after turning my life around, it feels like a second chance is evading me,” he said of the incident. “Unfortunately when entering the United States, I’m not judged on the person I am today, but rather on my appearance and whoever the customs officials perceive me to be, which is discrimination.”
Now, instead of mulling over the incident, Madchild will drop the digital EP, while putting the finishing touches on his debut solo album, Dope Sick, set to drop later this year.
“After being turned away at customs, I drove home that night feeling full of disappointment and frustration. I knew I had to do something positive as a way of dealing with it, so I started writing about the experience,” Madchild said of the music that turned into the upcoming EP.
“I started recording immediately and didn’t stop for six days. I was only sleeping a couple hours a day, because if I wasn’t writing or recording, I would have gotten myself into some trouble,” he continued. Looking back, this was the best thing I could’ve done for myself and some dope new songs came out of these recording sessions. Everyone at the label loved the material and I’m excited for fans to hear it.”
The Banned From America digital EP will be released on February 15th. It will features songs such as “Super Ill Villain,” “Mental Explosion”, and “Black Phantom”, among the five total tracks.
His group, the Swollen Members, will release Dagger Mouth on April 12 through Battle Axe/Suburban Noize Records.