Tyler The Creator has been banned from the U.K., forcing him to cancel a string of upcoming shows.
The rapper took to Twitter on Wednesday (August 26) to announce the news.
According to the Odd Future frontman, he’s not allowed to enter the country for 3-5 years because of his controversial lyrics. “BASED ON LYRICS FROM 2009 I AM NOT ALLOWED IN THE UK FOR 3-5 YEARS ( although i was there 8 weeks ago) THAT IS WHY THE SHOWS WERE CANCELLED,” Tyler tweeted.
BASED ON LYRICS FROM 2009 I AM NOT ALLOWED IN THE UK FOR 3-5 YEARS ( although i was there 8 weeks ago) THAT IS WHY THE SHOWS WERE CANCELLED.
— Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) August 26, 2015
THE CANCELING OF THE SHOWS ARE BEYOND MY CONTROL. AGAIN, IM NOT THE TYPE TO CANCEL SHOWS. ONLY WHEN ITS LEGIT NOT POSSIBLE, SORRY AGAIN =(
— Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) August 25, 2015
In a blog post, his manager Christian Clancy said he received a letter from the Secretary of State for the Home Department in the U.K. informing him of the ban, which stems from Tyler’s past lyrics.
“The letter specifically cites lyrics he wrote 6-7 years ago for his albums Bastard and Goblin,” Clancy wrote. “The type of lyrics he hasn’t written since… highlights from the letter include that his work ‘encourages violence and intolerance of homosexuality’ and ‘fosters hatred with views thats seek to provoke others to terrorist acts..’ I grew up on NWA, eminem and rage against the machine, so its hard to me to fully wrap my head this thought process and its implications.”