Tyler, the Creator’s New Zealand ban finally gets lifted

The rapper was previously barred from entering the country.

After a lengthy ban, Tyler, the Creator is welcomed in New Zealand once again. 

The 28-year-old rapper is set to return to the Kiwi country for the Bay Dreams music festival in January next year, Stuff reports. Immigration New Zealand (INZ) recently granted the rapper a visa for his entry saying, “he is no longer deemed to be a potential threat to public order and the public interest.”

Tyler’s ban from the country dates back to 2014 when his rap collective Odd Future were barred from entering the country to perform at Eminem’s Rapture show. According to reports at the time, INZ had imposed the ban because the group’s past performances “incited violence.” 

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Co-promoter of Bay Dreams festival Pato Alvarez has stated that Tyler has “changed” and should be allowed to step foot into the country. “The music he is releasing now is totally different from the music he was releasing six or seven years ago,” he explained.

Alvarez continued, “You can’t charge this guy for who he was five years ago. He’s grown up. The vibe for him is different now. He wants to come, he’s doing everything he can to come.”

Tyler, the Creator released his fifth studio album IGOR to critical acclaim this year. 

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