Friend Abdi Hussein says Brooklyn MC hasn't been banned from coming back to the U.S.
Bey, formally known as Mos Def, moved from the U.S. to Cape Town, South Africa, in 2013. Last week organizers for the Boston Music Festival announced that Bey wouldn't be attending because he was denied re-entry over "immigration/legal issues," and was subsequently forced to cancel a stateside tour.
Hussein, who, like Bey, is from Brooklyn and living in Africa, blasted the story in an interview with South African news outlet The Times. "[Bey] has never attempted to enter any country and been refused. It's a complete lie," he said. "In fact, if there was anything criminal against you, they would invite you back so they could lock you up."
The New York native hasn't released a statement clearing up the story but he has been out and about recently, including attending Kanye West's and Kim Kardashian's Italian wedding ceremony Saturday (May 24). Two days before Kimye's nuptials, a photo was tweeted of South African visual artist Kudzanai Chiurai standing next to Bey, who looked cheerful and unbothered by the immigration rumors.
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