Yasiin Bey F/K/A Mos Def Reportedly Not Allowed To Reenter U.S. Due To Immigration, Legal Issues

The artist formerly known as Mos Def cancels upcoming U.S. tour, according to Together Boston.

Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, is reportedly being stopped from reentering the United States, according to Together Boston.

"We regret to inform you that due to immigration / legal issues Yasiin Bey is unable to enter back into the United States and his upcoming U.S. tour has been canceled, including May 15th, Together Boston’s show at The Wilbur Theatre," the website says. "Individual ticket refunds for this show are available at point of sale." 

Yasiin Bey, who was reportedly born in Brooklyn, New York, has not commented on this.

Last year, the rapper relocated to South Africa, a move he addressed in March 2014

"I lived in Brooklyn 33 years of my life," he said at the time. "I thought I'd be buried in that place. And around seven years ago, I was like, you know, 'I gotta go, I gotta leave.' It's very hard to leave. And I lived in a lot of places. Central America. North America. Europe for a while. And I came to Cape Town in 2009 and it just hit me. I was like, 'Yeah.' I know when a good vibe gets to you. And, you know, I thought about this place every day from when I left.

"For a guy like me, who had five or six generations not just in America but in one town in America to leave America, things gotta be not so good with America," he added. "And I've lived in some beautiful places in America. I've lived in New Orleans; I love New Orleans. I love Brooklyn. Forget about it! New York City needs to thank Brooklyn every day just for existing! It was a hard thing to leave home, but I'm here. And I'm glad that I did it. I don't think it's any accident or coincidence that I'm here... And it's amazing, and it's crazy. South Africa's crazy! Cape Town is crazy! I seen some of the craziest people in my life walkin up and down Long Street, and I'm from New York!"

RELATED: Yasiin Bey F/K/A Mos Def Discusses Move To South Africa

70 Comments

  • devonian wrighton

    you all must of forgot that if you are black it doesn't matter where you are even on a black continent you are held to a higher standard of being. how many black men & women can keep it together when they don't have to under the new stealth version of Jim crow or apartheid look at where you live and the laws affecting you still on the books from Jim crow & apartheid days.

  • Culture Bey

    Think this mayhave something to do with his exile? Article from MTV.com Mos Def, Talib Kweli Fight For Exiled Political Activist http://www.mtv.com/news/1502956/mos-def-talib-kweli-fight-for-exiled-political-activist/

  • culture bey

    Child support may be a part of it, but he is a pretty intelligent brother, and I dont think he is in agreement with a lot of the socio-political shit that is happening right now in America and the world. I say that because he has spoken out against quite a lot lately, on quite a few U.S policies, in the national media outlets and he has also changed his name to a moniker ending the title of Bey, (An old Middle Eastern,Turkish title of nobility meaning "Leader" "Master" etc.) which although it doesn't make you necessarily automatically "persona no grata" in the U.S per say, but there are a lot of local and I imagine federal government entities (As well as alot of ignorant bufoons that post pure stupidity and inane comments, and Im sure the hit dogs will holla in future posts) that are not to enamored with the Moorish American movement that has been on the rise in America, lately . He is a high profile entertainer and media personality, and quite probably considered a Moorish American national now (Judging from his name change), and there has been quite a bit of negative press and media around people who consider themselves to be Moorish Americans as a nationality. If you want to get more information on Moorish American's, and their views on politics, nationality and how that as an international status and standing relates to so called "African Americans " you can start with the Honorable Noble Drew Ali circa 1920's..hint...an African American is basically an African that is living on American soil...you will find that most AA's are in fact indigenous to this land and were here thousands of years before anyone else got here. Ever wonder why Chris Columbus's navigator knew how to get to the North American continent, also black represents a color,,,but it is definitely not a nationality...also most so called "colored people (which means fake in any law dictionary) are not black but different shades of brown,, just like most so called white people are not white they are reddish in skin tone (and at one time were legally categorized as black) ..but don't take my word ..do your own research as Yasin Bey obviously has

  • culture bey

    Child could possibly be some of the reason...but he is a very intelligent brother...and I dont think he is really down with a lot of the socio-political shit that is going on. I say that because he has spoken out against quite a lot lately on quite a few U.S policies, in the national media outlets and he has also changed his name to a moniker ending the title of Bey, (An old Middle Eastern,Turkish title of nobility meaning "Leader" "Master" etc.) which although it doesn't make you necessarily automatically "persona non grata" in the U.S per say, there are a lot of local and I imagine federal government entities (As well as just general ignorant bufoons that post total and complete stupidity..and I'm sure we'll see the hit dogs holla in following post's) that are not to enamored with the Moorish American movement that has been on the rise in America, lately . He is a high profile entertainer and media personality, and quite probably considered a Moorish American national now (Judging from his name change), and there has been quite a bit of negative press and media around people who consider themselves to be Moorish Americans as a nationality. If you want to get more information on Moorish American's, and their views on politics, nationality and how that as an international status and standing relates to so called "African Americans " you can start with the Honorable Noble Drew Ali circa 1920's..hint...an African American is basically an African that is living on American soil...you will find that most AA's are in fact indigenous to this land and were here thousands of years before anyone else got here. Ever wonder why Chris Columbus's navigator knew how to get to the North American continent, also black represents a color,,,but it is definitely not a nationality...also most so called "colored people (which means fake in any law dictionary) are not black but different shades of brown,, just like most so called white people are not white they are reddish in skin tone (and at one time were legally categorized as black) ..but don't take my word ..do your own research as Yasin Bey obviously has.

  • Anonymous

    Lol @ this excuse, nigga u just left because you trying to avoid child support, remmber you have six children (and only two are from black women lmao)?

  • irrelevant

    yo mos def why you change your name to that wack ass shit? and why the fuck you dave chappelle and leave for africa? dude your shit is OVER, you were a dope as rapper now you are irrelevant as fuck my dude, shame shame shame

  • AMERICUNT

    No wonder he left your shitty country for beautiful Cape Town, with idiot fat cunts like you people around, I would.

  • What

    Another Black idiots, talking about africa like he got family there or born there and now need money want to come back to america, nah stay there, Ice Cube said it best from kill at will album, And niggaz who say they to black put overseas they be begging to come back, most def should have listen to that line from Cube

    • Anonymous

      Go away house negro, your divide n conquer shit won't work

    • Anonymous

      so you need family to move somewhere now? loL what about the Africans who move here with no family? then you pick a Cube song that was around apartheid, when the whole world knows it's not that way now, and posted after the article says mos has been living around the world for years? LOL, you clowns LOVE to show how ignorant you are

  • Anonymous

    He's born in USA so clearly not immigration fuckin idiots. Wat is this a publicity stunt of sumin like mos def tryna be some kinda wannabe rebel revolutionary? Ha please

  • Anonymous

    Sorry, I see Mos Def name and I still think of that bullshit PSA he did. Maybe that's why he ain't allowed back??

  • W Bush

    Good dont let this Muslim back in

  • Anonymous

    War on terror , muricaa keeping potential terrorists like mad child and mos def out of 'Murica

  • dentaldamboy

    It's about time the government did more to stop wack rappers. Now all they have to do is block Jay-Z, Ludacris, Pusha T and Common from making new music and the industry will be much healthier.

    • Anonymous

      Hold up son you for get the whole cash money crew and soulja boy and waka

    • Anonymous

      "let Yasiin Allah go back to Iran." this doesn't even make any sense. mos def is named yasiin bey, not allah, and he relocated to south africa, not iran. you must be trolling or retarded

    • Anonymous

      dentaldamboy and anonymous went full retard

    • real talk

      ^^both of you should be blocked from ever commenting on any public forum on the internet period, so no one will ever have to read your idiotic nonsense ever again

    • Anonymous

      co fuckin sign. let Yasiin Allah go back to Iran.

  • Anonymous

    This is interesting beyond rap & the usual HHDX idiocy... Aren't Mos' parents American? Was he born in Brooklyn or even the United States? Is he secretly on some 'terror' watch list now or ??? Surely he's travelled internationally before without incident.

  • Its Um

    I guess we'll never hear the album what him and Mannie fresh.

  • rightman

    he's actually better off not being america. America is gonna be like Detroit and marital law over the streets soon. Lucky man

  • Anonymous

    He's gonna have to get force fed again if he wants to come back.

  • HAHAHAH

    HAHA fuckin dumb piece of shit STAY OUT NOONE CHECKIN FOR YA STUPID ASS ANYWAYS AVERAGE ASS MOFO

  • Anonymous

    WELL U CANT DISS AMERICA AND WANT TO BENEFIT FROM THE SAME COUNTRY.

  • Anonymous

    Muricaaaa fighting for your freedom, against terrorists like mos def and mad child lol what a joke

  • Walt White

    Can someone say Shine part 2?

  • joblaze

    Not surprised why he decided to stay in Cape Town. Its amazing here!

  • STAY OUT

    I hope they don't ever let him back in. If you are so dissatisfied with this country then don't try to come back you anti-american piece of shit. Good riddence!

  • Sensaye Sixkiller

    When you fall out of favor with the American government, and the police, then you should leave the U.S. if you have the money to do so, 'cause they'll fuck you dead. It's like havin' beef with the most ruthless and richest gang in the World. Sometimes people, especially outspoken celebrities, start to feel the squeeze, and they know they have to leave before they get set up. They can't talk about it 'cause everyone will think they're crazy and paranoid, and it'll just dig the hole deeper for them. I'm only 32, but even in my lifetime I've seen and felt the 'system' get more and more ruthless, unreasonable, and inhumane. It's like trying to reason with a army of cyborgs on some post-apocalyptic shit. What you think that military Zombie training is for? Who you think the zombies are gonna be? You, me, and anyone else who's poor, convicted of a crime, not in total agreement with whatever ridiculous laws are put in place, or not 'vaccinated'. At some point people have to start putting some stock in these 'conspiracy theories', especially since they keep coming to fruition. Whatever the case, Mos Def is a dope MC. I hope he's still able to put out work. Peace.

    • Sensaye Sixkiller

      Nah man. They've trained the American military on 7 different protocols for a 'zombie attack'. You can look it up, it's not even a secret. They say the 'zombies' can be a number of things, from people overexposed to radiation, to people with MRSA, to people on extreme drugs. But really it's just gonna be people who are rebelling once they can't get any medical attention, or food, or water, or anyone who is labeled as a threat in any kind of way. Do some reading homey, other than the dumb ass articles on this site. It's important to at least have an inkling of what's on the horizon. I read 'Behold a Pale Horse' 20 years ago, and everyone thought William Cooper was full of shit. Low and behold, all that shit came true. Peace fam.

    • Anonymous

      Zombie army? I think they refer to Arabs as zombies.

    • sba

      well put/well said. we are in a very scary time in this country. if you are brown and not financially well-off, then you are screwed. truthfully, you don't even have to be brown. if you are poor, you are screwed. if i was him 'md', i would take it as a sign. "rejection is protection". martial law is close. he may get trapped in this country trying to tour. the propaganda of 'conspiracy theories' was solely created to make anyone who spoke about what was blatantly happening in front of our eyes look as ludicrous as what we may suggest to see. it's the greatest disguise you can use: to never use one at all. every "secret" they are doing and the info/details about is right in front of our faces, but no one dares investigate it or share it realistically, or lest you be 1. viewed as crazy or 2. murdered or turned into crazy (and who wants those odds?)

  • Bobyahed2dis

    He left New Orleans cause ymcmb didn't want to sign him

    • richberg

      Sorry, that was in reply to the article. regarding your comment, I don't think YMCMB is currently... paying their artists.

    • Richberg

      What's a real tragedy is how online editors are finding whatever photos of him crying to make it look like he's crying about not being able to get back in? If any of these people had actually listened to some mos def they a) would likely agree he's probably not crying about it, and b) everyone knows the real tour money is overseas, NOT the us, so I think he's gonna be OK

  • Jesus

    They obviously don't wanna let another muslim in the country.

  • Harlem's Reckoning

    He's got dual citizenship at least. Where he traveled, where he lived, his passport status and so forth is likely what's holding him up. Anything criminal in nature would've got him taken into custody. Time will tell. I know his "Yasiin Gaye" project he did with Marvin Gaye is a dope listen tho.

  • StephenP

    IF he gave up his citizenship in America for a South African one, I imagine he didn't then get his info filed properly with customs or immigration or whichever govt. entity it is. It sounds like an honest mistake on Mos' part, but I'm sure he's going to claim it's him being sterotyped or something

  • Hmmm

    Must have given up his citizenship or the government has him on that terror watch list because he's a Muslim and the name change triggered something. Just my guess. Also, it could be they put him on that list because of his outspoken views on America. I'm sure he will be allowed to re-enter but probably not in time for these shows that were slated. Oh well. You left America and now you're stuck in South Africa where you wanted to be. Gotta deal with it...

    • True

      Word up!! now you gotta get U.S visa and shit to enter the country a whole new a different thing.

    • Anonymous

      Co-sign, but also when you give up the U.S. citizenship if he did. Your papers from wherever you live now gotta be up to par. Not no flyers saying I'm Mos Def/Yasiin Bey/Dante Terrell Smith from Brooklyn on it!!

  • Brendon

    He was born in Brooklyn NY ... i don't get it..

  • Anonymous

    I'm confused, where was he actually born?? The article doesn't say...If he was born in NY, not sure how they can stop him from coming back..

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