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.
“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!”