Tyler, the Creator is no longer banned from New Zealand, Stuff reports. According to the article, Tyler’s visa has been approved, with government agency Immigration New Zealand saying the rapper “is no longer deemed to be a potential threat to public order and the public interest.”
The news comes after the UK lifted its own ban on Tyler earlier this year, which had been in place since 2015.
In 2012, Odd Future were barred from performing at Auckland’s Big Day Out festival because Auckland Council deemed the group’s lyrics misogynistic and homophobic, although they were permitted to play a separate show instead. Then, in 2014, Odd Future were set to play Rapture Festival, only immigration authorities to block them from entering the country because they were “a potential threat to public order.”
Tyler referenced the ban on “Smuckers” from 2015 album Cherry Bomb with the lyrics, “I got banned from New Zealand, whitey called me a demon/ And a terrorist, God damn it, I couldn’t believe it.”
The ban left Tyler unable to play in New Zealand for almost eight years. His return will come when he headlines festival Bay Dreams in January next year.