27 Times Rappers Have Been Banned Around The World

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    This weekend, 50 Cent will take the stage at Hot 97's Summer Jam for the first time in a decade, after his infamous chair throwing incident left him banned for life from the station in 2004. He may be one of the most high-profile, but 50 is far from the only rapper who has been banned from a venue, an event, a radio station, a University, or even a nation, even if reports earlier this week that Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def) was banned from re-entering the United States are <a title="untrue" href="http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2014/05/reports-of-mos-def-being-unable-to-enter-the-u-s-may-not-be-true/" target="_blank">most likely untrue</a>. From Lil Wayne to Game, RiFF RAFF to Snoop—who amazingly appears on this list three times for three separate instances—here are 24 times a rapper has been turned away. —<a title="danrys" href="https://twitter.com/danrys" target="_blank"><em>Dan Rys</em></a><br /><br /><em>Ed. Note: This story has been updated as of May 11, 2015.</em>
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    <h2>Cypress Hill</h2><b>Place:</b> <em>Saturday Night Live</em><br /><b>Year:</b> 1993<br /><b>What Happened:</b> Lorne Michaels may have created one of the edgiest and boundary-pushing television shows of all time in <em>Saturday Night Live</em>, but Cypress Hill's 1993 appearance on the show still managed to cross the line. Michaels, never one to mix work with pleasure, was incensed when <a title="muggs" href="http://www.ranker.com/list/banned-snl-hosts/best-of-snl?page=2" target="_blank">DJ Muggs lit up a spliff</a> on stage during their performance of "I Ain't Goin' Out Like That," and the crew was never invited back for an encore appearance.
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    <h2>Too $hort</h2><b>Place:</b> KMEL Summer Jam in San Francisco<br /><b>Year:</b> 1996<br /><b>What Happened:</b> Too $hort was beefing with Yukmouth and The Luniz at the time that San Fran's local radio station KMEL threw their Summer Jam show in 1996, but he was reportedly trying to ease the tension of the situation when the two sides came face to face backstage at the event. The <a title="altercation" href="http://www.bet.com/music/photos/2014/05/in-state-rivalry-cali-edition.html#!050814-Music-In-state-Rivalry-Cali-Edition-Too-Short-Yukmouth" target="_blank">ensuing altercation</a> resulted in $hort's ban from the show and the station, and it took Sway—back then still a DJ in his native Bay Area—to mediate the debate and eventually find a resolution.
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    <h2>Wu-Tang Clan</h2><b>Place:</b> Summer Jam<br /><b>Year:</b> 1997<br /><b>What Happened:</b> Wu-Tang had just released <em>Forever</em>, and Hot 97 still wouldn't play their music, despite their incredible mainstream success and the album's No. 1 debut. After headlining the first-ever Summer Jam in 1994, the group was understandably upset, but when they started playing on the station's slogan by yelling, "Hot 97, where hip-hop dies," the station responded by <a title="cut" href="http://www.nytimes.com/1997/06/28/arts/love-lust-and-death-the-old-triumvirate.html" target="_blank">cutting the group's microphones</a> and ending the show abruptly. It might not have been an explicit ban, as individual members performed at the concert throughout the years—Method Man was on the main stage alongside Redman in 1999, while Meth, Ghost and Rae popped up unannounced once or twice in the latter 2000s—but the entire Clan didn't return to the main stage together until 2013.
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    <h2>50 Cent</h2><b>Place:</b> Summer Jam<br /><b>Year:</b> 2004<br /><b>What Happened:</b> What didn't happen? A wild performance from 50 and the Unit that saw them throw shots at Ja Rule, R Kelly, Lil Kim, Joe Budden and <em>The Source</em> turned into a chair throwing ordeal between 50 Cent and a small section of the crowd which included one-time G-Unit affiliate Bang 'Em Smurf at the center of it all. Hot 97 cut the mics, 50 walked off stage, and he was banned for life from the radio station shortly thereafter, a feud that finally ends this weekend when Fif takes the stage as the concert's headliner 10 years later.
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    <h2>Snoop Dogg</h2><b>Place:</b> United Kingdom<br /><b>Year:</b> 2006<br /><b>What Happened:</b> After trying and failing to get into the First Class lounge at London's Heathrow Airport with members of his entourage, an altercation ensued that left several police officers with minor injuries. Snoop was arrested and bailed out, then, citing his past criminal record as well, <a title="uk" href="http://www.xxlmag.com/xxl-magazine/2006/05/snoop-dogg-banned-from-the-entire-uk/" target="_blank">banned from the entire United Kingdom</a> for life—a ban which only last one year—and was <a title="british" href="http://www.xxlmag.com/xxl-magazine/2006/04/snoop-free-on-bail-banned-from-british-airways/" target="_blank">forbidden to ever fly on British Airways</a> again.
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    <h2>Lil Wayne</h2><b>Place:</b> Morgan State University<br /><b>Year:</b> 2006<br /><b>What Happened:</b> Weezy hit the stage at Morgan State in 2006, and things got a little crazy after someone on stage threw a wad of cash into the crowd. In the rush to grab the cash, t<a title="injuries" href="http://www.xxlmag.com/xxl-magazine/2006/10/lil-wayne-banned-from-morgan-state-university-after-concert-disturbance/" target="_blank">hree women were injured, and a fourth person fainted</a> during the melee. Weezy was hit with a <a title="lawsuit" href="http://www.xxlmag.com/xxl-magazine/2007/08/lil-wayne-sued-for-1-million-over-morgan-state-injury/" target="_blank">$1 million lawsuit</a> from one of the victims, and was banned from the campus and its premises for life after the incident.
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    <h2>Gravy</h2><b>Place:</b> Hot 97<br /><b>Year:</b> 2006<br /><b>What Happened:</b> The station once brutally nicknamed "Shot 97" saw a number of violent incidents in the 2000s, but it was New York rapper Gravy who was stuck with a ban after <a title="butt" href="http://freemuse.org/archives/685" target="_blank">being shot in the butt</a> while walking into Hot 97's building in 2006. He apparently still did the interview with Funkmaster Flex, but after the police got to the bottom of the situation—and found it was one of Gravy's own entourage that fired the bullet—the big rhymer was not only banned from the building, but from the airwaves as well.
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    <h2>Foxy Brown</h2><b>Place:</b> Junior's Restaurant in Brooklyn<br /><b>Year:</b> 2007<br /><b>What Happened:</b> Junior's is one of the most famous restaurants in Brooklyn, and as Foxy Brown is one of the borough's most high-profile rappers over the years, this was one of her more particularly ill-advised forays. The <em>Post</em> in New York <a title="post" href="http://www.xxlmag.com/xxl-magazine/2007/03/foxy-brown-banned-from-brooklyn-eatery/" target="_blank">reported in 2007</a> that Foxy had been banned from the well-known spot for skipping out on her bill on multiple occasions, and even demanded that the restaurant pay to clean a dress that Foxy was wearing after she spilled an ice cream soda on herself. This wasn't even <a title="sad" href="http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2013/11/craziest-crimes-rappers-committed/3/" target="_blank">the saddest thing</a> Foxy's done in the past decade, either.
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    <h2>Snoop Dogg</h2><b>Place:</b> Australia<br /><b>Year:</b> 2007<br /><b>What Happened:</b> Snoop was scheduled to perform at Australia's Music Video Awards but was <a title="denied" href="http://www.xxlmag.com/xxl-magazine/2007/04/australia%E2%80%99s-prime-minister-speaks-out-on-snoop-dogg-ban/" target="_blank">denied a Visa and banned from the country</a> on "character grounds." Australia's Prime Minister attempted, poorly, to explain the ban and wound up comparing Snoop to a Holocaust denier. He's since been allowed back Down Under.
  • trae tha truth
    <h2>Trae Tha Truth</h2><b>Place:</b> Houston's 97.9 FM<br /><b>Year:</b> 2010<br /><b>What Happened:</b> One of Houston's nicest guys—and when Bun B and Paul Wall hail from the same area, that's saying something—Trae Tha Truth was awarded with his own annual holiday by the city's Mayor in 2008. But after 97.9 FM—the only hip-hop radio station in Houston—banned his music from the airwaves after one of their DJs accused Trae in an interview of sparking violence at Trae Day in 2009 due to his lyrics,<a title="lawsuit" href="http://www.xxlmag.com/xxl-magazine/2010/05/trae-the-truth-sues-houston-radio-station/" target="_blank"> Trae filed a lawsuit</a> against the station the following year. The station's ban, Trae alleged, fucked with his ability to promote and market his music, which cut into his ends.
  • camron
    <h2>Cam'ron and Vado</h2><b>Place:</b> Canada<br /><b>Year:</b> 2010<br /><b>What Happened:</b> A case of rumors and felonies catching up with rappers when they least expect it. The Dipset duo were set to perform in Montreal when they were <a title="vado" href="http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.13384/title.camron-vado-denied-entrance-to-canada-for-montreal-performance" target="_blank">turned back at the Canadian border</a>, with officials citing Vado's prior felonies as well as their belief that Killa had brought a machine gun into the country nearly a decade prior.
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    <h2>MF DOOM</h2><b>Place:</b> United States<br /><b>Year:</b> 2010<br /><b>What Happened:</b> This might be more of a case of a country banning a rapper at the same time that a rapper banned <em>himself</em> from said company. Though he grew up in Long Island, DOOM was born in London and never sought U.S. citizenship. In 2010, after wrapping up a European tour, a mix up regarding his visa status resulted in DOOM being <a title="barred" href="http://www.tmz.com/2012/07/28/snoop-dogg-banned-norway-weed/" target="_blank">barred from the country</a> he had lived in for 35 years, and left him stranded in London. By 2012, he'd decided he'd had enough of trying to return to the States, and has settled into mutually-imposed exile in the U.K., where he's lived ever since.
  • Game
    <h2>The Game</h2><b>Place:</b> Canada<br /><b>Year:</b> 2011<br /><b>What Happened:</b> On his way to Nova Scotia to perform for his Canadian fans, Game was <a title="detained" href="http://www.xxlmag.com/xxl-magazine/2011/04/game-detained-in-canada/" target="_blank">detained at the border</a> and denied entry into the country, allegedly due to the Compton rapper's rumored <a title="bloods" href="http://www.aceshowbiz.com/news/view/w0011951.html" target="_blank">ties to the Bloods</a>. He was eventually deported back to the States.
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    <h2>Webbie</h2><b>Place:</b> <em>106 &amp; Park</em><br /><b>Year:</b> 2011<br /><b>What Happened:</b> Baton Rouge spitter and Lil Boosie sidekick Webbie swung through BET's <em>106 &amp; Park</em> toward the end of 2011, but it wasn't exactly a pleasant visit; towards the end of the show, co-host Terrence J. unceremoniously <a title="webbie" href="http://theurbandaily.com/2011/11/29/rocsi-finally-explains-why-lil-webbie-is-banned-from-106-park/" target="_blank">kicked Webbie off the show</a>, saying, "We would not like to thank Lil Webbie who has been banned from the show. You will not see him on <em>106 &amp; Park</em> anymore." Co-host Rocsi would eventually allude to sexual harassment she received from the Louisiana rhymer, and Webbie—in an incredibly ill-advised move—wound up threatening Terrence J with a <a title="slap" href="http://www.ballerstatus.com/2011/10/24/webbie-banned-from-106-park-threatens-to-slap-host-terrance-j/" target="_blank">slap to the face</a>. Yikes.
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    <h2>Snoop Dogg</h2><b>Place:</b> Norway<br /><b>Year:</b> 2012<br /><b>What Happened:</b> Not Snoop's finest, or most original, hour; after arriving at the country's Kjevic Airport, he was found with <a title="weed" href="http://www.tmz.com/2012/07/28/snoop-dogg-banned-norway-weed/" target="_blank">eight grams of weed</a> and barred from the Northern nation for two years. He was also fined two grand, but he apparently had the cash on him and paid it immediately. A pretty baller silver lining, all in all.
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    <h2>E-40 and Too $hort</h2><b>Place:</b> Mountain View, Calif.<br /><b>Year:</b> 2012<br /><b>What Happened:</b> Nothing really, if you were to ask 40 Water. The city of Mountain View disagreed, however, <a title="OGs" href="http://www.fuse.tv/2012/08/why-was-e-40-banned-from-hometown-rock-the-bells-fest" target="_blank">banning the two Bay Area OGs</a> from the city's stop on the Rock The Bells tour in 2012. The two were allowed back the year after, and no official statement was ever made explaining why they were forced to stay home in the first place.
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    <h2>Machine Gun Kelly</h2><b>Place:</b> NYC's Highline Ballroom<br /><b>Year:</b> 2012<br /><b>What Happened:</b> The Cleveland rapper was all set to take the stage at the Highline Ballroom in New York City alongside Tech N9ne when the <a title="nypd" href="http://www.xxlmag.com/xxl-magazine/2012/06/mgk-banned-from-nyc-show-records-freestyle-in-response/" target="_blank">NYPD pulled the plug</a> and banned him from the venue. The MC acknowledged that his shows sometimes get raucous, but "in a fun way"; he dropped a <a title="freestyle" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_mqR4-ojoQ" target="_blank">ferocious freestyle</a> aimed at the NYPD that night anyway.
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    <h2>Waka Flocka Flame</h2><b>Place:</b> Virginia<br /><b>Year:</b> 2012<br /><b>What Happened:</b> The year before, Waka's tour bus had been shot up while on the road in North Carolina, and after his security team fired back, the state <a title="waka" href="http://www.complex.com/music/2012/10/waka-flocka-is-banned-from-the-state-of-virginia" target="_blank">attempted to ban Waka</a> from its premises. NC's plan didn't quite pan out, but it did for its northern neighbor Virginia, which used that incident as well as Waka's alleged gang ties to cancel a series of shows in the state in 2012.
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    <h2>Tyga</h2><b>Place:</b> World Bank Center in San Diego, Calif.<br /><b>Year:</b> 2012<br /><b>What Happened:</b> Amazingly, it was the fact that Tyga <a title="show" href="http://www.xxlmag.com/xxl-magazine/2012/01/tygas-no-show-causes-riot-at-concert-venue/" target="_blank"><em>didn't</em> show up </a>to a scheduled performance that irritated fans. At the height of the "Rack City" craze, the Young Money MC was scheduled to hit the stage at the WBC in San Diego, and once it became clear that he wasn't actually going to perform, the cops were forced to clear a near-riot, which resulted in broken walls, a busted floor, and Tyga's lifetime ban from the venue.
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    <h2>M.I.A.</h2><b>Place:</b> Leaving the U.S.<br /><b>Year:</b> 2013<br /><b>What Happened:</b> M.I.A. was on her way out of the country and back to her hometown of London when <a title="authorities" href="http://blog.sfgate.com/dailydish/2013/03/14/m-i-a-banned-from-taking-son-out-of-u-s/" target="_blank">authorities stopped her</a> and told her she was not allowed to leave the country. Her estranged ex-fiance, Benjamin Bronfman, had filed a restraining order in a New York County Court which barred the rapper from leaving U.S. soil with the couple's four-year-old son in tow, which kept her Stateside until the legal issues were ironed out.
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    <h2>Flo Rida</h2><b>Place:</b> NBA Finals<br /><b>Year:</b> 2013<br /><b>What Happened:</b> Flo and his manager Freezy were in attendance at the first two games of last year's Heat-Spurs NBA Finals in Miami, and were, according to Freezy, <a title="arrested" href="http://nesn.com/2013/06/rapper-flo-ridas-manager-claims-spurs-coach-gregg-popovich-banned-them-from-nba-finals-calls-act-discrimination-audio/" target="_blank">informed they would be arrested</a> if they returned to court side for the final two games of the seven-game series. Freezy claimed it was Spurs coach Gregg Popovich who enacted the ban after the duo were overly vocal and loudly critical of San Antonio's performances throughout the games.
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    <h2>Lil Wayne</h2><b>Place:</b> NBA games<br /><b>Year:</b> 2013<br /><b>What Happened:</b> This one was weird, to say the least, and it all started when Weezy was recorded <a title="shots" href="http://www.slamonline.com/nba/nba-denies-lil-wayne-ban-chris-boshs-wife-responds/" target="_blank">sending some explicit shots</a> at the Miami Heat while at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in February 2013, including claims that he'd slept with Chris Bosh's wife. Weezy then claimed that the Heat had filed an injunction against him and banned him from attending NBA games, a claim the League denied, but by then the damage was already done.
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    <h2>RiFF RAFF</h2><b>Place:</b> Summer Jam<br /><b>Year:</b> 2013<br /><b>What Happened:</b> RiFF RAFF has polarized the hip-hop community like few before him, with his die-hard supporters pushing for his inclusion into the community and many in the culture upset at his perceived voyeuristic approach to the genre. This came to a head during RIFF's visit to Hot 97 in 2013, when <a title="ebro" href="http://www.complex.com/music/2013/06/riff-raff-is-banned-from-attending-summer-jam" target="_blank">he and Ebro got into a heated discussion</a> that led the Houston native to go on an all-caps Twitter diatribe accusing Ebro of racism and of banning him from Summer Jam. Ebro refuted the whole thing, chalking it up to one of many of RiFF's publicity stunts in the end.
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    <h2>Odd Future</h2><b>Place:</b> New Zealand<br /><b>Year:</b> 2014<br /><b>What Happened:</b> Attempted to get to the picturesque island nation in order to open for Eminem earlier this year, Odd Future was <a title="denied" href="http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2014/02/odd-future-band-new-zealand/" target="_blank">denied visas</a> and labeled a threat to society, with authorities claiming that the Cali collective posed a threat to the public interest.
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    <h2>Chris Brown</h2><b>Place:</b> Canada<br /><b>Year:</b> 2015<br /><b>What Happened:</b> Chris Brown was forced to cancel dates in Montreal and Toronto on his Between The Sheets Tour this February after being <a title="cb" href="http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2015/02/chris-brown-canada-drake/" target="_blank">denied at the border</a> by Canadian officials. While the stated reason was "immigration issues," but his pending legal situation at the time—he was awaiting a court date in the States the following month to decide on a possible probation violation—probably didn't help. Of course, with all the friction between Chris Brown and Toronto's very own Drake, Twitter had a field day with memes on this one.
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    <h2>Waka Flocka Flame</h2><b>Place:</b> Australia<br /><b>Year:</b> 2015<br /><b>What Happened:</b> Planning a six-date Down Under Tour in Australia and New Zealand this month may have been a bit ambitious for Waka; though he was granted a visa for New Zealand, the Australian government <a title="waka" href="http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2015/05/waka-flocka-flame-tour-postponed/" target="_blank">denied his request</a> to enter the country, stating it was "due to his recent arrest(s) on both firearms and drug charges." The Aussies presumably pointed to an incident last October in which Waka was booked for <a title="gun" href="http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2014/10/waka-flocka-arrested-gun-possession/" target="_blank">carrying a loaded gun</a> into Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
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    <h2>Tyler, The Creator</h2><b>Place:</b> the United Kingdom<br /><b>Year:</b> 2015<br /><b>What Happened:</b> Already banned from Australia, Tyler had plotted a few dates throughout England and Northern Ireland, only to <a title="waka" href="http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2015/08/tyler-creator-banned-united-kingdom/" target="_blank">have to cancel them</a> due to the wishes of the secretary of the home department in the UK. According to both Tyler and his manager, the secretary denied him entry into the country for the next 3-5 years due to lyrics that appeared on a project he released in 2009. Unsurprisingly, Tyler was confused as hell, tweeting, "*listens to last three releases in confusion*"

Previously: 50 Cent Explains The Summer Jam Incident That Got Him Banned 10 Years Ago
Reports Of Mos Def Being Unable To Enter The U.S. May Not Be True
Odd Future Is Banned From New Zealand

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