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Yasiin Bey Associate Says Immigration Problems Are False

Yasiin Bey (Mos Def)
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If you’re upset that Yasiin Bey, aka Mos Def, was denied entry into the United States, you may want to suspend your anger for a moment. Why? Because the story isn’t true, says a gentleman claiming to be friends with the ‘Close Edge’ rapper.

His name is Abdi Hussein, and he also lives in Cape Town, South Africa, where Bey currently resides, and he says the lyricist wasn’t turned away by U.S. Customs, he merely changed the dates of his tour. Hussein also made a good point about why Bey doesn’t have any legal issues.

“[Yasiin Bey] has never attempted to enter any country and been refused,” Hussein told The Times, a South African newspaper. “It’s a complete lie. In fact, if there was anything criminal against you, they would invite you back so they could lock you up.”

And here’s another potential sign the Black Star member isn’t stressed about having immigration issues: Just yesterday, (May 23) Kudzanai Chiurai — who’s a visual artist living in South Africa — tweeted a photo of him and Mos, and the rapper looked pretty happy.

But that clearly doesn’t mean the immigration story isn’t true, and there’s no proof on whether this┬áHussein guy even knows Bey or not.

Hopefully, this matter gets cleared up soon. And why Yasiin Bey hasn’t made an official statement yet is hard to understand.

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