Authorities cite firearms and drug charges in denying Atlanta artist a visa
Waka Flocka Flame has scrapped his Australian tour after authorities citing “firearms and drug charges” blocked his entry to the country.
The Atlanta artist, who had booked four dates in Australia and two in New Zealand, obtained a New Zealand visa but cancelled the tour being denied entry to the two countries, Billboard reports.
“Unfortunately Waka Flocka’s entry into Australia was denied by the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection, due to his recent arrest(s) on both firearms and drug charges,” tour promoter Robin Fernando said, adding that the dates would be rescheduled later in the year.
Waka Flocka Flame recently announced that forthcoming album ‘Flockaveli 2’ – a sequel to his 2010 debut studio album ‘Flockaveli’ – will finally be released on June 1.
The rapper had previously complained that it was being held back by his record label, Atlantic Records. Taking to Twitter on April 27, Waka called the delay ‘sad’, offered to buy out his contract in an effort to get the album released, and encouraged followers to tweet their reactions with the hashtag ‘#LETWAKAGO’.
“Sad that my label holding #Flockaveli2 BACK…!!!!! LET ME BUYOUT MY CONTRACT ASAP #AtlanticRecords,” he posted.
When it finally does drop, ‘Flockaveli 2’ will be Waka’s first album since the release of ‘Triple F Life: Friends, Fans & Family’ in 2012. The ‘Hard In The Paint’ performing had previously claimed that Jay Z, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Drake and 50 Cent would all feature on the forthcoming LP, though he later backtracked, saying in an interview that he didn’t deserve a Jay or Ye feature “’cause I ain’t go gold or platinum. To me, you can’t work with a gold or platinum artist if you haven’t [gone] gold or platinum”.