Odd Future, who were set to replace Kendrick Lamar as support at an Eminem gig in Auckland this weekend, have been denied entry to New Zealand due to pressure placed on Auckland City Council from an anti-sexual violence group.
Group member Tyler the Creator however tweeted that they were banned from the country because Odd Future were said to be "terrorist threats and bad for society".
Sexual violence charity Stop Demand emailed Auckland councillors criticising their decision to allow the group into the country, and cited a number of Odd Future lyrics referencing rape.
Founder Denise Ritchie said, prior to the group's ban: "It is astonishing that, in light of the nationwide outcry and soul-searching that arose over the Roast Busters incident, and the sexual callousness of some young men towards women, Auckland Council is about allow a group that glorifies rape and rape culture to perform on Council-owned property and at an 'all ages' event.''
Odd Future's manager Christian Clancy was angered by the decision, saying: "Sorry New Zealand apparently this group of kids that have inspired the s**t out of me for the last few years are a threat to society.
"And thanks for the hour before flight heads up. After approving and issuing visas," he added.
A statement from New Zealand immigration read: "The Immigration Act 2009 provides that entry permission may not be granted where there is reason to believe there is, or is likely to be, a threat or risk to public order or the public interest.
"Odd Future has been deemed to be a potential threat to public order and the public interest for several reasons, including incidents at past performances in which they have incited violence. In one instance, a police officer was hospitalised following a riot incited by Odd Future."
The band, the full name of which is Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, has a rolling group of members that includes Tyler the Creator, Hodgy Beats, Earl Sweatshirt and, at one point, Frank Ocean.