Skepta denied US work visa and will miss Coachella
'My US visa has been denied and I am not allowed in America right now," Skepta writes on Twitter
Press Nick Levine, 15th April 2016 Skepta has revealed that he has been denied entry to the US, meaning he will be unable to play Coachella festival this weekend.
"Love to everybody that wanted to see me on tour this month, my U.S visa has been denied and I am not allowed in America right now," the grime star wrote on Twitter tonight (April 15).
Love to everybody that wanted to see me on tour this month, my U.S visa has been denied and I am not allowed in America right now.
— SKEPTA (@Skepta) April 15, 2016
"Still taking forward steps and forever working with God. Brb," he added in an Instagram post. Skepta has several other US tour dates booked in for April and May, all of which are now under threat.
Earlier today (April 15) Skepta revealed new song 'Man' and confirmed that Pharrell will appear on his new album 'Konnichiwa'. 'Man' samples Queens Of The Stone Age's song 'Regular John'.
The grime MC's new album is due out on May 6. Speaking to Zane Lowe about 'Konnichiwa' on Apple Music, Skepta explained the pressure he felt making the album and discussed his experience of being in the studio with Pharrell.
"Pharrell loves music," he told the DJ. "I don't know how much money he has, or how much he's trying to make. But I know whatever financial situation he's in, his music is always going to be sick. When I'm in the studio with him, it's like I'm working with someone I've known all my life."
"I knew I had an obligation to represent the country when I did this album," Skepta added. "Not just different MCs, but sonically. I know what is on my back with this album and I've got every element from London needed. I don't want to announce the MCs but it's very well rounded. And Pharrell's blessed me. People respect him. I don't think grime has ever been respected, it's not seen as a nice sound. But having Pharrell bless my album, maybe you can see that the freeness of his music, that's what we're doing as well."
Hear a snippet from the interview below. The full Zane Lowe interview will be broadcast on Monday (April 18).