Controversial rapper Tyler, the Creator has taken to Twitter to explain the reason for the cancellation of a recent spate of gigs in the UK and Ireland.

The 24-year-old  American rapper - real name Tyler Okonma - was due to play Dublin's Academy last night, as well as dates in the UK including Reading and Leeds this weekend - but says that he has been banned from entering the UK (but not Ireland) because of lyrics from 2009.

In 2009, he self-released his solo debut album 'Bastard'.