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Reformed rapper’s past haunts career

Mad Child spent the past year cleaning up his life, but U.S. officials didn’t give the Swollen Members rapper any Brownie points last month.

Mad Child spent the past year cleaning up his life, but U.S. officials didn’t give the Swollen Members rapper any Brownie points last month.

The Vancouver artist — whose real name is Shane Bunting — claims he was denied entry into the U.S. after being interrogated for eight hours at YVR in early December.

“They kept asking me, ‘Are you in the Hells Angels?’ ‘Are you in the gang?’” Mad Child told Metro. “I said, ‘I’m absolutely not’ — that my only connection are friends in the past who were members.”

In the end, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers turned the rapper away and he was forced to miss several tour dates.

Disassociated from his drug-fuelled, volatile past, Bunting was blindsided by the incident. “I didn’t see it coming,” he said. “I could see if it happened to me six years ago, but now I’m on my own path.

“I don’t go to clubs anymore. I’m sober. I don’t even go out much.”

Bunting is applying for a waiver so he can tour again, and is taking the ordeal in stride. “When you lose everything and have come out of a drug addiction, you’re happy to go another day,” he said. “Life is a gift. There are so many worse things that can happen to people.”

 
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