Odd Future leader Tyler the Creator has come forward to confirm speculation that he was briefly detained by police earlier this week while promoting his new Goblin album.
Appearing on New York radio station Hot 97 Friday (May 13) morning, Tyler denied claims suggesting it may have been a publicity stunt.
“All me and this dude did was skate past, uh, I guess it was a cop there we skated past,” Tyler said in an interview. “And they just came up to us all aggressive like, ‘Who are you?’ and got out of the car. And I’m like, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. Why, why? What do you need?’ I know he’s grabbing my arm saying, ‘Oh, you want to be a tough guy.’ When I’m around cops, I get really, really deviant and sarcastic.” (Hot 97)
On Wednesday, Tyler hit up Twitter to reveal a few details about what took place.
“And F*ck Those Cops. Had Us In Cuffs For No Reason, Didn’t Do Sh*t. “Disturbing The Peace, Loitering And Skating Pass A Cop” What The F*ck?,” he tweeted Wednesday (May 11).
“They Just Wanted A Reason To F*ck With Us. F*ck It Tho.” (Tyler the Creator’s Twitter)
Following his initial Tweets, speculation on whether or not he was actually arrested developed.
Tyler, the Creator’s marketing tactics have apparently drawn the attention of law enforcement. Based on Tweets and photos posted on his Twitter account, it seems that the 20-year-old Odd Future rapper/producer had a run-in with the law on Tuesday (May 10) while promoting his new album, Goblin, outside of Westchester High School in Los Angeles. After his supposed run-in with the law, Tyler managed to make it to his show in WestHollywood, where he tweeted about the lack of females. When reached for comment the Pacific Division station told XXLMag.com that they had no record of any arrest on file. (XXL Mag)
Outside of legal matters, Tyler’s Goblin sophomore album is reportedly en route to sell up to 45,000 copies in its first week.
So far, 2011 has been the year of Adele, as her XL/Columbia album, 21, looks headed for an eighth week atop the HITS Album sales chart, with sales north of 100k, which should send her total soaring over 1.6 million here in the U.S. Odd Future rap provocateur Tyler, the Creator’s XL/Beggars bow, Goblin, the follow-up to his much publicized 2009 Bastard mixtape, is on target for 40-45k. (HITS Daily Double)
Check out a recent Tyler the Creator interview below: