Odd Future’s Tyler, the Creator has come forward to offer his take on making headlines after getting arrested in Hollywood on vandalism charges following a concert performance last week.
According to Tyler, he was trying to help out two injured female concertgoers.
“duding RADICALS, i was on the piano playing the breakdown, only to notice that the music and sound was low, lights went off and that sh*t wasnt right, i get up, look, and notice that it was two girls hurt from the mosh pits behind them. i grab my mic to tell the crowd to come calm down and inform security because it was none around in the front, but i then find out the sound dude turned everything off. so im on stage while its mosh pits and chaos on stage ( i played live with Trash Talk, and it was a home show so everyone from OF was there wildn) pointing at my mic tell sound dude to turn it up turn it up, hes shaking his head no.i keep doing this for at least 70 seconds until i get fed up and run over to him threw the crowd. [sic]” (Tyler, the Creator’s Blog)
After having his pleas rejected, Tyler said he reacted violently.
“i jump on his sound board and say’ n**ga turn my f*cking mic up its b*tches hurt, let me tell the crowd to calm down, they listen to me’ this n**ga goes on saying he doesnt have control his manager said this and that. i keep asking, we go back and forth. i kick the plexi glass and stomp on the cheap a** soundboard, then throw my mike on the floor. go back on stage just in time to throw a couple gifts out to the crowd ( it was the xmas show). someone states ‘ lets get you outta here’. i walk outside to like 20 cops, helicopters, shotguns and some other sh*t. jail is really cold dude, i had no socks on. im fine tho, bail was alot even tho i didnt hurt anyone, i damaged some sh*t. and idk why rappers talk about jail like its cool, omg i would go crazy. all i could think about was skating the bowl like 8 hours before haha. i havent looked but the media prolly made it seem more epic than it actually is. but overall, i finally feel black. [sic]” (Tyler, the Creator’s Blog)
Details on his Thursday (December 22) arrest hit the Internet a few days ago.
Rapper Tyler, The Creator was arrested on suspicion of felony vandalism on Thursday, following a show at a nightclub on the famed Sunset Strip, police said. The rapper, 20, whose real name is Tyler Gregory Okonma, was performing with his rap group Odd Future at the Roxy Theater Thursday night when an electric soundboard was destroyed, causing the venue’s security team to call police. (Reuters)
According to reports, Tyler’s fans accompanied him outside during the arrest.
The West Hollywood Sheriff’s Dept. tells TMZ … security staff had contacted deputies last night to report Tyler had “just destroyed an electric soundboard belonging to the venue.” Cops say, “As [Tyler] was being escorted to a nearby radio car, the crowd exiting the venue became angry and rushed into the street, towards deputies.” Cops called for backup and closed down Sunset Blvd for 30 minutes to regain control of the situation. Eventually the crowd dispersed and no one was injured. (TMZ)
Check out a recent Tyler, the Creator interview down below: