Odd Future’s Tyler, the Creator is making headlines this weekend after reportedly being arrested during the South By Southwest festivities in Austin, Texas.
According to reports, Tyler found himself in handcuffs for allegedly inciting a riot during a SXSW show.
Travis County Sheriff’s spokesman Roger Wade said the Odd Future rapper, whose name is Tyler Gregory Okonma, was arrested at Austin-Bergstrom Airport and was likely to be arraigned later Saturday. If convicted of inciting a riot, which is a misdemeanor, he faces up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine. His bond was set at $3,500. (AP)
Reports claim Tyler asked fans to get rowdy during one of his performances.
Police say the 23-year-old provoked his fans to break through the barricade and past venue employees at the at-capacity Converse/Thrasher “Death Match” event at Austin’s Scoot Inn on Thursday. In a warrant, officers claim Tyler yelled for fans to push their way inside twice, and that a bartender tried protecting a woman from getting trampled on, but got punched in the face for it. (Rap-Up)
Tyler added some extra hype to a Kanye West and Jay Z show earlier this week.
During their 35-song gig Tyler, The Creator of Odd Future could be seen crowd surfing on numerous occasions. The show was free to those in possession of a Samsung Galaxy with the Milk Music app installed and took place at Austin Music Hall. The gig was supposed to start at 10pm local time, but the two rappers, who in 2011 released their joint album ‘Watch The Throne’, began their two hour-long performance at 11.15pm. The show included joint performances of their ‘Watch The Throne’ tracks, such as ‘No Church In The Wild’ and ‘N*ggas In Paris’, as well as the artists’ own solo hits, such as Jay Z’s ‘Big Pimpin” and ’99 Problems’ and Kanye’s ‘Gold Digger’ and ‘Runaway’. (NME)
Check out footage from the arrest: