Published Dec 23, 2011Once again, that infamous Odd Future crew is making headlines for all the wrong reasons. This time, it's due to de facto leader Tyler, the Creator getting arrested for "suspicion of vandalism" during the group's set last night (December 22) at the Roxy in L.A.
According to TMZ, Tyler allegedly trashed some gear inside the venue, including the soundboard, leading Roxy security to call police. We're guessing Tyler was less than impressed by the band's live mix and decided to do something about it.
Police at the scene were quoted as saying, "As [Tyler] was being escorted to a nearby radio car, the crowd exiting the venue became angry and rushed into the street, towards deputies."
However, the crowd was quickly dispersed and no riot took place, though Tyler was reportedly arrested in front of his mother, "who was visibly upset and yelled at the cops," says TMZ.
Below you can see Tyler lose it on the soundguy and presumably cause some damage to that equipment. You can also see TMZ's footage of Tyler getting booked.
UPDATE: Following media reports of Tyler's reported arrest, the rapper has taken to his Twitter, writing, "Whoa, Its Stories On Me Being In Jail? The Fuck? I Wasnt In No Jail Or Arrested Or Nothing." Well, we're not exactly sure what happened here, but dude was definitely taken away in a cop car.
UPDATE 2: As Hypetrack points out, Tyler has offered his version of the night's events via his Formspring account. Here's what he has to say:
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 shit 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. i jump on his sound board and say' nigga turn my fucking mic up its bitches hurt, let me tell the crowd to calm down, they listen to me' this nigga 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 ass 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 shit. 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 shit. 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.