According to police reports, Tyler The Creator, founder and leader of 2011's most revered rap collective Odd Future, was arrested in Los Angeles following a performance by the group at the famed Roxy.
A fan-captured video appears to show an angry Tyler, clad in his usual tie-dye t-shirt, berating and eventually lunging at the venue's sound man before leaving the stage. A second video, shot outside the concert venue, shows a line of LAPD squad cars reportedly taking Tyler to jail, while angry fans looked on. Chants of "Free Tyler" and "Bullshit" can be heard on the video.
As word began to spread about the incident, Tyler took to his personal Twitter account to refute the story, saying "Whoa, Its Stories On Me Being In Jail? The Fuck? I Wasn't In No Jail Or Arrested Or Nothing."
Tyler's denial seemed to contradict the official LAPD statement, however. According to the report, Tyler was arrested on suspicion of vandalism after he allegedly "destroyed an electronic soundboard belonging to the Roxy." The statement also indicated that Tyler had posted $20,000 bail. Representatives for the 20 year old rap prodigy later confirmed the story's veracity.
This is not the first spot of trouble for the young artist. In May of last year, just as the rapper was entering the public consciousness, he was arrested outside Westchester High School in Los Angeles. After that incident, he posted photos of himself and other members of Odd Future in handcuffs to his Tumblr stream. He later tweeted, "And Fuck Those Cops. Had Us In Cuffs For No Reason, Didn't Do Shit. "Disturbing The Peace, Loitering And Skating Pass A Cop" What The Fuck?"
The second most high-profile member of the Odd Future collective is no stranger to law enforcement, himself. Frank Ocean was arrested shortly after the Westchester High School incident, though sources were unable to confirm why. Ocean sent out a tweet highly critical of the LAPD which has since been deleted. "Just got out of jail," Ocean tweeted. "Would like to go on record saying..fuck the police. fuck LAPD to be specific. fuck a cop, non-stop."
Another member of Odd Future, Left Brain, is currently in the midst of a lawsuit filed by photographer Amy Harris. Left Brain allegedly struck the woman during a concert in October. He vehemently denies the charges.
Tyler The Creator is currently at work on a follow-up to this year's critically acclaimed "Goblin", set to be released sometime in 2012.