Making the promotional rounds for his album Goblin, Tyler, The Creator hit Boston yesterday (May 12) for an autograph signing at Newbury Comics. Unfortunately, the store’s capacity was no match for the hundreds-strong, local fan base that showed up hoping to meet the Odd Future leader.
While fans were supposed to receive a wristband in the morning that entitled them to a spot in line to get their CDs signed, not many got the memo. According to the Boston Herald, After hundreds swarmed the area, police arrived and shut the event down. This pushed the mostly-teenage autograph-seekers into a near frenzy, which local news described as the “Newbury St. Rap Riot.”
The crowd, perhaps taking a cue from Odd Future’s music and Tyler’s tweets earlier in the week, egged-on the cops, resulting in one officer getting injured and sent to the hospital and the subsequent arrest of a 13-year-old female for disorderly conduct.
“That’s what’s expected of them,” said a fan on a local newscast. “If the cops are here, we want to see mayhem. We want trouble.”
The injured officer has been released from the hospital and is doing fine. Goblin is in stores now. —Carter Maness