Machine Gun Kelly 'won't be showing up' at court after flash mob arrest
Machine Gun Kelly says he won't show up at court after he was arrested for disorderly conduct over the weekend at a shopping center flash mob that he had organized.
Hundreds of people gathered at the Westfield SouthPark mall in Strongsville, Ohio on Saturday afternoon after the 21-year-old Cleveland-based rapper, whose real name is Colson Baker, told his some 74,000 followers on Twitter to wear "a funny disguise" and appear at the food court, adding: ""NO ONE MOVE WHEN YALL SEE ME THOUGH, its got to be anonymous as (expletive). Just chill at ur table until "Cleveland" plays at exactly 5pm.."
Machine Gun Kelly also added that he would bring a camera. Security officers struggled to get the cheering and screaming crowd under control during the flash mob and the rapper and two colleagues were arrested and cited after they refused to get down from tables. They were detained and released hours later.
A police detective told the website Strongsville Patch that a charge of disorderly conduct is a minor misdemeanor and that the three can either pay their citations without appearing in court or can appear in Mayor's Court on Thursday to pay the fine or contest the charge.
"For all the media saying I'm going to court Thursday, etc. etc. Sorry, but i won't be showing up, I have a show to be at and fans to see," the rapper said on his Twitter page late on Monday.
He did not elaborate on how he plans to deal with his citation. On Thursday, Machine Gun Kelly has a show scheduled in Tempe Arizona. On Saturday, he is set to perform in Kent, Ohio and will also appear at Los Angeles' Key Club on Sunday.
Machine Gun Kelly is known for his mixtapes, such as "Lace Up," which was released in 2010 and whose title has become one of his catchphrases. He signed with Diddy's Bad Boy Records several weeks ago.
Machine Gun Kelly rose to fame in 2009 after he became the first MC to win Amateur Night at the famed Apollo Theatre in New York City. The late Michael Jackson's music career took off after he and the rest of the Jackson Five won the same contest in 1967.
Machine Gun Kelly told the website YoRaps.com in 2010, when his mixtape "Lace Up" was released, that his rapper name is derived from his "rapid-fire delivery on the track," while "Kelly" is named after the late gangster Machine Gun Kelly, who was infamous during the prohibition era and served time in Alcatraz prison before his 1954 death.
The rapper's website features an edited YouTube video of the flash mob and his arrest. Another fan-made clip shows Machine Gun Kelly being detained shirtless in the middle of a crowd of people, with some filming the event with cell phones and cameras. Check out the videos below.