Ohio rapper Machine Gun Kelly was charged with disorderly conduct after he allegedly organized a massive flash mob at a suburban Cleveland mall.
According to Strongsville, Ohio police, the group of mostly white, suburban teens gathered Saturday at the South Park Mall after the rapper posted a series of tweets culminating in:
Today we flash mob NO MATTER WHAT! 5pm at SouthPark mall in the food court, wear disguises, don't move to you hear 'Cleveland' play then Rage!
When the group congregated outside of the Panera Bread, police say mall management asked Machine Gun Kelly, whose real name is Colson Baker, not to stand on a table.
When Kelly stood up and incited the crowd, he and several members of his group were taken away in handcuffs by police.
As Kelly was escorted out, hundreds of his fans stormed the mall, running through stores screaming.
Kelly was released from police custody with a charge of disorderly conduct.
Today was a statement, the rapper later tweeted.
I think we showed the power of our movement, man, he added in a video posted to his YouTube page.
[It was] the first appearance we've done in Ohio, like, you know, since we announced a major label deal and it was kind of a chance to show all the kids that we really care about them, and that we're still here, and we're still grounded, and we're gonna be Ohio boys and Cleveland boys until we're 6-feet under, he said.
Sean P. Diddy Combs told MTV this month that he signed Kelly, an Ohio native, to his Bad Boy Records label.
The rapper gets his name from Machine Gun George Kelly, a Prohibition-era gangster.
Below is the news account of the incident as well as Kelly's own version of the events:
Machine Gun Kelly later posted his own stylized version of the events on YouTube (WARNING: Explicit):