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Rapper Machine Gun Kelly Arrested at Flash Mob Event

August 21, 2011

Cleveland rapper Machine Gun Kelly was charged with  disorderly conduct in Strongsville, Ohio, Saturday night after he attended a shopping center flash mob he had organized via  social media, The Plain Dealer reported.

Hundreds of people attended the event at SouthPark  Centre in Strongsville, about 20 miles (32km) south of Cleveland, after the  rapper — whose real name is Colson Baker — invited fans to gather there at  5:00pm for a performance, posting on twitter, “Today we flash mob NO MATTER  WHAT! 5pm at SouthPark mall in the foodcourt, wear disguises, dont move to you  hear ‘Cleveland’ play then RAGE!”

Amid chaotic scenes, shown in video posted on YouTube,  Strongsville police arrested a shirtless Baker when he refused to get off a  table. He was later charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

The charges, however, did not appear to faze the  21-year-old rapper, who signed with major hip-hop label Bad Boy records earlier  this month.

After being released Saturday night, he posted on Facebook, “If  havin fun with my fans and bringin the rage back to my hometown means I have to  be arrested…then keep pullin the cuffs out.”

Saturday’s incident comes just days after the  Cleveland city council voted to uphold Mayor Frank Jackson’s veto of a flash mob  ordinance.

The proposed law would have made it illegal to promote flash  mobs using social media or cell phones.

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