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Rapper's Promise Of Free Shows Caused Mayhem Literally All Day

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It only took two canceled shows, shut down streets, mobs of fans and police controlling the crowds in riot gear before rapper Future was able to find a venue for him and his enthusiastic fans.

Future kept police busy yesterday, announcing a series of free concerts to promote his new album, DS2. Each announcement caused hordes of fans to show up and clog the streets surrounding the venues. First, Future announced a free show at 7 p.m. at The Roxy—a venue with a capacity of 500—on the Sunset Strip. Fans mobbed the area at about 11 a.m., causing the busy street to be shut down for hours between Doheny Drive and San Vicente Blvd.

The street reopened at about 5 p.m., an hour or so after the show was cancelled because fans who didn't get one of the coveted wristbands were refusing to leave, the L.A. Times reports.

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At about 6 p.m., Future said he'd moved the show to the nearby House of Blues, promising entry to the first 800 people to line up. Doors were supposed to be at 10 p.m. About 1,200 people rushed to the club, according to police, including some jerks who were apparently playing with fire extinguishers, KTLA reports. The show was canceled again because some fans couldn't control themselves.

At 10:40 p.m., Future tweeted that he would not be dissuaded.

Next, Future tweeted that he was "posted vip" at Hollywood's Supper Club. So, a giant crowd former over there.

This time, however, Future successfully performed to a packed house at the 500-capacity club.

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Future also performed free shows in Atlanta, Chicago and New York. Rapper J. Cole recently played a $1 concert at the Wiltern, similarly causing a mob of (slightly more behaved) fans to rush to Koreatown. In May, the Rolling Stones played a surprise secret show at The Fonda.

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