An Aussie rapper has put on a wild show at a Melbourne concert, cutting up lines of white powder before snorting them in front of his devoted fans.
Ben Hayden, better known by his stage name Huskii, has been touring around Australia to promote his album Antihero.
The seven-song album shot up to the number one spot on the ARIA charts in February after it was released.
Huskii’s hundreds of devoted fans were met by a heavy police presence in Melbourne on Wednesday night, when they arrived at live music venue Max Watt’s House of Music.
Concertgoers reported witnessing at least one stabbing, numerous fist fights and people tagging and putting graffiti on nearby buildings.
Victoria Police confirmed they made three arrests outside the event, including a man and two women.
Huskii was in Melbourne as part of his sold-out Antihero tour
Police outside the venue, responding to reports of violence
Huskii, who has spent various stints in jail, took to Instagram repeatedly to document himself smoking marijuana, partying and doing shots with friends backstage.
‘Oi! Someone got stabbed out the front, sucks to be you, so it’s probably going to take a while for people to get in, but we waiting,’ he said in one Instagram video.
But it was when Huskii took to the stage that his partying appeared to step up a notch, with the rapper posting videos of himself cutting up a number of lines of white powder before snorting them off the mirror tile.
The move was a popular one among his fans, who cheered the rapper after he threw the tile away.
The rapper had a number of lines of white powder on a mirror tile
Huskii later crowd-surfed, with his Melbourne fans surrounding him, desperate to touch the rapper.
A Victoria Police spokesman said they had not yet received any reports of any incidents at the event.
However, there were arrests made outside.
‘There was an incident outside the event where police attended an address on Swanston St, Melbourne about 9pm after reports of an agitated man,’ the spokesman said.
‘Officers have been told the man was refused entry to a licensed premises and became aggressive. Officers approached the man outside the premises and noticed a knife in his pants. A scuffle ensued and the man was arrested.
‘Two women who hindered the police during the arrest were taken into custody for assaulting police and drunk and disorderly.’
Huskii, born in the NSW city of Wollongong, has repeatedly spoken about his difficult upbringing and how he used his music as an outlet of escape.
In an interview with Rolling Stone Australia in February, Huskii said he wondered about his tour being cancelled.
‘You just gotta take it day by day, I suppose. Yeah, it is what it is. Anything can happen. You know, anything could happen. My whole tour could get cancelled tomorrow, so there’s no way of knowing,’ he said.
Huskii told the magazine he was left in jail for longer than he should’ve because of Covid.
‘I went to jail twice since (2020). I think that they were just f**king around because of Covid, and the courts weren’t working, the trials are getting cancelled, and I was sitting in there trying to get bail for six months,’ he said.
Huskii celebrating his number one spot on the ARIA album charts by using the plaque as an ashtray
His tour around Australia sold out immediately after he announced it
The rapper also admitted he hated performing.
‘I hate it, man. I hate it up until about a minute into it or one second into it. But the day leading up to it, the days leading up to it, I do my head in,’ he said.
‘Sitting in random hotel rooms on the other side of the country, stressing. It’s been a while too. To be honest, I’ve been on drugs most of the time as well. So now that’s not an option, I’m f**ked. I just have to be out there … I’m going to be on.’
Huskii has been approached for comment.