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Tyga blames fire marshal for Paul McCartney Grammy party snub

Rapper Tyga explained the Paul McCartney-Grammy after-party kerfuffle

Rapper Tyga explained the Paul McCartney-Grammy after-party kerfuffle on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016. Credit: AP / Mark J. Terrill

Rapper Tyga says he was not responsible for Paul McCartney and two companions being turned away from a Grammys after-party Monday, and that he has since reached out to the legendary former Beatle.

Telling late-night host Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday that he had awakened “to a series of texts” castigating him for the incident, which was captured on video, Tyga explained, “I had no knowledge. I was, like, inside performing. I wish I woulda knew he was outside. I would have went out with the mic, you know, brought him in [and asked him to] perform ‘Rack City’ with me.”

Tyga, 26, born Michael Stevenson, added that he was not the party’s host. “No, I actually got paid to go and perform,” he told Kimmel. “I really, like, didn’t have no knowledge of what was going on. I just showed up.”

When asked if he had apologized to McCartney, 73, Tyga got a laugh from the studio audience when he replied, “I mean, I tweeted him, but I don’t think he’s seen my tweets.” He then mentioned an upcoming concert in Los Angeles and said, “Paul, if you’re watching this, I would love for you to come. I will personally walk you in.”

He kiddingly assured Kimmel he did not believe McCartney would respond with a dissing song in reply to the incident. “I don’t think so,” Tyga said. “He’s pretty OG in the game,” he added, giving shorthand for the respectful term “original gangsta.”

When Kimmel said he had heard the local fire marshal might have forbidden McCartney and his companions — singer Beck and Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins — from entering, the rapper replied jocularly, “Yeah, tweet the fire marshal, don’t tweet me.”

Tuesday morning, Tyga had tweeted, “Why would I deny Paul McCartney stop it. He’s a legend. I don’t control the door. I had no knowledge SIR PAUL was there. I just performed and left.”

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