I’ve read lots of features on Odd Future (full name: Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All or OFWGKTA) lately, the LA-based grisly teenage rap collective but I didn’t know where to start with them. Karl is always going on about them. Tyler The Creator’s ‘Yonkers’ is an amazing tune but the divisive tactics employed in the video made me hit the trash button.
Well, last night Tyler The Creator & Hodgy Beats from Odd Future played Jimmy Fallon backed by house band The Roots, and the visceral kick in the face of their rap was ready apparent to all right there in visual form. Just watch Mos Def at the end of the video, hoarsing himself stupid because he couldn’t do anything else but react on a primal level. You’re going to see this on a lot of blogs today. SWAG. More live footage of the madness live in NYC.
I’m not going to pretend I know all about OFWGKTA so feel free to leave links to recommended mixtapes etc for all in the comments. I’ve downloaded Tyler The Creator’s Bastard after a recommendation.
Niall Byrne is the founder of the most-influential Irish music site Nialler9, where he has been writing about music since 2005 . He is the cohost of the Nialler9 Podcast and has written for the Irish Times, Irish Independent, Cara Magazine, Sunday Times, Totally Dublin, Red Bull and more. Niall is a DJ, founder of Lumo Club, event curator and producer of gigs, parties & events.