By Krystal Mcgee |Staff Writer|
Fresh off of a Coachella Festival performance, Tyler The Creator and his hip hop collective OFWGKTA, or Odd Future, have been taking the underground music scene by storm.
Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All is a Los Angeles based hip-hop group, comprised of teenage skaters from age 17 to 21, have gone from virtual unknowns to one of the most talked about new Hip Hop groups in the span of a year.
The members are Tyler the Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Taco Bennet, Domo Genesis, Hodgy Beats, Mike G, Syd Tha Kyd, Jasper Loc, Super 3, Left Brain and Frank Ocean. The group is made up of two different groups put together, MellowHype and EarlWolf.
Odd Future is becoming known not only for its music, but also for its lyrical content that includes themes of rape, murder, necrophilia and mutilation.
As outrageous as the musical content is the group’s image isn’t far behind. Tyler the Creator described his group in a recent interview as animals.
“Odd Future is a very, very, very big, a big thing of animals you have unicorns and these unicorns are very talented… It’s a couple of whales, it’s a giraffe, it’s a lot of wolves… And dinosaurs, because I’m a dinosaur,” said Tyler The Creator.
Odd Future’s way of describing their music and even getting their music out is different. To some people the group might be offensive and vulgar but others have found the group entertaining and hilarious.
Tyler has been influenced by a number of different artists and genres such as Stevie Wonder, Waka Flocka Flame, Eminem, Kanye West, Soulja Boy, Gucci Mane and even French Jazz.
The members of Odd Future have released three mixtapes and seven solo albums. Tyler, in particular, has two solo albums of his own.
His first album and single, Bastard, was released last year and caught the attention of blogs all across the Internet. His new album, Goblin, has received extensive critical acclaim.
In “Yonkers,” Tyler’s new single off of Goblin, he calls out Bruno Mars. In his song, he wants to “stab Bruno Mars in his, esophagus and won’t stop until the cops come in,”
“Yonkers” was an instant success, gaining over 5 million views and drawing a lot of comments on YouTube.
Odd Future’s first network television debut came on Jimmy Fallon’s Late Night Show in Feb. The performance featured Tyler the Creator and Hodgy Beats dressed up in hooded sweatshirts and ski masks. Their performance and choice of attire was eye popping and slightly disturbing.
The appearance on the show only served to strengthen the group’s status as something to look out for.
Tyler and Odd Future’s talent is catching the eye of many people, especially young people from all around the world. With an east coast tour coming up, one can only imagine where the future may lead them.
In this case the future should be very odd.