"They do what they want ... make the music that they want to listen to and simply just don’t care." / OFWGKTA: Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All

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Odd Future Wolf Gang: A New Movement
by Shauna Hines (Youth Intern, The Liberator Magazine)

By now, you may have heard of the new crew Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, or Odd Future (OF) for short (homepage | blog | youtube), considering all the buzz they’ve been getting these past few months. The maker of this group full of rebels is Tyler the Creator, aka Ace Creator, or Wolf Haley, depending on what type of song he’s featured on. The group includes rappers Earl Sweatshirt, Hodgy Beats, Domo Genesis, Left Brain, Mike G, Syd tha Kyd (who deejays for the group, and is currently the only female in OF), Taco Bennet (brother of Syd tha Kyd), Jasper the Dolphin, Jet Age, and the recently signed singer, Frank Ocean. They all reside in Los Angeles and are no older than 25 (ages range from 16-23). Odd Future refuses to be ignored and is reeking havoc over the music industry.

The collective is known for their gory and grimy lyrics about rape, murder, drugs (all members don’t rap about these topics though), and vivid scenarios which may catch you off guard, but will definitely catch your attention. They do what they want regardless of how others feel, make the music that they want to listen to and simply just don’t care. Odd Future first started making music in 2008, releasing self-created albums ever since.

Inside their group, some members have their own projects going on. Tyler the Creator has his albums Bastard and the soon-to-be-released Goblin (May 10). MellowHype members Hodgy Beats and Left Brain have The Dena Tape , YelloWhite and BlackenedWhite. Earl Sweatshirt, currently in a boarding school, placed there by his mother, and won’t be out till he turns 18 years old, has Earl. Domo Genesis has Rolling Papers. Mike G has Ali. Jet Age has Voyager and The Journey to the 5th Echelon. And Frank Ocean just released the hit album Nostalgia Ultra. Albums that feature all the members (except Frank Ocean) are The Odd Future Tape and Radical. All these albums are distributed free on the collective's website.

I am a big fan of Odd Future and have been listening to their music from even before they became as popular as they are now. I would say I was first drawn to Tyler the Creator because his lyrics stood out to me; aggressive and vulgar and non-watered down, he says what he feels. I never heard anything like his lyrics and production. He made a group full of teenagers who were rebellious but also talented. Each of these members has their own style and come together as a whole to make a group that has something different to offer, which is rare.

Since Odd Future has been signed with Record Labels XL and Fat Possum, and are soon to be starting their own label, they’ve been talked about non-stop by the world and other celebrities; including Kanye West tweeting Tyler's video Yonkers, a single from Goblin, and calling it the "video of 2011." Tyler recently tweeted that fans should download all of the back catalog releases from their website before they are taken down, maybe a sign that the group is getting ready to jump to another level in the industry.

{Tyler the Creator - "Yonkers"}

Odd Future has performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and the MTVU Woodie Awards and has toured in several U.S. cities and in England. They've also performed at Coachella music festival recently in California with Pharrell Williams (N.E.R.D./The Neptunes) -- another favorite group of mine. Odd Future is exploding.

With features in numerous magazines and websites (funnyordie.com) and a rumored cartoon show on Adult Swim (Cartoon Network), Odd Future has a lot going for them and they appeal to a lot of teenagers and others simply because they're different. I bounced some quick interview questions off of a few of my peers to find out why they like Odd Future so much. Here's what a few of them said:

What do you think about Odd Future?

“Their music most def is original and the beats are sick.”

“It’s different and entertaining.”

“I've known OF since about '07 and I think it's crazy how much they've been growing with their music since then and it’s just gonna get even bigger and better.”

What about their music speaks to you?

“In a lot of ways it's like they are reaching out for help/attention. Maybe something happened, but for that reason that's why I’m drawn to them.”

“They say what they want they don’t care how it sounds to others and that's tight.”

“It’s just a matter of time when the world really sees and hears this gang of people doing their thing and not giving a fuck what people have to say about it.”

How do they connect with you with what they say as a group?

“I relate to them and as a group they're just like fuck what you think i'mma do me regardless; and I be on that same shit.”

“In all honesty I'm proud of them and they’re in a great position to really change the game, all I gotta say is keep swaggin'.”

“I connect with them cause there’s not many artist who are like them, they're different, which I believe is a great quality to have.”