L.A. Rapper Gets Signed, Eats A Roach

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The members of Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All - or Odd Future, if you're into the whole brevity thing - have been on the online radar since last summer, and have already managed to make the Coachella cut and late-night talk-show circuits in 2011.

At the outset, however, the most recognized hip-hop blogs refused to post any Odd Future material. Nahright and 2dopeboyz still have yet to acknowledge the collective's irrefutable effect on hip-hop's youth. By August, Pitchfork and Fader recognized Odd Future's art and distinctiveness, and began posting what their hip-hop counterparts so vehemently denied.

Soon MTV's RapFix listed the group on their list of most anticipated 2010-11 albums alongside Kanye West and Nicki Minaj, comparing the group to the likes of the Wu-Tang Clan.

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Odd Future is made up of irate, innovative 15-18 year old boys from L.A. with a knack for delivering incredibly violent lyrics about drugs and murder while seemingly biting the hand that feeds them, i.e. hip-hop blogheads. At a time during their adolescent careers when networking is so essential, they appear to be thriving among an ever-expanding group of anarcho-rap fans without so much as a nod from GZA.

Now an Internet favorite, some of the collective will perform on Jimmy Fallon Wednesday night with house band The Roots as their accompaniment. Much to the dismay of Odd Future's fans, ringleader Tyler, The Creator has also just signed a one-album contract with British label XL Recordings.

Many fear the Wolf Gang might evolve into a Wiz Khalifa-Taylor Gang mainstream brand. In true OF fashion, Tyler took to his Twitter to respond to the negative feedback:

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The Creator will be releasing his album, Goblin, in April and has released his single on Itunes and complementary video via Odd Future's Web site. It's WTF-worthy and, to those unfamiliar with the camp's graphic visuals, could be offensive at the very least.

It features a cockroach, vomit, blackout contacts, and a noose. Prepare yourself, it's not safe for work or those with a weak constitution.


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houston.
houston.

HAHA you trash FUCKTYLER. Why don't you fuck around and listen to Z-Ro or K-Rino and educate yourself on what it's like to NOT be a gimmick rapper and a corny ass nigga with his pants on the floor. And it aint hate homeboy, its niggas like me who are shaking my head at what lames these days is trying to pass as hip-hop. Take it how you wanna take it, I don't give a DAMN i'm an ASSHOLE BY NATURE NIGGA THIS IS WHO I AM!! - Z-RO

danny b..
danny b..

They actually have quite a bit of substance. They don't rap consciously, but here are a few quotes showing they're not all about murder, drugs, and rape:

Tyler, the Creator:"My father died the day I came outta my mothers hole/ and left a burden on my soul/until i was old/ enough to know he didn't like me much""Birthdays, christmas, my only F***ing wishlist was cds(and a father)""My father never seen me/ the n**** probably stevie/ he bought me a hoodie, a cd a couple albums/ like that's gonna make up for all the years"

Hodgy-"i'm thankful for my position in life/ because i know people who weren't given this life/ read about starved children not eating isn't right/"

This is from two songs. You can't judge OF from just French! and Sandwitches. Listen to all of there shit, they're pretty smart kids. Tyler's got a good message behind him as well.

Ill Liad
Ill Liad

I feel that these kids are very smart i have both of there 2009 mixtapes, when i went to visit family in L.A i was actually appoched by them in China Town after eating sushi. ''They told me to jam there shit and make sure that you snort some cocaine while jammin it''.......So any one that comes at me like that is great.......-iLL LiaD-

jaxen
jaxen

I know all of them. They're just good at marketing. Their music bothered me for a while and now I get it. If you sit down to talk to any of them, they're intelligent, courteous misfits who have figured out what sells.

Ill Liad
Ill Liad

You come out to the Dipset Show in April and all m show's in March aswell including EPMD homie......But they guys were actually really nice aswell i dig them!!!!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Great...all show, no substance. It's a shame skilled MCs with stories to tell out there are getting no airplay while this garbage runs rampant through the collective minds of impressionable youth. Meh.

Anyways, back to Poison Girl for more shots.

Shea Serrano
Shea Serrano

At the moment, this guy is pretty brilliant. I don't think it's possible to successfully argue otherwise.

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Tha Creator
Tha Creator

hEy yaLL itz ya boii FUCKTYLER hell yea u see up in LA We gettin Money up here so U houston bitCHes cant fuck wit it, haterz make me famouz yall

houston.
houston.

This is a damn shame.....

The Liquid Sword
The Liquid Sword

Fuck these kids. This shit is atrocious and should never be labeled as hip-hop.

Iron Mike on the Mic
Iron Mike on the Mic

While I haven't heard them yet I believe you are probably right. With 15-18 year olds talking about dealing drugs and murder which they obviously do not even have experience in and the ice on his neck I doubt the group has much merit. Still I will check them out.

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