Wes Blak: Houston Rapper, 17, Is No Odd Future Clone
Joshua Roach, better known as Wes Blak, is a 17-year old Houston rapper. You've probably never heard of Wes Blak, but you've definitely heard of Tyler, The Creator and his Odd Future crew.
That might explain why Wes has spent the last ten days posting and promoting YouTube clips that bear an uncanny resemblance to Odd Future's aesthetic.
His song "Yukmouth," for instance, is patterned in the same sonic styling and rhyme cadence as Tyler, The Creator's "Seven." His artwork is typically grainy and dysmorphic, a style that's becoming increasingly synonymous with the L.A. crew. The dark themes of his music also hearken to the dystopic sound of Tyler and Earl.
Clearly, Wes Blak has a degree in OF-ology. Right? Maybe he even knows where Earl is hiding.
"I first heard of Odd Future about a month ago," he tells Rocks Off over the phone.
Oh. Never mind.
"I first started on my album two months ago," says Wes. "I heard about Tyler when 'Yonkers' first dropped. And I've only heard... maybe four of their songs total."
Wes was, however, surprised when YouTube posters started referencing Odd Future songs he's never even heard of. He says he spoke with someone who claimed to be a member of the Odd Future camp who asked Wes if he'd like to join Odd Future.
"Man, I would be so flattered," he tells us. But why would Tyler want to sign someone who sounds exactly like him?