February 6, 2011

OFWGKTA


The Internet is the independent hip-hop scene's playground, and Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (aka OFWGKTA) are the new kings of it. Somewhat like left-field rappers, Die Antwoord and Lil B, the Los Angeles collective have made their presence known with a full-throttle viral assault on Tumblr featuring free solo albums, mixtapes and EPs from all 10 of its members. Before you start calling them the next Wu-Tang Clan, consider there's much more depth than just rap to OFWGKTA. While the collective includes rhymers by the names of Tyler, the Creator, Earl Sweatshirt and Hodgy Beats, it also involves skaters, producers, film makers, visual artists and straight-up hoodlums. Their ages range from 16 to 23, which explains why lyrically, OFWGKTA purvey a juvenile yet graphic form of horrorcore where their tracks detail murders, drug binges, dead parents and shot after shot of violence (assume a large dose of it said in jest for shock value to ensure our ears are working correctly.) Their sound is on the cutting edge of experimental hip-hop as well, including samples from a diverse spread of musicians such as noise-punkers Liars (whose lead singer Angus Andrews, has gone public with his excitement over the group,) The Like, Gucci Mane and R. Kelly. In some instances, they simply go abstract (See: The 5th Echelon.) It's taken just a few months for OFWGKTA to blaze a trail on their own terms using DIY creativity and viral exposure, and 2011 shows no signs of them slowing down to catch their breath. Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All are scheduled to make their television debut on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and head to the Indio desert this April for what should be one of the highlights at this year's sold-out Coachella. A dozen new albums and mixtapes by the end of next December are probably a given. Swag.

Tyler, the Creator feat. Hodgy Beats - "Sandwitches"

Earl Sweatshirt - "EARL"

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