Easily a band of this year for moms to despise, the dark-core hip-hop collective [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]OFWGKTA[/lastfm] (Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All) ringleader [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Tyler, The Creator [/lastfm] continues to hone the art of nightmare rap (violent imagery laced with jarring lyricism) on his highly anticipated album Goblin (XL Recordings/May 10th). But again, if you dare to listen close, you’ll find his paranoid ramblings, “pretty chords” as he likes to describe them, and massive synth beats aren’t so much expressing anger as empathizing with it.
So what does he sound like? Quite a bit like an evil-[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Xhibit[/lastfm], actually–if he had spent more time listening to music from [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Company Flow[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]El-P[/lastfm], and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Cage[/lastfm].
Songs like the creepy synth-based “Yonkers” and the tongue twisters and vintage beat sounds found in “Transylvania, “She” feat. [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Frank Ocean[/lastfm] as well as my personal favorite “Tron Cat” (who else could get away with song titles such as these except from the OFWGKTA lively bunch? ) sees the rapper playing out ridiculous, violent fantasies infected with oppressive lyricism ranging from offensive subjects including misogyny to homophobia to nonsensical wordplay about “Fish” and “Transylvania,” however, all is meant to be ironic and interpreted as “fiction” according to the random disclaimer in “Radicals.”
“Hey, don’t do anything that I say in this song, okay? It’sf***n fiction/If anything happens, don’t ***** blame me, white America, **** Bill O’Reilly.”
But despite what many might think at first listen, Tyler, The Creator’s hugely popular indie hip-hop troupe (OFWGKTA )
balances the literate with the obtuse, while the music careens between rap and experimental with a punk aesthetic. It’s an intimate sound yet abrasive, and a thing to be savored.
4. She (feat. Frank Ocean)
7. Tron Cat
9. Sandwitches (feat. Hodgy Beats)
11. Analog (feat. Hodgy Beats)
12. Bitch Suck Dick (feat. Jasper Dolphin and Taco)
13. Window (feat. Domo Genesis, Frank Ocean, Hodgy Beats and Mike G)