Blog: High Fives And Stage Dives: Odd Future’s Homecoming Event
By Andrew Courtien on December 3, 2010
After assaulting Webster Hall in New York with their rude, crude, immature brand of Hip-Hop, Odd Future (short for Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All) came back to their hometown to do the same for their closest friends and an army of newly converted fans. The combination of old faces and new led to a sold out crowd at The Echo on Wednesday.
Peanut Butter Wolf opened the show to an unenthusiastic crowd that stared blankly as they waited for Odd Future to hit the stage. You could feel the anticipation in the air between new fans trying to see what all of the hype is all about, and old fans to see the new found success of their high-school buddies. As Peanut Butter Wolf packed up his gear and left the stage, the lights went out and the crowd seemed to find their second wind as they pushed towards the front of the stage. As fast as the crowd started chanting “Wolf Gang” the group’s leader Tyler told them to “shut the fuck up”. This back and forth banter between the crowd and the crew is part of what makes Odd Future who they are. They heckle the crowd just as much, if not more than the crowd heckles them.
Odd Future showcased their group’s eclectic talents including and not limited to Tyler The Creator, Domo Genesis, Hodgy Beats, Left Brain, and even closed with a track by Earl who has been missing from the public eye. Tyler, the crew’s de facto leader, is like if H.R. of the Bad Brains had no religion, no manners and was rapper, and it’s perfect. He’s non-stop from the minute he steps on stage until the minute he steps off with only taking a minute to take a hit from his inhaler and to take a seat to start the song “Bastard”, a slow stark song about his relationship (or lack thereof) with his father.
Their hype is based around their age and lyrical content, but while watching them live, you soon forget all of these things that fuel the hype machine and see that this is a group to be taken seriously. Odd Future hosts a lot of talent between all of its members, and they’re all here to make waves. Relentless from start to finish, Odd Future kept the crowd on their toes singing along to every song. They raced through crowd favorites raping about everything from Satan, skating, cops, and rape as members of the crew tagged each other in and out and eventually all hit the stage together. They kept the crowd going wild for a little over an hour without missing a beat.
Think, if someone were to book a Trash Talk, Waka Flocka Flame show, OFWGKTA would be the perfect opener. This is not a show for people who take themselves too seriously. They build a perfect party atmosphere on the foundation of good hard Hip-Hop and a “don’t give a fuck” attitude. Odd Future hits the stage and makes it impossible for you to ignore them and it seems that there is no sign of slowing down, calming down, or growing up in sight. If you can subscribe to this or at least give it a try your in for ride.
Check them out at their Tumblr: http://oddfuture.tumblr.com/, where you can download all ten of their mix tapes for free, yeah ten…yeah for free.