Whatever your opinion on the hip-hop collective, Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, most people agree that the LA crew has proved to provide one of the most unique sounds the world has ever encountered. Consisting of members such as Tyler, the Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Hodgy Beats, Left Brain, Domo Genesis, Mike G, Syd the Kyd, and Frank Ocean, the group is able to blend multiple types of rapping styles together to form eclectic beats. Odd Future has recently and quickly grown a tremendous fan base. The young group has been described as sexist, degrading, explicit, and without boundaries which somehow seems to appeal to a vast selection of teenagers around the world. The topics of their songs usually include murder, suicide, drug usage, sex, and rape, which in itself doesn’t bring anything new to the table. Their abilities to form lyrics that really make you think, however, make this group stand out in the world of music. Some critics have classified their music as being horrorcore, while others seem to think it is indie rap. Although the opinion of their genre being indie rap is most likely correct, Odd Future refuses to be labeled as the traditional genres and has explicitly denied being horrorcore in many of their songs. On their most recent album, the genre is listed as “Fucking Amazing.” This alone is something that attracts new fans—-the group literally does not give a fuck about anything and is in a race to the top just because they can be. This indifferent mentality seems to be brought on stage with them whenever they perform live.
Just 5 days after the release of their second album, OF Tape Vol. 2, Odd Future performed a concert at the Tabernacle in Atlanta. Paired with the opening of a pop-up shop and premiere of a television show, the well-known rap group was able to pull off one of the most exciting nights of my life. At the beginning of the concert, the crowd pooled into the venue, awaiting the arrival of the much anticipated OFWGKTA. Chants of “WOLF GANG, WOLF GANG” plagued the area and there was a rush to make it to the front. Taco and Jasper, the crew’s comedic appeal, opened with a six-minute preview of the group’s new show, Loiter Squad, which was meant to premiere at 11:30 that night on Adult Swim. Although there were some technical difficulties, the dynamic duo was able to keep the crowd entertained until the problem was absolved. After a short interlude while the screen used to show the preview was taken down, the rest of Odd Future came on stage. At that point, the crowd proceeded to go wild, forming a moshpit on the lower level. The bouncers had the great job of handling the constant crowd surfers, desperately hoping to make it on stage. At one point a woman made it rain as she threw hundreds of dollar bills into the crowd, ending up being rewarded with a trip on stage. Tyler proceeded to take the rest of her dollar bills after she made it rain a final time.
The concert opened with the voices of Mike G and Hodgy Beats. The group performed other songs from their vast collection of music such as Tyler’s Sandwitches, Mike G’s Forest Green, a hit from their new album, Rella, and many more. Taco manned the DJ station instead of his sister Syd, and the crowd was encouraged to help perform Earl Sweatshirt’s verses, as he could not make it to the show. Little information was given as to why Earl was not present except for Tyler’s acknowledgement that he could not be there. Nothing was said about Frank and Syd’s absence. All songs performed were well-rehearsed and passionate, even though the group had not prepared a set list. Throughout most of the show, however, the words were hard to make out and one had to have listened to the songs beforehand in order to infer the lyrics. The melody was hard to hear over the performers’ voices but the crowd was able to figure out what the songs were by the opening beats. In between almost every song, the collective took breaks and just talked. You’d think this was a bad thing but their hilarity distracted the audience completely from the lack of music, forming a sort of admiration for the group. The best performer by far was Tyler due to his energy and ability to immerse himself completely into his music and put on a good show for his audience. His ridiculous dance moves hyped up an already electrified crowd. The casual stage dive seemed to appeal to the collective as Hodgy, Tyler and Left Brain dove head first into the crowd. Unfortunately, the show was abruptly over after a mere two hours, probably due to the fact that their show was set to premiere just minutes after they ended the concert. Whatever the case, Odd Future performed a great show.