Odd Future

What started out as a concert review, turned out to be way more than that. Check out my musings on the controversial hip hop crew Odd Future - mainly their live performance at the Enmore in January and their crazy, but influential song 'Radicals'. A lot of people think that the hype that surrounds them is just that: hype. But hopefully, this post will change your mind.

Originally, I set out to write this post as a concert review, but as I started to write it, I realised that there was more that I wanted to say about the group and the songs they’ve released than just their live performance. So here goes…

Let’s get the performance review out of the way first.

Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (OFWGKTA) hit our shores late last month for this year’s Big Day Out, spending many weeks in our country playing sideshows, promoting their Sydney pop-up store, and defending their misogynistic lyrics and I-don’t-give-a-shit attitudes (but let’s face it, that’s what most of us love about them).

Unfortunately, I missed out on seeing/meeting them at their pop-up store in Sydney, but their sideshow was pretty great. Having been a fan of theirs for a while now, the Odd Future crew definitely know how to put on an entertaining show, and it’s always nice to hear Tyler say that Sydney is his favourite place in the world. True story.

Syd Tha Kid opened up the set with her DJ-ing skills for a good 20 minutes playing mixes incorporating the likes of MIA and Lil Wayne. It was clear that she was in her element and she definitely had the crowd pumped up for when the other boys joined her on stage. Punters at the Sydney show enjoyed over an hour of songs from all that were there – Tyler, the Creator, Hodgy Beats and Left Brain aka MellowHype, Domo Genesis, and Mike G. Even Syd’s brother Taco appeared on stage for his verse of ‘Bitch Suck Dick’.

“Sydney, do you wanna hear some new shit? [sic]” kept being asked from Syd and co, and of course the crowd did, so we heard “new shit” from the upcoming OF mixtape, to be released March 20. It was interesting to see a good 15-20min of no moshing/bashing/fighting/singing along ‘cause nobody in the crowd knew said songs. To me, it was great! Haha.

If you ever attend an OFWGKTA show in the future, keep this is mind, when Tyler asks for red lights, it means he’s going to perform his controversial hit ‘Yonkers’, and when he asks for strobe lights, it means that ‘Radicals’ is going to be performed by the crew, which also indicates that it is the end of the show. Sad face.

Judging from the tweets from the crew after the show, Sydney was their best (side)show down under! Hell yeah!! And depending on where you stood in the crowd, you could see that Mr Kanye West was standing side of stage for their entire performance! How crazy is that?

The great thing about Odd Future is because they have so many members in their crew; they have an abundance of songs to choose from. The downfall is because they have so many songs; sometimes they leave the audience waiting because they haven’t decided on the next song to play. This has happened twice already at their previous [Sydney] show at the Opera House and again, that night, at the Enmore. The worse thing, I feel, is that they did not come back out for an encore. Tyler, did however, come back out to say thank you and goodbye but I prefer more music. All in all, though the boys and Sydney played for almost two hours so I guess that makes up for it. 🙂

Now back to Odd Future and their track, ‘Radicals’

There’s so much I have to say about this song. You guys have seen the video that made me start this website and now, I have to tell you about the song that really struck a chord with me. Okay, so the whole majority of the song is pretty much full of profanity and sends a negative message to the youth and everyone that listens to it (Warning: if you are a parent, do not listen to this song!) seeing that they constantly repeat the following six words: “kill people, burn shit, fuck school.”

Whilst I don’t at all agree with those six words, there are a few breakdowns in that song where Tyler speaks and the message that is communicated was my clear sign to venture out on my own:

“Do what the fuck makes you happy, cause at the end, whose there? You.

What I’m trying to tell you is, do what the fuck you want.
Stand for what the fuck you believe in,
And don’t let nobody tell you, you can’t do what the fuck you want.”

You can call me crazy if you want to, but when I first heard this track and heard Tyler speak those abovementioned words, it gave me the sign that I could do anything. That I could do all the things that I had previously doubted. That what I wanted to do in life was attainable. Here is a 20-year-old kid preaching to a 25 year old that we can still do what we want to do in life as long as we don’t let anyone else get in our way. Maybe he’s more mature and wiser than the media plays him out to be.