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Is Hip Hop Right Wing?

Yesterday, I blogged a blog about Waka Flocka Flame having a conversation with Tyler, The Creator for Interview Magazine.
I posted a section of the Interview where Waka asked Tyler about Odd Future’s Punk Rock tendencies.

Today, My friend forwarded me this Rapublicans article that Cosmo Baker tweeted from Rotate Stock Freshness which does an Adbuster-style critique of the Right Wing leaning of Hip Hop. The article discusses everyone from Lil B to Jay-z.

And it takes to task the notion that Odd Future is punk.

From Rapublicans

What is sold as punk today is a seductive spectacle: wacky hair style, predictably destructive behavior, t-shirt slogans (“fuck you I won’t do what you tell me!”). While Odd Future share in the “fuck you” seduction, do they really operate as a subversive counterweight? Isn’t Odd Future following in the footsteps of their predecessors (Beastie Boys, Geto Boys, 2 Live Crew, ICP, etc.)? While what they’re doing may sound and look slightly different, can we expect any genuine difference when they work within the system of commodity? Their pursuit is the same as those who came before them, the pursuit of perpetually unfulfilled desire:

Looking back at the popular charts, it’s not that Odd Future’s subject matter stands out as transgressively excessive, but just the opposite; Odd Future fills the slot this decade needs, where we see the explicit prohibitions of culture “defied” through implicit permission. Odd Future acts as a proxy we use to enact our indignation, as the moral ballast for our excessive engagement in the subjugation of others. This is cyclical: “Smack My Bitch Up,” “Darling Nikki,” “Suicide Solution,” “Kim,” “Relax (Don’t Do It),” and so on; over and again we use these songs to transgress the prohibitions imposed on us by societal convention. From Nine Inch Nails’ “I wanna fuck you like an animal,” to the Rolling Stones depiction of slave rape, we’ve been subject to this prohibition (and it’s transgression) in popular culture since there’s been popular culture. The problem, then, is not with Odd Future, or rap, but our relationship to seduction and commodity.

I think I like “Darling Nikki” and “Suicide Solution” but stilll
If you are familar with Guy Debord and Rap music. Or if you are familar with Guy Debord and hate rap music then Rapublicans will most certainly be more up your alley than anything else on the net today.

Waka Flocka Flame Interviews Tyler the Creator

Last year, I interviewed Waka Flocka Flame. I told him that punk rock and metal kids love his music because its rowdy-as fuck.

And I asked him if he fucks with punk or metal

This year Odd Future blew the fuck up because of the same sentiment. I think Tyler’s record Goblin is damn near 100,000 on an indie(bout it like Master P in ’96 indeed). Mellowhype’s reissue on Fat Possum of Blackendedwhite broke the Billboard Top 100. Breakin’ the Rules is cool again.

So I am really stoked that Interview Magazine had Waka Flocka Flame interview Odd Future’s Tyler, the Creator.

In this excerpt Waka Flocka asks Tyler, the Creator if he considers himself punk rock or metal:

FLAME: So would you describe Odd Future as a hip-hop heavy-metal group? Or a punk-rock rap group? How do you describe what you and your crew do?

TYLER: I don’t like either description. I don’t like being put in a box. I just make music, you know? When you’re put in a box, people have a set mind-state of what your music could sound like before they even look into it. Like, if no one ever heard of me, but I’m hip-hop-metal-rock, then they’re already gonna have an expectation of what the music will sound like. Then, when they go in and finally listen to it, it might be different from what they thought, and they could automatically hate it because they already had expectations.

FLAME: I dig it. You gotta create your own genre.

TYLER: Yeah.

FLAME: So what inspires y’all then?

TYLER: When I’m on stage, it’s, like, Ian Curtis and Sid Vicious—like, real punk rock and shit. I’m like a big 10-year-old when I’m on stage. I just go up there and do whatever I think is cool at the moment. And then, when it comes to rappin’, I like watchin’ a lot of cartoons and movies and shit. Usually, when I’m rappin’, I’m creating a big story or a concept song that sounds like a movie to me.

Read the whole Interview here.

Read my review of a Waka Flocka Flame show in the Other Paper too while your are at it!

Odd Future 2011 Fall Tour Dates

Odd Future is touring the North America this fall. The GolfWang tour is ALL-AGES and features no opening acts. There will be an opening set by OFWGKTA’s DJ Syd the Kyd. But other than that…no random dudes who know the promoter to drain away the energy.
Odd Future’s Tyler the Creator has been nominated for a 2 VMA’s. You can vote for Tyler here and here.
If you want to make yourself more excited about this tour then peep Pitchfork’s and OkayPlayer’s reviews of MellowHype’s Blackenedwhite.
Fan on-sale Wed (8/3) + general on-sale Fri (8/5)/ Sat (8/6) for show tickets.

It appears that if you live in Columbus, Ohio and you want to see duh WolfGang then you will have to head to Cincinnati or the D. If you go to the Show At Bogarts in the Nati then check out the mural my friends and I did a few year ago on the side of the venue.

After the jump a watch a video of “Sandwitches” live in Los Angeles that Lance Bangs shot while compiling footage for Odd Future’s Adult Swim Pilot..

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Video: Odd Future’s MellowHype “64”

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Mother, tell your children not to watch the newest Odd Future video. Mellowhype( Hodgy Beats & Left Brain) never trusts faith with trust funds, Eh?

Hodgy is the kid on “Sandwitches” that says 666 is his number and you can get it from his tumblr.

Mellowhype continues with the satanic panic on this one.

“64” is off Blackenedwhite which drops July 12th on Fat Possum Records.

Directed by Matt Alonzo

MP3: Kathleen Hanna vs. Tyler the Creator “Cock Out”

MP3: Kathleen Hanna vs Tyler The Creator – Cock Out

Longtime Hip Hop internet mainstay John Book mixed vocal samples of Riot Grrl pioneer Kathleen Hanna and Tyler the Creator in an effort to as, Book said on twitter , ” a way to mix one’s perspective of shock value with another, to show commonality.”

Book was inspired to create this mp3 after reading Kathleen Hanna’s opinion of OF on Pitchfork. Book posted this on his website earlier today.

Click there or here for further info.

Video: Tyler, The Creator “She” (feat Frank Ocean)

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Odd Future.com just posted “Visuals”  for Tyler, the Creator’s song “She” off the brilliant album, Goblin.

I can barely type at this moment because the video is so goddamn funny. Starts off sorta on some “Trap N The Closet” and evolves into some almost “Donnie Darko” video but funny as hell.

If R Kelly sounded like Dwele and then got attacked by a crushing skater  kid…seriously watch this.

Seriously, anyone in Hip Hop who fronts on Tyler after this prolly seriously has money involved with something that isn’t as lucrative and is pissed.

Oh yeah the guy singing on hook, FRANK OCEAN, currently has a song on rotation on 107.5.  This song is super smooth.

directed by dat genuis Wolf Haley.

Odd Future’s MellowHype Sets July 12th Release on Fat Possum Records

Odd Future’s HodgyBeats & Left Brain aka MellowHype and Fat Possum Records are dropping the retail version of Blackenedwhite on July 12th.

The music that was originally released on OFWGKTA’s tumbler in late 2010 has been remastered, reworked. Songs have been added. Videos have been made. And look at the awesome cover.

MellowHype was on National television with Bass Drum of Death a few months ago.

And of course Hodgy is the kid on Sandwitches that says the evilest shit. Again look at that cover. Makes me want to get a fireplace and a red robe. I want a lady to crotchet that cover to hang over my fireplace and apply oils to my stomach. I might shave my head to look like Anton Levay or Boyd Rice.

I will prolly just cop it on wax and cross my legs while sipping tea in reality.

This will be the last Odd Future’s release on an imprint that isn’t Odd Future Records.

If you live in on the West Coast:


06.15.11 – Indio, CA – Indio Performing Arts Center
06.16.11 – San Diego, CA – Epicenter
06.18.11 – Los Angeles, CA – House of Blues
06.21.11 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency


New Frank Ocean Video “Acura Intergurl” + Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All Scheduled to Play Festivals in Spain and Australia .

Above is a new Frank Ocean video for “Acura Intergurl”. It debuted yesterday on Frank Ocean’s tumblr and Onsmash were gully enough to put it on vimeo. Def Jam will package new material along with tracks from nostalgia, ULTRA for release this summer that you can have sex to. You cannot have sex to “Goblin”.

Frank Ocean did a few surprise appearances on some East Coast dates with Tyler, the Creator cause he is on that “She” song on “Goblin” where dude gets stabbed slashed for a fucking a ninja’s lady, and Tyler sounds more like a crushing skater kid than a poser rapist. Shit’s tight. Good summer jam, And whenever you might think Tyler is super-simpin’ he adds a “cunt” addlib for strength of humor’s nuance.

Tyler, The Creator had the number 5 album in country last week. Kvlt marketing at it best. Leave the attempts for hit radio songs to the R+B crooners, Ocean, and Syd.

Chances are good Ocean will pop-up on more OFWGKTA shows from time to time.

Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All will be performing at Primavera Sound in Spain this weekend 5/28 and will be in Australia for Vivid Live Festival at the Sydney Opera House alongside The Avalanches, The Cure, Spiritualized, and more. Look out for dates on the west coast and Chicago for the Pitchfork Music Festival this summer.

Tyler and Domo were also spotted hanging out at a Smith Westerns/Yeasayer show in L.A, last night.

Video:Tyler, The Creator aka Thurnis Haley the Golf Pro Promoing Goblin

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OFWGKTA’s Tyler goofballing as a golf-pro to promote Tyler’s upcoming album Goblin.
The you-tube comments suggest pressing 5 and 8 while the video is playing to have full user-experience.

Video:MellowHype of Odd Future feat Bass Drum of Death “64”

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OFWGKTA’s MellowHype perform “64” on Fuel TV’s show the Daily Habit. They are backed by Mississipi’s Bass Drum of Death. More heady and psychedelic than other Odd Future performances.