Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All Biography
Last updated: 03/25/2012 11:00:00 AM
Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, often abbreviated OFWGKTA and also known simply as Odd Future or OF, is an American alternative hip hop collective from Los Angeles, California. The group is led by rapper/producer Tyler, The Creator, and includes rappers Hodgy Beats, Earl Sweatshirt, Domo Genesis and Mike G, singer Frank Ocean, producers Left Brain, Syd tha Kyd and Matt Martians, and other non-musical members, notably Jasper Dolphin, Taco and L-Boy.
There are multiple groups inside the collective: MellowHype (Hodgy Beats and Left Brain), The Jet Age of Tomorrow (Matt Martians and Hal Williams), EarlWolf (Earl Sweatshirt and Tyler, The Creator) and The Internet (Syd tha Kyd and Matt Martians).
Odd Future formed in 2007 in Los Angeles. They have produced multiple releases, the first of which were available for free on their website. Since the release of his debut album, member Earl Sweatshirt has been absent from the group, but returned briefly before his eighteenth birthday, and started showing up to tours and interviews in the middle of March 2012. It was rumored that his mother sent him to an all boys boarding school for kids with drug issues and depression in Samoa. MellowHype recently re-released their album BlackenedWhite through Fat Possum records. Tyler, the Creator also signed a one album deal with XL Recordings and released his sophomore effort, Goblin, on May 10, 2011. They have collected a cult following, and have been getting press from blogs as well as magazines. Though they are often labeled as horrorcore, the group has universally dismissed it on Twitter, in interviews, and on tracks such as "Sandwitches". Pitchfork Media has labeled the group as indie rap. In April 2011, the group signed a deal with Sony's RED to start their own label, Odd Future Records. According to Tyler, Bastard will be re-released as a physical copy sometime in the future.
Much of their music is recorded in a room in Syd the Kyd's and Taco's house, known as the Trap, located in South Los Angeles. On October 3, 2011, Tyler, The Creator tweeted a link to a iTunes with an album of 12 old Odd Future songs from artists within the group Domo Genesis, Hodgy Beats, Mike G, and himself. Also, groups The Jet Age of Tomorrow, MellowHype, and The Internet had songs on the album. The album is simply named "12 Odd Future Songs", despite there being 13 songs including a brand new song from The Internet. (From Wikipedia)
Alternative hip-hop has found its strongest voice in a very long time. This sensation rolls like an avalanche through the web's many music blogs with concert footage of some young hip hoppers who clearly take the genre all the way in a punk direction.
This phenomenon is called OFWGKTA - Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All or simply Odd Future. Tyler, The Creator is the centre of the wolf pack and around him is a whole formation of young, talented rappers. Formed in 2007, with ages between 17 and 25, they've already released numerous mixtapes and studio albums, all for free at the band's website.
The crew's crude sense of humor and confrontational subject matter earned them a huge underground following and put them on "top artists to watch" lists. Odd Future have gone from underground sensations to one the hottest new acts in the world in just a few months with Tyler, The Creator's "Best New Artist" win at the 2011 Video Music Awards and his Yonkers video being viewed more than 30 million times. The group's energy, uncompromising lyrics and raw talent have ensured they've shrugged off the initial "Internet hype" labeling.
Their ethos is well-defined - either you're in or out; for Odd Future or against it. And in that categorical way, it makes them the perfect rap crew for our time.