Odd Future is a hip-hop group from Los Angels composed of multiple artists such as Tyler the Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Doom Genesis, Hodge Beats, Left Brain, Taco, and many more. The beats are produced by aptly-named Hodge Beats, as well as some contributions from Tyler the Creator, often referred to as the leader of the group. The main rappers on the tracks are Tyler the Creator and Doom Genesis, with many features from Hodge Beats as well. The lyrics were very crude, profane, and violent, which is seemingly what helped them to gain such notoriety.
With their original beats, shocking lyrics, and innovative rhyme scheme, it was easy to see what drew their huge fan base In over the last year or two. The group played dozens of songs, but highlighted their biggest hits and only played snippets of the others. “Yonkers”, which is Tyler the Creator”s biggest hit, was a very complex song with intricate lyrics and a strange beat. The lyrics contradicted themselves throughout the song, and they were performed very energetically.
The beat was very dark and powerful, with an odd riff in between verses that grew on you throughout the song and got stuck in your head. Doom Genesis, the less controversial artist of the group, performed his verse of “Real”, a song released by the group this summer. HIS lyrics were more typical of mainstream rappers, focusing on money, women, expensive clothes, and Jewelry. In contrast, Teller’s lyrics were generally about hardcore drugs, rape, murder, and controversial figures/issues such as Hitler and slavery.
The biggest hit of the night as the song “Orange Juice”, a song by Tyler the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt (prominent member of the group who has been on a long hiatus), with Doom Genesis performing Earl’s verse for him. The song was very well-performed, sampling a catchy beat I recognized from the song “Lemonade” by Gucci Mane. The lyrics from Earl’s verse contained clever metaphors linked together by a very Intricate rhyme scheme that reminded me of Mine, regarded as a hip-hop legend, but in a much smoother tone.
Teller’s verse essentially blasted mainstream society but contained a similar hymen scheme, though performed less masterfully, and had a few controversial lyrics intended to catch the ear of the listeners. Overall, the group was very talented but seemed to lack genuine message to the audience, although I wondered if maybe the strong lyrics were a satirical attempt at Imitating most of the mainstream rappers these days. The audience was a strange mix of just about anybody you could think of; from nerdy-looking white kids to ghetto-looking black kids, young adults to young kids, redneck’s to skaters, girls and boys, etc.
It seems as though the group doesn’t appeal to any specific demographic, but rather is entertaining to a large variety of people. The only exception would be people about 30 years or older, but that’s not surprising as most people of that age aren’t that Interested In popular music anyways. The audience had a great time, as the performers were very Interactive with us and got the crowd energize. I’d say on a scale of 1 to 10 the performance was a 7, only because at some points the crowd got a little too out of hand (your usual managers under the influence getting riled up).
Also, at some points the lyrics were hard to hear and the beats became distorted from being too loud. Other than that, it was a great concert and I thoroughly enjoyed It! Odd Future By thundered their huge fan base in over the last year or two. The group played dozens of songs, but highlighted their biggest hits and only played snippets of the others. Informers”, which is Tyler the Creator’s biggest hit, was a very complex song with intricate lyrics “Real”, a song released by the group this summer.
His lyrics were more typical of verse contained clever metaphors linked together by a very intricate rhyme scheme seemed to lack a genuine message to the audience, although I wondered if maybe the strong lyrics were a satirical attempt at imitating most of the mainstream rappers these days. The audience was a strange mix of Just about anybody you could think of; surprising as most people of that age aren’t that interested in popular music anyways. The audience had a great time, as the performers were very interactive with was a great concert and I thoroughly enjoyed it!