These days, it seems like I’m the only person who hasn’t hopped on the Odd Future banwagon. Personally, I’ve been against the “OFWGKTA” movement from the start. Well, I guess that’s not fair to say; I’ve honestly only been against Tyler the Creator from the start.
Sure, Tyler is a great producer, and I guess you could call him a decent lyricist, but I’m just not feeling it. I guess it’s just that his lyrics are too nasty for me, it seems more like a horror story than a rap song to me. Rap is supposed to be poetry, and I just can’t see some of the things that Tyler says in any poem.
But, some of the members of Odd Future are alright. I really love Frank Ocean’s music, and I guess I can stomach some of the lesser-known rappers from the group, like MelloHype and Domo Genesis, but what everybody has been telling me is that I should get into Earl Sweatshirt.
Now, I couldn’t really do that with any new music from him, considering that he just now got back from a boarding school or something or Somoa, but I checked out some of his old songs, like “Earl”. Honestly, all I saw was a less-radical, more-lyrical Tyler, but still nothing all too impressive. And when he came home, and dropped his song, “Home”, I still wasn’t that impressed. I read somewhere, though, that he supposedly has matured and is being mentored by the same girl who mentored/managed the late, great 2Pac, Leila Steinberg.
So, if her influence does rub off on him, making him more like Pac, maybe I’ll grow to like Earl. Until then, I am firmly against Odd Future. Sorry, banwagons.