Odd Future's The OF Tape, Vol. 2: A First Listen
Odd Future is here, get used to it. Posse albums usually failed in
the past because the star rapper's cohorts are always such dickheads, but when
being dickheads is your selling point....
A minute and a half of one of their buddies insulting everyone in the group without overexerting himself: "Mike G -- crusty ass!" Establishes both their self-deprecation cred and their laziness cred. Crucial.
Airy, stuttering lo-fi beat with funny new age synths for Domo and Hodgy (rhymes "Benjamin" with "benjamins") to showcase their likable dumbness. Likable dumbness is probably the theme with this one, which is restorative: they need to stop acting like they beat people up and just go back to skating in the 7-11 parking lot.
"NY (Ned Flander)"
More bona fides. A classic Tyler piano loop: spare, broken melody, more carefully arranged than it first seems. Hodgy and Tyler do their don't-call-it-horrorcore thing. "I'm higher than a fat bitch's sodium" is probably the baseline for wit here, but I only actually laughed when the girl at the end yells that she sucked five of of (Tyler's?) friends' dicks "and one of them was fucking fat!" Pretty sure Tyler says "coke-ular drugs" at one point.
I wasn't as into The Internet's Purple Naked Ladies as I wanted to be (that new THEESatisfaction album on Sub Pop does fragmented, stoned/avant R&B way better), but Syd and Matt Martian have come up with a pretty catchy song here -- albeit one built around a keyboard mistake that sounds like Ween meets the Rocko's Modern Life theme. They're some of the only OF members who might actually benefit from this thing.
A catchy, Eminem-ish beat without an utterance from Mike G worthy of remark. OF's most traditional rapper I guess? He double-tracks his voice at the end, probably knows a thing about choruses.
I liked Domo Genesis' underrated, superhigh Rolling
Papers last year, but he seems to be mostly on board to say "bitch" a
lot and drop in the occasional stonedbrag ("I invented swag!"). Hodgy's style
doesn't really mesh with his at all, so I'm not sure why they're always
partnering up these days.
Speaking of remakes, these numbered MellowHype songs are becoming an anticipated treat in their own right. Hodgy's ferocious over these now-requisite horror strings and post-Waka rattlesnake hi-hats. The uncredited Lil Jon-ish hypeman knows how to do this one. "Fuck the police/ Break the law/ Twist your fingers off/ Break your balls" -- that should create insanity live.
More Hodgy, and why not? He's on a roll between some of these verses and his quietly very good Untitled EP from this month, which experimented with letting Juicy J, Alchemist, and Flying Lotus into the OF sphere. Frank Ocean's a marvel at navigating a post-Bomb Squad screech beat like this to contribute a wiggly hook.
Loved this video because it plays up their absurdity (and their secret love of fat girls), and the song's still kind of a banger with those arcade synths. Domo's reliably dumb, Hodgy lean and sharp, and Tyler's basso ridiculoso effect plays the detached Stephin Merritt cryptkeeper figure. In double time! "I just want to see some tits" is probably the only honest thing he's ever said. "Your mama look like a ugly" just depends on your taste.