February 22, 2011
Better than: Spending the evening in your retirement home.
Soon enough, the main attraction was ready to take the stage, and the crowd was ready to erupt. Talking shit over the PA from backstage, they demanded that the crowd fuck up comedian/radio personality Steve Harvey if he was in the crowd (they hate him). The crowd responded with chants of "fuck Steve Harvey."
From there, the collective began to trickle out one by one. Left Brain appeared, and he and Hodgy ran through the tracks they've done as MellowHype. Then Domo Genesis came out and ran through the best tracks from his album, Rolling Papers. Then Mike G strolled by and dropped some of his laid-back raps as Taco ran around on stage, serving as his hype man. By the time Jasper came out to talk shit to the crowd, most of the crew had assembled on stage.
Meanwhile, up on stage, Left Brain was saying "fuck school," while Hodgy demanded blowjobs after the show from girls in the crowd. Tyler proclaimed that the "old white dudes" standing around in the back of the crowd fucking suck and that he's (literally) sick, and had just thrown up backstage. Jasper was flipping the crowd off, and Taco was randomly interjecting with chants of "Dipset."
Tyler's stage presence is undeniable. He has that natural charisma where he doesn't just get the crowd's attention, he controls it. The same dramatic demeanor that he exudes in videos comes out in his live performance. The entire crew has talent, no doubt. But watching them on stage, you can tell Tyler is Odd Future's heart and soul.
Many words have been exchanged between Odd Future and its critics about the quality of the group's stage show. Is it the most polished performance in the world? No. Are there lulls in their set? Sure. But considering how young the members of this crew are, and how quickly they've risen to fame, you have to cut them some slack. And maybe a tight show isn't what Odd Future is about.
Tale of two crowds: Tyler wasn't exaggerating when he called out the old people in the back. It seemed like the crowd was harshly divided into two groups. Twenty-five and under in the front half of the crowd. Twenty-five and over in the back half.
Sea of lost shoes: Amidst all the stage diving, it seems like Odd Future members were losing shoes left and right. At one point, Hodgy began yelling that he needed his shoe back because he only brought one pair with him.
Fuck the soundman: The soundman at Slim's took a lot of verbal abuse from Odd Future last night, and rightfully so. The mic levels seemed messed up all night, and the over all sound quality was lacking.