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....
sampler might be where the Goblin-polarized legions get won
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
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
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.
Tyler's only dropped in twice now -- and this one's a remake of one of Goblin's sleepiest moaners. The good news is that means a
Frank Ocean and Syd remake is welcome. The drum machine falls out of time a
bunch, on purpose maybe? Halfway through, there's complete silence, as if
they're checking whether you're still awake, and then boom, Syd's half kicks in and
it's absolutely luscious musically, especially the harmonized horn parts. They
are easily the prettiest sound I've ever heard on an OFWGKTA
release. So good call on this one after all.
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.