REUP GANG x THE WOLF GANG. Nothing short of awesome. Pusha T welcomes Tyler the Creator for day of easy fun amd frolicking on the clean streets of the West Coast. Produced by Jason Goldwatch. We luv it!
The Wolfgang: L to R Mike G., Tyler the Creator, Frank Ocean, Syd the Kid, Left Brain, Domo Genesis and Hodgy Beats. Current manager: former Interscope executive David Airaudi (not pictured). (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Or something to that effect. Whatever the deal is we’re almost positive their creative freedom is intact. Or is it. Have we reached a point in the game where the labels will just sit back and the artist do their thing, since what they’ve been doing has been failing?
Direct from the Wolf Gang Publicist: “Odd Future Sign Themselves”
“LA artist collective OFWGKTA continue down a non-traditional path creating their own recorded music label ‘Odd Future Records’. Tyler, Hodgy, Leftbrain, Domo, Mike, Syd and crew will partner with Sony’s RED Distribution arm to release music-based content consistent with their vision.”
In a statement released to Rap Radar, OFWGKTA manager Chris Clancy said, “They will have 100% creative control of all aspects of their music, art, and release schedule with no 3rd party participation in outside business…RED and Sony know that it’s in everyone’s best interest to maintain the group’s authenticity and control. They built it, they deserve it. There’s no cheesy hooks or fluorescent liquor product placements in the works.. It’s about to be fun.. and different…”
Just found out Steve Rifkind, the dude who signed the Wu-Tang Clan, is looking for the Wolf Gang…
Tyler, a skinny 19-year-old with a booming voice and a slightly gapped overbite, sits cross-legged on an unmade bed sheet in a Philadelphia hotel room. Over a tray of cinnamon sticks and a half-closed MacBook he gushes about his dreams (winning a Grammy Award) and heroes (Pharrell Williams of the Neptunes).
For hours Tyler remains tethered to one spot on the bed, yet he seems to be moving constantly. His imagination travels as he pretends to be a secret agent, or that the roomâ€™s furniture is slowly coming to life. He shows off a sketchbook filled with his brightly colored marker drawings of doughnuts and cats, ideas for clothing designs and chicken-scratch poetry. Flipping to a portrait of a seemingly jolly, fat-faced man he pauses.
â€œThatâ€™s a serial killer,â€ he says. â€œThatâ€™s Tom, heâ€™s crazy. He looks nice, but thatâ€™s how they usually are.â€
Tyler himself is proof that first impressions are unreliable. The bright-eyed and buzzing teen is also rapâ€™s most buzzed-about new star â€” and quite possibly an emerging threat to both decency-minded parent groups and the major-label infrastructure.
Known to fans as Tyler, the Creator (the superfluous comma is intentional), heâ€™s the founder of and de facto spokesman for Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, a Los Angeles-based collective of rappers, producers, skateboarders, filmmakers, designers and general miscreants, all in their late teens and early 20s. The 11 members on the recording side specialize in splattering todayâ€™s adolescent experience onto tape. With that comes rebelliousness, profanity, intense insecurity, dense sarcasm, bizarre non sequiturs and a heartfelt honesty.
Earlier that night in Philadelphia, at a sweatbox known as the Barbary, Odd Future performed to a crowd of 300 kids. There was a full-scale punk energy level on both ends, complete with stage dives and fans screaming their lyrics â€” â€œFuck the fame and all the hype, G/I just want to know if my father would ever like meâ€ â€” and vulgar catchphrases â€” â€œKill people! Burn shit! Fuck school!â€ â€” by heart. Many were wearing homemade OFWGKTA shirts.
When Tyler released his self-produced debut album, â€œBastard,â€ on his website in late 2009, it was mostly downloaded by friends and users of the message board of popular street fashion blog Hypebeast. Tyler reached out to a few of the bigger hip-hop blogs to post the tape and received little to no response. But after about six months, Odd Future awareness began to snowball, thanks to more free albums and a couple of unforgettably masochistic music videos for Tylerâ€™s â€œFrench,â€ and then-16-year-old Earl Sweatshirtâ€™s drug binge fantasy â€œEarl.â€ By the summer of 2010, Tumblr posts and Twitter retweets begot attention from media outlets like Pitchfork and the Fader. Public co-signs from Kanye West and Soulja Boy followed.
Read full story at Billboard
We really weren’t trying to get too deep on this. But reader Dasf, pleaded with us. By now everyone that stomps the interwebs, has heard of that mind boggling, gut wrenching crew that is Odd Future Wolf Gang. If not you can catch a small recap here. Despite all the blood, guts, and glory, it turns out, that in the crew of who knows how many, there is a lone wolf that stands a little adrift from the pack. Now make no mistake, he still wears the badge of the OFWGKTA. [Read more...]