Wolf Gang’s in this bitch. Frank Ocean gets his shine on with his Odd Future cohorts Hodgy Beats and Left Brain, collectively known as MellowHype, on “Astro,” one of the cuts off the duo’s new album Numbers. A carefree Frank flosses and soaks up his success on his swagged-out verse.
“I think I’ma gonna wear the yellow tux at the Grammys and rock out with my cock out/ Like who this kid think he is/ It’s just somethin’ I seen Prince do,” sings the confident crooner.
Odd Future’s Camp Flog Gnaw tour came to a close with a full-blown carnival in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday. The hip-hop collective took over a nearby parking lot for the fun-filled day, which included a Ferris Wheel and carnival rides, games, prizes, a lemonade stand, and Taco’s own taco truck.
Even Lil Wayne made a surprise appearance during the show at Club Nokia to perform his verse from “Pop That” and “No Worries” as Tyler, the Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, MellowHype, and the rest of the crew jumped around.
“i did it. the 15 year old inside of me cant believe this,” tweeted Tyler, whose album Wolf is due later this year. “TO EVERYONE THERE TODAY I LOVE YOU.”
Brick Squad and Odd Future unite on “I’ma Hata,” their much-hyped collaboration off DJ Drama’s upcoming album Quality Street Music (Oct. 2). Waka Flocka Flame and Tyler, the Creator channel their haters, spewing venom at those whose success they envy.
“Yeah, I’m a hata/ F**k your wrist… f**k your car … f**k your money … f**k your life … f**k your clique,” raps Waka, while the OF leader spits a spiteful verse.
“It’s a banger,” Drama told Rap-Up TV. “Just that collaboration in itself is gonna excite a lot of people ’cause those are two very big personalities in hip-hop, so [having them] on one record is pretty amazing.”
Following Jay-Z, G.O.O.D. Music, Rick Ross, D’Angelo, and Janelle Monáe, the “Made in America” festival returned for a second day, bringing performances from a wild crew (Odd Future), hip-hop royalty (Run-DMC), soulful songstress (Jill Scott), and a pop rebel (Santigold). Catch their entire sets below.
What’s it like to spend 24 hours with Odd Future? Noisey found out when they followed the infamous crew around New York City for an entire day. In part one, Tyler, the Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Hodgy Beats, and the rest of the gang heckled tourists in Times Square, greeted fans on the streets, supported their friend at a photo show, and skated wherever and whenever they could. Welcome to the odd life of Odd Future.
Azealia Banks and Odd Future roared through the Reading Festival in England over the weekend. Fresh off announcing her limited edition M.A.C lipstick, Yung Rapunxel commanded the stage in high-waisted black shorts, a short yellow top, and white boots. Odd Future’s Tyler, the Creator and Hodgy Beats tore up the main stage with a giant cat face staring out from behind them. Santigold was also on the eclectic bill, delivering a colorful set on the second day of the three-day festival.
While Lil Wayne puts the finishing touches on Dedication 4, the mixtape’s host DJ Drama has been focused on his own album, Quality Street Music. Due September 25, the 12 “monstrous” cuts boast appearances from Drake, Wale, Wiz Khalifa, Rick Ross, T.I., Common, Kendrick Lamar, Tyga, and more, with production from Hit-Boy, T-Minus, Cardiak, Boi-1da, Jahlil Beats, DJ Mustard, and Kane Beatz.
Fresh off shooting a video for his single “My Moment” in Toronto with Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, and Jeremih, the Gangsta Grillz creator spoke about one of the collabos in particular with Tyler, the Creator and Waka Flocka Flame.
“It’s a banger,” he told Rap-Up TV. “Just that collaboration in itself is gonna excite a lot of people ’cause those are two very big personalities in hip-hop, so [having them] on one record is pretty amazing.”
Another unexpected feature comes from Kevin Hart aka Chocolate Drop. “I think people are gonna be surprised by his bars. He gives some really incredible bars. 79 of ‘em,” said Drama of the comedian’s rap alter ego.
There are not many people who can make Nelly Furtado shy. But the Canadian songstress was starstruck upon meeting Tyler, the Creator. During a visit to MTV, she was introduced to the Odd Future frontman.
“@fucktyler The best moment of yesterday was meeting you after shyly hiding from you behind the flower vase #stoked,” tweeted Nelly, whose single “Big Hoops (Bigger the Better)” was inspired by the L.A. collective.
“The state of mind I was in, I was actually listening to a lot of different music a few weeks before,” she told MTV News. “I think I was listening to Odd Future or something, and I was inspired by how dark it sounded and how heavy and visceral and how it made your blood feel things. And I just thought, ‘Wow—that’s really missing in music. We’re missing that rawness, that energy and that power.’”
Nelly’s album The Spirit Indestructible is due September 18. Watch her debut the Rodney Jerkins-produced “Parking Lot” during her acoustic show in L.A.